INDIA: Leading Indian air conditioning and commercial refrigeration company Blue Star is establishing two new manufacturing plants at Samba in Jammu and Sri City in Andhra Pradesh.

Blue Star says it plans to invest Rs 215 crores (around €30m) over the next three to four years to increase production. As part of the plans, the company has closed plants in Thane and Bharuch, leaving Blue Star, currently, with five plants in Wada, Dadra, Ahmedabad and Himachal Pradesh.

The factory at Sri City will be built over an area of 20 acres and is expected to be opened by 2019. The Samba factory is to be constructed over 24 acres with production expected to commence in 2018. These factories will primarily manufacture room air conditioners, deep freezers and water coolers.

The increase in Blue Star’s manufacturing capacity will help support growing demand in the domestic as well as export markets. The company says it aims to transform into a digital enterprise by progressively building on smart manufacturing with wi-fi enabled products, inverter technology, vertical integration and environment-friendly products.