Saft’s new world-class Bangalore factory opens door to expansion into India’s growing battery market

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 Saft's new world-class Bangalore factory opens door to expansion into India's 
                         growing battery market 
New state-of-the-art factory in the Silicon Valley of India doubles Saft's local
production capability, opening access to new business opportunities in one of
the world's fastest developing battery markets 
Paris, January 22, 2013 - Saft, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of
high-tech industrial batteries, has inaugurated a new world-class factory in
Bidadi, Bangalore with its partner, Amalgamations, to meet the growing needs of
India's energy and power sectors. 
The new 75,000 sq. ft factory, which will be operated by the AMCO Saft India
Limited subsidiary, will produce state-of-the-art, nickel-based, rechargeable
batteries, effectively doubling Saft's local production capacity for industrial
battery systems. This additional capacity will enable Saft to address the
growing demand for energy storage to support mega power plants and photovoltaic
(PV) renewable energy schemes, as well as meeting the back-up power needs of
defense and oil and gas industry customers. 
Putting Saft on track to benefit from India's railway expansion
The Bangalore plant incorporates all the resources required to support the
Indian operations of major railway OEMs; from design to manufacturing and
commissioning of battery solutions. It positions Saft to benefit from the large
investments in the Indian railway market, anticipated for at least the next 5
This investment focuses on the booming urban transport system (metro) of every
city with over three million inhabitants, as well as high-speed train projects.
The local metro system in Bangalore already features Saft batteries and they are
found in metros throughout India including Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur and Mumbai.
Saft has also delivered batteries for a number of India's locomotive projects. 
Local support for the telecom boom
The new Saft plant will provide a hub for the local support of telecom battery
solutions by providing maintenance, training and commissioning to meet the
booming demand for energy back-up systems linked to the deployment of mobile
telecom networks in India. 
Flight qualified
The new plant will be qualified to manufacture aviation batteries for the Indian
Air Force (the world's fifth largest air force) to complement Saft activities as
a major supplier to HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd). 
Known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is home to industry, technology,
aerospace and telecoms companies, and has been cited as being one of the world's
top 10 entrepreneurial locations, making it the ideal location for Saft in the
fast developing marketplace of the Indian subcontinent. 
Xavier Delacroix, General Manager of Saft's IBG Division, said: "Our new
Bangalore factory is the latest Saft investment in emerging economies where
there is high growth. This very significant increase in manufacturing capacity
in India will play a crucial role in expanding our business to meet the demand
for batteries suitable for high end applications in demanding environments,
where performance and reliability are critical." 
About Saft 
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. The Group is the world's leading
manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary lithium batteries for the
industrial infrastructure and processes, transportation, civil and military
electronics markets. Saft is the world leader in space and defense batteries
with its Li-ion technologies which are also being deployed in the energy
storage, transportation and telecommunication markets. Saft's 4,000 employees
present in 19 countries, its 16 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network
all contribute to accelerating the Group's growth for the future. 
For more information, visit Saft at 
Press contact: 
Jill Ledger, Saft Corporate Communications and Institutional Relations
Director Tel: +33 1 49 93 17 77, e-mail : 
Catherine Jouatel, Saft Corporate Communication
Tel : + 33 1 49 93 17 68, e-mail: 
FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
Matthew STROUD, Tel: +33 1 47 03 68 63,
Astrid VILLETTE, Tel: +33 1 47 03 68 63 
Photo credits Saft 
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