Tirupati, May 01 2021 || News Desk

Synopsis:
The Company is taking all necessary steps to comply with the orders given by APPCB and also has pressed into action its contingency plans to avoid dislocation in supplies of batteries to its customers across product segments including essential service segments like defence, hospitals and telecom. The Company is examining all options and preparing for all possible recourse that are available for the organisation, to ensure that interests of society at large, customers, suppliers, partners and all employees are protected.

According to a recent Press Release by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) ( Amara Raja Batteries Limited (“The Company” / “ARBL”) has received closure orders dated 30 April 2021, from the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB), for the Company’s Plants situated at Karkambadi and Nunegundlapalli, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh effective immediately.

The Company is taking all necessary steps to comply with the orders given by APPCB and also has pressed into action its contingency plans to avoid dislocation in supplies of batteries to its customers across product segments including essential service segments like defence, hospitals and telecom. The Company is examining all options and preparing for all possible recourse that are available for the organisation, to ensure that interests of society at large, customers, suppliers, partners and all employees are protected.

“We shall continue to make our efforts to engage with APPCB authorities in the interest of avoiding a dislocation in supplies to some of our largest clients in sensitive sectors. At a time of a national emergency in the form of the Covid pandemic, such a dislocation could be calamitous. All our manufacturing plants have undergone various annual/bi-annual environmental audits and certifications over many years and have received several awards for safety and environmental sustainability and have adhered to the highest norms of Environment, health, safety. Our choices have always been guided by a commitment to society that are socially and environmentally responsible,” a Company spokesperson said.

The Company have earlier made representations to the State Pollution Control Board officials on various environmental control measures that are deployed in line with industry standards, regulatory requirements and the improvement actions being initiated. The Company is hopeful of a satisfactory resolution which is in the interest of all stakeholders.

About Amara Raja Batteries Limited
Amara Raja Batteries Limited is the technology leader and one of the largest manufacturers of lead-acid batteries for both industrial and automotive applications in the Indian storage battery industry.

In India, Amara Raja is the preferred supplier to major telecom service providers, Telecom equipment manufacturers, the UPS sector (OEM & Replacement), Indian Railways and to the Power, Oil & Gas, among other industry segments. Amara Raja’s industrial battery brands comprise PowerStack®, AmaronVolt® and Quanta®. The Company is a leading manufacturer of automotive batteries under the brands Amaron® and PowerzoneTM, which are distributed through a large Pan-India sales & service retail network.

The Company supplies automotive batteries under OE relationships to Ashok Leyland, Ford India, Honda, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, and Tata Motors. The Company’s Industrial and Automotive Batteries are exported to countries in the Indian Ocean Rim.

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