ROHTAK, India - Asian Paints held a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of its proposed state-of-the-art paint plant at the Industrial Model Township (IMT), Rohtak, Haryana. The initial production capacity will be 1.5 lakh KL and can be scaled to 4 lakh KL depending on market conditions.  

The Chief Minister of Haryana, Shree Bhupinder Singh Hooda, unveiled the foundation stone signaling the beginning of construction work of the new plant. In attendance were government officials, senior officials of Haryana government, Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and Asian Paints.  

Speaking at the occasion Vice Chairman and Managing Director Ashwin Dani said, “We are proud to be the first company to invest in IMT, Rohtak, by setting up one of the largest paint plants in the world. The unstinted support, commitment and vision of the Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, senior officials of the government of Haryana and HSIIDC have made this possible. The facility will use state-of–the-art technology to produce paints in an environmentally friendly manner and will adhere to stringent environment, health and safety standards. Despite having a highly automated process, at full capacity the plant is expected to generate employment for around 300 people directly and over 600 people indirectly.” 

 The plant is located on 130 acres of land and will manufacture both water- and solvent-based paints, including emulsions and resins. It is expected to start production by early 2010. The plant will be “zero discharge” with an advanced effluent treatment process. It will have a green belt and rainwater harvesting system and will use solar energy for streetlights and water heating. The facility will be the sixth paint plant of Asian Paints in India.