Words: Shubham Choukse
Royal Enfield has begun operations at their third manufacturing facility, situated in Vallam Vadagal near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The plant is spread across a 50-acre plot bought by Royal Enfield in October 2014. It will contribute to the annual capacity by 3 lakh units per annum taking the total production number to 8.25 lakh per annum in fiscal 2017-18.
Royal Enfield’s sales have shown a compound growth of over 55% in the past six years and the demand is still high with long waiting periods. In fiscal 2017-18, the company plans to invest Rs 800 crore, largely towards capacity expansion at Vallam Vadagal, new products and platforms, and its technical centre in Leicester, UK and Chennai, India.
Royal Enfield’s current line‐up in India includes the Bullet, Classic, Thunderbird, Himalayan and the Continental GT models. A 750cc, twin cylinder motorcycle is expected to be launched in the near future.