China-based solar tracking and mounting solutions provider Arctech has announced its first joint venture manufacturing base in India, Jash Energy, has entered into trial operation. The 3 GW solar tracker factory is located over 16 acres in Mundra, Gujarat.
The factory is equipped with fully automatic production lines to produce all major components of the company’s solar tracker products, including posts, torque tubes, purlins, and fasteners.
“By applying the fully automatic production lines, we can stay agile and make fast adjustments to the current supply strategy, increase productivity, stay competitive, and prepare for the future—including for unprecedented events, such as a pandemic. It also helps accelerate the adoption of India’s Industry 4.0 solutions,” said Gail Chen, general manager, East Asia, and India at Arctech, and board director and CEO of Jash Energy.
Arctech said its India factory would serve as part of the company’s effort to ease the pressure of the global supply chain disruption intensified in the first half of 2022 with Covid-19 in mainland China, logistics, and raw material challenges, among others.
Strategically located in Mundra, the largest private port in India, Jash Energy will have easy access to the Western, Middle East, and African markets. Mundra also provides an ideal base for traders due to its relatively short logistics connectivity to the north-western hinterland. It is easily accessible from all major industrial destinations in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh for the export of cargo, stated the company.
Arctech has added more than 200 jobs to the local community by setting up this factory. It also plans technical training for local employees.
As for raw materials availability, the company is planning to go deeper in vertically integrated production, including using steel for trackers that were made in India. It plans to work with local steel manufacturing partners to develop solar trackers.
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