“We are already growing above pre-COVID-19 levels…Both at capacity utilisation and sales we are above pre-COVID-19 levels…Our stated capacity is around 10,000 tractors per month but we are going beyond the capacity and are trying to stretch as much as we can because the demand is so strong that we are unable to make it,” Escorts Group CFO Bharat Madan advised .
He stated the corporate will attempt to construct up capability as soon as the present festive and sowing season is over in expectation of one other spherical of robust demand coming in January-March interval.
“In the next two months we will try to build up inventory both at the company level and at the channel level. We expect January to March to be very strong months .. we are expecting very good harvest this time and it could lead to very good demand going forward,” Madan added.
When requested how the corporate is planning to fulfill the demand, he stated Escorts has already began enhancing manufacturing capability each on the firm degree in addition to on the provide chain degree.
“In six to nine months we will do that. It will be Rs 100-odd crore which we will be investing further to enhance our capacity both at the company level as well as the supply chain level. The commitment will definitely happen this year only but the cash flow may spill over to the next fiscal in 60:40 ratio,” he stated.
The firm is trying to take its inner capability to 1.5 lakh tractor each year whereas pushing these of its distributors to the extent of 1.7-1.eight lakh items yearly.
Madan additional stated the corporate expects 30,000 items capability to come back in from its three way partnership with Japan’s Kubota subsequent fiscal thereby taking the whole accessible items to round 1.eight lakh yearly.
Commenting on the present market situation, he stated, “There will be sustainable demand. This year the industry will grow. Earlier we were expecting low single-digit growth but in the first six months of the year the industry has grown 12 per cent and it looks like that the momentum will continue in the balance six months of the year. So there will be low double-digit growth.”