Tata Consumer Products (TCP), the consumer products company uniting the principal food and beverage interests of the Tata Group under one umbrella, today inaugurated its new tea-packaging plant located in Gopalpur Industrial Park of Tata Steel Special Economic Zone, post successful trial production. The Honourable Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the new plant.
The Gopalpur plant will be operated by Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), an associate company of Tata Consumer Products. APPL currently operates 3 tea packing factories, with 2 in Assam and 1 in West Bengal. Gopalpur plant is the first TCP plant to pack both leaf & dust tea, providing higher flexibility to the operations network.
The Gopalpur Industrial Park is located on National Highway 16 near Berhampur and is just a 2-hour drive from Bhubaneswar. Some key features of the new plant are:
• Spread over 16 acres with integrated Production Design and Warehousing facilities with vertical storage space and specifications to meet cyclone impacts
• Total value of the project is Rs 100 cr with investment on infrastructure by TSSEZL and machinery investment by TCP
• The largest tea packing plant for TCP products, producing around 60 Mn kg per annum by 2024-25
• The project will generate direct and indirect employment for 250 people in the 1st year and 700 people by 2024-25
• State-of-the-art packing machinery equipped with IoT capabilities for enhanced operational efficiency
• Solar power unit with a capacity of 350 KW, in line with TCP’s sustainability agenda
Sunil D’Souza, Managing Director & CEO of Tata Consumer Products speaking on the inauguration said, “The plant is an integral part of Tata Consumer Products’ plans to scale supply chain capabilities to meet growing consumer demand. It is a state-of-the-art unit, the largest tea packing plant for Tata Consumer and will be a key hub in our supply chain network. It has also been built with a focus on green manufacturing, in line with our sustainability agenda.”
Speaking on the occasion, T V Narendran, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Steel, said: “It is a moment of great pride for us as another member of the Tata Group, TCP is starting its maiden manufacturing operations in Odisha. As the anchor investors, Tata Steel had earlier set up the 55,000 TPA Ferro Chrome plant within the Gopalpur Industrial Park. Our investments across multiple locations in Odisha is a demonstration of our commitment to the development of the state and our firm belief in its growth story.”
On the occasion, Chanakya Chaudhary, Chairman, Tata Steel Special Economic Zone, said: “We are glad that with plug and play infrastructure, multi-modal logistics connectivity, ready environmental clearance and clear land title, Gopalpur Industrial park, in a very short span since its inception, is fast emerging as the preferred investment destination of India. We already have some valued clients operational in the industrial park and are eagerly looking forward to lot more investors coming forward, adding to the industrial progress of the region.”
The team was able to complete the project and commence operation within the planned timelines despite the disruptions due to the pandemic. Several departments and agencies were instrumental in making the project happen amidst the challenging situation, including, the Department of Industries, Government of Odisha; Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO); IPICOL, especially its facilitation for efficient single window clearances; the District Administration of Ganjam; Department of Factories & Boilers, Odisha State Electricity Board, Fire & Rescue, FSSAI, etc.