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Colgate begins construction work for Sanand plant

The consumer goods company is likely to commission its plant by 2014

Vinay Umarji  |  Mumbai/ Ahmedabad 

Tata Motors and Ford India has yet a new neighbour in Sanand - Colgate Palmolive. After Hitachi, it is now the oral and dental hygiene products manufacturer Colgate that has begun construction work at its upcoming plant site in Sanand.

What's more, according to state government sources, Colgate is likely to commission manufacturing at the plant by late 2014.

To come up at an industrial estate in Sanand, the plant will witness an investment of Rs 200 crore.

An emailed query to Colgate remained unanswered. The industrial estate is being developed by state-run Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC).

"Colgate has begun construction work at the plant recently and is expected to commission the same by late 2014. Gujarat government has allotted 100,000 sq metres of land at the upcoming GIDC industrial estate in Bol village in Sanand to Colgate for the plant," said a senior state government official on condition of anonymity.

Once commissioned, the plant, which is adjacent to Tata Motors, Ford India and Hitachi's plants in Sanand, will be Colgate's fifth plant after Aurangabad, Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, Hyderabad and Kundaim in Goa.

"It has been learnt that Colgate will begin manufacturing toothpastes first, followed by its other oral and dental hygiene products," the official added. Colgate has its presence in oral care segment, personal care and home care segments.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2012. 00:30 IST