Cooper Corp to launch LCVs

Auto components maker Cooper will foray into manufacturing of commercial vehicles, mainly to compete with Tata Motors' LCV Magic, in the next 18 months

Auto components maker Cooper Corporation on Thursday said that it would foray into manufacturing of commercial vehicles, mainly to compete with Tata Motors' LCV Magic, and has earmarked Rs300 crore to set up a plant and expand its facility in Maharashtra in the next 18 months, reports PTI.

The company has also geared up to hit the capital market to raise about Rs150 crore through an initial public offer by the end of this year.

"We are progressively integrating our capability to produce various kinds of modern engines and components, and the next step is to produce vehicles of our own," Cooper Corporation chairman and managing director Farrokh N Cooper said at the 10th Auto Expo in New Delhi.

The company has started its work to roll out commercial vehicles with six different variants in the 0.5-1.5 tonnes category, which would be like Tata’s light commercial vehicle Magic, in the next 18 months, he added.

"We have a manufacturing facility at Satara in Maharashtra and at present we are constructing a vehicle plant in the same area. The capacity of the plant will be 20,000 units per year," Mr Cooper said, adding that the company would double its staff strength from the existing 2,000 people for rolling out the light commercial vehicles.

When asked about the investment in the new venture, he said that the company would pump in Rs300 crore in setting up a vehicle production facility and expanding the capacity of its plant at Satara.
 

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SAIL may cut steel prices soon

The steel ministry had expressed concerns on increase in steel prices by domestic firms, including SAIL and Tata Steel, which own captive reserves of iron ore and coking coal

State-run Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) on Thursday said that it may cut prices of some of its products in the near future, reports PTI. The company last week had raised prices of flat and long products by Rs1,500.

"Since long steel product prices have gone up to a certain level, there may be some correction in the category in near future," SAIL chairman SK Roongta said when asked if the company will revise prices of its products soon.

Long steel products are mainly consumed by construction and infrastructure sectors.

It is learnt that the steel ministry had also expressed concerns on increase in steel prices by domestic firms, including SAIL and Tata Steel, which own captive reserves of iron ore and coking coal.

Many steel companies had cited increase in input cost besides the demand surge, for the price increase. Iron ore prices, which had fallen below $50 a tonne last year, are hovering at $100 a tonne at present.

However, Mr Roongta said, "Input cost does not determine steel prices. It’s market fundamentals which decide prices."

On prices of flat steel products, which are primarily consumed by automobile and consumer durables industries, he said, "Prices are governed by international trends and international prices are rising."
 

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