Asahi India Glass Limited (AIS) Announces Joint Venture With Ahmedabad Vishakha Group for the Development of India’s Largest Solar Glass Manufacturing Plant

PVTIME – Integrated glass solutions company Asahi India Glass Ltd. (AIS) and  Vishakha group have announced their joint venture into solar glass with an in principle agreement for setting up of India’s largest and state-of-the-art green field solar glass plant at Mundra, Gujarat.

The plant is expected to be commissioned within 18-24 months. AIS will take a minority stake in the solar glass business. The plant’s phase-1 will have glass manufacturing capacity of up to 3GW of the installable capacity of solar power plants.

Vishakha Group is well-established and one of the largest manufacturers of flexible polymer packaging. It also has manufacturing facilities for other key components in the entire solar panel value chain viz., solar backsheets, EVA encapsulant sheets and solar module aluminum frames.

As part of its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, India has now embarked on an ambitious target of generating 450 GW of renewable energy by the year 2030. This has led to a surge in demand for solar power in India, resulting in huge demand for solar power equipment/panels and solar glass. 

Mr. Sanjay Labroo, Managing Director & C.E.O. of Asahi India Glass Ltd (AIS), said: “Although a different market segment, solar glass is still an adjacent business to the existing businesses of AIS. We are delighted to partner with Vishakha group in their vision of creating the entire ecosystem and value chain for indigenizing solar energy generation in India.”

Mr. Jigish Doshi, Chairman Vishakha Group, said: “India has been one of the few nations that has accelerated its global commitment towards climate change and we intend to do our part to achieve the renewable energy target.  The joint venture into solar glass manufacturing will support the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiative of the Government of  India,  contribute in achieving energy independence and lead to massive job creation in the Gujarat region. We are delighted to partner with AIS in this new journey. We plan to complement the technical expertise & experience of AIS with synergies from our other businesses in the entire solar value chain”.  


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