New plant to double Nu-Vu Conair space

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Nu-Vu Conair Pvt. Ltd., Conair Group Inc.'s joint venture in India, has started to construct a larger plant, doubling its manufacturing space to keep pace with the fast-growing Indian plastics industry.

The 35,000-square-foot auxiliary equipment factory should begin operations in March 2011.

“Our business in India has been very successful since we formed the joint venture less than three years ago,” Larry Doyle, Conair's vice president of global sales and marketing, said in a news release. “Domestic consumption in India has been fueling very robust growth in India, despite the global slump that recently has affected most of the rest of the world.”

Doyle said all market segments are growing. “But packaging has played the most significant role,” he added.

Conair formed the joint venture in 2007 with Indian auxiliary maker Nu-Vu Engineering in a plant in Ahmedabad, India. The new factory will be located in a new industrial park near the current 15,000-square-foot plant.

Conair, based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Cranberry Township, Pa., designed the building in India for more efficient flow of work to assemble auxiliary equipment. Officials declined to provide the amount of the investment.

Nu-Vu Conair makes equipment based on Conair designs, including desiccant-wheel dryers and EarthSmart portable chillers. It also makes all existing Nu-Vu equipment.

Doyle said the larger manufacturing space will allow Nu-Vu Conair to expand its production and add new products.

A May 21 groundbreaking ceremony included a traditional Hindu Bhoomi Puja ceremony performed to ensure the energy and natural elements surrounding the site are propitious. The ceremony is held in strict conformance to Vaastu Shastra, the ancient Indian science of structures and architecture.

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