The previous yr has been difficult for Royal Enfield with dropping gross sales numbers as a mixed impact of demonetisation, hike in insurance coverage prices and the substantial value hikes because of ABS. Now the model is seeking to the longer term, with a considerable funding of Rs 700 crore as capital expenditure within the 2019-2020 monetary yr.
The deliberate CapEx will embody completion of the development work of the know-how centre of the Vallam Vadagal plant in Tamil Nadu. It’s going to even be directed in the direction of the event of latest platforms and merchandise. Furthermore, for 2019-20, Royal Enfield plans a manufacturing output of 9.5 lakh bikes.
Talking concerning the firm’s funding plans, Siddhartha Lal mentioned, “This yr Royal Enfield will deal with the upcoming transition to the BS-VI emission norms together with strengthening our product growth capabilities and dealing in the direction of new international platforms. With a large distribution community in India, rising worldwide presence and constructing state-of-the-art capabilities in product growth, Royal Enfield is effectively on its strategy to develop the middleweight bike section globally within the coming years.”
The merchandise in query will likely be a serious transforming of the corporate’s in style Basic, Bullet and Thunderbird platforms. Spy photos have already emerged of those machines (of the next-gen Classic and next-gen Thunderbird) and we anticipate to see huge enhancements together with new frames, and presumably all-new, BS-VI-compliant engines. In the intervening time, particulars are unclear regarding what to anticipate from the engines when it comes to capability; however going ahead, we do anticipate to see cleaner, extra highly effective and improved refinement ranges.
Royal Enfield additionally not too long ago introduced the inception of a wholly-owned subsidiary in Thailand. The model commenced gross sales in that market somewhat over three years in the past and its bikes have seen important success there. Thailand will even host Royal Enfield’s first meeting plant exterior of India, which is anticipated to be operational by June 2019.
One other huge announcement from the corporate was the recent appointment of Vinod K Dasari as the chief executive officer of Royal Enfield. Vinod Dasari takes over from Siddhartha Lal, who will proceed because the managing director of Eicher Motors Ltd.