Hindusthan National Glass and Industries (HNG), has commissioned a 650-tonne-per-day glass bottle plant at Naidupeta in Andhra Pradesh.

The plant has swelled HNG's capacity in the region to 1000 tpd, which is expected to help the company serve the southern Indian market better, increase its overall market share from the current 24%, and boost exports, said an official.

"Even the regional alcohol players in the south are now becoming our customers. The results will show in next few months. We would also be looking at exports as the plant is not far away from Krishnapatnam and Chennai ports," said Alok Taparia, general manager of strategy at HNG.

The company is a market leader with 50% market share and the only pan-India player in the container glass industry with presence in liquor, beer, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages.

It boasts a strong presence in north (53%) and east India (96%); but in the south, its share is almost half of its average national share.

The southern states had previously been supplied from HNG’s Puducherry and Rishra plants.

The Naidupeta plant is operating at 70% capacity while its Nasik plant, commissioned in the April-June quarter, is working at full capacity. Most of its plants are operating at 85-90% levels.