Coimbatore-based Alphacraft is investing nearly INR 80 crore to set up its fifth plant. The new facility, being readied at the Coimbatore District Small Industries Association Industrial Park, will be commissioned in two phases. First, it will house gravity die-cast operations that will move here from the mother plant set up in 1998.The first phase will have about 50,000 sq ft of space, with an additional 70,000 sq ft coming up in the second. The plant will be up and running in about 18 months and emerge as an IGBC-certified green building with its own effluent treatment plant and technologies to harness daylight while saving on electricity. The facility will help Alphacraft increase the monthly capacity of GDC from 200 tonne to 500 tonne. Ramesh said the idea is to consolidate the GDC operations under one roof and modernise other plants. The company is also investing in a 2MW solar farm to support producing green castings in the long run. This has been a result of new orders from the likes of Aston Martin, which wants powertrain parts to be developed for its new sports car. Alphacraft already supplies 16 parts to Aston Martin and is now developing eight more for the next offering.Additionally, the aluminium die-cast maker will supply two viscous clutch projects for overseas customers. It is also gearing up for orders from some electric carmakers for aluminium battery enclosures. The other big customer is William Advance Engineering, a leading technology and engineering services business involved in motorsport. Alphacraft is developing large casings for its EV batteries that will be shipped to the US.It also meets the needs of Mahle Behr and Modine Thermal Systems in the US as well as Porsche in Germany. Other overseas customers are located in Mexico, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and France. Back home in India, Alphacraft supplies fork arms to Ola Electric and is now working on the next model. It also caters to Gates India, John Deere and Modine. The company’s parts basket includes powertrain aggregates, engine cooling systems, viscous clutch, housings and transmission parts.Alphacraft was a die maker till 2006 and forayed into castings when it was apparent that it was not optimally reaping the benefits of its technological expertise in dies. As a result, the company gradually expanded into other types of castings manufacturing, such as high and low-pressure die casts, besides growing the capacity of its tools, dies and assembly operations.