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Committed to bring in Energy-Efficient Products

Committed to bring in Energy-Efficient Products

Premanand Bhat, Business Head, Pumps Division, Crompton Greaves, talks about company´s initiatives for 100 smart cities, water and water management and energy efficiency etc.

How would initiatives like 100 Smart Cities and ´Make in India´ campaign help Crompton in water and waste water management?
These initiatives will definitely help Indian companies in boosting their revenues for residential and commercial segment products. ´Make in India´ campaign is gaining momentum and the world is looking at India as a cost effective manufacturing hub for global supply, thanks to the technically skilled manpower, competitive labour environment and availability of quality raw materials. Crompton´s recent products in pump category like single pump pressure boosters, pressure boosting systems and drainage / sewage submersible pumps are perfect fit for smart citiy projects. Even horizontal and vertical multi-stage pumps will have high demand for RO systems. The premium stainless steel pump range form Crompton will be the choice over conventional cast iron pumps for these smart cities.

Which city has better waste water management and pipelines that have less water leakages?
There is a lack of focus on water and waste water-sewage systems. Only four cities – Pune, Chennai, Surat and Gurgaon – claim to connect about 70 percent of the population through a network of closed drains. However, there is a great scope in enhancing the connectivity and providing better services to end-users.

Do you think the focus on energy efficiency will provide opportunities for CG water pump sector?
Energy is an important resource. The natural nonrenewable resources are depleting faster owing to high demand compared to the supply. Country like India where energy deficit is very high, it is important to look at the ways and means to reduce energy consumption. This is possible by using energy efficient products. Crompton has been committed in bringing energy efficient products since 75 years and is actively contributing to India´s Energy Saving Mission. Crompton has a complete range of BEE star labelled pumps in Monobloc, Openwell Submersible and Borewell Submersible pumps as well as other energy efficient pumps.

Has Crompton forayed in solar power water pump? If ´yes´, please elaborate?
Yes. We have solar pumping system with AC as well as DC motors. Solar pumping system´s potential in India is estimated at Rs 2000 crore in 2016-17 and further growing exponentially.

Advantages of Solar Systems:

  • Abundant availability of solar energy at no cost
  • Government and NGO support – Subsidy upto 30 percent by MNRE and upto 20 percent additional by few state governments
  • Totally pollution-free
  • Will help in overcoming energy scarcity
  • Water supply issues in rural India can be reduced or eliminated
  • Conversion from diesel pumps to solar pumping systems is easily possible as total life cycle cost of these systems will be much lesser [@ 1/4th] that of diesel engine driven pumps.

What are the challenges Crompton facing in waste water and water management sector?
Crompton is involved in this segment as a pump supplier. The market is unorganized and price sensitive with huge competition from local nonbranded and Chinese players. Due to the absence of stringent regulatory norms, the quality of the product and tax laws are compromised by a few local nonbranded manufacturers which helps them to supply products at very low price.

Chinese suppliers, on the other hand, have benefits of huge production capacities supported with export benefits offered by their Government, which allow them to supply the pumps at cheaper prices compared to Indian manufacturers.

What are the latest innovations worked out by Crompton in domestic pumps, submersible pumps, and agriculture pumps sector?
Crompton has recently come out with fully stainless steel 4ö Submersible pumps having efficiencies upto 30% higher as compared to conventional Cast Iron pumps. The regenerative pumps are offered with Cathodic Electro Deposition (CED) coating and brass insert to avoid jamming of these pumps. GSM Controller launched recently is helping customers in operating the pumps from remote location. Besides Crompton has a very quick and efficient After Sales Service Network of 500 Authorized Service Centers [ASC] pan India. Any complaints received through the Toll Free no [1800 419 0505] is resolved within 48 hours by skilled technicians.

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