M&I Materials has opened its ester transformer fluid manufacturing plant and state-of-the-art laboratory near Mumbai, India. The move creates high quality, the local supply chain of the company’s MIDEL ester fluids for utilities and transformer manufacturers across the country.
The operation, based in Maharashtra, is the result of a new strategic alliance with ACME Synthetic Chemicals and will help Indian utilities and OEMs to deliver safer, greener transformers and substations. Ester transformer fluids have a much higher fire point than the conventional transformer fluid - mineral oil – and are far more environmentally friendly. The company has had a presence in India, providing product and technical support, for almost a decade.
As urbanisation increases demands on the existing Indian electricity network, utilities are turning to the MIDEL range of ester transformer fluids as a fire safe, a biodegradable solution to help protect their critical electricity infrastructure. The fluids, certified to global safety standards, help utilities protect communities and businesses from transformer fires and environmental damage.
With a locally manufactured product, Indian utilities will have direct access to a flexible and responsive supplier, meaning less dependence on imports for this key transformer component. As a biodegradable alternative to mineral oil, the availability of MIDEL fluids across India marks another step forward in creating a sustainable electricity grid for the future. In addition, the M&I Materials investment in local manufacturing is a clear endorsement of the Indian Government’s “Make in India” initiative.