Anvar Jay Varadaraj, Head – Marketing and Corporate Communications, ELGi Equipments Ltd
The home grown ELGi Equipments Limited is today the 7th largest manufacturer of air compressors in the world. The company with a broad line of innovative and technologically superior compressed air systems has earned the worldwide distinction of having designed sustainable solutions that help companies achieve their productivity goals and keep the cost of ownership low. The Indian MNC’s ambition to seize the No.2 position in the world by 2027 is not without substance. It has the technology, products and the people to achieve this, according to Anvar Jay Varadaraj, Head – Marketing & Corporate Communications at ELGi. The foundation of the company’s aspiration is also based on the fact that it is one of the three global players with the full range of compressed air systems, discovers P.K. Balasubbramaniian in an interview. Excerpts:
ELGi is currently the seventh largest air compressor manufacturer in the world. Our ambition is to be number two by 2027. Amongst the global players, we are one of three companies with the full range of products, which is the foundation for our aspirations. We believe that reliable products with industry leading energy efficiency will be critical to our growth. We have had a strong start in quality conscious markets such as Europe and the USA and we believe that we will grow steadily as more customers and distributors experience our products.
As we grow to number two, we believe 30% of our growth will be fueled by organic growth in markets, while 70% will come from inorganic avenues such as acquisitions. We will focus on “access to market” acquisitions such as distributors.
Our current infrastructure will hold us well for sales increases over the next five years. However, as we grow sales in key markets such as the USA, we will consider on-site manufacturing to improve our service to our customers and distributors. To this end, we have projects underway to envision the ideal ELGi factory in the USA taking into account factors such as higher labour costs.
ELGi currently offers the full range of compressed air solutions and services. For products, we have both lubricated and oil free reciprocating compressors. Starting from 1 HP and supporting applications such as small scale manufacturing and auto workshops, our lubricated reciprocating compressors offer decades of reliable operations. Our oil free reciprocating compressors support clean air sensitive applications such as pharmaceutical manufacture and textiles. Our oil lubricated screw compressors support a vast array of industries starting from 7 KW with the aim of providing the lowest ownership cost experience, which includes upfront price, energy consumption, and maintenance. Our screw compressor range also includes oil-free machines which are built around our proprietary oil free Airend design and produce class zero air for large scale pharmaceutical manufacture and textiles. Our screw compressor range extends to portable and skid compressors. Portable compressors are either powered by an electric or diesel motor and are critical for applications such as mining and road construction. Our skid compressors, mated to diesel engines, are used for water well applications. Finally, we have our centrifugal compressor range that supports large capacity air requirements for industries such as power, textiles, and cement.
As our IOT initiative, we have launched Air Alert, a communication device embedded in our screw compressor range to transmit critical compressor to ELGi. We will use algorithms to continuously monitor these machines to provide failure prevention, proactive maintenance, and quality improvement. With Air Alert, customers can rest assured that their ELGi machines are under constant surveillance. By the end of the calendar year 2017, we will have 500 machines fitted with Air Alert and by the middle of 2018, all of our machines will have Air Alert as standard and at no additional cost.
Our technology roadmap considers energy efficiency as a key driver. We initially aimed to match the best in terms of quality and energy consumption. We are proud to note that we are amongst the most efficient and most reliable machines in the industry. Our success in the USA, for example, is testament to our products’ quality and reliability. Our current goal is to be unequivocally the best in terms of quality and energy consumption, both critical parameters for an Indian brand competing with European brands.
We live by the mantra that the customer is always right. This mantra is our strength as it has instilled values amongst our team where no one tolerates compromises to the customer. If customer- centricity was not central, then our products and technology won’t count for much.
We aim to be thought leaders in compressed air. To this end, we’ve invested in platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and our blog (The Compressed Air Journal) that will allow us to create and share meaningful stories about ELGi.
Any operation that uses compressed air is our potential customer. We delight our customer by offering the lowest ownership cost experience in the world, bar none.
Our aspiration to be number two in the world energizes the whole company. We believe we have the technology, the products, and the people to achieve this.
While this is a work in progress, ELGi is a good example of home grown technology leading the charge towards dominance in an industry. Today, we have “know why” on compressed air technology, which will allow us to develop the compressed air products of the future. We’ve built this “know why” over decades of investment into our team and our R&D function. We are proud today to have engineers with us who have grown from campus developing their own world class designs and producing industry leading designs.
We would like to highlight two initiatives. First, we have a vocational training program at ELGi that has been designed around German vocational training principles. We identify high performing students of limited means from neighboring towns and villages who have completed the tenth standard and enroll them into a three year program with the goal of placing them in different areas of air compressor manufacture. By doing so, we guarantee that our labour talent is aligned to our expectations of quality and character, while offering these students an opportunity to cement their careers. So far, we have placed more than one hundred and ninety students.
Second, we run the ELGi school which aspires to provide a best in class science and math education for children from destitute backgrounds. The school enrolls 1400 students and we aspire to build residential facilities with the aim of inducting more students from orphanages.
ELGi’s sprawling manufacturing facilities at Coimbatore
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