Joint venture in India a guarantee for success Blumenbecker more than 10 years in India
On 1 September 2010 Blumenbecker Automatisierungstechnik GmbH took over 51% of the shares in KAT Automation Private Limited in Pune. That was the birth of Blumenbecker KAT Automation Private Limited. A lot has happened since then. We do a review:
The milestones certainly include the first complete project in 2012: the automation of a high-speed cartoning machine. Only one year later the new plant in Pune was opened. Two production units of 400 square metres each were put into operation. From then on, Blumenbecker was able to supply its customers in India with switchgears from its own production.
Major projects followed; for example, the automation of a plant for the dairy industry in 2015. In 2017 a large order was received from a wind turbine manufacturer in Spain. The project involved the construction of top box cabinets, i.e. switchgears at the top of wind power plants. It was important for the Spanish company to find a globally operating partner that is familiar with European and international quality standards. The cooperation with Blumenbecker Automatisierungstechnik in Beckum secured the contract at that time.
The most recent example of cooperation between India and Germany is the project for the customer Jöst GmbH & Co. KG. The colleagues from Germany developed the control technology for a metal foundry in Mexico. The Indian colleagues programmed the control software and were also responsible for commissioning.
An interview about past, present and a look into the future
Vishwesh Katakkar was already managing the business in India from that time on. Today the 37-year-old is still the head of the company in Pune.
If you look back on 10 years: What are you most proud of?
What events have shaped the company the most?
"Our close cooperation with the colleagues from Beckum from the start of our operations has been an excellent experience. We have proven our ability to be a reliable partner for several services. The openness for innovation is also an important advantage as a part of Blumenbecker Group which is valued and appreciated by our customers. Our excellent relations with customers from diverse sectors is an important success for us. We are regarded as a reliable, trustworthy, high-quality and innovative supplier of systems and services."
Where do you see the strengths of your company?
"With our ability to provide CE as well as UL certified electrical cabinets, we are also ideally prepared for support to the global customers of Blumenbecker to supply electrical cabinets for the requirements in India or Asia.“
Your personal conclusion?
"We have established an excellent and youthful team over the years and are thankful for their commitment to our company and vision. As part of Blumenbecker family, we aim to ensure growth and development for all our team members.“
What does the future look like? Is it already possible to estimate the Corona consequences for the company?
"We have been able to complete the production projects even during lockdown period and our customers appreciate this flexibility which has helped the customers to ensure completion of their projects in the most efficient way.“