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Premier focusing on high productivity with low maintenance costs

“Since all our machines are CNC operated, they yield high productivity in shorter time periods and very low maintenance costs. Some of our gear hobbing and shaping machines feature direct drive which is a unique feature in such machines,” says D S Totre, Vice President, CNC Machines Division, Premier Ltd.
 Premier Ltd. has been in the business of CNC machines since 1961 and is one of the leading manufacturers of large and heavy duty CNC machines. Mr Totre talks about the company’s contribution to the Indian CNC sector.
Premier at a glance Premier Ltd. is the manufacturer of large and heavy duty CNC machines such as CNC gear hobbing, shaping and shaving machines, CNC gear tooth chamfering and rounding machines, vertical turn mill centres, vertical and horizontal machining centres and special purpose machines.
Currently, the company focuses on two core businesses:  engineering and automotive, and operates from its state-of-the-art ISO 9001 certified manufacturing plant in Chinchwad, Pune. The company’s heavy engineering business provides components for wind energy, power generation and infrastructure sectors.
Important contributions  Premier is one of the leading manufacturers of large and heavy duty CNC machines such as CNC gear hobbing, shaping and shaving machines, CNC gear tooth chamfering and rounding machines, vertical turn mill centres,  and turn mill lathes, vertical and horizontal machining centres and special purpose machines. These machines are generally used for cutting automotive gears, power train gears, turning railway wheels, turning large diameter gear blanks, housing, die mould applications and special purpose machines such as multi-spindle, deep hole drilling machine etc. “We pioneered the introduction of CNC milling machines in India and are also the leaders in gear hobbing machines. We are a one stop shop, as we provide complete machining solutions ranging from designing to manufacturing, including servicing,” says Mr Totre. “Since all our machines are CNC operated, they yield high productivity in shorter time periods and very low maintenance costs. Some of our gear hobbing and shaping machines feature direct drive which is a unique feature in such machines.” Notable achievementsPremier has received the FIE Foundation Award for the best design of CNC gear tooth chamfering and rounding machine in 2000 and CNC gear shaping machine with electronic guide in the year 2011. Premier’s CNC machines have been amongst the few chosen brands to enjoy international customer preference, both in advanced nations like USA, UK, Germany, Russia, East Europe, Middle East and South East Asia. Its design engineers have presented papers in international conferences and machine tool research conference on various occasions.In 1983, the company received an award from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Delhi for performing best company standardisation activities. In 1984 and 1987, Premier received a productivity award from the National Productivity Council. Its plant has been certified under ISO 9001 since 1993, by the Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI).
Being technology friendly Premier prides itself on its in-house design centres which are located at Pune and Bangalore.
“Highly experienced, qualified engineers and a skilled work-force is the backbone of our business, which helps us keep abreast with constantly changing technologies and innovative design and technology solutions,” believes Mr Totre.
Efforts in particularCommenting on the efforts Premier Ltd. takes to strengthen itself in Indian market, Mr Totre says, “Customer demand is a key driving force of our industry. The trust our products instil in our customers make us ‘preferred and patronised supplier’ for many of our customers.” The company customises its products according to the customers’ demands and provides them with quality solutions. Its design team continuously works on new and improved products using the latest technology.

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