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Trane bracing-up Indian business

June 22, 2011 5:03 am

Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand is one of the leaders in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments. The company is setting up a manufacturing facility in Chennai to meet increasing demand in the Indian market. In an interview with Subhajit Roy; Rajesh Sikka, business leader at Trane India speaks about the company’s energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives in India
 
 
Trane is one of the leading global providers of indoor comfort systems and comprehensive facility solutions. Can you brief us about contribution that Trane has made to the Indian industry?
Trane, which is now part of Ingersoll Rand, has been established in India for almost 17 years. Ingersoll Rand acquired Trane globally in March 2008.
 
Trane provides solutions that create and sustain safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments through heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and other systems. We also offer controls solutions for buildings. Trane controls are the keystone to make a building work better for life. They are engineered to be user friendly and help building owners efficiently achieve their desired temperature, humidity and ventilation whatever a building’s purpose.
 
Trane primarily serves major vertical markets like healthcare and hospitality. In the healthcare segment we have a strong presence within hospital and pharmaceutical plants; whereas in the hospitality front, we are working with most of the leading players in the hotel industry. We are also working on the other commercial buildings such as office spaces and information technology buildings.
 
Trane is strongly committed to the HVAC industry and to its presence in India.
 
Ingersoll Rand has two manufacturing plants in India, one in Sahibabad, UP another in Naroda, Ahmedabad. We are currently setting up a third manufacturing plant in Chennai which will be operational beginning in first quarter 2012.
 
Will the Chennai facility centre be a component manufacturing plant or a complete manufacturing plant?
The Chennai facility centre will be a complete manufacturing facility and to support it, we already have two engineering centres – one in Chennai and the other one in Bangalore.
 
In Chennai facility, which are the product categories you are looking at?
In Chennai, we have just started construction of a manufacturing plant which will be completed by year-end 2011 or first quarter 2012. During the next two to three months, final decisions will be made about the specific solutions that will be offered at the plant.
 
Which are the other countries you are looking at for exporting from the Chennai facility?
Currently, we are only looking at the domestic markets in India. Since Trane and Ingersoll Rand are global companies, over the long-term, we will evaluate export opportunities.
 
Are you going to enhance your human resource for the upcoming facility?
Of course, our target is to recruit more than 200 people in the first year to fill jobs to support manufacturing needs and to support the additional solutions in the pipeline.
 
Trane has recently introduced a new Voyager in the market, what are the unique features of this new product?
We have recently introduced a new line of 15-165 kW Voyager I, II and III rooftop systems in the Indian market. This system offers a choice of technologies to meet specific customer cooling and heating needs, as well as their demand for energy savings.
 
The new Voyager systems bring increased energy and operation cost savings to retail outlets, supermarkets, warehouses, factories and other commercial and industrial environments in India. Continuing with the Trane tradition of driving energy efficiency and sustainability, these new systems will use R410A as refrigerant.
 
The new Voyager systems have the same footprint and airflow range as their predecessors, allowing for easy replacement of units using refrigerants that will be phased out.
 

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