Schmersal’s Ranjangaon plant becomes fully operational

At an investment of Rs. 65 crores, the greenfield project has a capacity to manufacture 3.6 million safety switches annually
 Schmersal Group, the seven decade old Germany based multinational company and a specialist in safety for man/machine interface, automation and lift switchgear has recently announced that its first plant in India at Ranjangaon MIDC, Pune has become fully operational.
Schmersal has now 7 manufacturing sites globally of which 4 are located in Germany and 1 each in Brazil, China and India. Built at an investment of Rupees 65 crores, this greenfield facility is spread over 5 acres and has a capacity to manufacture 3.6 million safety switches annually. Safety position switches, safety door switches, pull cord safety switches for conveyors and safety switches for elevators will currently be manufactured from this facility to meet the demands in Indian market. The company also plans to start exporting to its parent company from the first quarter of 2015 and then to Asean and Gulf countries as well.
“It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that Schmersal’s seventh manufacturing site at Ranjangaon, Pune has become fully operational,” said Heinz Schmersal, President, Schmersal Group on the occasion. “India is strategically a very important and emerging market for our products. The Indian industry is focusing more on making the workplace safer for its employees and in order to achieve this, they need complete technical solutions which should reach to customers through faster deliveries and services. The rationale behind setting up this facility in India is to provide safety solutions to Indian customers more quickly and locally.”
Sagar Bhosale, Managing Director, Schmersal India, said, “Safety standards and norms in Indian industry will become more stringent and will be comparable to global standards. As a pioneer and first to start manufacturing of machine safety products in India, we foresee huge opportunity for Schmersal India contributing in a big way to much lesser accidents in industry and therefore play a lead role in the market. We are ambitious and plan to have 30-40 per cent growth YOY without losing focus on other business objectives.”
The company has also started a campaign, ‘Machine safety – Make in India’ to increase the awareness about safety at work place, educate people about standards of machine workplace, create a facility to ‘make safety products locally in India’ and provide a facility where people can visit and test the safety solutions.
Bharat Forge, Ferromatic Milakron, Johnson Lifts, L&T, LMW Group, OTIS, Schindler, Tata Steel, Thyssen, Trutzschler, Unilever and Windworld are some of the prominent customers of Schmersal in India.

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