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Interview

MANAGING DIRECTOR

( ZIEHL-ABEGG INDIA PVT. LTD. )

VIKAS KUNDRA

1.  “Fascination, innovation and always being one step ahead”Brief us about Ziehl-Abegg journey so far?

Ziehl-Abegg started its journey in Germany in the year 1910 as a manufacturer of electric motors. Back in the Fifties, Ziehl-Abegg established the basis for modern fan drives: external rotor motors which even today are still seen as state-of-the-art worldwide. Another area of business is electric motors which provide the power, for example, for elevators, medical applications (computer tomography equipment) or deep-sea underwater vehicles. The theme of electro-mobility for motor vehicles was established as part of the Ziehl-Abegg Automotive Team in 2012.

Keeping our innovative spirit alive, we continue to invest in R&D every year to launch new products with a clear focus on low power consumption and low noise levels. In 2008 we invested in state-of-the-art Lab in Germany, and this lab still remains the largest ventilation and noise test chamber for fan technology in the world. Over the past 109 years this desire and focus on innovation has kept us maintain our position as a Technology Leader.

We have a total workforce of about 4,100 employees spread between 16 production plants, 29 companies and 111 sales locations worldwide. Our group Turnover in 2018 was 583 Million Euros.

Ziehl-Abegg India is a 100% subsidiary of Ziehl-Abegg SE, Germany and we successfully completed our 10 years of operations in India in 2018. In India we are focusing on Fans and Controllers and we work very closely with OEM’s in various applications.

2. What are the major sectors, you are focusing on and what kind of growth can we expect in the coming year?

In India we are focussed on all applications where air has to be moved in an efficient and controlled manner. Some of the applications being catered to by us includes: Transformer cooling, Wind Power, Solar Power, Railways, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Ventilation, Data Center, etc. Over the last 10+ years we have seen the Indian market grow and mature wherein the customers are asking for products with Lowest Cost of Ownership, rather than first cost only. This positive change has come about as the Indian customers are aware that the operating cost plays a much bigger role during the life of the product, compared to the first cost. Thanks to our customers we expect positive growth in the coming years in all the business segments that we cater to in India.

3. What range of products you cater to presently in India? 

We have over 30,000 types of fans that are offered to our OEM customers depending on their application and operating point. Our ISO 9001:2015 certified facility in India assembles, tests and supplies fans to a wide range of OEM customers in India. The product range includes:

  • Axial Fans with AC and High Efficiency ECblue motor
  • Centrifugal Fans with AC and High Efficiency ECblue motor
  • Plug Fans with Standard AC motors
  • Tube Axial Fans with Standard AC and High Efficiency ECblue motor
  • Various controllers and control devices to optimize efficiency of the complete system

4. What is the story of “Blue Wonder” and how it continues?

Our Mission is to use our expertise in electric motors, fans and control technology to provide the latest knowledge, innovations and best practices in this fast-changing field. We help to make our world a little bit bluer. For human beings blue is the colour for nature, for the water, for the sky.  

Our products are able to save a lot of energy. For example, our fans: we combined high efficient electric motors with optimised fans. We are technology leader in the field of biomimicry in the fan industry (we learned from nature: owls, humpback whales, trees, bees…)

The challenges posed by the major mega trends of our time can only be mastered with leading-edge technology and technical innovations. Globalization, urbanization and mobility are all tasks for which our blue technology already offers the right solutions today, both in energy and air conditioning technology, in electric mobility and even in facility engineering. Our engineering will contribute to a sustainable quality of life, also in the future.

Resource efficiency and cost efficiency are two sides of the same coin. Our blue wonder is also to show that sustainable behaviour is not only good but useful.

5. What is your mission behind ZIEHL-ABEGG?

In India we started our operations in 2008 with a mission to save precious energy and I am pleased to confirm that over the last 10 years all customers have joined hands with us in this cause. We passionately follow our motto of “Proud to Save energy for my Country” wherein by using ZIEHL-ABEGG Fans the customer is able to consume less energy, and hence contribute to the Indian Growth Story.