M. Soundariya Preetha
Coimbatore: The pumpset industry here has initiated steps towards getting into the international market on a larger scale. The Southern India Engineering Manufacturers Association (SIEMA) has formed a committee to buy and study pumpsets from abroad and explore how the domestic pumpsets can enter the foreign market on a larger-scale.
Most of the pumpsets made here are to handle water and demand is huge for industrial and sewage pumps. And, just two to three per cent of pumps produced here are currently exported.
The Coimbatore Industrial Infrastructure Association, which is implementing a project to upgrade infrastructure for the foundry and pumpset sectors with the Central assistance, aims at developing the local and export markets for pumpsets and has allotted funds to the SIEMA for this purpose.
The SIEMA committee will purchase the pumps of different countries and find out the export potential for the Coimbatore pumps; study the technology used in the foreign pumps and will benchmark its performance.
The association president, C.R. Shanmugasundaram, points out that minimum efficiency for pumpsets is mentioned only in the Indian standards. In several aspects of actual functioning, the Indian sets have a higher technology and efficiency.
The aim of this exercise is to buy the foreign pumps, study not only the technology but also the advanced materials used, the actual functioning of the sets and identify areas of improvement for the Coimbatore pumps.
These pumpsets and components will be displayed for the association members and small-scale component manufacturers to see how they can improve their products.
The committee will also study the possible ways for the manufacturers here to improve production to international levels in a cost-effective way. The entire exercise will be completed in a couple of months, he says.