• Electrical India
  • Mar 5, 2018

Dr Thampy Mathew, Managing Director, Pepperl+Fuchs (I) Pvt Ltd 

Pepperl+Fuchs is a leading supplier of automation equipment for a wide range of industries and has been associated with safety in hazardous areas for decades. We expect the business potential for our products from power sector to be about INR 150 million, informs Dr Thampy Mathew, Managing Director, Pepperl+Fuchs (I) Pvt Ltd in an interaction with Electrical India…

Please tell us about journey of the company in India

Pepperl+Fuchs India Pvt Limited was started in 1998 as a 100% sales subsidiary of Pepperl+Fuchs Group. The Process Automation Division Operations were gradually expanded over the years and currently, we have eight sales offices across India. Starting only as component sales in 1998, we now have a full-fledged solution engineering center in Bangalore catering to local market needs. Pepperl+Fuchs acquired Govan brand of Electrical Protection Equipment with their manufacturing unit situated in Chennai. Pepperl+Fuchs India is currently having a turnover of ` 100 crore in India. By acquiring ecom, Pepperl+Fuchs expanded its portfolio with a partner that has been a household name in the industry for decades—the market leaders for intrinsically safe mobile devices.

What are the products and services offered by the company catering to the automation segment?

Pepperl+Fuchs is a leading supplier of automation equipment for a wide range of industries and has been associated with safety in hazardous areas for decades. Our deep expertise enables us to offer a complete range of automation solutions for the process automation industry. The product portfolio includes intrinsic safety isolators, Zener barriers, Mobile Computing and Communications, signal conditioners, fieldbus technology, remote I/O, HART interfaces, level measurement, purge & pressurization systems, Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) for hazardous environments, custom cabinets, and junction boxes. We provide process industry companies all over the world with proven components and tailor-made solutions for a diverse range of applications. The market segments that we cover include the oil and gas industry, petrochemical, chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, as well as wastewater treatment plants, and power technology. Pepperl+Fuchs offers a broad portfolio of electrical equipment and solutions for installation and control of machinery and electrical networks in harsh environments and explosion hazardous areas. Various types of protection and enclosure variants along with a high level of flexibility allow the design of the most efficient control and distribution solutions for any application and industrial environment. Ecom acquisition added intrinsically safe mobile devices to our product portfolio such as feature phones, smartphones, and tablets for explosion-hazardous areas. With solutions for mobile safety and communication, customer applications are quickly digitized. This unlocks new potential and increases workflow safety, efficiency, and transparency—either in conventional applications or for Industry 4.0 scenarios.

What is USP of your products? Do you have R&D hub?

Our product focus is directed squarely on the individual requirements of each customer. Whether as a pioneer in electrical explosion protection or as a leading innovator of high-performance process automation products, close communication with our customers is what has allowed us to become a leader in automation technology. Our main objective is combining state-of-the-art technologies and comprehensive services to optimize our customers’ processes and applications. Our R & D hub is located in Mannheim, Germany. R&D hub for electrical solutions would be based in Chennai.

What are the growth drivers of your products?

Hydrocarbon, power, pharmaceuticals, petrochemical projects are the main growth drivers for our products.

• Greenfield Ultra Mega Power Plant Projects
• Greenfield and Expansion in Refineries
• Oil Exploration and Natural Gas Projects

What the technological innovations would you like to incorporate in your products to make them more energy & cost efficient?

Our products are designed with smallest footprints in the industry as well as with low power consumption. Reduced power consumption and efficient design result in very low heat dissipation.

Innovations like Line Fault Transparency are unique to our products

What are the products offered by the company catering to power sector?

Many fossil fuels and nuclear power plants around the world are aging rapidly. Many of these power plants are planning retrofits or complete replacement of their control systems and physical boiler hardware. The global need for reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy continues to grow, challenging the electric power generation industry. Keeping a power plant operational and on line is critical. Retrofitting or installing industrial automation systems is a small percent of the initial cost, but has a large impact on plant design, construction, start up, operations and maintenance. In many power plant upgrades, the power generation industry is adopting digital data transfer via fieldbus. The fieldbus permits the remote parameterization and reading of maintenance information, which the field device reports automatically to the control system technology. The capital expenditures for these power plants are justified by low maintenance effort and longer, reliable, system operation.

Products for power Sector are HART Management Solutions, Temperature Monitoring Solution with Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus, Signal Conditioning, Barriers and Isolators & Surge Protection

What is your outlook for the sector?

Government will push for large power projects using fossil fuels or renewables to meet the energy demands in the next 30 years. Make in India manufacturing policy will bring a host of international businesses to set up their manufacturing hub for the world in India.

Renewable energy is expected to become affordable in India.

What will the market size be in 2019 and what will the growth?

Our business in power sector has been growing steadily in the last 4-5 years. We expect the business potential for our products from power sector to be about INR 150 million and is expected to grow every year by 9 to 12%.