India: Grasim Industries Limited signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture company in India with Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH of Germany for the manufacturing and sale of composite hollow core insulators to serve the power transmission and distribution industry globally.
This joint venture brings together Aditya Birla Insulators (a unit of Grasim), the 3rd largest global porcelain insulator player and Reinhausen Power Composites (a Unit of MR), the 2nd largest hollow composite insulator player globally, with over five decades of combined experience in the insulator industry. ABPCL will build a fully integrated CHCI plant at Halol, bringing the latest technology for composite hollow insulators from Europe. In the new factory, composite hollow insulators for applications in transformer stations with up to 400 kV are to be manufactured in a special injection process as early as the second half of 2020. It will serve the insulator requirements of Indian and global OEMs in the power equipment industry, helping them to enhance their product proposition for the T&D utilities worldwide.
Composite hollow core insulators is the fastest growing segment of insulators, and improves the performance as well as safety of power equipment. This facility will be the first such large scale plant for this range of products in India and will be the largest such plant outside of China.
Mr. Kalyan Ram Madabhushi, CEO – Global Chemicals and Group Business Head – Fertilisers and Insulators, Aditya Birla Group, says, “As an insulating solutions provider to power industry for over 50 years, this venture is a natural next step for Grasim to expand into the composite hollow insulator segment and we are happy to partner with the global quality leader in this segment, MR. Through cutting-edge technology and world class manufacturing, this JV will offer high-end competitive, innovative and sustainable solutions to our customers globally, and reaffirms our commitment to Make-in-India to serve the world.”
Dr. Nicolas Maier-Scheubeck, CEO of the Reinhausen Group, says, “We look forward to expanding our presence to India, which is not just an attractive market but also a very competitive location for manufacturing such a high quality product. We are delighted to partner with such a large and reputed group, the Aditya Birla Group, for this venture, sharing our focus on quality and customer performance.”