KONE Elevator India has inaugurated its world-class facility for elevators in SIPCOT Industrial Park, Pillaipakkam, Sriperumbudur near Chennai. The new facility is built at an investment of INR 450 crore, employing around 600 people, and is designed for a capacity based on demand.
KONE India is now all set to ride on the wave of urbanization in the country with its new plant. Spread across a whopping 50,000 sqm, KONE’s new elevator manufacturing unit is the largest in this region. The factory is equipped with the latest technology in production, reinforcing KONE’s customer-focused strategy to provide the most competitive, highest quality products with short delivery time. Though the new plant will majorly focus on the Indian market, KONE will be exporting to neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Commenting on the vision behind setting-up this factory, Henrik Ehrnrooth, President & CEO, KONE Corporation said, “We are very pleased to inaugurate this state-of-the-art factory in India. The expanded facility will help KONE better cater to our customers as well as meet the demands for a growing elevator market here in India and neighboring countries. Our Winning with Customers strategy also continues to help our customer’s businesses become more sustainable. With this in mind, our new facility supports stringent sustainability and energy-efficient operations.”
Axel Berkling, EVP APA, KONE Corporation stated, “India plays a very important role, not only in Asia Pacific but also in the global plans for KONE and therefore this expansion of the factory is of immense importance. We all know that the technology adoption rate in India is quite high and the new factory will play a key role in delivering world-class quality solutions in line with the requirements of the market.”
Listed in the most innovative companies list of Forbes for seven times, innovation has been a strategic imperative for KONE. Constantly developing technology is an integral part of KONE’s commitment to improve the flow of urban life. At KONE, innovation means sustainability and making better use of energy and resources to improve customer experience through real-time transparency. For users, it means a better, personalized experience through the whole elevator and escalator journey, from access to destination.
Emphasizing on the need to focus on supporting urbanization with break-through technology in the most sustainable way possible, Amit Gossain, Managing Director, KONE India, believes that this elevator manufacturing facility will enable the company to further step up exports to other markets and generate employment. He explained, “The new unit aims at leveraging digitalization opportunities and speeding up development in a changing business environment. It will tap exciting and unique ways to improve customer and user experience as well as the quality and productivity of KONE’s operations.”
“To meet the growing demand, we have set up this factory with increased manufacturing capacity. We also significantly invest in R&D and create expert manpower for providing operation and maintenance services. We have over 5000 direct employees and a large number of indirect employment through subcontractors, suppliers and partners, who innovate together to deliver the best results”, he added.
To enable a sustainable built environment, the new facility is designed as per the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) norms. The facility has been designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
@EPC World Media