Aerodry to Kickstart Production at 3rd Site in 2023
Indian plastic processing companies are now expediting planned expansion after a hiatus of couple of years. The pandemic forced companies to hold expansion and focus on their existing operations. But once the conditions stabilized, the expansion projects started in full swing as planned.
Noida headquartered Aerodry engaged in production of smart integrated automation solutions for plastic processing industry revives its expansion plans halted due to pandemic. “The land allotted for the third site in 2018, registration came in 2019 but pandemic spreads, which forced us to defer the expansion till the things becomes normal. We lost almost 18 months due to pandemic and construction commenced in the middle of 2021 again,” explained Arun Pundir, Executive Director, Aerodry Plastics Automation Pvt Ltd.
Aerodry would likely to complete the construction by the end of on-going calendar. “Commercial production would kickstart early next year coinciding with companies 25 th founding anniversary,” he said. The third unit is coming-up in 50,000 sq ft built-up area, located in Ecotech industrial area regarded as one of the fastest growing industrial area in Greater Noida, offering 24 meter wide roads, good connectivity etc.
Aerodry is investing in between ₹ 70-10 million in the first phase. “The second phase expansion is earmarked in the end of 2023 depending on 100% capacity utilization of the first phase.”
On what drives the firm in investing in the new site, Pundir explained, “Increasing demand from the market is one of the major factors of setting-up a new plant, besides, capacity constraint at the current site is not allowing us to meet the delivery schedules.” Moreover, the focus will be on adding more value to the product line, streamline operation, reduce delivery time and take-up more complex and bigger jobs.
On what kind of capacity hike is expected once the new plant functional, he confirmed, “Our capacity will increase by 4-5 times with the new plant operational.”
The new factory will focus on SAP implementation, sales force CRM, digitalization of customer facing activities, integrating lean manufacturing with IoT. “The integrated manufacturing eliminates manufacturing defects as it involves raw material conversion to skeletons of machines as per requirements of manufacturing.”
Products like drying, conveying, dosing, blending equipment, crystallization will be produced at the new upcoming unit, while heating and cooling equipment will be manufactured at the existing plant.
The modern infrastructure in the new unit will also target the export market by producing cost-effective equipment in India compatible with European technology.
“We are also working on setting-up global sales and servicing network besides building incubation cum technology center,” confided Pundhir.
With new capacity coming in, Aerodry intends to expand globally by developing sales network as well as appointing agents in markets like S E Asia, Africa and the Middle East besides developing clientele in the domestic market.
The incubation center will demonstrate the machinery live and it will come up at old site at Noida by the second-half of 2023. The center will synchronize with capacity building.
Aerodry also forged strategic tie-up with Dutch firm Ferlin B V & Italian company Nova Frigo Engineering S r l to offer their range in the Indian market.
Based in South of Holland, Ferlin is a specialist in dosing, transportation and drying granules, offers smart solutions for blow moulding, extrusion and injection moulding installations. While the Italian firm has expertise in supplying refrigeration and temperature control equipment for the plastic processing industry.
“The relationship with both companies forged during pre-pandemic phase in 2019 but marketing drive hindered during the Covid phase. Now, we are in the midst of finalising their product range to be promoted in the domestic market.”
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