Interview with Rohit Saboo

President and CEO, National Engineering Industries (NEI)

Date: 06 Sep 2016 | Author: P.Tharyan
Rohit Saboo

NEI, popularly known as NBC Bearings, had at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi displayed among other things PreSet hubs for commercial vehicles. How is this business progressing?

We partnered ConMet to manufacture PreSet Hub assemblies for heavy commercial vehicle applications in 2014. PreSet hubs utilise pre-adjusted bearings to facilitate proper installation, extend seal and bearing life and ease maintenance. We manufacture and assemble PreSet hubs inside our factory in Durgapura, Jaipur, where quality control is monitored every single step of the way. Using state of the art machines and technology we have achieved the highest levels of precision. Over the years, PreSet Hubs have saved maintenance costs, labour, time, eliminate failures due to bearing’s incorrect adjustments and minimise risk of assembly damage or incorrect assembly of seals.

How is the bearing industry performing in the country? What about NBC Bearings?

The bearing industry in India is on positive growth trend. The future growth of bearings industry is expected to be led by industrial production as well as demand from automobile sector. The demand for ball, roller and plain bearings is projected to rise 7.3 percent annually to a hundred billion by 2018. According to a new research on “India Bearings Market Outlook to 2019”, the sector is expected to cross over USD 4 billion benchmark by 2019. The bearings market in India is very dynamic and competitive where machine & manpower play an integral role.

NBC’s manufacturing prowess boasts of a vast range of bearings that cater to diverse applications in various industries like Automotive, Industrial and Railways. Going forward, Railways is an important segment. We manufacture all types of ball bearings, taper roller bearings, double row angular contact (DRAC) bearings, cylindrical roller bearings, spherical roller bearings and special along with axle Boxes for Railway Rolling Stock. In 2016-2017, one of our key focus areas is on shifting from standard bearings to new generation bearings which would be bearings with higher life and lesser friction.

With your Savli plant in Gujarat becoming operational, how do you see your business growing? Will this plant focus more on exports? Very briefly tell us about your other plants?

The plant in Savli, Gujarat is our 4th plant and we are manufacturing bearings for automotive segment in the plant.  Capacity of Savli plant  is approximately 40 million bearings annually. Savli makes a significant contribution to the company’s exports, which is expected to scale up further in the short term. Currently we are looking for 25% contribution to exports from this plant but it will go up to 50% in due time.

The company has four manufacturing plants located in Jaipur, Newai (Rajasthan), Manesar (Haryana) and Savli (Gujarat). All our plants are equipped with global manufacturing and process technology and our current capacity is to the tune of 150 million bearings per year. The Savli plant contributes approximately 40 pc to our total production capacity.

Can you tell us about the green initiatives undertaken at the Savli plant?

NEI has conceived and conceptualised the Savli plant in Gujarat on a green footing. The ability to develop sustainable buildings has brought the plant novel and prestigious IGBC Platinum Certification, which is the highest green rating available in India. The plant implements a wide range of eco-friendly initiatives such as Rain Water Harvesting, rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, VRF air conditioning, insulated PUF panels for roof, high solar reflective (SRI) top coating, LED lights, sewage treatment plant, native plants to consume less water, autoclave aerated blocks for energy efficiency and recycled fly ash and low VOC paints.

Additionally, the spaces are designed for maximum daylight entry and three dimensional energy modelling has been performed to optimize energy and daylight simultaneously.

 

Rohit Saboo

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Rohit Saboo
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President and CEO, National Engineering Industries (NEI)




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