Marc Jarrault | Managing Director, Lapp India Pvt. Ltd
What is your investment plan for expansion purposes considering ´Make in India´?
We always believed in India as a manufacturing destination and this inspired us to set up our manufacturing unit in India way back in 1996. The Bangalore unit has a capacity to manufacture about 60,000 km of multi-core cables and 78,000 km of single core wires per annum.
Our follow up investment in its manufacturing plant in Bhopal demonstrates our intent and long term commitment to India. The unit has strengthened our base in the single core wire segment and catered efficiently to growing customer demands in India. It has an existing capacity of 1,000 km of single core cables daily, catering mainly to the building segment. It also produces 36,000 km of multi-core cables, resulting in an overall capacity increase of 60 per cent in multi core cables, which are used in major industries today, in addition to the existing 216,000 km capacity in single core wires.
Where is the demand coming from and for which products?
With rapid urban development, fire safety issues are a constant concern in public spaces like malls, commercial establishments metro and also homes. With the growing importance to safety, we have seen a growth of our flagship product OLFLEX Fire Survival Cable.
This provides optimum cabling solutions in fire mishaps, by maintaining circuit integrity for temperatures upto 650 C, 750 C and/or 950 C as per application requirements. These cables come with annealed bare copper or annealed tinned copper conductors. Having a double layer glass mica tape for insulation, these cables come with special linked polyethylene. The inner and outer sheath comes with Halogen Free compound with galvanised steel wire which prevents spread of fire. Unlike other wires and cables made of plastic, these cables have the capacity to sustain high temperature for a minimum period of time under fire.
We have also seen a growth in demand for Halogen-Free Flame Retardant (HFFR) cables that have excellent temperature index, are flame resistant and have oil resistance properties. These cables have outer sheaths that are specially designed with halogen free compound which reduces emission of fumes and acid gases in the event of fire.