Dr. Jai Hakhu, Chairman, Horiba India
Horiba India, engaged in the production of testing and monitoring systems for automotive and engineering applications, recently unveiled a new product for industrial emission monitoring. On this occasion, Huned Contractor spoke to Dr. Jai Hakhu, the Chairman of the company about the company’s products, plans and strategies
Horiba India Private Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Horiba Japan, which is headquartered at Kyoto. Horiba was established in 1953. Listed at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the company’s business operations are spread across the globe. With sales revenues of USD 1,400+ million, Horiba has employee strength of over 6,800. The automotive segment contributes largest to its sales revenues to the tune of about 37%. Globally it commands 80% market share of emission measurement systems. Apart from the automotive sector, Horibia is also engaged in analyzers pertaining to process and environment, medical, semiconductor and scientific segments.
Horiba India was started in 2006 as a separate legal entity and is engaged in five business verticals – automotive test systems, process and environment, medical, semiconductor and scientific. The headquarters are in New Delhi and we have been growing steadily at an average growth rate of more than 15% every year. With a workforce of about 300 employees, Horiba India’s sales revenues were about Rs 200 crore as on December 2015. Our vision is to grow the revenues to Rs 500 crore by 2020. Approximately a year back, the company set up the Horiba India Technical Center at Chakan to provide emission and engine testing services for the automotive sector.
We have introduced a flagship product range called the ‘ENDA – 5000’ series, a stack gas monitor system that is useful for compliance monitoring of the exhaust gas from the stack of a stationary source. It will be important for meeting the tighter Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) norms. The product has been brought to India after recording grand success in Japan and China. It would be particularly effective in highly polluting industries like electric power, cement, iron and steel, pharmaceutical, fertilizers, refiners, pesticides, textiles and tanneries, to name a few. Since the system is designed to handle harsh process conditions it can be extremely useful for any industry that emits gaseous pollutants into the atmosphere to monitor its degree of pollution as prescribed by the pollution control boards.
Based on the application the cost of product would be in the range of Rs 15-20 lakhs. Though a new entrant in this segment in India, Horiba is targeting to gain 20% market share in the next couple of years.
The central and the state pollution control boards have prescribed standards for various pollutants emitted by the industries as notified by the Environment Protection Act 1986. In such case, the compliance monitoring needs to be strengthened and needs to more accurate to ensure that emissions are within the stipulated norms. Therefore, the stack gas analyzer has become a necessity for such industries.
These systems have a smaller footprint and use cross-flow modulated non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) detection with a magnet-pneumatic detection method that is inherently drift-free. The ENDA-5000 series are superior continuous analysis systems that are perfect in the difficult field of exhaust gas measurement, where measurement errors cannot be tolerated. The series features a new intuitive touch panel that makes every operation available with the touch of a single button. The ENDA-5000 series systems are also designed for faster, more efficient maintenance. They are ideal for a variety of uses, including monitoring steam boiler, refuse incinerator, and electric power generation plant emissions to assure pollution standards are being met.
Some of its salient features include:
We are a leading supplier in the fields of engine test systems, driveline test systems, brake test systems, wind tunnel balances and emissions test systems. More than just the world’s leading supplier of emissions testing systems, Horbia ATS is able to provide total solutions to its customers, with full turnkey capability. From simple engine testing to sophisticated dynamic research and development for engines and drivelines – Horiba has a complete portfolio.
We not only supply the testing equipment to major automotive OEMs but our test center also provides a facility for OEMs to test their engines for emission levels.
So far there wasn’t much regulation about emissions in various industrial sectors, except for the automotive industry. But now that the CPCB has laid down tighter norms so that all industries will have to submit reports about emissions in 15-minute cycles, there will be a need for precision-driven emission monitoring systems. Granted that many large-scale industries did have such systems but the role was perfunctory and the equipment installed was not up to the mark. With accurate monitoring and reporting now being a mandatory factor, a company like Horiba, which is known for its quality systems across the world, will surely stand a good chance in the market. Also, Horiba is not new to India. We have been selling our products for over 25 years now and the brand is well-known.
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