Bock Kältemaschinen GmbH opens new production facility in India
Based in Frickenhausen near Stuttgart, the manufacturer of Bock refrigerant compressors is expanding its involvement on the subcontinent. A new production facility for compressors used in mobile and stationary refrigerating/air conditioning applications has been erected on a site covering more than 7000 m².
Bock India pvt. Ltd. opened its new production facility on 16 January 2009 at Vadodara in the Indian state of Gujarat. Bock India is a joint-venture company, with Bock Kältemaschinen GmbH owning a majority stake. Bock India was specifically created to supply and manage the Indian market.
The new production facility boasts a near 2000 m² production hall containing a logistics centre, a repair and service department and production/office space.
The story of Bock India began as long ago as 1997 with the manufacture of individual open compressor models from the Bock F series. These days, Bock India produces all the models made by the parent company, including the vehicle compressor from the FK series and semi-hermetic compressors.
Other products currently manufactured by Bock India for the Indian market specifically are air-cooled and water-cooled condensation units with semi-hermetic compressors. These models have also become significantly more important in India during recent years.
Bock India also makes client-specific products. An example is the special duplex compressor made for process cooling in industrial applications, the retail market or the food industry. "Having a local presence in India is not just about selling compressors to our clients. We also offer expert advice, a personal aftersales service through a service network, and comprehensive training and service propositions", is how Günther Vollrath describes the range of solutions offered by Bock in India.
With this new building, Bock is paving the way for the company to enjoy further growth, whilst responding to the increasing demands from the Indian market. Equipped with the very latest assembly and testing facilities, Bock India has one of India's best-performing plants for the manufacture of compressors in these performance ranges.
"Our new plant in Vadodara is the company's way of making a statement about the role the Indian market will play in the future", is how Bock Managing Director Heinrich Reuß explains the future significance of the plant for the company. It is clear that Bock sees substantial growth potential in India over the coming years.
The guest of honour at the official opening of the new factory on 16 January 2009 was Shri Naranbhai Rathwa, the Indian minister of state for railways.
Many Bock compressors have been in use on India's railways for a number of years. The Delhi Metro is just one example of such applications. Today, however, Bock products can also be found in all the other sectors where refrigeration and air conditioning technology is used in India. This was borne out by the large number of sector representatives present at the opening celebrations.
Bock India was delighted to welcome around 200 guests from India's engineering and air conditioning sector. Managing Director Heinrich Reuß took part in the event as the representative of Bock Deutschland. Günther Vollrath, who is responsible for coordinating and developing the Indian plant, was also present.
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