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Process Instrumentation Gearing Up for India – Process Control Firms Adapt to Local Markets

| Author / Editor: PRASANTA KUMAR CHATTERJEE / Dominik Stephan

Addressing the emerging need from the Asia Pacific region, the German manufacturer of process instruments, Vega Grieshaber KG has started its Indian subsidiary – Vega India Level and Pressure Measurement Pvt. Ltd., in 2012. Sudarsan Srinivasan, General Manager- India Operations, Vega, talks to PROCESS India on the emerging trends in the field of process instrumentation in the country...

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Indian decision makers are now open to source high quality instruments from different parts of the world. They have understood that they can achieve better return on investment through concentrating on price levels from a long-term perspective,” opines Sudarsan.
Indian decision makers are now open to source high quality instruments from different parts of the world. They have understood that they can achieve better return on investment through concentrating on price levels from a long-term perspective,” opines Sudarsan.
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PROCESS: What is the latest trend in the field of process instrumentation in India?

SUDARSAN SRINIVASAN: Process instrumentation, which includes process control and computing, is an essential feature of any modern process management system. The growing requirement of control and computing has created a large space for research in instrumentation.

The competition due to globalisation has resulted in better process control, optimum utilisation of resources and higher level of automation in all industry sectors. With the demand for automation increasing day by day, there is a huge emphasis on measurement, testing and control using software to improve commercial, industrial and service productivity through automation. This has become more of a necessity today.

Further, the growing pace to modernisation, new large projects etc., – need precise and accurate process control instrumentation, and moreover the current trend is openness to latest technology to get better returns with optimum investment.

“India's Process Industry Is Striving to Live Up to Global Standards”

PROCESS: As the new plants are mostly being designed with high level of automation, how is the instrumentation demand from the Indian buyers changing?

SRINIVASAN: Most of the Indian process industries are striving to live up to the global standards, and the users have understood the benefits of setting up high-end process control instrumentation in their plants that give them clear long-term benefits.

There is a major paradigm shift among the buyers, if we compare it with the early ‘90s. Now, they have no restrictions on sourcing instruments from different countries. They manage to get the best technology from across the globe. Obviously, this has increased competition in the market place, and it has a direct positive effect on prices for the buyers.

Today, customers are more open to changes than earlier days. Instead of conventional technologies, they now take more calculated decisions on new technologies.

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