Uhde India Staying on the Growth Path
India’s chemical industry is registering commendable growth. Same is the case with Uhde India. The company is not only growing in India but also outside the country. Dr Benno Lueke, Vice Chairman and Managing Director Uhde India is looking at a bright future.
PROCESS WORLDWIDE: Dr Lueke, the Uhde India booth gave the company a prominent presence again this time around at Chemtech/Chem Expo. Did the event meet your expectations?
Lueke: The ChemTech event offers a variety of platforms to interact with the customers and business associates. There is the Conference Section which brings together the leaders of the chemical industry to speak on matters concerning the chemical industries. Then there is also the Trade Fair Section which allows companies to present their credentials and experience to visiting business associates. The Panel discussions between industry captains presents an opportunity for open debate on key issues. The Student Forums allow organisations to show the way for upcoming minds on the verge of joining the industry. As in the past, Uhde India participated in all these sections. We had good opportunities to meet our customers, peers, business associates and young students undergoing their education. The event attracted a number of leading players and their senior representatives. Our expectations were more than met.
PROCESS WORLDWIDE: Uhde India wants to stay on the growth curve. Do you plan to recruit more employees over the next years?
Lueke: We are committed to staying on the growth path, but we will go about increasing our workforce in an appropriate manner, based on our estimates of future workloads. That has always been the way we have addressed our work situations.
PROCESS WORLDWIDE: Within ThyssenKrupp Uhde, Uhde India is part of the Center of Excellence Engineering, meaning that it makes a major contribution. What is your particular area of technical expertise?
Lueke: The Center of Excellence Engineering status conferred on Uhde India is a recognition of our engineering resources and experience, garnered over the 500 plus projects that we have executed. You are aware that ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH transferred certain technologies to India way back in the 70s. Since then, we have consolidated our position as a leading arm of the Group and a strong engineering company in our own right, through core Group technology and ‘non-core’ technology projects. Uhde India will be called upon to assist the parent company and the group on their projects across the globe, wherever necessary. It is also part of the ONE Uhde concept of our Group. Engineering support can involve participation in a number of ways — proposal making, FEED package preparation, detailed engineering support, training and even contribution to the Group’s Knowledge Management Systems.
PROCESS WORLDWIDE: That means, your engineers go out on international assignments as a result of that.
Lueke: Uhde India generally reserves about a fifth of its resources for support to the parent company and dedicates the rest to the Indian customers and its independent overseas projects. In order as to support our parent company and other local organisations, our engineering specialists are called upon to participate in international assignments on a regular basis.
PROCESS WORLDWIDE: What is the major emphasis of the projects?
Lueke : Our commitment to all our projects is the same. Each project has its own dedicated task force. Each task force is staffed with our best specialists. Each task force is tasked with ensuring the best results for our customers. We commit to designing and building plants which are distinguished by their state-of-the-art processes, quality engineering, durability, high yield, and environmental considerations. We commit ourselves to agreed budgets and completing projects well in time.
PROCESS WORLDWIDE: Can you cite a specific project to illustrate that?
Lueke: Perhaps the recent review meeting organised in our Pune office at the instance of our customer SIPCHEM for whom we are building a Poly Butylene Terephthalate (PBT) Resin plant in Saudi Arabia is a case in point. The project is being executed by TyssenKrupp Uhde and Uhde India jointly. The review meeting was attended by our customer as well our board members and project heads from Germany and India. Each task force member, each person associated with the project, signed a commitment statement — to give off their best to ensure we would have a WORLD CLASS PLANT WELL IN TIME!
Dr Lueke, thank you for the interview.