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Interview: India Widening Opportunities for Process Industry Suppliers in the Subcontinent

| Author / Editor: The interview is conducted by Senior Feature Writer Nedra Pereira of PROCESS India. / Dominik Stephan

Freudenberg Chemical Specialities' Regional Representative for India and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Dr Jörg Matthias Großmann talks about the growing Indian market and the future plans the company has for India...

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“We will be expanding in the growing Indian market. In 2012 and 2013, the focus of investments has been and will continue to be on the implementation of investments made in prior years. But we will also invest in new technologies.” – Regional Representative India, Freudenberg Group, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co KGWe, Dr Jörg Matthias Großmann
“We will be expanding in the growing Indian market. In 2012 and 2013, the focus of investments has been and will continue to be on the implementation of investments made in prior years. But we will also invest in new technologies.” – Regional Representative India, Freudenberg Group, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co KGWe, Dr Jörg Matthias Großmann
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PROCESS: Being a global supplier, what are the latest R&D techniques that Freudenberg uses to bring about the latest technology and techniques in the lubrication and filtration sectors?

DR JÖRG MATTHIAS GROßMANN: Today’s economic and environmental mega-trends call for massive improvements in the efficient use of existing energy sources. Our turnkey system ‘Viledon eee.Sy’ stands for ‘energy-efficiencyenhancement system’. This system enhances the energy efficiency of intake air systems for turbines and compressors, especially in regions with warm and humid climate conditions.

The global competence hub for the Viledon eee.Sy air filtration solution is located at the Indian headquarters of Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, in Pune. For the Viledon eee.Sy solutions, the company has signed a partnership agreement with Thermax India, leader in air cooling solutions. With the acquisition of the UK-based company Aquabio, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies globally provides advice, process and engineering design, specialist equipment supply and project management for water and wastewater treatment and reuse systems.

We are investing around `130 crore in Mysore, making it the company’s largest investment in the Asia-Pacific region for our chemical specialty business.“ Dr Jörg Matthias Großmann
We are investing around `130 crore in Mysore, making it the company’s largest investment in the Asia-Pacific region for our chemical specialty business.“ Dr Jörg Matthias Großmann
(Picture: Freudenberg Group)

The company is now one of the leading suppliers of industrial membrane bioreactors (MBR), which is a combination of a membrane based filtration process (e.g. microfiltration or ultrafiltration) with an aerobic or anaerobic bio-logical reactor. When used with domestic or industrial wastewater, MBR processes can produce effluent of high enough quality to be reused in industrial processes or discharged to stringent watercourse requirements. This includes use for urban irrigation or even reuse as potable or demineralized water in combination with tertiary hyper filtration and disinfection technologies.

Further advantages of MBR filtration over conventional processes include small footprint, easy retrofit and upgrade of existing wastewater treatment plants.

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