TRIPLAN, a leading German engineering and technology firm listed on Frankfurt stock exchange, has set up a design engineering centre in India to tap business from the chemical, refining, life sciences (pharmaceutical, biotech) and food and beverages industry.
It has also brought to India its close coke slurry systems (CCSS), the new European patented environment friendly technology for pet coke (petroleum coke) handling for crude oil refineries. This system is operating in the largest refinery of Germany, Miro refinery in Karsruhe. This refinery is owned jointly by Shell, BP, ESSO, Conoco Philips and Rosnesft.
“We have established our own 100 per cent subsidiary TRIPLAN India and set up a state-of-the-art design engineering centre in Pune to tap business in India and in South East Asia and West Asia,” Peter Stromberger, chief executive at TRIPLAN said.
He said initially it would recruit a team of 40 to 50 engineering professionals over the next six months to aggressively tap businesses in India and neighbouring geographies. “We will cater to the local projects in India and TRIPLAN’s customers in Europe who intend to invest in India,” Stromberger said.
He said the combined TRIPLAN’s engineering experience of over 45 years in business in Europe for process plant engineering and the local engineering talent would offer great benefit to the Indian industry.
“We have already completed three chemical industry projects from concept to execution for a German firm Lanxess in India since the company entered India in 2007-08 with the total project cost exceeding Rs 175 crore,” Sunil Kulkarni, managing director at TRIPLAN India, said. He said on an average the company earns 8-10 per cent of the project cost as its income.
Kulkarni said the CCSS technology, which has got a good response globally from crude oil refineries, totally eliminates the pollution caused by the delayed Coker units. “It also reduces the water consumption by 15 per cent than conventional systems,” he said.
Stromberger said the company, which was growing over 10 per cent globally, was talking to many Indian refineries to sell this newly patented technology. “Indian refinery industry is planning for capacity expansion and is likely to install our delayed coker units as it was fully automated, environment friendly and safe,” he said.
Stromberger said except for a couple of equipments which would be manufactured in Germany, all other equipments and parts of this system would be localised and manufactured in India for the Indian market and for the global market as well.
He said the company was also one of the pioneers in developing intelligent plant design softwares for automobiles. “Tricad MS software developed by us is used by all the major automotive companies for digital factory design for all their new plants they set up for car manufacturing,” Stromberger said.
He said the software approved by the Association of German Car Manufacturers (VDA) was used by Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Skoda, among others.