Mumbai : Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) is a company which has always been known for staying ahead of the curve and being ready for the future. As part of the company’s another progressive step in the same direction, KBL recently built a new manufacturing division at the company’s mother plant in Kirloskarvadi, in Maharashtra called ‘Advanced Technology Product Division (ATPD)’.
As the name suggests, the ATPD has primarily been built as a dedicated manufacturing division for high-end technology products, especially those used for nuclear applications. It is a state-of-the-art facility spread across 6000 sq. mtr. area and is fully equipped with modern machines and test facilities, including special measuring instruments. The facility is a one-stop shop for machining, quality control checks, assembly, and testing under high pressure and high temperature.
Commenting on the development Mr. Sanjay C. Kirloskar, Chairman and Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd. said, “KBL’s fluid management solutions are trusted by its patrons across the globe for their innovation and high-performance. Our R&D team is constantly working to increase the efficiency of our products to deliver the best customer experience. Keeping this in mind, we decided to build a dedicated unit for the upgradation of our existing products as well as development of futuristic and technologically-advanced solutions for the nuclear application segment. Advanced Technology Product Division (ATPD) will aid in our efforts of preserving the 100-year-old Kirloskar legacy and pass-on the knowledge acquired over the years.”
KBL is among the world leaders in pumping solutions for various critical applications in the nuclear industry. It is the first and leading manufacturer of primary and secondary sodium pumps for Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) in India. The company is also among the only few providers of primary heat transfer pumps for the nuclear sector. Besides, the company’s Concrete Volute Pumps (CVP) form an essential part of various nuclear and thermal power plants across India. Thus, the establishment of the ATPD division is primarily aimed at further consolidating KBL’s capabilities as a full-fledged dedicated provider of some of the most advanced fluid management technologies and solutions for a wide range of applications in the nuclear industry.
The ATPD division marks KBL’s continued commitment towards the Government of India’s Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives. In fact, it is the latest addition to the various state-of-the-art technological capabilities and facilities available at the company’s mother plant in Kirloskarvadi. Maharashtra. The Kirloskarvadi plant, which is one of India’s first industrial townships, has a comprehensive production capacity for a wide range of centrifugal pumps of various types and sizes backed by in-house design capabilities, thereby eliminating the need to rely on other countries. It is home to Asia’s only 3-D printing machine for pump modelling and also houses Asia’s largest state-of-the-art hydraulic testing facility for testing centrifugal pumps.