WHALE CONTINUES INDIAN INVESTMENT

Posted by Tim Pile - October 22nd, 2013

Whale Tankers, the privately owned European leader in the manufacturing of liquid waste tankers and jetting equipment, is exhibiting at an important trade show in India this week to highlight its growing product range and presence in, what is, a substantial and fast growing marketplace.

The Solihull-based company will be using the IFAT trade fair for the Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling Industries in Mumbai 24-26th October to announce both the extension of their existing production facilities in India and the expansion of the Whale product range developed for the specific requirements of a huge and growing marketplace.

Whale Enterprise PVT Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Whale Tankers, was established in in the city of Coimbatore in the state of Tamilnadu five years ago to develop the company’s manufacturing capability on the Indian sub continent.

“When we first looked at our options for entry into the market, we quickly realised that building products here in the UK and shipping them over to India would not be commercially viable” said Whale Tankers MD Mark Warmington.

“In the ten years we have been active in the Indian market, we have invested a considerable amount of time, money and effort in developing our facilities and our management team in Coimbatore and we have just inaugurated a second unit in the city. This will give extra space for our growing parts business as well as house a new fabrication facility. We now have 16,000sq ft of space dedicated to manufacturing and customer support activities with a total of 45 staff. We expect to be producing around 20 liquid waste tankers and pieces of jetting equipment next year.”

Whale Enterprise are this week exhibiting at this week’s IFAT India trade fair for the Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling Industries. Every year, about 55 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) and 38 billion liters of sewage are generated in the urban areas of India*. In addition, large quantities of solid and liquid wastes are generated by industries. With population and economic growth, waste generation in India is expected to increase rapidly in the future.

The company will be using the IFAT India trade fair to demonstrate the capabilities of its product range developed specifically for the Indian market, such as the Whale LITEJET, the CombiWhale and the Whale SuperSucker. All have been developed using the technology and engineering expertise of Whale Tankers UK operation in the UK.

“We have quietly but steadily developed our presence in the Indian market over a number of years. The IFAT show gives us a great opportunity to demonstrate just how far we have come to date with our product range, our local manufacturing capabilities and our customer support infrastructure, which has been a key ingredient of our European success” said Mark Warmington.

He added, “There has obviously been a lot of Indian investment in the West Midlands region in recent years – it is great to see some investment in India from Solihull by Whale.”

22nd October 2013

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