L&T bags two Awards for Excellence in Manufacturing
Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) grabbed the limelight at Frost & Sullivan’s India Manufacturing Excellence Awards with its associate company Audco India Limited (AIL) winning the ‘Gold’ and its LTM Business Unit bagging the 1st Runner-up award. The awards cited the excellent manufacturing systems adopted by the Company at its Maraimalai Nagar and Manapakkam plants in Chennai.
Mr. S. S. Chandilya, Chief Executive, AIL, and Mr. E. S. Kumar, Executive Vice President, LTM Business Unit, received the awards at a ceremony held in Chennai on December 11, 2006.
The award has been instituted by Frost & Sullivan – an international consulting & assessing organization headquartered in Europe – to benchmark Indian manufacturing capabilities and to assess global competitiveness of Indian companies. The assessment was based on the extent of manufacturing excellence exhibited over a spectrum of assessment criteria spanning all operational areas.
About Audco India Limited
Audco India Limited, Chennai, is a joint venture company with equal equity holding by L&T and Flowserve Corporation, USA. AIL is India’s leading manufacturer of industrial valves.
AIL focuses on R&D, and new product development. Its R&D effort has been the corner stone for the fast growth, especially in the international market. The company is continuously upgrading its manufacturing set-ups with state-of-the-art equipment to maintain its cutting edge.
AIL has three sophisticated manufacturing plants in and around Chennai, viz., Manapakkam, Maraimalai Nagar and Kancheepuram, with a total built-up area of 49,000 sq. m. Manufacturing facilities include CNC machining centres, CNC vertical turret lathes, CNC lathes, TIG, MIG, plasma welding, sophisticated testing machines, etc. AIL can manufacture valves up to 72-inch size and CI 2500 pressure rating.
AIL products are marketed by L&T. In the international market, AIL’s gate, globe and check valves are approved by major oil companies including ExxonMobil, Shell, ChevronTexaco, TOTAL, SASOL, Saudi Aramco and ADNOC. AIL valves are exported to USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. AIL’s gate, globe and check valves supplied to Europe for use within the European Community carry the CE marking.
About LTM Business Unit
This manufacturing facility of L&T, spread over nine hectares with 25000 sq.m. of built-up area, is certified under ISO 9001 quality management systems for manufacture of rubber and plastics processing machinery. It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for fabrication, machining, material handling, design and engineering with CAD, FEA and 3D design capabilities.
The workshops are provided with CNC profile-burning machines, modern fabrication and welding equipment, material-handling systems up to 60 MT, CNC horizontal boring machines with a maximum of 203 mm spindle, infrared heating bed and deep-freezing machines.