Company expands existing production facilities in Kolkata to accommodate growing demand
THE official opening of the new CDE Asia factory in Kolkata, India, took place on Wednesday 21 November, in the presence of Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment with the UK Government.
The new production facility is located in the same industrial area as the existing CDE Asia factory in Kolkata and has been developed to ensure the company can accommodate growing demand for the range of washing equipment produce for markets in India and south-east Asia.
Commenting on the new development, Manish Bhartia, managing director of CDE Asia, said: ‘Our new factory will allow us to build on the success we have enjoyed in India over the last five years and expand our territories into neighbouring countries. We have been exploring the development of a new partner network outside India and have won projects in Malaysia and Indonesia.’
Since the formation of CDE Asia in 2007 the company has established a position as the leading manufacturer of washing equipment with numerous projects throughout India. The strategy that has driven this success has involved pioneering the introduction of new processing systems in a variety of industry sectors.
Key to this success has been the adaptation of CDE equipment to suit the specific requirements of the iron ore industry. Many of the leading steel producers in India are now operating iron ore processing systems from CDE which have been developed over the last five years.
‘Our success has resulted from the capability of our systems to remove contaminants which cause significant inefficiencies in the steel production process,’ explained Dr Arabinda Bandyopadhay, president of technology and business development with CDE Asia. ‘Our Kolkata base is our Global Ore Processing Knowledge Centre and will allow us to bring these systems to a wider global audience in the future.’
Another recent success has been the introduction of a construction and demolition waste recycling plant for the Delhi Municipal Corporation. This is the first project in this sector for CDE outside the UK where modular washing systems for construction, demolition and excavation waste were first introduced 10 years ago.
According to Manish Bhartia, the increased production capacity offered by the new factory in Kolkata will allow the company to contribute towards the delivery of the $1 trillion infrastructure investment recently announced as part of India’s twelfth Five Year Plan, which runs from 2012 to 2017.
‘With the opportunities that will present themselves in the coming years, we are now ideally positioned to help build a better future for everyone in India by focusing on faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth.’