Joint venture Rajoo Bausano opening extruder plant in India
Indian machinery firm Rajoo Engineers Ltd. is setting up a new facility in Rajkot, India, for its joint venture with Italian firm Bausano & Figli SpA.
The plant will operate under their Rajoo Bausano Extrusions Pvt Ltd. joint venture and manufacture pipe and profile extruders to cater to the growing infrastructure market in India. The company is investing 100 million to 150 million Indian rupees in the plant [$2.17 million to $3.26 million], with production likely to begin in April. “Demand for pipe and profiles is on the rise due to building of infrastructure as well as agriculture sector in the country and we believe the demand would grow many-fold in the years to come,” said Khushboo Doshi, head of marketing and communications at Rajkot-based Rajoo. The two firms formed the venture in 2009, with Bausano, based in Rivarolo Cavanese, Italy, owning 51 percent. “We may not be able to sell too many machines initially as we would focus more on the absorption of technology in the first year,” said Doshi, who was interviewed at the Plastivision 2011 show, held Jan. 20-24 in Mumbai. The venture targets PVC pipe manufacturers in India and offers pipe extruders for PVC, polyethylene and polypropylene. The new extrusion technology the firm said it is bringing to the market consumes less power and has a length to diameter ratio of 30:1, compared with what Doshi said is the standard Indian size of about 18:1 or 20:1. The new extruder would be available starting in April, and would have a high-torque, multi-drive system with four synchronized motors that lowers power and maintenance costs, Doshi said. Rajoo is also eyeing the European market with another joint venture, Hosokawa Alpine of Augsburg, Germany, and is planning to bring in a line that mixes technology from each firm, the Rajoo Alpine Hybrid line. When asked if there are more joint ventures in the pipeline in 2011, Doshi said, “In fact, we will focus more on absorbing the technologies coming through various joint ventures before moving on to another project.” Rajoo has supplied extrusion systems to Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and Latin America but it believes that the market is shrinking in America and Europe. “The growth is in the Asian & African markets. We have CE accreditation for supplying machines to the high-end markets,” Doshi said. “We have already supplied blow film lines in 3, 5 and 7 layers. With technology support from Alpine, we would be able to supply nine and 11 layer machines.”