Schmersal India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of the Schmersal Group, is celebrating 10 years of existence this year. The company was founded in 2007 as a sales organisation in order to participate in the growing Indian market for machine safety. In 2012, the cornerstone for a production factory was laid in Ranjangaon near Pune in Maharashtra. The Schmersal Group invested about €8 million (about Rs 580 million) in the construction of the new factory, which started production in July 2013. “The constant rise in demand for Schmersal products was the main factor behind the decision to invest in our own factory, especially as it became apparent that the Indian market offers massive potential for the years to come,” said Philip Schmersal, Managing Director, Schmersal Group. “To date, Schmersal is the only company producing safety switches directly in India,” he added.
The Schmersal factory in Ranjangaon produces safety switches and lift switchgear on almost 4,000 sq m of production and storage space. Initially, production was destined primarily for the Indian market. Parallel to this, Schmersal India was expanding its sales activities in India - both by opening new sales offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and by expanding the network of dealers. “Our customers currently include many international names in industries such as steel, mining, metals, automobile, alternative energy, plastic, cement, power, food and beverages, lift industry etc. Today, we are delivering our products to the whole of SAARC countries,” explained Sagar Bhosale, Managing Director, Schmersal India Pvt Ltd. In 2016, Schmersal India achieved a turnover of €4.4 million (about Rs 320 million). In April 2017, its Ranjangaon factory achieved a milestone by producing the millionth safety switch since it became operational.