KKR Metal equips to be fu­ture-ready for au­to­mo­tive sec­tor

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As the room for elec­tric ve­hi­cles in In­dia has started open­ing, KKR Metal Com­po­nents, a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of com­po­nents and prod­ucts for au­to­mo­tive, power trans­mis­sion, pneu­matic, tex­tile, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and other in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions, is equip­ping its fab­ri­ca­tion pro­cesses, sheet met­als and plas­tic mould­ings for the emerg­ing trends in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and its prospec­tive fu­ture. It is also making fresh in­vest­ments to en­hance ca­pac­ity.

“Change is the only thing that never changes. Tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion is al­ways good for the so­ci­ety. We have to in­cor­po­rate vari­a­tions in our prod­ucts and in the man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques to sus­tain the de­pen­dant fam­i­lies of our work­forces. Fab­ri­ca­tion is a value-added pro­gres­sion which in­volves the for­ma­tion of ma­chines, parts, and struc­tures from var­i­ous raw ma­te­ri­als. How­ever, elec­tric ve­hi­cles are re­liant on fab­ri­ca­tion, sheet met­als and plas­tic mould­ings. We wel­come the im­mi­nent revo­lu­tion in the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try as it en­dorses the eco­nomic growth in In­dia,” KK Ramesh, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of KKR Metal Com­po­nents, told Auto Com­po­nents In­dia.

The com­pany has ac­quired a name for it­self by sup­ply­ing prod­ucts to ma­jor do­mes­tic OEMs and the global mar­ket. He said, “Cur­rently we are sup­ply­ing our prod­ucts to Ashok Ley­land, Tata Mo­tors, Hyundai, Ford, and Mit­subishi. As a Tier 2 sup­plier, we are also pro­vid­ing parts to Del­phi TVS, Lu­cas TVS and Sun­daram Fas­ten­ers (SFL). Auto trans­mis­sion parts are be­ing sup­plied to Gen­eral Mo­tors which in turn are ex­ported glob­ally.”

Ev­ery month KKR Metal ex­ports 15,000 engine parts to Mit­subishi, Ja­pan, and 1 lakh fuel in­jec­tion parts to Stana­dyne, USA. The com­pany also sup­plies 2 lakh auto trans­mis­sion parts to Gen­eral Mo­tors through SFL and 45,000 wiper mo­tors to Lu­cas TVS. To cater the de­mand fur­ther, KKR Metal is also plan­ning to set up a new line for Sun­daram Fas­ten­ers at an in­vest­ment of Rs 40 crore.

“We im­port alu­minium from Thai­land where wages and labour pro­duc­tiv­ity are equally high. Alu­minium is also im­ported from Dubai. Ini­tially car­bon steel was im­ported from Ja­pan. Ow­ing to the high cost, we started sourc­ing it from Pune,” he added.

The firm is ded­i­cated to man­u­fac­ture and sup­ply high qual­ity and high tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts on time. Qual­ity, cost and de­liv­ery are its fo­cus ar­eas. The brand has also im­ple­mented BIQS (Built-In Qual­ity Sys­tem), a tool which up­keeps the

cy­cle time, pro­duc­tion, qual­ity, re­jec­tion level and op­er­a­tor per­for­mance. This sys­tem en­ables the com­pany to de­liver su­pe­rior qual­ity prod­ucts in the mar­ket.

The com­pany is a prom­i­nent man­u­fac­turer and sup­plier of world-class die cast­ing com­po­nents which have been de­signed for sev­eral in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions. The prod­ucts have been tested for their high tolerance which al­low them to func­tion ef­fi­ciently in ad­verse con­di­tions. They have per­fect fin­ish, high ten­sile strength and cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance.

KKR Metal has 3 man­u­fac­tur­ing plants to ex­er­cise ex­cel­lence in each seg­ment. Its core prod­ucts are sleeves, pump cov­ers, shafts, rapid block flange and trans­mis­sion com­po­nents for tex­tile in­dus­try. The man­u­fac­tur­ing plants con­tain ma­chines which in­clude CNC turn­ing cen­tres, VMC, SPM, in­duc­tion hard­en­ing, close loop CNC, cold cham­ber high pres­sure die-cast­ing ma­chines etc. They have mea­sur­ing equip­ment like CMM op­ti­cal gauge, sur­face fin­ish tester, pro­file pro­jec­tor round­ness tester, met­al­lur­gi­cal mi­cro­scope, crack de­tec­tor and spec­trum anal­yser.

N Subra­ma­nian, Gen­eral Man­ager of KKR Metal Com­po­nents, said, “We never com­pro­mise on qual­ity. We en­sure that the prod­uct at­tains the best qual­ity be­fore it reaches the cus­tomer. We probe deep into the prod­ucts to ac­com­plish per­fec­tion. The su­pe­rior qual­ity of the prod­ucts makes us ex­cep­tional in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. The an­tic­i­pa­tion of the cus­tomers will be to­tally ful­filled. We are not com­pro­mis­ing on T-check­ing equip­ment. Both man­u­fac­tur­ing and check­ing pro­cesses will bring out the best prod­ucts.”

KK Ramesh, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of KKR Metal Com­po­nents

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