Du­ratuf Glass In­dus­tries looks at af­ter­mar­ket for ex­pan­sion

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Es­tab­lished in 1986, Du­ratuf Glass In­dus­tries has been a lead­ing sup­plier of flat and curved glasses un­der the brands Du­ratuf and Durasafe across the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. Man­u­fac­tur­ers of au­to­mo­bile glass, ar­chi­tec­tural glass, au­to­mo­bile tem­pered glass, lam­i­nated glass, tem­pered glass, heat strength­ened glass, wind screen lam­i­nated glass, bus alu­minium win­dows, in­su­lat­ing glass, the Ba­hadur­garh-based Du­ratuf Glass In­dus­tries has been a sin­gle source sup­plier for Sca­nia, Eicher, SML Isuzu and Ashok Ley­land for their bus range. Af­ter es­tab­lish­ing a base in the OEM mar­ket, over the last 1 year, the com­pany is lately busy ex­pand­ing ca­pac­i­ties to lead in the af­ter­mar­ket busi­ness as well. The com­pany also has 2 fa­cil­i­ties, in Ban­ga­lore and Pitham­pur set up in 1992 and 2015, re­spec­tively.

“We are in line to set up a new plant in Ba­hadur­garh with a phase-wise in­vest­ment of up to Rs 7 crore, for win­dow glasses,” Ut­sav Gupta, Di­rec­tor, Du­ratuf Glass In­dus­tries, said. Adding on to the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity on 2.5 acres which is al­ready work­ing at full po­ten­tial in 3 shifts, the com­bined new fa­cil­ity of Du­ratuf at Ba­hadur­garh will be spread over 4.5 acres and Gupta has al­ready or­dered 5 new ma­chines from Italy, Dubai and China to in­crease the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­i­ties by 25%.

“It is im­por­tant to stay abreast with the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the in­dus­try and gear up com­pany port­fo­lio ac­cord­ing to the cus­tomer de­mand,” he said. Gupta is of the opin­ion that since the qual­ity main­te­nance is of prime im­por­tance, rather than ex­pand­ing base else­where, DGI will have in­creased ca­pac­i­ties in the Ba­hadur­garh plant it­self. The com­pany fol­lowed a con­tin­u­ous pro­gramme of in­no­vat­ing new prod­ucts un­der Gupta while em­brac­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and de­vel­op­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient glasses to com­bat harsh cli­matic changes.

Along with the civil sec­tor the com­pany has been sup­ply­ing glass so­lu­tions for ar­moured ve­hi­cles while meet­ing in­ter­na­tional qual­ity stan­dards like EN 1063; Level 1-7, and NIJ 0108.01 level 1-4. The R&D di­vi­sion of DGI has al­ready re­duced the thick­ness of bul­let proof glass from 50mm to 28mm and has been work­ing hard to fur­ther re­duce it. DGI has suc­cess­fully de­vel­oped and sup­plied bul­let­proof glass in thick­ness of 100mm to Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force in J&K.

Grow­ing at an over­all fig­ure of up to 35%, the com­pany is tar­get­ing a rev­enue of Rs 150 crore this year and cur­rently has rev­enue spread in the ra­tio of 80:20 be­tween OEMs and af­ter­mar­ket. Its glasses are ex­ported to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Du­ratuf pro­duces glasses which are as big as 1.83 m by 2.6 m for buses. The prod­uct range also in­cludes bul­let-proof, high-strength glasses for se­cu­rity en­clo­sures. The com­pany has been achiev­ing an im­pres­sive growth year on year since in­cep­tion.

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