Duratuf Glass Industries looks at aftermarket for expansion
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.