Wax­pol In­dus­tries to man­u­fac­ture DEF

Auto components India - - CONTENTS - Story by: Anirudh Ra­heja

Wax­pol In­dus­tries, with the clear aim of ex­pand­ing its hori­zon, is all set to man­u­fac­ture diesel ex­haust flu­ids (DEF) for the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in In­dia. Man­u­fac­turer of var­i­ous lu­bri­cants, in­clud­ing brake and clutch flu­ids, and greases, Wax­pol In­dus­tries will be­gin pro­duc­tion of DEF at its Ranchi plant in 2 months.

“Since the de­mand for DEF will rise shortly, to be ahead in the mar­ket, we are plan­ning to in­vest close to Rs 6 crore to set up ini­tial in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 30,000 tonnes an­nu­ally of DEF at our Ranchi plant,” Shrey Garg, Di­rec­tor (Op­er­a­tions and In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs), Wax­pol, said.

With the Euro-IV emis­sion norms al­ready in, the de­mand for DEF is pick­ing up steam, and the dead­line for the BS-VI emis­sion norms is ap­proach­ing fast, the ve­hi­cles will be­come more so­phis­ti­cated. Garg is against the use of agri­cul­ture urea as DEF, since it is im­ported, and it can de­stroy the func­tion­ing process of cat­alytic con­vert­ers in diesel en­gines.

The com­pany has de­vel­oped and launched high per­for­mance EP Red Grease for chas­sis ap­pli­ca­tion largely across trucks, buses and farm equip­ment for the af­ter­mar­ket. “A NLGI GC – LB Cer­ti­fied prod­uct, the EP red grease has been tested to sur­vive more than 75,000km at a stretch thus be­ing suit­able for heavy duty ap­pli­ca­tion,” Garg said. The com­pany has also launched wa­ter-based eco-friendly pol­ish, Eco-saver, for au­to­mo­tive and home care prod­ucts.

The Ranchi plant of the com­pany, the big­gest among its four plants, houses a qual­ity con­trol lab­o­ra­tory and a state-of-the-art R&D cen­tre. The R&D cen­tre is in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of sur­face tech­nol­ogy and tri­bol­ogy to meet the dy­namic de­mands of the cus­tomers. It also has a physic­o­chem­i­cal test lab­o­ra­tory to en­sure com­plete anal­y­sis and eval­u­a­tion of lu­bri­cants, fuel aids and other spe­cialty prod­ucts.

The other 2 pro­duc­tion units, in Raipur and Chen­nai, are fully equipped with field-test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries. Com­pany sources claim that test equip­ment has also been in­stalled to study flow char­ac­ter­is­tics and be­hav­iour pat­tern un­der static and dy­namic con­di­tions even at sub-zero tem­per­a­tures. Along­side, a per­for­mance test­ing lab has also been set up to ac­cess the prod­uct per­for­mance un­der stim­u­lated con­di­tions. Cur­rently Wax­pol’s rev­enue breakup be­tween the af­ter­mar­ket and OEM is 80:20. Garg said the fo­cus of Wax­pol will re­main on the af­ter­mar­ket for the near fu­ture as well. He is happy that there is in­creased aware­ness among peo­ple for qual­ity prod­ucts, thus giv­ing fake prod­ucts a run for money. How­ever, he feels there is no sin­gle-shot mea­sure to tackle the prob­lem of coun­ter­feit­ing in the af­ter­mar­ket. “Apart from en­cour­ag­ing our deal­ers to pro­mote orig­i­nal prod­ucts, we en­sure a pack­ag­ing that is eco­nom­i­cally un­vi­able to be man­u­fac­tured at a small-scale unit,” Garg said.

Wax­pol ex­ports its prod­ucts to the var­i­ous coun­tries in the Gulf re­gion, Bangladesh, Ta­jik­istan, Sri Lanka, Sin­ga­pore and Cam­bo­dia.

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