Eaton to Build Innovation Centre in Pune
Dublin-headquartered power management co may hire more engineers to create new products here
Mumbai: Dublin-headquartered power management company Eaton Corporation has said it is building an innovation centre in Pune and expects to hire more engineers to create new products.
Founded in 1911 in the United States, Eaton builds products that make hydraulic systems, mechanical engines and electricity transmission safer and more efficient. The Eaton India Innovation Centre (EIIC) will hold up to 2,000 engineers who will work on building technology for India as well as the rest of the world, Eaton’s chief technology officer Ram Ramakrishnan told ET.
“The EIIC will be an integral part of Eaton’s global engineering footprint. The establishment of this centre is in line with Eaton’s commitment to achieving global technology leadership through its focus on innovation,” Ramakrishnan said. Engineers will work out of an incubation centre until the full facility spread over nearly 390,000 square feet is built by 2017. Eaton has about 90,000 employees globally of whom 10,000 are engineers. About 1,300 engineers are currently based in India. Ramakrishnan, who trained as a blacksmith, said the company is betting on relatively new technologies such as the 3Dprinting of metals and creating products to covert waste heat back into usable energy besides improving efficiency of power conversion from alternating current to direct current.
“We are very excited about these technologies. We can now 3D-print metals with very specific characteristics. About onethird of an engine’s energy is wasted in the form of heat. So, we are working on a system to capture that heat and turn it into electricity,” Ramakrishnan said.