Ex­cerpts of the ex­clu­sive tête-à-tête with Ashish Kansal


SW: How did your jour­ney of bul­let­proof jacket man­u­fac­tur­ing start?

Ashish: Our com­pany SMPP Pvt. Ltd., named af­ter my great grand­fa­ther, started with man­u­fac­tur­ing in 1985. Later in 2004, we de­cided to ven­ture into bul­let­proof jack­ets. That’s when re­search started and fi­nally we came out with a first tested prod­uct in 2008.

SW: From where do you source Boron-Car­bide ce­ram­ics for the jack­ets?

Ashish: Boron-Car­bide ce­ramic is one of the most ex­pen­sive ma­te­ri­als that is used in our jack­ets. We are mak­ing that in-house.

SW: How crit­i­cal or strin­gent is it to meet the re­quire­ments set by In­dian Army?

Ashish: Let me pic­ture it like this, bul­let­proof jack­ets work in a dif­fer­ent man­ner, ei­ther they pass or fail. There is no in be­tween way. A sol­dier not wear­ing a jacket in a war-field is bet­ter than a sol­dier wear­ing a jacket which doesn’t work.

SW: On what BIS qual­ity stan­dards, does the new jacket stand?

Ashish: There are no BIS stan­dards in In­dia for bul­let­proof jack­ets. We are in the process of for­mu­lat­ing them and I am one of the com­mit­tee mem­bers for this.

SW: Where are your man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties lo­cated and to which coun­tries you ex­port the bul­let­proof jack­ets?

Ashish: We have our man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in New Delhi and Faridabad. We are ex­port­ing our prod­ucts to Ger­many, France, Is­rael, UK, Aus­tralia, South Korea, and Egypt and are part of crit­i­cal projects like ar­mour­ing of Air­bus A400M air­crafts.

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