NTL entered the lighting business in 2002 as a small manufacturer of ballasts for CFLs. In 2009, it became India’s first company to manufacture LED lamps. Today, it is amongst the largest Indian company in the lighting industry. Arun Gupta discusses how LED lights, onceconsidered a premium product, have become a household product, thanks to the government mass procurement drive. The growth that the LED lighting industry has surpassed all expectations, feels Gupta.Read more
Based in Jammu & Kashmir, Alba Power is a medium-sized manufacturer of transformers that has won several accolades and awards for its impressive performance.It is the first company in J&K that has exported equipment outside the state. It is also only the second Indian transformer to have got BIS certification for its products. Nisar Ahmed Baba discusses the challenges of running a manufacturing enterprise in J&K, and also sheds light on some pressing issues in the distribution transformer industry. An interaction by Venugopal Pillai.
Technical Associates is a reputed transformer manufacturer with a standing of close to five decades. Vishnu Agarwal who heads the company is also a prominent figure in the electrical equipment industry having recently held the President’s office of industry body IEEMA. In this exclusive exchange, Agarwal takes us through his company’s operations and future plans but more importantly, gives keen insights on serious issues affecting the transformer industry. He explains in depth the impracticability of the transformer industry having to deal with guidelines issued by two bodies—BIS and BEE. An interview by Venugopal Pillai.