Marc Jarrault, Managing Director, Lapp Group India, in an email interview conveyed to Samuel Joseph Editor of ITJ his views and vision of the company with regard to the products and services rendered to the textile industry in India.
In cabling products and solutions, how is Lapp Group, Germany rated globally? Where does the Indian subsidiary stand vis-a-vis its competitors?
Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, Lapp Group is a leading supplier of integrated solutions and branded products in the field of cable and connection technology. Lapp Group is a pioneer in the industry. Its wide range of portfolio ranges from standard and highly flexible cables for power, control and data applications, and industrial connectors, customised system solutions, robotics solutions and automation systems for the intelligent factory of the future.
Lapp Group India is the 100 per cent subsidiary of the Lapp Group. We offer more than 40,000 extensive range of high quality and durable products and solutions necessary for various industries. We are a one-stop-shop for all your cable and connectivity requirements. We have our expertise in providing the customised plug and play cable assembly solutions under the brand name OLFLEX CONNECT - from simple cable harness to a complex chain assembly.
Give us some background of the formation of Lapp Group India as a 100 per cent subsidiary of Lapp Group? What has been the developments in production and marketing over the years since inception?
LAPP is the first international cable manufacturers to set-up its office in India. During its initial years, we were a trading unit and we are now a 100 per cent subsidiary of Lapp Group. In India, we started our operations in the year 1996 with a manufacturing unit in Jigani, Bengaluru. The Bengaluru unit is the second largest manufacturing facility of Lapp Group and has the capacity to manufacture 60,000 km of multi core cables and 78,000 km of single core wires per annum. The company has invested approximately Rs 165 million (2.1 million Euro) for this project. The production area at Jigani was also doubled in 2014.
In 2012, Lapp Group India set-up its second manufacturing facility in Pilukhedi, Bhopal, which is helping us strengthen our base in the single core wires segment as well as cater efficiently to growing customer demands in India. It has an existing capacity of 1,000 kms of single core cables daily, catering mainly to the building segment. The Bhopal facility produces 36,000 km of multi core cables resulting in overall capacity increase of 60 per cent in Multicore cables in addition to the existing 2,16,000 km capacity in single core wires.
Lapp Group India provides about 1,50,000 km per year of power, control, instrumentation and data cables along with connectors, accessories and customised cabling solutions to over 5,500 customers pan India. Our customers are spread across different industry segments such as automation, textile, automotive, machine tools, oil and gas, renewable energy, process industries, as well as in the infrastructure and building sectors. To service our customers better, we currently have two manufacturing units, 23 sales offices along with five service points and five warehouses. We also have a strong network of 180 dealers and distributors, a state-of-the-art laboratory and a fully-fledged Innovation and Engineering Centre. We provide tailored solutions for customer-specific applications to meet the industry challenges.
In the year 2018, we will be celebrating 20 years of Lapp Group’s presence in India. We are committed to Indian market and foresee a huge potential as well.
For full interview, read ITJ Dec 2017 issue