October 14, 2015: Grundfos Pumps India, a subsidiary of Grundfos, Denmark, plans to manufacture small solar pumps for domestic applications. The pumps will be made in the country and the units are currently being field tested and targeted for launch during the first quarter in 2016-17.
The small solar pumps designed and built in India will be targeted at the semi-urban and rural areas. The products are expected to be around 35-150W units with solar panels capable of lifting water up to a height of around 12m from the sump level.
Grundfos India is also exploring options for setting up a small assembly unit in Gujarat from where it brings in stainless steel pipes. Setting up an assembling unit will help cut costs of logistics one way. The company is committed to making each generation of pumps more energy efficient than the previous one, increase use of recyclable material and reduce use of chemicals year-on-year. Grundfos uses food grade quality paints.
The Danish company is present in around 56 countries and employs around 19,000 people. In India, the company emplous around 315 people including the 40 software engineers and assembles a wide range of units.