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Automotive Product Finder Magazine | S-CCI India to launch coolants for EV
S-CCI India to launch coolants for EV
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The pioneer in antifreeze for automobiles in the country, S-CCI India will be launching products for electric vehicles (EV) from this year. In the early 1980s, S-CCI had introduced coolants for the now iconic Maruti-Suzuki 800. Speaking exclusively to APF, SK Singh Director, S-CCI said, “Every automobile company is looking at EVs because the segment is expected to grow anywhere between 30-50 per cent over the next ten years. As far as coolants are concerned, there is no real change because in the case of both internal combustion engines and electric motors they are required to keep the vehicle cool.”
The company has successfully completed field trials of its products on the automobiles manufactured by BYD Auto and will start supplies once the Xi’an-based automaker commences production in India. S-CCI is also supplying antifreeze fluids for brake and clutch systems of the Indian EV manufacturers Okinawa Scooters and Green Valley Motors.
Initially, manufacturing will be done at the company’s Alwar plant. “But we are going to keep our options open,” informed Singh, adding, “depending on which customer shows the maximum interest and their location.”
The Indo-Japanese JV is engaged in marketing a range of radiator coolants, brake fluids and functional chemicals under the popular Golden Cruiser brand name. The company reported a turnover Rs 2.75 billion in 2018-19, a growth of 7 per cent YoY on the back of demand expansion.
COOLANTS FOR TRACTORS
The company is also trying to popularise the use of coolants in the tractor segment. “Initially it was difficult to convince even the OEMs on the benefits. However, over the years they have realised the role played by coolants in keeping the engine in a better shape for a longer time”, Aniruddh Nandi, Director Technical informed the publication during a recent visit to the company’s Alwar plant. A few OEMs have even started distributing small packs of coolants at their authorised service stations to farmers.
Tractor and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE), Sonalika, Escorts, Eicher and Ford are among the company’s leading clients in the segment. S-CCI also supplies coolants to the construction machinery major Action Construction Equipment (ACE). Presently, the overall contribution from the business to S-CCI revenues is 5 per cent. However, most India made tractors have a coolant concentration level of a mere 10 per cent, which is much lower compared to 40 per cent in the case of automobiles manufacturers. This posits an enormous opportunity for future growth.
FOCUS ON INDIGENISATION
In the last few years, the company has also tried to develop its quality control lab in Alwar into a robust R&D centre. “The idea is to conduct research in areas where one can reduce the dependence on imports and bring in new technologies,” explained Singh.
“We have been working hard to have a good R&D centre here on account of the various new requirements that are emerging in terms of indigenisation to replace raw materials in a bid to make our products more viable for the local market,” averred Nandi.
This has resulted in S-CCI trying to reduce the use of the highly hazardous glycol in products since the chemical is not required in the warm regions of the country. This has resulted in partial anti-freeze, no anti-freeze and full anti-freeze products that either contains less or no glycol.
Other than Alwar, the company has another manufacturing facility located in Sitarganj (Uttarakhand) for the manufacture of coolants and brake fluids. The company expects another plant to be ready in Mehsana in Gujarat by the middle of 2020. Once ready, together with the Alwar plant, the Mehsana facility will be used to service a substantial portion of the company’s OEM customers. The company is also looking at setting up a fourth plant near Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
S-CCI presently exports products to select neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in South Asia and Oman in the Middle East.
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