SKODA Power opens India office
PM News Bureau
SKODA Power Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of SKODA Power s.r.o., has recently opened its office in India. The company will concentrate its activities on supplies, modernisation and services of power units. It plans to invest $14 million and have 50 employees, especially highly qualified designers, engineers and salesmen in the next five years.
In phase-I, the company will concentrate on strengthening its position in the market, increasing the number of submitted offers and developing activity in the area of repairs and modernisation of existing units. In the beginning it will utilise local companies for cooperation and supplies of components and services as a business-engineering company.
Nearly 100 SKODA power units are operating in India. These were supplied directly or through BHEL, to whom SKODA Pilsen sold its license in the 1970s. Pilsen SKODA is the legal holder of the SKODA trademark and has supplied equipment amounting to about 8,000 mw of power output to India so far; especially complete turbo sets in the output range of 60-110 mw. In recent years, SKODA Power has reconstructed the 110-mw unit in Ennore. It has managed to penetrate the Indian market with turbines using biomass combustion products.
[7 March 2005]