|LEGACY OF ‘ENHANCING LIVES’ FOR OVER A CENTURY
“Understanding of one’s environment and reality is essential to manufacture path-breaking industrial implements.” – Mr. L. K. Kirloskar The Kirloskar Legacy stands for a tradition of excellence for more than a century now. A personification of lofty values and visionary goals, the name ‘Kirloskar’ is engraved on numerous nation-building milestones. Although today, the Kirloskar Group stands as an enormous industrial empire, it has emerged from a simple beginning… Laxmanrao Kashinath Kirloskar, the founder of the Kirloskar Group was born on June 20th 1869, in a small village, Gurlahosur in Belgaum district. Initially a painting enthusiast, he later took up mechanical drawing, and set up his first venture in 1888. Laxmanrao strongly believed that agricultural implements must fit the milieu they are used in, which led him to manufacture Kirloskar’s pioneering products – the fodder cutter in1901 and India’s first iron plough in 1904.
India’s first iron plough from the Kirloskar Group not only became an instrument of wealth for an entire society but also started a revolution in India. In 1910, Laxmanrao started his ‘Farm Implements Factory’ in an arid waste land by the side of a renowned railway station, named Kundal Road. The station is now called as Kirloskarwadi. At Kirloskarwadi, Laxmanrao realized yet another of his dreams of building his own industry and a community for his employees. He strongly believed in the theory of creation of wealth. After Laxmanrao, his enterprising son, a global thinker, Mr. S.L. Kirloskar took over the mantle of the Kirloskar group. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. S. L. Kirloskar was among the batch of first Indians to graduate from MIT.Even during the pre-independence era, he firmly believed in the potential of his own country and always looked at it as a part of the rest of the world; he worked towards making India globally competitive. After the end of World War II, the group grew rapidly under his leadership. He is credited with developing the manufacture of the diesel engine indigenously, as an import substitute after India attained independence. Under his dynamic leadership, the Kirloskar Group enjoyed one of the highest growth rates in Indian history As the demand for Kirloskar products proliferated across the nation, soaring markets queued for product diversification. With that notion, Kirloskar launched its first range of pumps. These revolutionary pumps were pivotal in bringing drinking water to various Indian cities. The venture was yet another successful venture of the company, which further laid the foundation of establishing ‘Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd.’ in 1946. Like any other visionary venture, the company focused its energies on going beyond boundaries in order to put India on the international map. Consequently, the company collaborated with SEMT Pielstick, France. Post this collaboration, Kirloskar further bolstered its manufacturing with some significant certifications in the line, which included – ISO 9001 Certification for Manufacturing Operations (1992), QS 9000 Certification (1998), ISO 14001 Certification for Environment-friendly Manufacturing Facilities (1999), Self-certification status from the Indian Army and TS16949 accreditation (2004) Today, building on its core engineering strength, the group’s scope of operations spans a gamut of industrial equipments. From a wide range of eco-friendly diesel engines to silent generating sets, pumps and farm mechanization equipments etc., the Kirloskar Group is amongst India’s largest engineering conglomerates.
HISTORY AND MILESTONES
|1888 : Cycle Works at Kirloskarwadi.|
|1901 : First Indian “Fodder Cutter”.|
|1904 : First Indian “Iron Plough”.|
|1910 : Farm Implements Factory.|
|1920 : Kirloskar launches its first range of pumps.|
|1946 : Established as Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd.|
|1979 : Established collaboration with SEMT Pielstick, France.|
|1992 : Received ISO 9001 certification for manufacturing operations.|
|1998 : Received QS 9000 certification.|
|1999 : Received ISO 14001 certification for environment-friendly manufacturing facilities.|
|2001 : Received self-certification status from the Indian Army.|
|2004 : Received TS16949 accreditation.|
|2010 : Inauguration of KOEL State-of-the-art engineering plant at Kagal, Kolhapur.|
|2011 : KOEL launches its first Corporate Sustainability report.|
|2012 : KOEL enters the residential diesel genset market with the launch of Chota Chilli.|
|2013 : KOEL enters Limca Book of records for 7 consecutive ‘in time wage agreement’ signing since 1995 before its expiry.|
|2014 : KOEL Green – the new brand Identity for KOEL gensets.|
|WINgineering – KOEL’s first CPCB II compliant genset launched.
Multipurpose farm equipment – Mega T launched.
Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL) is a flagship company of the Kirloskar group, one of the industry leaders in agricultural pump sets and power generating units. It specializes in manufacturing both air-cooled and water-cooled engines and diesel generating sets across a wide range of power output from 5 kVA to 5200 kVA. KOEL has consistently delivered reliable and high quality products to meet the power requirements of different market segments including telecom, construction, IT / ITES, retail, hotels, hospitals, banking and finance and manufacturing at very competitive costs. In the agricultural sector, Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL) fulfils the motive of meeting the agricultural needs of customers globally; essentially farmers, who require agricultural pumpsets in the range of 1.5 hp to 28 hp. KOEL manufacture a variety of quality diesel and petrol-kerosene engines. These engines are powering industrial engine applications across different sectors. It has also developed a new range of ‘Smarter Farm Machines’ in the form of the multi-utility Power Tiller – Mega T KOEL’s fully-equipped research and engineering facility has the most advanced technology, cutting-edge equipments and the latest software for design, development and upgrading of engines, systems and controls. The Research & Engineering facility is bolstered by an ultra-modern emission test lab which ensures that its products are emission compliant and eco-friendly. KOEL engines and diesel generator sets are also certified for stringent noise and exhaust emission norms made mandatory by the Central Pollution Control Board, India. KOEL has plants in Kagal (2 plants, one for engine and genset, one for power tillers), Nasik (for large engines), Rajkot (for small engines), and Bhare (for small engines). In the crop irrigation business, KOEL has around 500 distributors and almost 20,000 retailers. Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL), an industry leader in agricultural pump sets, engines, spares and oil business has over 100 applications with a 21% market share. KOEL is the market leader in the crop irrigation business. Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL), has developed a new range of ‘Smarter Farm Machines’ in the form of multi-utility power tillers, weeders & regular implements. KOEL has around 190 power tiller dealers. There is a separate ‘Tractor Parts and Oils’ business, which has around 200 distributors and over 5000 retailers. A strong customer-focused approach and a constant quest for the highest quality have enabled KOEL to attain and sustain the leadership position in the agricultural pump set and generating set business.
Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd (KOEL) has a nationwide network of operations that delivers high-quality products. KOEL has advanced manufacturing units in India at its Kagal (2 plants), Nasik, Rajkot and Bhare plants. Its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities ensure that KOEL products are manufactured in an optimised and eco-friendly manner.
- Kagal, Kolhapur: (POWER GENSETS)
KOEL’s manufacturing plant at Kagal is the biggest among its 4 manufacturing facilities. The Kagal manufacturing facility is a state-of the-art plant, spread over a massive expanse of 163 acres in a 5-star MIDC complex in Maharashtra. Since its commissioning in 2008, the Kagal plant has witnessed rapid expansion and today, boasts of a production capacity of over 2,40,000 engines, 21,000 gensets and 96,000 pump sets annually. Equipped with cutting-edge technology infrastructure in manufacturing, quality assurance and testing, this integrated plant houses end-to-end processes from component manufacturing to genset assembly.
- Kagal, Kolhapur: ( POWER TILLERS)
The Kagal manufacturing facility is a state-of the-art plant, which is located in the same MIDC complex as the genset plant, in Maharashtra. KOEL’s manufacturing plant at Kagal has the capacity to develop 10,000 power tillers a year.The Kagal plant manufactures high quality power tillers with the help of indigenous and reliable technology. It uses advanced transmission assembly line and has separate engine test cells. Here, power tillers are tested rigorously, which includes automated testing as well. It has a separate environment-friendly paint booth, where safety of the paint technician is taken into account.
- Large Engine Factories, Nasik
The manufacturing plant at Nasik, India, has the facilities to manufacture critical components for large engines in both In-line and Vee configurations. The sub-assembly and main assembly, set up along with test facilities, conform to international quality standards. The Nasik plant is committed to the cause of energy conservation by establishing structured energy management and continually improve its systems, resulting in reduction of specific energy consumption.The Nasik plant won second prize in the “National Energy Conservation Award, 2009” under general category. This prestigious award in the field of energy conservation is conferred by the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency. This award was presented by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Power of the Government of India.
- Crop Irrigation, Rajkot
KOEL’s Rajkot manufacturing plant is located in the hub of the Diesel Engine Industry of Gujarat. This plant is considered as one of the Best ATPP units in Rajkot. This plant manufactures small diesel engines and pump sets for farmers and agro-industrial applications. It has an annual production capacity of around 1,50,000 engines.Product manufacturing in this plant includes single & twin cylinder air-cooled engines, and water-cooled engines for domestic & export markets. This plant has implemented manufacturing concepts like the single piece flow, 5-S and the auto replenishment system. KOEL’s Rajkot plant has 4 engine set ups, which are as follows –
1.Engine Assembly Set Up – It has three separate cells and an assembly capacity of 350 engines per shift with low cost automation.
2.Engine Testing Set Up – It has 28 cubical testing cells and a testing capacity of 350 engines per shift. Here, all the engines are tested for performance.
3.Engine Painting Set Up – It is a state-of-the-art painting system in the agri-engine category. It has a capacity of painting 250 engines per shift using poly acrylic paint with an environment-friendly set up.
4.Engine Packing Set Up – It has a trolley-based packing setup and a capacity of packing 500 engines per day. This plant uses pneumatically operated tooling and has 100% PDI clearance.
5. Small Engine Factory, Bhare Pirangut
We have always been keen on extending our efforts towards the betterment of the society in which we operate. With that notion, we embarked on a sustainability journey comprising every part of the organization from employees to operations to research. We integrated KOEL’s performance in a comprehensive ‘Sustainability Report’ involving key indicators such as business overview, stakeholder engagement, CSR, socio-economic and environmental domain, etc.
The Sustainability Report is developed internally by us. The process of data measurement and calculation techniques are in line with the GRI guidelines. With this report, we intend to inform,update and engage our key stakeholders, employees, investors, customers, suppliers, regulatoryauthorities as well as individuals and organizations interested in KOEL’s performance onenvironmental, social and economic aspects.
Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited releases its Corporate Sustainability Reports :-
Be the “POWER TO TRANSFORM” lives of 50 million farmers by the year 2025 through innovative Products, Technology & Delivery.
– Crop Irrigation :
1.CI business would transform into the best rural distribution powerhouse selling multiple products sourced indigenously or imported .
2.We shall serve all rural customers (which means a deliberate shift to equal mix of irrigation / water related business and other products).
– Farm Mechanisation :
1.To be the leader in less than 20hp farm mechanization category by 2020.
2.Build a strong channel with focus on demand generation.
3.Introduce products which are differentiated and versatile.
4.Focus on application suitability for all machines.