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Wednesday , March 5 , 2014
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Swiss firm local hub

Narasimha Rao in Calcutta on Tuesday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, March 4: Burckhardt Compression (India), manufacturer of reciprocating gas compressors, has set up a sales and services centre at Taratala. This is the company’s second such unit in the country after Vadodara.

“We are in the capital goods sector which is inherently cyclical. At the moment, the Indian economy is in a downturn and we are not expecting big growth till the uncertainty goes. We are consolidating now and focussing more on after-sales service. That will continue to grow,” Narasimha Rao, managing director of Burckhardt Compression (India), said after inaugurating the centre here today.

The company has invested about Rs 50 lakh in the centre and plans to move to a bigger facility within a year.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Switzerland-based Burckhardt Compression AG, is looking to tap opportunities in the Northeast and east by providing services to refineries, petrochemicals and industrial gas producers.

The new centre will be able to provide services to Haldia Petrochemicals in Bengal.

Reciprocating gas compressors are required in upstream oil and gas companies, gas transport storages, petrochemicals sector, refineries and in the industrial gases segment.

“There is not much happening in the next two years. The only bright side for us has been the Reliance petrochemical project at Jamnagar from which we got good orders this year,” Rao said.

Burckhardt registered a sales turnover of Rs 140 crore last fiscal.