Full Steam Ahead
Pennant Group’s MD, Christopher Fernandes, highlights how their products and solutions are catering to industry needs
What are the trends that are reflected across MEP, and what products and solutions has Pennant developed recently?
The mechanical characteristic of construction focuses on HVAC, whereas the electrical aspect focuses on supplying power to all the services in a building including lighting, appliances, etc, and plumbing is to deliver hot and cold water and the draining of waste water. It is also known as PHE (Public Health Engineering).
3D BIM modelling, cost and scheduled modelling, 5D macro-BIM, pre-fabrication, energy-saving building system, smart building, integrated mobile technologies and information on jobsites, robotic automation, 3D printing are some of the many trends reflected across MEP.
Pennant’s Hot Water Systems are customised to deliver the hot water requirements of small and medium sized establishments, using low pressure steam as the energy source. Compact and easy to install, these plug-and-play systems, are energy efficient and safe. These systems are designed & constructed keeping specific parameters in mind.
For example, this solution can contribute to 50% of steam consumption for the hotel industry. The graph elaborates this scenario. The scenerio of the hot water requirement across other industries remains comparable.
Pennant’s liquid drainer is a suitable and efficient drain trap for compressed air lines and compressor, receiver applications. It removes moisture from the air using the buoyancy principle without depending on any external source of energy, hence can be considered as a reliable solution against the electrically operated timer-based moisture removal system.
When it comes to building management, which solutions can companies effectively use to lower energy consumption?
Integration of structure, mechanical systems and facades has been a significant factor in achieving energy-efficient tall buildings. At the same time, when the designer is selecting the materials and components that have to be used in the skyscraper, consideration should be given to the technical means for operational systems. Solutions should be chosen that meet the criteria of an overall energy balance and materials recover, and reflect the latest technical knowledge on the use of environmentally compatible forms of energy.
Elaborate a little on your design and engineering departments. How strong is your R&D in India and do you custom-make solutions for clients? With the robust plans for smart cities, there will be a considerable stepping up of building construction, and therefore more MEP services will be needed. What plans do you have to capitalise on this?
We at Pennant have a strong design and engineering team with some of the industry’s most experienced and talented people. The team constantly keeps innovating to launch new products and improvise the existing portfolio.
Comprehensive testing facilities and an R&D centre support the core business of manufacturing. Years of experience and expertise in the steam and energy areas of industrial plants has given rise to our Engineered Solutions and Consultancy business verticals. Along with offering standard products like steam traps and valves, we at Pennant specialise in providing customised steam engineered solutions for our customers. Our total solutions are designed to ensure effective utilisation of resources, thus promoting extensive growth, whatever the scale of operations maybe.
The Government’s plans for smart cities will provide a great thrust to our business too. Apart from demand for steam traps and flow control products, we anticipate a growth in custom-made engineered steam solutions like the hot water systems. Our team of experts at Pennant are all geared up to cater to the growing demand.
With focus on sustainability, what kinds of products and solutions are you deploying to support this endeavour?
We create more sustainable products and solutions that support the industry while lessening the impact on the environment. Our understanding of steam and its applications have benefited the customers with smart solutions like Condensate Recovery Systems, Hot Water Generation Systems, De-Superheating Systems and other intuitive products. Emphasis on quality & 100% testing of our products has seen increased product shelf life and the repeat business from our customers is a true testimony to that.
The company recently completed 30 years in the industry. How has the industry in India evolved in that time span?
Thirty years ago, we began manufacturing thermodynamic steam traps, and very soon, the demand from the market and a desire to innovate led us to develop the complete range of steam traps and speciality products.
Being a player in the SME space, competing with large established players required innovation, pro-active responsiveness, and a good knowledge of the customer requirements. We used all these three key elements to keep abreast of the latest trends and needs of the market.
As we grew, we observed the way the domestic and international markets were changing; from a preference for specialised suppliers, to those that could meet multiple needs. Due to our good quality and multiple certifications and approvals, the demand for our products increased drastically. Anticipating the growth potential along with the acceptance of our existing products in India as well as overseas led us to introduce the customised steam engineered solutions and consultancy services like energy audits, etc to offer a one stop solution to all our customers.
With the complete basket of products that we offer to our customers today, we see a lot of growth and potential worldwide.
Being one of the premier players in this domain, what growth prospects do you project for the next couple of years?
With the government promoting and introducing more and more schemes for the manufacturing industry, there is tremendous growth expected in a couple of years for the domain. Pennant has recently established a new plant
at Bhosari, in Pune, and has also added verticals like Steam Engineered Solutions and Consultancy Services to our existing portfolio of steam traps and valves. With these new additions, we are expecting a growth of about 30% this year.