“Our strongest presence in the Indian market lies in the smart metering segment…”

HPL Electric & Power Limited is India’s leading electric equipment manufacturer with a formidable presence across five key verticals: Metering Solutions, Switchgears, LED Lighting, Wires & Cables, Solar Solutions and Modular Switches. In an exclusive e-interview with Electrical India, Gautam Seth, Joint Managing Director of the company fields questions from P. K. Chatterjee (PK). Excerpts…

How is the Indian power sector shaping up in the post-corona period?

In the post-coronavirus period, the Indian power sector is undergoing significant transformations. The sector is focusing on digitalization, renewable energy integration, and grid modernization. As a result, there is an increased emphasis on smart metering, energy efficiency, and decentralized power generation. HPL Electric & Power Ltd. is at the forefront of these changes, providing innovative solutions that enable efficient energy management and support the transition to a sustainable and resilient power sector.

What are the advantages of becoming a multi-product electric equipment manufacturer?

Being a multi-product electric equipment manufacturer provides several advantages. Firstly, it allows us to diversify our revenue streams and reduce dependence on a single product or market segment. This provides stability and resilience in the face of market fluctuations. Secondly, a multi-product portfolio allows us to cater to a wide range of customer needs and market segments, expanding our customer base and revenue potential. Additionally, it enables us to leverage synergies between different product lines, optimize resources, and enhance operational efficiency.

How well equipped are your manufacturing facilities?

Our manufacturing facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced technologies. We have made substantial investments to ensure that our facilities are at par with global standards. Our facilities incorporate automation, robotics, and advanced machinery to optimize production processes and ensure high-quality output. We prioritize the safety of our employees and have implemented stringent quality control measures to deliver products that meet international quality standards.

Out of five major verticals that you cater to, which one is the strongest in the Indian market?

Among the five major verticals we cater to, our strongest presence in the Indian market lies in the smart metering segment. We have established ourselves as a leader in this segment, providing accurate and reliable smart metering solutions that enable efficient energy management and support the digital transformation of the power sector. Our smart metering offerings have gained widespread acceptance and trust among utilities and consumers alike, contributing to our strong market position.

What kind of quality improvement measures do you implement?

At HPL Electric & Power Ltd., we have a relentless focus on quality improvement. We follow stringent quality control processes at every stage of manufacturing, from sourcing raw materials to final product inspection. Our quality improvement measures include regular quality audits, continuous training programs for employees, and investment in advanced testing equipment. We actively seek customer feedback and leverage technology to enhance our products’ reliability, performance, and safety.

Could you tell me something about your export business?

Our export business is a strategic priority for us. We have a robust presence in international markets, exporting our smart metering solutions, 5G technologies, and other electric equipment to various countries. We have established a strong network of distributors and channel partners to cater to the unique requirements of different markets. Our focus on product quality, customization, and competitive pricing has enabled us to build a strong export portfolio and expand our global footprint.

What kind of potential do you see now in smart energy metering segment?

The potential in the smart energy metering segment is significant. With the increasing focus on energy efficiency, grid optimization, and renewable integration, the demand for smart metering solutions is growing. Smart meters provide accurate and real-time energy consumption data, enabling consumers to optimize their energy usage and utilities to improve grid management. HPL Electric & Power Ltd. is well-positioned to capitalize on this potential with our advanced smart metering offerings and extensive industry experience.

How is the customers’ demand shifting towards well-designed modular switches?

Customer demand is indeed shifting towards well-designed modular switches. Consumers now seek switches that not only provide functionality but also enhance the aesthetics of their living or working spaces. HPL Electric & Power Ltd. offers a wide range of well-designed modular switches that combine style, quality, and convenience. Our switches are known for their sleek designs, easy installation, and customization options, meeting the evolving demands and preferences of customers.

What are you offering for enhancing safety of the electric power consumers?

We prioritize the safety of electric power consumers and offer a range of products and solutions to enhance safety. These include circuit breakers, surge protection devices, residual current devices, and distribution boards that comply with international safety standards. Additionally, we conduct awareness campaigns and provide educational resources to promote safe electrical practices. Our focus on safety extends across our entire product portfolio, ensuring that consumers can rely on our products for their electrical safety needs.

What are your innovations in the wires & cables segment?

In the wires & cables segment, we continuously innovate to offer advanced solutions. Our innovations include fire-resistant cables, solar cables, flexible cables, and energy-efficient wires. These innovations ensure safe and reliable transmission of electricity while meeting the highest quality and safety standards. We also invest in research and development to stay ahead of market trends and technological advancements, enabling us to deliver cutting-edge solutions that address the evolving needs of our customers.

What kind of growth do you foresee as far as your LED lamp segment is concerned?

We foresee significant growth in our LED lamp segment as the demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions continues to rise. LED lamps offer several advantages such as energy savings, longer lifespan, and environmental friendliness. At HPL Electric & Power Ltd., we continuously invest in research and development to enhance the performance and energy efficiency of our LED lamps. With our wide range of LED lamps catering to residential, commercial, and industrial applications, we are well-positioned to capitalize on the growing market demand.

Are you providing complete solutions for non-industrial solar power deployment?

Yes, we provide complete solutions for non-industrial solar power deployment. Our offerings include solar charge controllers, and other solar power system components. We leverage our expertise in smart metering and 5G technologies to integrate solar power systems with energy management solutions, enabling efficient utilization of solar energy. We offer turnkey solutions, providing customers with a seamless and hassle-free experience in adopting solar power for their non-industrial applications.

What is your advice to the electrical equipment purchase decision-makers?

Our advice to electrical equipment purchase decision-makers is to prioritize quality, reliability, and long-term value over short-term cost considerations. It is essential to choose products from reputable manufacturers with a proven track record of delivering high-quality and safe electrical equipment. Conduct thorough research, evaluate product certifications, and consider the manufacturer’s after-sales support and service capabilities.

Additionally, keeping abreast of technological advancements and industry trends will help decision-makers make informed choices that align with their specific requirements and contribute to long-term operational efficiency and sustainability.

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