“Growth with Purpose is such a powerful strategy to take us forward. Our customers are super excited to work alongside a company so committed to sustainability and innovation.”
Divisional CEO Asia
Our operations in India continue to expand and diversify rapidly despite facing more challenging market conditions in 2022.
After a strong start to the year, our performance in the region was impacted by declining and volatile resin prices, affecting margins, and deteriorating demand. In addition, poor weather affected the peak agriculture season.
Ashirvad, our Indian local brand, has grown swiftly since it came fully into the Aliaxis family in 2018. Starting as a column pipes company, it has become a multi-faceted business addressing all four of our main markets, construction, industry, infrastructure, and agriculture. We now stand among the leaders in the dynamic Indian market.
Our teams have become adept at developing new solutions for customers and getting them to market at high speed, backed by our strong research hub in Bengaluru. In 2022, 20% of our revenues in the region came from new products and solutions – a superb performance.
Our scientists were instrumental in developing and launching the new anti-microbial water tank in under a year and have been doing great work on developing light-weight valves that are less carbon intensive to produce. They were also behind the launch of the Artistry front of wall range of bathroom and kitchen fittings and fixtures, a first for Aliaxis.
We were delighted to confirm a €48 million investment in a state-of-the-art plant in the central, south-eastern Telangana region, during the year. This follows the construction and extension of the Bhiwadi plant serving the north of the country. Three more greenfield plants are to come, as we expand our capacity towards the East and the North. We are successfully building a national footprint with the ability to reach customers right across India.
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For the second year running, Aliaxis in India has won the Golden Peacock Award for HR Excellence, India’s most prestigious HR accolade. Members of the HR team received the award at a sparkling ceremony in Mumbai in January 2023.
An off-site captive solar park at Bikaner, Rajasthan, was completed in December 2022 and began producing power for us in January 2023. The site will produce 7.5M KWhs of electricity a year, helping us meet our 2025 target to transition fully to renewable electricity.
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Sales of our Artistry front-of-wall range of kitchen and bathroom accessories doubled in 2022. The range is just one of the innovative products to come out of our Bengaluru research centre that have seen our Indian business derive 20% of its turnover from new-to-market solutions.
Ashirvad is using a new mixed reality solution to demonstrate Sewage Treatment Plant technologies to customers. The system, which uses Microsoft Hololens headsets, allows users to access 3D models of their project and get online help from our teams, while still being hands-free to operate systems.
Sales of our three-layer anti-microbial water tank grew by 49% in 2022 with its promise of a safer way to store and keep water at the right temperature, even on the hottest days, helping us to quickly cut through in a crowded market.