Xylem Expands Presence in India
The company strengthens its efforts to meet growing water demand with technological prowess, with new technology centers in Bengaluru and Vadodara.
Expansion of India Operations
Xylem Inc., the global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, has announced the expansion of its India operations through the opening of an India Technology and Customer Experience Centre in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The launch follows the opening of a similar technology centre in Vadodara, Gujarat. At these facilities, Xylem is bringing together a broad spectrum of competencies that are enabling it to accelerate the development of critical water and infrastructure solutions for its customers in India and around the world.
Over the years, Xylem has executed major Lift Irrigation Projects in several states, executing more than 30 treatment projects in Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Rajasthan. Xylem is currently sourcing over USD 80 million from India for its global facilities in Europe, Asia and USA and will continue to develop suppliers to support global growth out of India, with plans to double the export from India over the next few years. With businesses in over 150 countries, Xylem’s high-performance products and solutions include water transport, treatment and testing, innovative water technology, application solutions, smart infrastructure and smart metering solutions.
To propel availability of safe water, Xylem India began the ‘Water for People’ initiative in 2017 to provide access to safe drinking water for nearly 3,000 community members across four schools and 19 communities in India through the implementation of borehole systems, along with new and rehabilitated water points. The company also continues to build on its other social initiatives like Xylem’s Essence of Life brand of products. This portfolio includes locally manufactured sustainable technology solutions such as the Saajhi treadle pump, which does not need electricity to operate and transport water to individual crops. The company also supports schools in West Bengal through its corporate citizenship program named “Watermark” with a commitment of contributing $3 million over the next three years to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to 300 schools in water-stressed regions of Latin America and Asia, particularly India.
In addition, Xylem is unique as the only global company operating in the dewatering space that manufactures, rents, sells and services its own equipment, and which provides its customers with access to a broad range of market-leading and reliable dewatering technologies and solutions. With the world’s largest rental fleet of 20,000 assets, the company has invested significantly in its international rental footprint, having recently announced expansions in Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
Xylem India Technology Center in Bengaluru
The India Technology Center in Bengaluru was inaugurated by Smt. K Ratna Prabha, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka and Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem.
The center will develop products and solutions with a focus on developing software and advanced infrastructure analytics. It will ultimately have over 400 engineers creating smart, innovative solutions to treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment, and to address critical energy resource infrastructure needs. The innovations created will be used in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services, along with agricultural settings embedding sustainability at the core of water management. For India, which currently uses 230-250 cubic kilometers of groundwater each year, the center is set to ease the burden of looming water scarcity that is anticipated due to rising urbanization and industrialization.
“India has long been a focus for Xylem as the country steers towards the implementation of sustainable water management solutions, leveraging technology to tackle the inherent waste that occurs in current processes. The tech-savvy solutions we develop will play a key role in helping to advance the national drive towards smart cities. Our expansion in India further supports the country’s economic growth through investment in manufacturing and technological talent, and we look forward to building upon this work in the years to come,” said Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem.
Over the years, Xylem has executed major Lift Irrigation Projects in several states, executing more than 30 treatment projects in Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and Rajasthan. Xylem is currently sourcing over USD 80 million from India for its global facilities in Europe, Asia, and the USA and will continue to develop suppliers to support global growth out of India, with plans to double the export from India over the next few years.
“Since 2014, Xylem has generated double-digit growth in India with our product and solutions being installed in municipal, irrigation and industrial sectors. Our technological solutions aim to enhance and achieve priorities like energy efficiency and water provision, which are critical for India’s economic growth. Our solutions for water and wastewater management will help meet the rising demand, as the country is pacing towards rapid industrialization. This center in Bengaluru will help bridge the gap between water demand and supply, bringing greater efficiency in water management through technology” said H. Balasubramaniam, Managing Director, Xylem India.
Xylem India Technology Center in Vadodara
The Vadodara center was inaugurated by Dr. Vinod Rao, I.A.S, Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation and Patrick K Decker, President and CEO of Xylem. It will serve the growing demand from the municipal and industrial sectors across the state of Gujarat, offering smart water and wastewater management solutions.
Located in Gorwa, it will develop solutions to meet the growing demand of the country’s water and wastewater challenges. With more than 200 technology specialists, it will focus on providing innovative and smart technology solutions that will accelerate the sustainable development of India.
“The state of Gujarat is an important market for Xylem – one where we have a strong history as well as a promising growth plan ahead,” said Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem.
This technology center is IGBC-LEED Gold-rated and caters to India and its neighboring countries. Xylem also has built one of the world’s largest pump testing facility in Vadodara, with a capacity of 7.5 MW and 80,000 m3/hr. The facility is capable of testing vertical turbine pumps, horizontal split case pumps and dry pit sewage pumps along the parameters of performance, submergence, and reliability.
“This new center further expands our presence in the state of Gujarat, enabling us to meet customers’ needs with timely, products and solutions from a single, experienced source. We look forward to partnering with the state and central government to offer innovative and cost-effective solutions,” concluded H. Balasubramaniam, Managing Director, Xylem India.
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