Leading the Technology Revolution

Leading the Technology Revolution

With a 3,500-strong workforce and a major project and technology centre, FLSmith has firmly established its presence in India.
FLSmidth MD Bjarne Moltke Hansen
, speaks about the company's plans in India.
The evolution of FLSmidth is the classic story of an entrepreneurial firm starting from humble beginnings and with hard work and sound strategy growing into a major international company that now serves the cement and minerals industry, worldwide. Ever since its creation in 1882, FLSmidth has been characterised by innovative thinking and a passion for excellence. Today, more than 650 of the 13,000+ people who make up the company's workforce are directly involved in developing the technology of the future. Over the past 130 years, FLSmidth has developed a business culture based on three basic values: competence, responsibility and cooperation; reflecting the way in which FLSmidth interacts with its stakeholders.
Some facts:
• FLSmidth employs 13,000+people worldwide in offices in more than 40 countries worldwide
• The company's in-house resources are primarily engineers who develop, plan, design, install and service equipment, with most of the manufacturing being outsourced to sub-suppliers
• FLSmidth has been the leading supplier to the global cement industry since its foundation in 1882
• FLSmidth's revenue was 2.952bn Euros in 2011.
• FLSmidth's brands include FLSmidth MAAG Gear, FLSmidth Pfister, FLSmidth Ventomatic, Kovako Shipunloaders, amongst many others.
Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, FLSmidth has major project and technology centres in Denmark, USA and India.
A full range of cement plant equipment and expertise
FLSmidth in India

With offices in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad FLSmidth employs more than 3,500 people, majority of them in Chennai. FLSmidth is one of the major project and technology centres of FLSmidth Group for both cement and minerals businesses. Situated on the IT highway, south of Chennai, the 26,000 sq m of spacious and modern FLSmidth office complex includes a sophisticated research and development centre for the group.
Also a part of FLSmidth group, EEL India's product range includes rotary packers for bag packing and bag loading, silo feeding and extraction, bulk loading as well as rotary and stationary big bag filling systems for cement and related industries.
FLSmidth - A good work place
According to a study conducted by the Great Place to Work® Institute and The Economic Times, FLSmidth was rated among the Top 100 companies to work for in India (2010). They were awarded this honour based on leadership development practices that were impressive and comparable with the best.
Training, education and family days are prioritised by FLSmidth, which helps create a fruitful and dynamic working environment with committed employees.
LEED certified green buildings
The Chennai and Mumbai FLSmidth offices have been awarded the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, the most prestigious and internationally recognized standard for sustainable construction in the world.
India as an off-shoring centre
Today, FLSmidth has approximately 3,900 employees in India, servicing the local market as well as acting as an off-shoring centre for the entire group. The Indian operations of the company are in state-of-the-art, cost-effective office and IT-facilities with a productivity on par with western peers. With a strong local presence much appreciated by their customers, FLSmidth will continue to and in-source global back-office functions. All orders bagged by FLSmidth India are handled by Indian FLSmidth offices, including process engineering, based on the group's global guidelines. There is no outsourcing of any engineering activities to external agencies
Research & Development
As a part of a globalisation initiative, FLSmidth built their new R&D centre in Chennai. Since May 2009 this facility has catered to standard cement tests for global projects as well as met their Indian customer's requirements.
The laboratory's main fields of work are:
• To determine physical characteristics and chemical analyses of raw materials, in-process materials and finished products in connection with projects related to new or existing cement manufacturing plants and few tests in the mineral industry.
• To carry out tests in the fields of cement chemistry, the chemical and physical processes at the cement factory and equivalent activities in selected fields in the mineral industry.
• To carry out laboratory work ordered for specific tests and paid for by external customers.
Quality control
All laboratory work is carried under FLSmidth's quality assurance system, which is based on ISO 9001:2000 standards, assuring a consistent high quality of results. Several of their laboratory procedures comply with international standards, while others are proprietary methods developed by FLSmidth.
Manufacturing facility
For the manufacturing of proprietary parts, FLSmidth has facilities in Haryana and Tamil Nadu.
FLSmidth has two manufacturing units at Bawal in Haryana about 70 km from Gurgaon, one in operation for the past five years. Bawal is well connected to neighbouring states by a road and rail network. It has also been developed by the Haryana State of Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) as one of the main industrial areas in Haryana bordering Rajasthan. FLSmidth has the advantage of already operating in Bawal for half decade without facing any serious problems acquiring the manpower required.
Additionally, FLSmidth has a manufacturing facility at Arakonam in Tamil Nadu, about 115 km from Chennai operating for a few years now.
FLSmidth Energy Awards
FLSmidth in India sponsors the annual 'FLSmidth Energy Award' for cement plants and captive power plants in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. As one of the major contributors of green house gas emissions Cement plants are expected to play a major role in environmental rehabilitation and fossil fuel conservation. Energy conservation and the concept of sustainable development become major challenges for cement industries. To bring out the efforts by cement producers to save energy and sustain development, every year the cement producers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh organize the prestigious 'FLSmidth Energy Award', which is sponsored by FLSmidth Private Limited, India. This award serves as an important platform to demonstrating the resolved commitment of cement producers towards the effective use of precious energy resources.

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