LEADING SOLDERING & DESOLDERING PLAYERS

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Soldering and desoldering is a large and important part of the electronics industry, having application areas in almost all of its segments.  Leading Brands Electronics Bazaar decided to conduct a survey to ascertain the leading firms of all the various soldering and desoldering categories.

As most of these brands do not have a direct sales office in India, they are disseminating their products and services through qualified distributors who provide assistance and after sales services to buyers on the manufacturers’ behalf. We contacted 60 players of the industry and asked them who, according to them, are the leading players in the soldering/desoldering industry and came up with a list of top players. Leaders in the small soldering irons and stations category and in the large soldering stations domain are enumerated in the table below in alphabetical order. We hope our initiative will be beneficial and enjoyable for the readers of Electronics Bazaar.

Advance Tech Services Pvt Ltd Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 90 mn, Ajay Gupta, director (technical), Business Development

Advance Tech Services Pvt Ltd was established in 1996 and is a distributor of soldering and desoldering equipment. A majority of the company’s products are engineered and manufactured in Japan, which givesit an edge over others in terms of quality and reliability. Advance Tech’s cost effectiveness, punctual delivery and after sales service support makes it a perfect choice for customers. The company has a well trained engineering staff, which suggests optimum solutions for customer applications. It has a wide distributor network, with offices in Delhi, Pune and Bengaluru. The distributor plans to enhance its product portfolio and offer more high quality but low price products to its customers.

Contact details: 709 & 710, ITL Towers, B-8, Netaji Subhash Place, Pitampura, Ring Road, New Delhi-110034; New Delhi-110034; Ph:011-47002024-27; Fax:047002014; Email:info@advancetechonline.in; Website;www.advancetechonline.in

American CT Technology India (P) Ltd Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 2,500 mn, Sumeet Chadha, director

American CT Technology India (P) Ltd is a joint venture company formed as a marketing branch of American CT USA and is amongst the leading specialised tool manufacturers of India. The company, which has its factories in China, is ISO 9001, CE, UL, SGS, and 3C certified. It mainly produces lead free soldering tools, soldering stations, rework stations, magnifiers, communication repair tools, ultrasonic cleaners, etc. The sole aim of American CT for starting its Indian operation is to provide high quality products at the lowest prices and extend genuine warranties and after sales services to its customers.

Contact details: 708, Deepali Building, 92, Nehru Place, New Delhi 110019; Phone: 011-32433414; Fax: 46120529; Email: sumeet@tool-world.com; Website: www.tool-world.com

Crown Electronic Systems Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 60 mn

Crown Electronic Systems was founded in 1984 and is a supplier and manufacturer of test and measurement equipment. The company caters to manufacturing industries and the education, power, telecommunications and defence sectors.Its product range include soscillo scopes, digital measuring instruments,sign algenerators, analogue measuring instruments,DC regulated power supplies, laboratory standards, soldering and desoldering stations, components and accessories for laboratories and electronic training boards.

The company’s main objective is to understand the changing needs of consumers through innovative management techniques and philosophies and to this end, it studies, designs, develops, enhances, customises, implements, maintains and supports customers by providing them with quality products. With respect to its future growth, Crown wants to become the preferred provider of electronic testing and measuring instru­ments all over India. The company plans to take its sales rate up by 20 per cent per year by adopting stringent standards of procurement of goods and raw materials.

Contact details: 69/2A, 2nd Floor, Najafgarh Road Industrial Area, Near Moti Nagar Crossing, New Delhi 110015; Phone: 011-64508649-50, 25995324; Fax: 45013465; Email: crown­electronicsystems@yahoo.com, info @crownelectronicsystems.com; Website: www.crownelectronicsystems.com

Inde Enterprises Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 60 mn, Aditya Nagpal, proprietor

InDE Enterprises was established in 1976 and has offices in Bengaluru, Delhi and Chandigarh. The company is staffed with technically qualified and experienced staff and stocks numerous products belonging to the ESD, QC inspection and measuring and testing areas. Its clients include hi-rel aerospace and defence related factories, laboratories and leading MnCs. InDE’s vision, from the very beginning has been to focus on technical strength and to provide application based solutions as well as competent after sales services. It is stocking distributor and after sales service partner of the world famous, Weller brand of Germany for their soldering and desoldering stations. The company is a leading supplier of soldering/desoldering and SMD rework systems to MnCs and the defence. It also provides local support in major metro cities.

Contact details: 745 Sector-8B, Chandigarh; Phone: +91-172-254441/ 2544417; Fax: 24640415; Email: sales@inde.co.in; Website: www.indeenterprises.com

Lappteck Technologies Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 20 mn, Sanjay Merchant, director

Lappteck Technologies is the synergy of three companies, one of which is Klapp Heating Tools Pvt Ltd. Klapp Heating has expertise in the field of soldering stations since the last 17 years and was the first to forge a col­laboration with a foreign company for the manufacturing of soldering stations. The organisation has offices in Pune and Delhi and has representations all over India. Its best selling product is incidentally its oldest—sol­dering station KH926. Recently, it has made some internal changes in this station, one of which is, making it microcontrolled. It has also added two feature-loaded lead free stations to its product line.  Lappteck strives to provide its customers with stations that give a minimum downtime. Also, it aspires to offer a variety of soldering stations to the varying soldering solutions of clients.

Contact details: 202, Hem Opal, Ekta Park, Opp: B U Bhandari Showroom, Wakdewadi, Pune 411 003; Phone: 020-25824636, 32525046; Fax: 25824626; Email: sales@lappteck.com; Website: www.lappteck.com

Max Technology & Co, Mukesh Rajput, CTO

Max Technology & Co was established in 1995 and deals in SMD rework stations, hot air desoldering sta­tions, variable soldering stations, soldering and desoldering stations, ESD-safe PTH desoldering stations, microsoldering stations, 7-in-1 SMD rework station-cum-battery analyzers (mobile testers), microsoldering pens and soldering and desoldering fluxes. The company has 35 dealers and has a workforce of 300. It has in-house R&D and product designing teams. The company claims to provide user friendly products at reasonable prices. It prides itself for its prompt after sales service, new user training and after sales support. Its chief clients are Onida, Titan, HCL and many service centres of nokia, Motorola and Samsung. Max Technology is now setting up a new unit in Roorkee, Uttaranchal and has plans to upgrade the exist­ing facilities in its Mumbai unit by introducing new pick and place machinery and a fully automatic conveyor belt work table.

Contact details: 366, Ahmed Mansion, 1st Floor, Lamington Road, Mumbai 400007; Phone: 91-22-2382 1313/2384 1313/6658 6393; Fax: 6633 3729; Email: info@maxtechnoindia. com; Website: www.maxtechnoindia.com

Mectronics Marketing Services Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 65 mn, Pankaj Saxena, partner

Mectronics Marketing Services was established in 1994 and is a supplier of PCB assembly floor consumables and PCB assembly support equipment. It also serves hybrid manufacturers and government R&D laboratories for their various requirements. The company’s product range includes SMT adhesives, solder paste, clean­ing chemicals, replacement nozzles and spares, splicing tapes, temperature profilers and their consumables, rework stations, stencil cleaners, wave soldering machines, etc.

Mectronics sees its loyal customer base as one of its achievements. The company focuses on delivering trained engineering support, competitive pricing and quality. It has two offices located in new Delhi and Bengaluru and has a special support plan for customers located in the western region.

Contact details: 406, 4th Floor, Asish Corporate Tower, Karkardooma Community Center, Delhi 110 092; Phone: 011-22375108, 65660266, 32964267; Fax: 22376446; Email: mectron­ics@mectronics.in, sales@mectronics.in; Website: www.mectronics.in; Webstore: www.mectools.com

Metro Electronic Products, Manish Kwatra, CEO

Metro Electronic Products is a 50 year old company, dealing in testing and soldering equipment. It has a vast network of dealers all over India and is the sole distributor for the Max Gold range of soldering equipment. Also, it has two retail showrooms in Lajpat Rai market and Bhagirath Place, which cater to an assortment of customers from the industrial and educational sectors. Metro is also a dealer for Soldron products in Delhi. In the arena of instruments, it has a strong hold with its brands, Mastech and Metro-Q. The company is in the process of launching a new range of soldering/des­oldering equipment under Metro–Q by the end of the year. In the future, Metro intends to associate with the industry to develop cost effective soldering/desoldering solutions to give the Indian industry an edge over the rest.

Contact details: 355 Old Lajpat Rai Market, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006; Phone: +91 11 47508195, 23875355; Fax: 23868195; Email: infometroq@gmail.com

Mithra Electronics, Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 18 mn, Swabhanu, MV, propreitor

Mithra Electronics was established in 1991 and has been part of the soldering and desoldering field since 2002. The enterprise has an entire range of microsoldering irons and BGA rework systems, covering both the ordinary and lead free variety. Mithra’s product range comprises soldering irons, soldering stations, SMD rework stations, vacuum pick ups, magnifiers, hot air guns, desoldering stations, etc. It wants to promote lead free stations in India in the future and wishes to establish itself as a reliable brand name. To achieve this, the company is working towards providing better after sales services to its existing custom­ers. With India becoming one of the preferred destinations for hardware manufacturing, there will be opportunities galore for companies like Mithra in the future. The company is also working towards adopting newer technologies in the lead free arena.

Contact details: Indiranagar Extension Nelemangala Banagalore Distt, PIN-562 123; Phone: +91-80-7722717; Fax: 7722220; Email: info@mithra-india.com

National Products,  Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 15 mn, SK Gupta, MD

National Products (NP), a manufacturer of soldering materials like solder wires, solder sticks, fluxes and solvents, was established is 1987. The company is ISO 9001:2000 certified and is reputed for its quality manufacturing. nP has sustained itself and thrived for 22 years to achieve a successful growth rate. NP has a wide range of electronic tools and anti-electrostatic products. It has started promoting electric screwdrivers (semi automatic & fully automatic), magnifying lamps and lead free soldering sta­tions under its own brand name, ‘NP Tools’.

The company’s key principles are quality, service, timely delivery and competitive pricing. As a growth strategy, it aims to introduce a new product line in the field of lead free technology as it is the latest trend in soldering/desoldering. nP’s main objective is to provide this technology at reasonable rates to its customers.

Contact details: A-32, Mayapuri Industrial Area, Phase-II, New Delhi 110 064; Phone: 91-11-28115079, 28115153, 28117434, 41845440; Fax: 28116936; Email: skg@npsolders.com; sales1@npsolders.com; Website: www.npsolders.com

OK International, Dilip Rane, country manager

OK International has been a leading manufacturer of tools for electronics assembly work bench for almost 60 years. Its family of complimentary products includes soldering and rework and fume extraction systems that are reliable and price competitive. Its products are easy to use and offer strong performance, backed by OK International’s global sales channel. With decades of experience behind it, the company is committed to providing customer driven solutions and reliable products. It has developed Smart-Heat conduction soldering systems, which sense the exact thermal requirement for each solder joint and respond by delivering the precise amount of thermal energy at the rate required to create a reliable connection.

OK International’s soldering systems handle lead freesoldering requirement seffectively. All its soldering equipment is lead free relevantd free relevant and have a range of SmartHeat PowerTipsTM. Using SmartHeat PowerTipsTM makes changing to lead free cost effective.

Contact details: 1 Shreya Apartments, 1015/4, Shivaji Nagar, Pune 400015; Phone: +91-20-64109055; Fax: 66020826; Email: drane@okinternational.com; Website: www.okinterna­tional.com

Soni’s Alloy Industries, Rohit Soni, proprietor

Sonis Alloy Industries, an ISO 9001:200 and 14001:2004 certified company is a manufacturer of solder, fluxes, paste, soldering iron and PCB assembling machines. The 20-year old organisation is equipped and staffed sufficiently to work proactively with customers seeking advance interconnection material and application. Soni’s Alloy aims to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of electronics assembly on a global scale.

Contact details: B/83A, Vishwakarma Colony, M B Road New Delhi 44; Phone: 011-26360100, 6458870; Email: saisolder@gmail.com; Website: www.sonisalloyindustries.com

Sumitron Exports Pvt Ltd Annual Revenue (2008-09): Rs 400 mn, SK Jain, CE0 & MD

SumitronExportsPvtLtdwasestablishedin1986andisoneofthewellplacednamesoftheIndianelectronics industry, with some excellent world class products from global manufacturers and suppliers, namely—Hakko Corp, Koki Tec Corp, BeamWorks, USA, EBSO GmbH, Germany, Kester Components Pvt Ltd, ITW Chem­tronics Inc, USA. It possesses soldering/desoldering stations, irons from Hakko and wave soldering machines from Koki.

The company’s main philosophy is to serve customers efficiently by offering them the latest technology, competitive prices and excellent service support. Sumitron sees judicious media planning and campaigning as effective tools for strengthening and expanding its base in the industry.

Contact details: 27, Community Centre, Naraina, Phase-1, New Delhi 110028; Phone: 011-41410631/41410632/41410633/41410634/41410635; Fax: 41410494, 25891761; Email: sumi­tron@vsnl.com, sumitron@airtelmail.in; Website:www.sumitron.com

Vineet Electric Company, Dinesh Vineet, proprietor

Vineet Electric Company, which was established in 1982, is a manufacturer of soldering tools and sells its products under the brand name, ‘SIROn’. Currently, Vineet manufactures a wide range of soldering irons and stations to suit various kinds of soldering processes. Its product range comprises soldering irons ranging from 10-250 W, microprocessor based high precision temperature controlled soldering sta­tions, variable voltage soldering stations, long life soldering tips and soldering iron stands. The company offers soldering tools at reasonable prices as its SIROn range of soldering irons and stations are made from durable double layered heating elementsand specially coated long life soldering tips. With respect to its futuregrowth strategy, Vineet plans to launch rework stations and high wattage soldering stations to offer a one stop solution for all soldering as well as desoldering needs.

Contact details: K-3 Krishna Nagar, Delhi 110051; Phone: 011-22546065; Fax: 011-22046074; Email: siron_vineet@yahoo.co.in, sironsoldering@gmail.com; Website: www.eindiabusi­ness.com/soldering-iron