By Sandhya Malhotra
Monday, September 20, 2010: UPS and inverters play a crucial role in the power backup market, having application areas in almost all segments. In an effort to appreciate the Indian UPS and inverter manufacturers and importers.
Electronics Bazaar carried an opinion survey based on the companies’ manufacturing capabilities, product range, reach and service capabilities. We contacted experts in power electronics associations, traders, battery manufacturers and customers of UPS and inverters, who shared with us their preferences of leading UPS/ inverter companies. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it provides a glimpse into India’s leading UPS/inverter companies. We are not ranking them, but listing them in alphabetical order. We hope our initiative will be beneficial for our reader.
MOST PREFERRED UPS/INVERTER COMPANIES/BRANDS IN INDIA
We approached electronics industry and power electronics industry experts in sectors like battery, battery machine, traders, consumers and associations, about 100 in all, to ascertain which UPS/inverter players are making a mark in the Indian UPS/inverter domain. Following are the names of the 10 most preferred companies suggested by informant companies, who overshadow the others to come to the fore, in terms of their manufacturing capabilities, product portfolio, market share, service support and reach capabilities.
Please note: The companies have not been ranked, they have been listed alphabetically.
• American Power Conversion
• DB Power Electronics (P) Ltd
• Delta Electronics (India)
• Eaton Power Quality Pvt Ltd
• Emerson Network Power (India) Pvt Ltd
• Microtek International P Ltd
• Numeric Power Systems Ltd
• Uniline Energy Systems
We approached electronics industry and power electronics industry experts in sectors like battery, battery machine, traders, consumers and associations, to ascertain which UPS/inverter players are making a mark in the Indian UPS/inverter domain. Following are some of the companies, who shared their preferences with us to clearly identity the leading UPS/inverter companies.
• Acme Tele Power Ltd
• Amptek Batteries
• Amara Raja Batteries Ltd
• Artheon Electronics Ltd
• Automation Industry Association
• Base Corporation
• Computech Systems
• Okaya Power
• Rajdeep Energies Ltd
• SK Metals
• Solid Solar
• Sanyo Battery and Inverter
|Amara Raja Electronics Limited (AREL)|
Amara Raja Electronics Limited (AREL) is part of the US$ 400 million Amara Raja Group. It is a technologically progressive company with business focus in consumer power solutions, consumer durables and electronics manufacturing services.
The company launched its umbrella brand, Tribal, under which it intends to sell all its products targeting end consumers. The range of products under consumer power solutions include home UPS, solar home UPS, rechargeable lanterns and home power solutions. The company’s current product range includes Tribal Italia Home UPS systems, Tribal iACE Home UPS and Tribal Life LED Rechargeable lanterns.
Tribal Italia Home UPS systems incorporate the best of class UPS technology with a touch of Italian design brilliance and are set to revolutionise the Indian UPS/inverter business. The revolutionary monolithic design brings together the UPS system and the battery into one compact unit. The design also incorporates a patent pending cradle rocker system that enables a gentle rock of the main unit for easy battery management. It is a portable anytime anywhere UPS system that has additional ready to plug power sockets for unplanned needs. “The core philosophy of AREL is to focus on innovative and intuitive design solutions that revolutionise the product category and deliver a best in class product solution to the Indian consumer,” says G Indeevar.
|American Power Conversion (APC)|
Founded in 1981, APC is a leading provider of global, end to end AC and DC-based backup power products and services, which include surge suppressors, UPS systems, power conditioning equipment, power management software, and DC power systems, as well as precision cooling equipment, and professional and consulting services for non-stop networking.
APC, known for high reliability, has set standards for quality, innovation and support for power protection solutions from desktop systems and data centre operations to entire facilities. Its comprehensive solutions, which are designed for both home and corporate environments, improve the manageability, availability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes.
Over the years, APC has received hundreds of awards worldwide—more than any other UPS manufacturers. Such accolades have been in recognition of APC’s reliable solutions and its overall business performance.
“Our mission is to create delighted customers by improving the manageability, availability and performance of information and communication systems through rapid development and delivery of innovative solutions to real customer problems,” says Srinivas Chebbi.
Aplab Limited, which was incorporated in 1962, has multiple product divisions namely, T&M, UPS systems, solar power systems, power conversion and controls (power supplies), banking and retail automation products, fuel retailing solutions and cable fault locating instruments.
Aplab has been serving the global market for almost half a century and offers a wide range of electronic products that meet international standards for safety and reliability like UL, VDE, etc. It operates in several market verticals like education and research, defence, avionics and space research, telecom and broadcasting services, banking and financial services, and many more. Today, it is a globally preferred source for test and measurement products and power systems.
“Our products meet EMI-EMC requirements and are CE marked. Strict adherence to quality norms, backed by high calibre inhouse R&D facilities, ensures compliance to international standards,” says Nishith Deodhar.
|Best Power Equipment (I) Pvt Ltd|
Best Power Equipments (BPE) is one of the largest suppliers of UPS systems in the Indian market. Headquartered in Noida since its establishment in July 2000, BPE has carefully extended its range to cover power solutions for IT, industrial and critical equipment, with energy saving applications that are innovative and backed by sound R&D and the best manufacturing capabilities. It also offers site specific solutions, value for money and service at its clients’ doorstep.
With over 500,000 satisfied customers, BPE’s credentials in the field of power electronics are well established. Its products are also certified by the Ministry of Defence.
BPE’s UPS range includes line interactive UPS systems—600 VA/800 VA /1 kVA; 1.2 kVA and 1500 VA; online UPS 1 kVA, 4800 kVA, rack mounted solution from 1 kVA to 40 kVA, and 3 in 3 out rack mounted 10 kVA to 120 kVA, with N+1 redundancy and manufacturer of inverters 300/600 VA and sine wave 800 VA to 5 kVA. “We provide after sales service through an extensive national network of service centres spread across the length and breadth of the country. We also have our dedicated distributors to take care of our business and after sales support activities,” says Amitansu Satpathy.
|Best Convergence Power Systems Pvt Ltd|
Established in 1997, Convergence Power Systems Pvt Ltd is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing and exporting company, with its goals and quality standards are set very high. It manufactures world class quality power products for Indian as well as overseas markets, and is engaged in the manufacturing, marketing and servicing of ‘Convergence’ brand power electronics products. It has a wide range of power products, including online and offline UPS, industrial and domestic inverters, CVCF, servo stabilisers, solar home lighting systems, DC to AC converters, DC power supplies, etc.
Its major customers are from the food processing industry (colour sorting), medical industry, printing and packaging industry, oil and gas, and educational institutions. It also caters to the SOHO segment and corporates. “We have also a presence in the embroidery industry, banking, railways, telecommunication and defence,” says Sree Kumar.
|DB Power Electronics (P) Ltd|
Founded in 1973, DB Power Electronics (P) Ltd, popularly known as DB, has been offering UPS systems to the widest range of clients in India and abroad. Its dedicated team of engineers and professionals, its strong and innovative R&D, round the clock service, efficient networking and modern manufacturing plants are its core strengths.
DB products support critical power conditioning requirements in wide ranging applications such as oil and gas, energy, IT, banking, medical diagnostics, process and automation industry, telecom, pharma, engineering, space research and atomic power plants. Today, DB is equipped to keep pace with contemporary global developments and market demands. DB is now a group company of Chloride PLC, UK. Chloride is a world leader in protecting mission critical systems and processes ensuring continued supply of quality power.
“Over the last three decades, our company has become a power house of indigenously developed UPS technology. Its capability to develop, deliver and support very sophisticated state of art designs encompasses all classes of customers. Its access to internationally renowned power protection products in higher kVA ratings from the Chloride Group, has broadened DB’s offerings to the markets in India and the surrounding countries,” says Pradeep Pimpley.
|Delta Electronics (India)|
Delta Electronics (India) is part of the Delta Group, a leading multinational with its headquarter in Taiwan. Delta Electronics India is a world class provider of UPS systems, telecom power supplies, industrial automation, components, renewable energy systems, consumer lifestyle power and visual displays, etc. The group has been operating in India since 1992, and is responsible for developing business in the SAARC region. It is also recognised as Delta Electronics Centre for technical excellence for South Asia.
Delta UPS business unit is known as Delta Power Solutions in India and has an impressive installation base with regional support centres all over India and the SAARC region. It has been awarded the ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications by Underwriters’ Laboratories, USA, for quality, procedures, environment management and OHSAS 18001:1999. “With more than a decade of experience at the global level in UPS research, development and manufacturing, we provide high quality, high efficiency, and high availability UPS products with outstanding performance, while striving for technical innovation and next generation solutions,” says Dalip Sharma.
|Eaton Power Quality Pvt ltd|
Eaton Power Quality, South Asia, is a technology leader in power protection, distribution and management solutions. Eaton focuses on delivering high customer value with the industry’s most efficient, high density power supplies to increase business continuity. It has been operating in South Asia since December 2000. Eaton Power Quality, a part of Eaton’s electrical sector, provides technology driven solutions that serve the critical needs of the industrial, utility, commercial, residential and information technology markets.
Eaton’s offerings include products and solutions for the AC-DC power conversion market, helping telecom enterprises become on demand businesses. Its portfolio encompasses a comprehensive offering of power management solutions from a single source provider. This includes UPS systems, medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) switchgears, MV and LV bus ducts, power distribution units (PDU), remote management systems, meters, software and service.
“We are a diversified industrial manufacturer with recorded sales in 2009 of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control, hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment, fuel and pneumatic systems for commercial and military aircraft, etc. We have 70,000 employees and sell products to customers in more than 150 countries,” says Anoop Nanda.
|Emerson Network Power (India) Pvt Ltd|
Emerson Network Power (India) Pvt Ltd (formerly Tata Liebert Ltd) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emerson Electric USA, a US$ 20.9 billion company that is ranked 94th on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies. Set up in September 1993, the Indian subsidiary has seen a consistent growth rate of more than 30 per cent per annum over the last 16 years.
Since joining Emerson Network Power India in 2001, the company has made a conscious effort to align itself with its global parent. Today, Emerson has moved from being just a UPS and precision AC manufacturer to a global leader in enabling business critical continuity, and is the only company that offers the broadest range of solutions in power, cooling, rack, monitoring and data centre solutions. In addition, Emerson also provides power audit solutions to companies. When it comes to UPS systems, Emerson Network Power has been offering safe and continuous power to mission critical devices and applications, to small and medium setups and to largescale enterprises. It offers the widest range of three phase UPS systems for continuous availability applications. These ultra reliable systems are designed for a variety of applications in single, multi-module and redundant configurations. “Today, our UPS systems are not only the fastest (with DSP technology at the heart, the signals are processed 20 times faster than the conventional microprocessor based UPS systems) but also with the widest capacity ranging from 1 kVA to 4800 kVA,” says Sandeep Nair.
|HiTA Technology Pvt Ltd|
HiTA operates in India from its corporate office in Kolkata, with branch offices in all the metros and major cities across the length and breadth of the country. The company is responsible for marketing, sales and after sales services for HiTA products in India, SAARC countries, UAE and Africa.
Internationally renowned, HiTA is one of the world’s leading UPS, power equipment and solar power generation manufacturing company catering to several multinational giants on an OEM/ODM basis. HiTA’s range includes UPS systems (600 VA to 800 kVA), wide range of power protection equipment and solar power generation system from 1 kw to 50 mw. Its UPS systems have been designed to suit the power conditions of developing countries like India, China and Brazil, etc. “With our international expertise, we have undertaken range of solar power generation plants up to 50 mw in India,” says Arun Ghosh.
|Intex Technologies (India) Ltd|
Intex Technologies is a 14 year old IT hardware company headquartered in New Delhi. It covers eight business segments—PCs, mobile phones, consumer electronics, computer peripherals, memory products, retail, enterprise and international business. These include a portfolio of 26
product groups that encompass more than 350 products ranging from desktops, TFT-LCD monitors, DVD players, multimedia speakers, etc. The company enjoys a leadership position in the computer UPS category (less than 5 kVA) across India.
Intex has a pan India presence through its own network of two mother warehouses, 29 branches and over 500 service points. Through its retail business, Intex products are positioned at more than 140 dedicated counters of reputed hyper markets and speciality stores. The company has recently unveiled its exclusive retail chain—Intex Square—and has opened 30 stores so far. “During the last eight years, our company turnover has increased from Rs 320 million in 2001-02 to Rs 5930 million in 2009-10, at a CAGR of 38 per cent, which is almost two times the industry growth rate,” says Narendra Bansal.
|Kevin Power Solutions Ltd|
Kevin Power Solutions Ltd is a young, dynamic and professionally managed company in the field of power backup solutions. Since its inception in 2004, the company has focused on the development and manufacture of a range of products that improve lifestyles. Its product bouquet includes power backup systems, solar photovoltaic systems and home appliances like air conditioners, LCD TVs and water purifiers, with some more products in the pipeline.
Having pioneered the DSP sine wave revolution, Kevin now has a vast array of products to suit every requirement for homes, industries, IT sector and other mission critical applications.
The performance of these products has set a new benchmark in the power backup field. Kevin inverters, static UPS systems, online UPS and automatic lift backup systems (ALBS) are now extensively sold in India as well as in more than 25 countries all over the world. “Our operations are supported by a vast and responsive dealer and service network, which is spread far and wide, in and outside India. We have plans of becoming an internationally recognised brand over the next few years,” says Jagdeep Chauhan.
|Luminous Power Technologies Pvt Ltd|
Luminous Power is a leading power and energy storage company with a global presence. It offers high quality products for home, commercial establishments, telecom towers and renewable energy systems. Founded in 1988, the group reported revenue exceeding US$ 250 million in FY 09-10 and is projected to be a US$ 500 million company by FY 10-11. The group businesses include power backup, power storage, distributed power generation, renewable and alternate energy solutions and physical infrastructure solutions for IT and telecom verticals, apart from offering engineering design and support services. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and mobile phones and accessories are also catered by Luminous. Luminous markets its products in over 36 countries worldwide. Its global technology centre located in India, the US and China, deliver cutting edge technology that goes into every Luminous product. Luminous follows its proprietary universal grid compatibility (UGC) process to ensure consistency and a very high standard of reliability.
“We have been consistently winning awards and accolades for market leadership and excellent reliability of our products. Luminous is the proud recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Industry Technological Leadership Award for Market Penetration’ for the success of its DC-AC inverters in the non renewable energy markets in Asia Pacific,” says Rakesh Malhotra.
Contact details: C 8 & 9, Community Centre, Janak Puri, (Janak Cinema Complex), New Delhi 110058; Ph: 011-40778296, Mob: 9971798502; Fax: 25558912; Email: [email protected]; Website: www.luminousindia.com
|Microtek International P Ltd|
Microtek international, which was established in 1986, is the country’s largest power products manufacturer offering products like line interactive UPS systems, online UPS systems, digital and sine wave inverters/UPS EB/UPS E²/ UPS 24×7. Microtek has set up state of the art automatic manufacturing plants equipped with hitech machines. Some of them have SMT, ICT and automatic assembly lines. Microtek has also set up an inhouse comprehensive R&D centre, comprising a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals. The R&D centre is fully equipped with the latest design software, development hardware, with testing and field condition simulation equipment.
The company has a strong national network, which is growing rapidly. Currently, it has 295 service points, 50 service centres and more than 12,000 dedicated distributors and dealers, spread across India. It also has its own showrooms and more than 200 exclusive shops. “We have achieved total customer satisfaction through the design, manufacture and supply of quality products. We now have the largest installation base of more than 100 million users,” says N K Aggarwal.
|Numeric Power Systems Ltd|
Numeric has been in operation for 25 years (1984-2009), with an all India ranking of No 1 among UPS manufacturers for 17 consecutive years, apart from receiving awards for market leadership. The company has focused on achieving excellence in the quality of its products with a high level of process uptime, enhancing the power conditioning standards in the Indian UPS market.
The company is an emerging Indian multinational with its own manufacturing facilities in Pondicherry, Chennai, Salem, Parwanoo and at Sri Lanka. It is supported by its own subsidiaries in Singapore, Mauritius, South Africa and has partner offices in the UK and USA.
The specialised services offered by Numeric includes high quality power management solutions with UPS capacity assessment and sizing, installation, testing and commissioning, customer training, extended warranty, maintenance contracts, maintenance of spares at site, providing standby equipment for emergencies, undertaking harmonics’ study prior to offering solutions, turnkey project management, etc. It offers power protection solutions to various segments that include data centres/server farms, software development centres, internet service providers, call centres, banking/finance, insurance, telecom, process control, SME, SOHO, home PC market, etc. “We are a Rs 4874 million group, having 14 regional offices and 245 service centres across India, maintained by well trained and experienced professionals who cater to the needs of our customers,” says R Chellappan.
|NPP Energy Ltd|
Established in 1991, NPP Energy Ltd (a Vedam Group Enterprise) is a 19 years old company engaged in the business of manufacturing and marketing offline/line interactive UPSs, inverters, batteries, online UPS, stabilisers, industrial servo, etc, and catering to the needs of corporate sector client as OEM supplier throughout India and international markets.
The company is an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company. It has corporate office at Samalkha, Haryana and three semi-automatic plants in Raipur, Guwahati and Kala Amb, Himachal Pradesh. For more than 13 years, NPP Energy is supplying online UPS to various government departments at DGS&D approved rates. After successfully serving the corporate sector, Vedam Group is all set to enter the retail sector market under the brand name of NPP Energy.
“We have the required manpower and infrastructure to cater to big markets with excellent sales and after sales service network throughout India,” says Kalpana Adhikari.
|Parker Power Systems Ltd|
Parker Power Systems Ltd has been promoted by Parker Group of companies to offer its world class Parker Power pure sine wave home UPS and inverters, online and offline UPS, batteries, RO systems, and sine wave solar inverter batteries with latest technology to Indian customers. The group of companies have been awarded ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 14001: 2004 certifications for the range of sine wave inverters, and their home UPS systems are CE certified.
Its products are manufactured in state of the art manufacturing plants, which are equipped with latest machineries from USA, Japan, Korea, Europe and other countries. The group has a dedicated team of highly experienced technical professionals. For the first time in India, Parker Power has recently launched various equipment that do not require conventional energy, but work on solar energy. Parker Power is now offering solar products globally to formulate ‘your own power house.’
“We have products that incorporate the latest technology and are backed by excellent customer support staff. We are also registered with the DGS&D,” says N K Verma.
Contact details: 59/1/1, Site 4, Sahibabad Industrial Area, Ghaziabad, UP; Ph: 0120-4793777(100 Lines); Mobile: 9311109121; Fax: 4793778, 1800-11-3333 (Toll-Free); Email: [email protected]; Website: www.parkerpower.in
|Protonics Systems India (P) Ltd|
Established in 1984, Protonics Systems is a leading company in the field of inverters/home UPS systems and other consumer electronics products. The company’s range of inverters starts from 300 VA to 10 kVA.
Within the industry, it is one of the leaders driving the technical advancement of inverters. It offers one of the most advanced high frequency inverters, which are specially designed for Indian conditions. The unique features of its products include 92.5 per cent efficiency and full charging even at 100V AC.
Keeping up with technology and technological upgradation of products is a continuous process at Protonics. It has substantial R & D facility for products upgradation and technological innovations. Its inhouse R&D along with many reputed companies keeps on developing state of the art products regularly with innovative features and latest technological advances built into them.
“We offer advanced DSP based pure sine wave inverters up to 10 kVA with a compact design and advanced battery management features. We also offer solar inverters as part of our product range,” says Anil Bhushan.
|Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd|
Founded in 1992, Su-kam is India’s largest producer and supplier of power inverters. With a market share of over 50 per cent, Su-kam products have set benchmarking standards for the industry. The company has five manufacturing units—one in Gurgaon, three in Baddi and one in Katha, Himachal Pradesh. The Katha unit exclusively manufactures SMF batteries, making Su-Kam the first Indian company to have its own manufacturing setup for SMF batteries.
Su-kam is also the first Indian company in the power solutions business to receive ISO 9001:2000 accreditation for its quality management system and ISO 14001:2004 accreditation for its environmentally sound production process.
“We are a multi-product, multi-technology company and a leader in the field of power backups, with technologically advanced products, sophisticated marketing skills and shrewd business acumen. But the real secret of our success lies elsewhere. It lies in our close relationship with our customers,” says Kunwer Sachdev.
|Supra Hi-Tech Electro Equipments P Ltd|
Since its establishment in 1988, Supra has gained considerable expertise and deep insight into power control technology. Over these years, the company has emerged as one of the largest and most innovative designers and manufacturers of power control systems and equipment in India. Today, it is a multi-crore group with a well earned reputation for integrity, performance and reliability.
It has a million strong customer base, which includes prestigious clients in both public and private sectors. Besides its headquarters in Cochin, Supra has a chain of independent offices and comprehensive support facilities throughout India. Its sales and service centres, dealers and resident engineers operate in all major cities and towns.
“We have earned the coveted ISO 9001:2008 certification from the American Quality Assessors, which is recognised by the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies. Our products have been tested and certified by several test laboratories of the Government of India and NABL,” says T J Subhash.
Contact details: 32/86, Supra House, Pallissery Road, Chakkaraparambu Thammanam PO, Ernakulam, Kerala 682032; Ph: 0484-2330906, 2333880; Fax: 2337132; Email: [email protected]; Website: www.suprahitech.com
|Uniline Energy System Pvt Ltd|
Uniline has been making waves in the power conditioning industry since 1989. From a small start, today Uniline is amongst the leaders in the power electronics sector, catering to the needs of large and small computer installations, industrial automation, banks, airlines, healthcare, R&D establishments and DoT.
It has sales and service centres in south Delhi; factories at Delhi and Parwanoo, HP, and branch offices all over India. It also has an inhouse state of the art R&D centre. Uniline has been conferred the prestigious Udyog Pragati Awards, has ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, and has won the National Quality Gold Star Award and the Udyog Rattan Award. All its products are also available through DGS&D, Kendriya Bhandar and NCCF, etc.
“Our products are tested by reputed national test labs for specification, environment norms and safety, etc,” says R K Bansal.
Established in 1996 UTL is a well known name among online UPS manufacturers. It is renowned for building customer trust and satisfaction, and for offering a wide range of products. Its products range from power solutions like online UPS systems, online home UPS inverters and inverter batteries to water purifiers and CFLs. Some of its well known products are UTL Hoodi (sine wave combo UPS systems), UTL online UPS, UTL Amrit Kalash (reverse osmosis systems) and UTL Megalux (compact fluorescent lamps).
Its factory at Parwanoo in HP has a production capacity of 1000 online UPS units a day. It has the largest sine wave UPS dealer network in India. Currently, UTL has presence in many Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, and in African countries like Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
The company was the first Indian SMT inverter manufacturer, proving that SMD technology is no longer an elusive dream in power electronics. This could further bring up single card reliability and the ultra small online UPS systems and inverters. UTL Inverters achieved another first when it came up with the four stage charging technology that later became a trend.
”Our philosophy is to lead through technology in three aspects of business, the product and in service. Our mission is to make UTL present in every household in India by 2010,” says Yogesh Dua.
Contact details: 8 Community Centre, near Britannia Chowk, Lawrence Road Industrial Area, New Delhi 110035; Ph: 9968309514, 9968309517, 65168534, 65805761; Fax: 47055440; Email: [email protected]; Website: www.upsINVERTER.com
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