Canadian-based Normet has officially opened its Centre of Excellence facility in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, the largest greenfield project of its kind for the company.
Normet is calling the centre a global technology and production hub, noting it will be home to a global equipment production facility, global service rebuild centre, global R&D centre, data analytics hub and a technology training centre for operations and maintenance.
It is the second facility of its kind for Normet; its other is located in Iisalmi, Finland. Offering the same scale of operations, the intent is to cater to both domestic and global markets.
The company said it has long supported growth in India through its investments in infrastructure and mining projects.
Set up in Mahindra World City in Jaipur, the facility is about 150,000 square feet of factory and amenities space and 23,000 sq. ft. of office space. The factory is equipped with an assembly line and stations, painting facilities, remanufacturing stations and a proto shop with advanced testing facilities.
The project is additionally designed with safety and sustainability in mind, including a 600-KW solar plant installation, rainwater harvesting, insulation in the factory building to reduce HVAC loads, natural lighting, and ventilation and fire protection systems.
“Starting the manufacturing and development of the latest Normet products outside Finland is a big step for us,” added Normet board chairman Aaro Cantell.
“It demonstrates the high importance and increasing responsibilities of Normet India in the development of our business in the future.”
At present, Normet India has an equipment facility for local products, a small-sized service centre and construction chemical manufacturing facilities in different parts of the country. In its efforts to reinforce India’s position in the market, expand its global manufacturing footprint, and further support the spirit of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the group has heavily invested in the country, officials said.