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BHEL Trichy conducts Vendor Meet on Insulation and Refractory Materials Print E-mail
Written by Krishna Kumar   
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Tiruchirappalli: BHELTiruchirappalli conducted a vendor meet on Insulation and Refractory Materials. Around 28 vendors across the country supplying insulation and refractory materials like LRB wool mattress, castable refractory, pourable insulation and ceramic wool participated in the Meet.

A V Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchirappalli said that though a minimum of Rs. 2 crore was spent on these bought out materials weighing about 700 to 1100 MT a boiler, they formed crucial role in completing the power projects without time delay.  Seeing a matching growth opportunity for the Industry in the next five year plan period, Mr Krishnan said that while in 2010-11, BHEL’s annual requirement of light resin bonded (LRB) wool mattress was 19,600 MT, this would be 23,000 MT in 2011-12 and 27,000 MT in 2012-13.

Cautioning that growth also had its challenges like more demanding customers and intense competition, he wanted the one day meet to deliberate on making the supply-chain management more agile and concluding a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on techno-commercial aspects to reduce procurement process time.  He also wanted the meet to address the logistics issues like transportation and storage at sites with the ultimate aim of project completion faster and gaining customer satisfaction against a demanding customer profile of 60 percent of whom were now private players.

"BHEL is expected to grow 20-25 per cent year on year between 2012 and 2015, matching with the country’s next five year plan growth strategy with respect to power sector," he said.

K Ramachandran, General Manager (Commercial and Marketing-Fossil Boilers) wanted the suppliers to optimize the quantum so as to minimize the inspection calls and thereby reduce the cycle time.  He wanted the vendors to use the information available on the projections in the growth for the next five years to plan their production.  He wanted the business partners to think of containarisation to overcome storage, handling and safety constraints.

S Dharmalingam, GM, Quality, in his address, assured the vendors that inspection calls to assess the k-value (thermal conductivity value) of the insulating materials would be quicker with more laboratories to be approved by BHEL to conduct the tests.

M Murugaiah, Additional General Manager, Materials Management, in his welcome address, stated that the Meet aimed at drawing up an action plan focused at cycle time reduction, taking into account the latest trends in process and production, testing and site requirements.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 November 2011 )
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