Systemair envisages good momentum in HVACR with infra projects

Systemair was founded in 1974 with a pioneering idea in developing and introducing the circular in line centrifugal duct fan which has simplified ventilation systems. Asokdas M D, Managing Director, Systemair gives the glimpse of the company, products and services, opportunities envisaged by the company due to the government’s emphasis on infra development and much more through the interview with Cooling India.

Please take us through the company’s journey in India.

Systemair started business in India in the year 1999 through a distributor, primarily dealing with ventilation fans in Indian HVAC market. We have the privilege of introducing the underground ductless carpark ventilation system in Indian market. In the year 2006, Systemair AB decided to establish its direct presence in India by opening regional offices in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata, marketing its products and services. With the acquisition of RAVISTAR in 2009 and subsequently IAPL (International Air conditioning Products Limited) in 2011, Systemair expanded the business in India by widening the product portfolio to air distribution and air handling units. After completing the construction of state-of-the-art 12000 square metre factory in Greater Noida in 2014, Systemair integrated its production facilities in North under one roof which is a platinum rated green building and presently the headquarter of Systemair in India. In the year 2017 Systemair moved to a bigger factory premise at Hyderabad measuring 6000 square metre to expand the production capacities for South Indian market.

What are the solutions and services offered by the company catering to HVACR segment?

Systemair India offers ventilation solutions to its customers in HVACR segment divided into three business areas, ventilation fans, air distribution products, and air handing units.

In ventilation fans, we offer circular inline fans, rectangular inline fans, box type centrifugal fans, kitchen exhaust fans, wall mounted propeller fans, axial fans for normal and high temperature applications, car Park Jet fans. We have in house capability to offer design support and CFD simulations for basement carpark applications to our customers. We also offer tunnel ventilation fans for metro and road tunnels having high thrust levels.

In ADP ( Air Distribution Products), we offer wider range of air distribution products to our customers ranging from linear bar grills, single and double deflection grills, non-vision grills, egg crate grills, square diffuser, circular diffuser, swrill diffuser, slot diffuser, low leakage damper, louvres, UL listed fire dampers for fire as well as fire and smoke rated as per UL 555 & UL 555 S for Class 1 leakage, circular and square attenuators, VAV and CAVs etc.

In Air Handling Units, there are 2 series of Eurovent certified AHUs which are manufactured in Indian facility.  BA- Plus & BA – Hygiene.

Eurovent certified AHUs with highest class of leakage L1, Deflection class D1, Thermal Bridging TB2 come with plug and play smart solutions with factory build controllers & sensors.

We have the privilege to be the first manufacturer to introduce Eurovent Hygiene certified AHUs in Indian market. Systemair is a known name on the pharma and clean room industry and we feel that hygiene certification will further strengthen our position as a quality and reliable supplier in the industry offering certified products. The units are tested for anti-corrosive and anti-microbial growth and are equipped with corrosion resistant materials suited for Pharma and clean room applications.

What are the growth drivers of your business? Which sector does the maximum demand for your services?

Systemair offers products and solutions to different sectors like infrastructure, IT, pharma, commercial etc. We strongly believe in quality and reliability which is our growth driver. The quality we maintain on the manufacturing process and the certifications we have on our products compliments the reliability and trustworthiness of Systemair products. We are one of the market leaders on the pharma segment with our air handling units widely accepted in the market. We see a stable growth in pharma sector despite of the USFDA regulations. With the launch of Eurovent Plug and play
BA-plus AHUs, we see a good growth on the IT and commercial market who were looking for high end quality solutions. The market is moving from traditional concept of low efficient belt driven solutions to highly efficient EC fan technologies which is helping the industry to offer factory assembled AHUs with integrated controls and instrumentation. The awareness of certified products and smart solutions are increasing and we feel this will be the future. The newly launched Access control solution of Systemair offers touch screen with connectivity to cloud for remote monitoring which complements the future demands.

With the government emphasising on infrastructure development, we see a good momentum on upcoming metro projects and airport expansions in different cities. This is good for us with our products and solutions and also will benefit the entire HVACR industry in India.

How has industrial ventilation market evolved in India as compared to the global market?

With the revision of ventilation standards on the latest release of NBC (National Building Code) the awareness for need of ventilation is increasing. But in my opinion, we have a long way to go as compared to global markets. There is a need for stringent regulations for requirement of ventilation on occupied areas which is directly related to health, productivity and comfort. Occupants are more aware and educated on the IAQ with terms like PM 2.5 and PM 10 commonly used in medias now a days. This will push the need for ventilation and awareness for common man who are now relying on indoor air purifiers.

What kind of technical innovation would you like to incorporate in your products to create optimal indoor air quality (IAQ)?

Since the industry is more concerned about the IAQ, we were constantly looking to improve the offering on our AHUs. There are different technologies available to create a healthy indoor climate on the occupant space. Increasing the level of mechanical filtration is the most economical way to increase the IAQ, but this will increase the system pressure drop and in turn the fan will consume more power to overcome the pressure.

We have equipped our AHUs with electronic filters to overcome the pressure drop which is a good way of maintaining a good PM 2.5 level in occupant zone. We also offer UV filtration systems for maintaining a good indoor air quality by eliminating germicidal growth on the cooling coils. Systemair AHUs are equipped with smart controller for monitoring the PM 2.5 level and CO2 with sensors and the life of UV system with intensity meter for easy maintenance.

What opportunities would you envisage for your company with the Indian Government’s focus on development of infrastructure like smart cities, urban transportation projects?

With the Indian government’s focus on infrastructure development with smart cities and urban transportation, Systemair finds a good opportunity to be a part of upcoming underground metro and airport projects with a vast experience with solutions offered on the existing projects like Delhi Metro, DIAL, HIAL etc. Most of the airports are undertaking the expansion project to increase passenger capacities and Systemair looks for opportunities to partner with them to offer entire ventilation solutions based on customer needs. We are equipped to cater to the requirements with regard to quality and timeliness with our product certifications and two factories to meet the customer expectations.

What are the expansion plans of Systemair in India?

Systemair invested on the R&D facility in India with a team of 12 engineers and 2 laboratories. We have air terminal testing lab to measure the aerodynamic performance of air distribution products at varying climatic conditions. All measurements are done as per EN 12238 and Ashrae 72 standards.

We have received AMCA accreditation for air and sound for our Acoustic lab in India where we can measure airflow, and sound levels as per AMCA 210 and 300 standards.