TREADING THE WORLD
Manufacturing Today|November 2020
NITIN CHALKE, MD, CORPORATE (INDIA) AND PRESIDENT; NORTH AMERICA; CROUSE-HINDS, B-LINE AND OIL & GAS, ELECTRICAL AND SYED SAJJADH ALI, MD - INDIA, ELECTRICAL SECTOR, EATON, OFFER A HOLISTIC VIEW OF THE GLOBAL COMPANY A COMPANY THAT LEADS WITH WE HELP CUSTOMERS
JAYASHREE KINI MENDES

IT’S A COMPANY THAT LEADS WITH approximately 95,000 employees around the world and has solutions that penetrate all spheres of life. Right from electrical to aerospace to filtration and hydraulics, Eaton is globally one of the largest power management companies. Manufacturing Today speaks to Nitin Chalke, Managing Director, Corporate (India) and President; North America; Crouse-Hinds, B-Line and Oil & Gas, Electrical and Syed Sajjadh Ali, MD - India, Electrical Sector, Eaton, to understand how the company is dealing with creating cost-effective solutions for its customers, and ways it is dealing with the pandemic.

You have four businesses in India. Could you telling me the advantages each one of them offer across sectors?

Nitin Chalke (NC): As a company, we are dedicated to improving people's lives and the environment with power management technologies that are reliable, efficient and safe. Everything we experience in our modern world is made possible by power, be it planes or hospitals or factories or data centers or vehicles or the electrical grid. Every day, all around the world, people depend on technology, transportation, energy and infrastructure to live, work and thrive. And the companies who provide these products and services depend on us to help solve some of the toughest electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power management challenges on the planet. Because we never lose sight of what matters.

Syed Sajjadh Ali (SSA): We have several businesses and this is what they do:

Electrical: We help customers meet the demands of the world’s ever-growing need for power through improving efficiency and uptime, meeting regulatory requirements and protecting people and equipment. Our electrical products help utilities generate, transmit and distribute power. And once that power is distributed, we help people use it efficiently and safely, whether in a building, industrial facility, data center or home. Our solutions range from circuit breakers to switchgear to machine controls to LED lighting. We offer a full portfolio of backup power and surge protection, providing maximum uptime and guarding against power surges or outages. In hazardous environments we help protect people and property with explosion-proof enclosures, signaling, notifications and surveillance systems. Our comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end electrical solutions is complemented by our full-scale engineering and support services.

Our customers span a wide range of markets, including residential, commercial and institutional buildings, industrial facilities, utilities, data centers, oil and gas, mining and machine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

NC: In our vehicles business, the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) count on us for technologies that enhance overall vehicle efficiency, reliability, safety and driveability. Our vehicle products include emission control components, engine valves, valvetrain systems, superchargers, transmissions, clutches and torque management products and systems.

Our hydraulic products boost the power, speed and precision of equipments, ranging from industrial machinery to mobile equipment such as excavators and tractors. And, our filtration systems remove debris and impurities in industrial and process applications. Our customers are represented across many segments, including agriculture and forestry, biotech, construction equipment, commercial and passenger vehicles, food and beverage processing, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, power generation and renewable energy.

We help our customers realise greater flexibility in machine design, maximising equipment efficiency, reducing unplanned downtime and delivering more productivity and energy efficiency in a smaller footprint.

Then there’s the aerospace vertical. We are a market leader in hydraulics, motion control, air frame fuel, air frame pneumatics and engine solutions. Our aerospace products help control aerial navigation and propulsion systems as well as fuel management and distribution.

Our hydraulic, fuel, motion control and engine solutions power hundreds of military and commercial aircraft platforms. From the Mars rover “Curiosity” to today’s most cutting-edge commercial and private aircraft, we help ensure aircraft availability, improved operational performance and regulatory compliance.

We mean it when we say that we make what matters work, every day, everywhere.

The pandemic has affected different companies in different ways. What effect has it had on your company in India?

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