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Pentair's Goa plant to become 100% EOU

P.T. Jyothi Datta

GOA, May 25

WITH water technologies being the fastest growing segment for the Minnesota-headquartered Pentair Inc — the manufacturing arm of its Indian subsidiary looks set to play a significant role in the global game plan.

This spans from becoming a 100 per cent export-oriented unit (EOU), to taking on added responsibility for the production of Codeline pressure vessels — Pentair's flagship product in the water business segment — following the shutting down of its manufacturing facility in North America.

Pentair Inc's water technologies business accounts for 36 per cent of the total sales. Its other two businesses are Tools, that contributes about 42 per cent of sales and Enclosures, that accounts for 22 per cent.

"In two-weeks, Pentair's manufacturing plant in Goa will become an export oriented unit," points out Mr Gautam Khanna, CEO of Pentair in India. Pentair's Goa plant already exports about 80 per cent of its production to markets such as the US, South East Asia and West Asia. And the above development comes even as Pentair forays with products for the residential segment, a category where the parent company does not operate.

More action is expected at the Goa facility, in another two months, with the Codeline manufacturing facility shutting down in North America and shifting to Goa in July, he adds. Goa will become the sole supplier for all global demand for Codeline. One of the reasons for shifting the production for Codeline to Goa, "Was because it worked out about 40 per cent cheaper," he points out.


In India, Pentair operates through three companies, including the parent company Pentair Water India (Goa), where membrane housings, composite tanks, pool and RH filters and valves are manufactured. Pentair Water Treatment (Delhi) is the sales and distribution arm that markets products manufactured in Goa and other sister companies. Pentair's Centre for Development and Research (Delhi) comprises engineers who support product and application development for Pentair globally.

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