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Pune, Dec. 2

MR NISH Patel takes over as Managing Director of the Pune-based Alfa Laval India Ltd.

Mr Patel was previously involved in restructuring the company's UK operations.

"Though the domestic market remains first priority, our focus on the exports market for rapid growth will continue.

"The expansion of manufacturing facilities will cater to the robust domestic as well as global market.

"We will increase focus on the sale of core components and after market. We have several innovative products for launch next year.," Mr Patel said.

A chemical engineer, he began his career at British Steel before moving to Alfa Laval, UK. From a design engineer, he moved to sales management, general management and, in 1995, became managing director of Alfa Laval Thermal Ltd.

He stayed in charge till 1998, when a major overhaul merged all the legal entities of Alfa Laval's UK businesses to createAlfa Laval Ltd in 2001.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 3, 2005)
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