Smart city movement and Indian transformer industry

Opportunities for the Indian transformer industry out of smart city movement in India today
  Smart  cities agenda is on high note at the moment. India is soon to experience the lifestyle of the smart cities. Out of 100-smart cities the government has already selected first 20 cities that will be turning smart very soon. The selected smart cities will have luxurious amenities and other facilities such as hygiene, easy access to public transport, enhancing information and communication technology, water management and of course power for all and uninterrupted power supply. With the development of smart cities there is a new ray of hope in the industry. Every sector is looking out for opportunities. Many sectors and companies are on their marks to participate in the making of smart cities with their products and solutions.
Can one imagine smart cities without power? Of course no. The country is demanding continuous  power supply and to have uninterrupted power supply the power sector needs to work efficiently. In this mission of uninterrupted power supply for all, transformers has an important role to play by delivering reliable power supply to shape up the smart cities. Therefore there is huge opportunity for Indian transformer industry as well. Number of players like ABB, Schneider, Kirloskar are on their marks to provide smart solutions for the smart cities.
Indian government has laid down an emphasis for development of 100 smart cities, having all the infrastructure of best quality with 24/7 uninterrupted power supply. As all know the electricity is the main for all the infrastructural growth.
The health of transformer industry depends largely on the power generation and transmission system programme. The major users of this product are the State Electricity Board. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, and other industries. Some special types of transformers are also manufactured which are used for the purposes of welding, traction and electrical furnaces etc. The transformer industry in India has developed for over 50 years and has a well matured technology base. Energy efficient amorphous core distribution transformers with low losses and low noise levels are also being developed to meet  international requirement.
According to ITMA’s spokesperson, “The transformer market in India can be pegged at more than ` 12,000 crore. Power transformers contribute 45 per cent of the total market and distribution transformers, 55 per cent. Over the last two years, the market has grown at a very moderate rate at less than 4 per cent, due to the slowdown of power generation capacity addition and T&D infrastructure expansion. Spending on power transmission and distribution infrastructure is expected to boost demand for transformers.”
Some of the initiatives taken by the government  to develop the sector are: Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) scheme to improve rural electricity infrastructure and rural household electrification.  The electrification drive is expected to provide impetus to demand for distribution transformers.  Industrial sector growth.  Replacement of ageing equipment.
These reforms are expected to significantly affect demand for transformers over the next 4 to 5 years. With huge investments proposed across sectors such as power, infrastructure etc, the transformers market in India is slated for strong growth. The excess capacity in the transformer industry in India, and entry of new players is further expected to increase market competitiveness. Market consolidation over the next few years is inevitable.
Power and distribution transformer is an indispensable and important link in the power chain. Transformers play a key role in providing reliable power supply whether it is for infrastructure systems, industry or households. While speaking on the opportunities foreseen for the Indian transformer industry out of smart city movement Anil Kadam, Senior Manager, Energy Business, Schneider Electric India says, “With India announcing plans to develop 100-smart cities in the future, the transformer industry is upbeat as it will create additional demand for power equipment and different kinds of transformers. Smart cities will require smart energy, smart buildings and energy efficient building designs. To keep these systems running, ensuring a sustainable power supply is of prime importance.”
Rapid urbanisation is a key market driver for the transformer industry. Strengthening the urban infrastructure means enhancement of the existing rail networks, roads, metros and other infrastructure projects across the country which will require transformers.
ABB is all ready to grab the opportunities and cater to the smart cities with its solution. On this note Manjit S Sethi, Vice President, Transformers, Power Grids Division, ABB India, states, “The initiative to create 100 smart cities in India increases the emphasis on high quality and reliable power, and power distribution is critical here. ABB’s transformers are well poised to cater products and solutions for this technology value chain. Major opportunities for the transformer sector would include distribution transformers, dry type transformers, traction transformers for the metros and energy efficient transformers.”
The initiative of smart cities might have convinced many but not all. Perhaps few sectors of group of people are not yet convinced with the things happening with regards to smart cities in India. There could be many reasons out of which budget or investment planned for smart cities is one major reason. Kirloskar Electric Co Ltd observes that the  good budgets yet to be sanctioned for these projects. It still need to see the impact.
Conclusion With rapid urbanisation and industrialisation there is already high demand for uninterrupted power. There is a possibility that this demand may double in the coming years due to smart cities initiative. To meet this demand India needs efficient power network, power distribution, supply systems etc, out which transformers will also have crucial role to play. With the experts opinion the transformer industry will have many opportunities out of smart cities initiative that will give the sector a better platform.
————————The initiative to create 100 smart cities in India increases the emphasis on high quality and reliable power, and power distribution is critical here.
Manjit S Sethi, Vice President, Transformers, Power Grids Division, ABB India
—————————With India announcing plans to develop 100 smart cities in the future, the transformer industry is upbeat as it will create additional demand for power equipment and different kinds of transformers.
Anil Kadam, Senior Manager, Energy Business, Schneider Electric India

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Smart city movement and Indian transformer industry

Opportunities for the Indian transformer industry out of smart city movement in India today
  Smart  cities agenda is on high note at the moment. India is soon to experience the lifestyle of the smart cities. Out of 100-smart cities the government has already selected first 20 cities that will be turning smart very soon. The selected smart cities will have luxurious amenities and other facilities such as hygiene, easy access to public transport, enhancing information and communication technology, water management and of course power for all and uninterrupted power supply. With the development of smart cities there is a new ray of hope in the industry. Every sector is looking out for opportunities. Many sectors and companies are on their marks to participate in the making of smart cities with their products and solutions.
Can one imagine smart cities without power? Of course no. The country is demanding continuous  power supply and to have uninterrupted power supply the power sector needs to work efficiently. In this mission of uninterrupted power supply for all, transformers has an important role to play by delivering reliable power supply to shape up the smart cities. Therefore there is huge opportunity for Indian transformer industry as well. Number of players like ABB, Schneider, Kirloskar are on their marks to provide smart solutions for the smart cities.
Indian government has laid down an emphasis for development of 100 smart cities, having all the infrastructure of best quality with 24/7 uninterrupted power supply. As all know the electricity is the main for all the infrastructural growth.
The health of transformer industry depends largely on the power generation and transmission system programme. The major users of this product are the State Electricity Board. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, and other industries. Some special types of transformers are also manufactured which are used for the purposes of welding, traction and electrical furnaces etc. The transformer industry in India has developed for over 50 years and has a well matured technology base. Energy efficient amorphous core distribution transformers with low losses and low noise levels are also being developed to meet  international requirement.
According to ITMA’s spokesperson, “The transformer market in India can be pegged at more than ` 12,000 crore. Power transformers contribute 45 per cent of the total market and distribution transformers, 55 per cent. Over the last two years, the market has grown at a very moderate rate at less than 4 per cent, due to the slowdown of power generation capacity addition and T&D infrastructure expansion. Spending on power transmission and distribution infrastructure is expected to boost demand for transformers.”
Some of the initiatives taken by the government  to develop the sector are: Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) scheme to improve rural electricity infrastructure and rural household electrification.  The electrification drive is expected to provide impetus to demand for distribution transformers.  Industrial sector growth.  Replacement of ageing equipment.
These reforms are expected to significantly affect demand for transformers over the next 4 to 5 years. With huge investments proposed across sectors such as power, infrastructure etc, the transformers market in India is slated for strong growth. The excess capacity in the transformer industry in India, and entry of new players is further expected to increase market competitiveness. Market consolidation over the next few years is inevitable.
Power and distribution transformer is an indispensable and important link in the power chain. Transformers play a key role in providing reliable power supply whether it is for infrastructure systems, industry or households. While speaking on the opportunities foreseen for the Indian transformer industry out of smart city movement Anil Kadam, Senior Manager, Energy Business, Schneider Electric India says, “With India announcing plans to develop 100-smart cities in the future, the transformer industry is upbeat as it will create additional demand for power equipment and different kinds of transformers. Smart cities will require smart energy, smart buildings and energy efficient building designs. To keep these systems running, ensuring a sustainable power supply is of prime importance.”
Rapid urbanisation is a key market driver for the transformer industry. Strengthening the urban infrastructure means enhancement of the existing rail networks, roads, metros and other infrastructure projects across the country which will require transformers.
ABB is all ready to grab the opportunities and cater to the smart cities with its solution. On this note Manjit S Sethi, Vice President, Transformers, Power Grids Division, ABB India, states, “The initiative to create 100 smart cities in India increases the emphasis on high quality and reliable power, and power distribution is critical here. ABB’s transformers are well poised to cater products and solutions for this technology value chain. Major opportunities for the transformer sector would include distribution transformers, dry type transformers, traction transformers for the metros and energy efficient transformers.”
The initiative of smart cities might have convinced many but not all. Perhaps few sectors of group of people are not yet convinced with the things happening with regards to smart cities in India. There could be many reasons out of which budget or investment planned for smart cities is one major reason. Kirloskar Electric Co Ltd observes that the  good budgets yet to be sanctioned for these projects. It still need to see the impact.
Conclusion With rapid urbanisation and industrialisation there is already high demand for uninterrupted power. There is a possibility that this demand may double in the coming years due to smart cities initiative. To meet this demand India needs efficient power network, power distribution, supply systems etc, out which transformers will also have crucial role to play. With the experts opinion the transformer industry will have many opportunities out of smart cities initiative that will give the sector a better platform.
————————The initiative to create 100 smart cities in India increases the emphasis on high quality and reliable power, and power distribution is critical here.
Manjit S Sethi, Vice President, Transformers, Power Grids Division, ABB India
—————————With India announcing plans to develop 100 smart cities in the future, the transformer industry is upbeat as it will create additional demand for power equipment and different kinds of transformers.
Anil Kadam, Senior Manager, Energy Business, Schneider Electric India

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