India’s pioneer in developing and manufacturing self-lubricating guide elements, Avi Oilless Die Components, has been relentlessly invested in R&D and technology innovations. It has maintained its supremacy in the industry by consistently providing high-quality products and services to its customers.
Avi Oilless Die Components India Pvt Ltd is known in the industry as the first-ever company in India to develop and manufacture self-lubricating guide elements. Founded in 1993 as Avi Enterprises as a small workshop, the company has grown to include a diverse range of products such as oilless guide elements and press dies and molds.
Prashant Moreshwar Hendre, Director, Avi Oilless Die Components India, shares how, 25 years ago, he identified the gap in the market that prompted him to take this course of business and transform the company set up by his father. While doing some job work for the machining of components for Bajaj Auto Ltd’s Pune plant, he visited a Bajaj store for the delivery of materials and came across a wear plate/sliding plate of bronze with black round spots on it. On enquiry, he found out it was imported from Germany and was being used as a guide element in press tools.
Following some more interactions, the Bajaj team asked him whether he could develop such a part and handed over a sample for study. This prompted Hendre to conduct extensive research into the specifics of MOC. “It took me a year to make this part after some struggle. After successful trials at Bajaj over the next two years in press tools, I was confident in manufacturing it indigenously,” he adds.
The company inked deals first with Mahindra & Mahindra and later with Tata Motors for supplying self-lubricating parts for press tool dies, which set it on the journey to becoming what it is today.
Increased recognition among customers
The next major breakthrough came in 2004 when Avi Enterprises formed a private limited entity named Avi Oilless Die Components India Pvt Ltd and increased its infrastructure with the state-of-the-art machines for precision machining of components. Currently, the company has a complete in-house foundry facility to make special alloys (base material) for self-lubricating bearings. It uses centrifugal and continuous casting processes to make raw materials. It has an in-house testing facility for conducting chemical and mechanical tests, and develops self-lubricating bearings for different applications in various sectors such as automobiles, press tools and plastic moulds, welding fixtures and SPMs, plastic moulding, extrusion machines, and so on.
Avi Oilless Die Components India is a recipient of the prestigious Industrial Leadership Award for industrial development from the All India Achievers Association and the Star Innovation Award by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd as recognition for the development of import substitute self-lubricating bearings for its critical applications.
The self-lubricating bearings are also used in the Steel sector (rolling mill equipment, continuous cast plant, blast furnace, wire rod mill equipment, and various accessories used in steel plants), Cement plants (klins/furnace door application), the Power sector, Hydro-Power and Thermal Power plants (turbine applications, dam gate applications), Infra-Projects and Heavy Machinery sector, Material Handling Equipment, Defence sector, Nuclear Power plants, and many more.
Avi Oilless Die Components India received the prestigious Industrial Leadership Award for industrial development from the All India Achievers Association – New Delhi in 2013. The company was also appreciated by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd with a Star Innovation Award for the year 2016-17 as recognition for the development of import substitute self-lubricating bearings for its critical applications.
Wide range of products
Avi Oilless Die Components India manufactures a range of products that it sells to many companies across several industry sectors. It manufactures standard components for press tool dies and plastic molds for hydro-power applications, and self-lubricating bearing products for plastic molding machine manufacturers (bushes for toggle assembly, sliding shoe, moving platen and crosshead bush, thrust washers, etc.). The company also manufactures for rubber processing machinery manufacturers (bushings for gear case, guide rolls, gland rings, piston rod bushes, and screw nuts), material handling equipment manufacturers, steel plant equipment manufacturers (blast furnace clay gun piston rings, torpedo ladle car center plate, and self-lubricant bushes for billet lifting device), nuclear power plant manufacturers (camshaft bearings, sliding pads), and defence sector equipment manufacturers (special copper base alloy bars, bushes, etc.).
Array of Press Tool Components
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Overcoming sectorial challenges
Speaking about the challenges faced by the SME sector in manufacturing, Hendre says, “Due to substantial growth in the SME sector, it is always a challenge to retain employees. Getting skilled labor is another challenge. We have maintained a strong family relationship with all our employees and always support their personal growth and provide timely financial help during crises.”
The Government of India’s initiatives such as ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ have helped Indian private enterprises to sell their products to many Government institutions and public sector undertakings through the GEM portal. Gaining access to new organizations has become easy now.
“We certainly possess the potential to turn India into a manufacturing powerhouse in the near future, as perceived by the Government. The widened MSME credit guarantee scheme and the new definition of MSME have helped us to use its benefits to a large extent,” he adds.
Source: Avi Oilless Die Components India
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