In conversation with S K Bose, Managing Director of CAREL ACR Systems India (PVT) LTD

S K Bose

What are your best-known solutions/products/services?

We are an electronics design & manufacturing company with 50 years’ experience, fully dedicated to providing advanced energy efficient control solutions to the HVAC & R Industry worldwide through our electronics & thermodynamics R&D efforts. Rather than products, we have always focused on providing “solutions” and have therefore invested in product development as part of the solution we propose.

Parametric or programmable controllers, sensors for HVAC&R applications, peripheral control devices such as BLDC drives, fan speed controllers, supervisory systems including remote connectivity and so on. Furthermore, we have a wide range of humidification products & equipment to meet all the humidification needs and challenges of HVAC&R industry.

In recent years, to stay abreast of the latest developments, we have also been offering digital cloud services tailor-made for the HVAC&R industry.      

Which industry sectors are your customers in, and which ones are growing fastest?

We enjoy one of the largest market shares worldwide in HVAC control solutions. While this segment continues to grow, in recent years we have seen high growth in refrigeration applications across the globe.

What are your most recent product innovations?

We have recently launched the IJ platform parametric controllers for food storage and merchandisers. All products provide advanced data transmission via NFC or Bluetooth and remote connectivity to the cloud.

What are the major trends and developments affecting your category and your customers, and how are you responding?

This pandemic has taught all businesses to build resilience in all aspects. Remote connectivity forms a very important part of the process of building a resilient business model.

This is what our customers need today and we are pleased to be able to meet their needs with our solutions.  Backed by many years of work in remote connectivity & intelligent control solutions, we can represent a single solution provider for our customers, rapidly turning problems into solutions.

What’s the latest news from your company?

The Carel Group has recently acquired two European companies, further expanding it’s product portfolio.

  • Recuperator SpA | Rescaldina (MI), Italy, via Valfurva 13 (Heat Exchangers, Plate & Wheel)
  • HygroMatik – Germany (Humidification products)

Could you please share your views on the cold chain sector for our readers?

India is one of the largest producers of various agricultural products, yet suffers from a large infrastructural gap for processing, preserving and transportation. Only a small percentage of the produce passes through a correct cold chain. As a result, there are huge losses of perishable products.

India is large exporter of pharmaceutical and marine products, and here too the lack of cold chain facilities is a problem.

However, the growth of the large retail, food services & food processing sectors are expected to boost the growth of India’s cold chain infrastructure. Leading up to 2025, India’s cold chain is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15%. 

Businesses promoting advanced technology at reasonable costs in this segment will surely make a huge impact in this industry in coming years.

The Indian government is providing the necessary impetus to this segment, and the drive is becoming further intensified, which should make growth possible.

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