The firefighting equipment market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of over eight percent during 2017-2022 time periods due to the increased industrialization, commercialization and urbanization. The demand for fire and safety equipment is expected to be boosted by increased government’s focus towards improving safety standards coupled with rising new as well as replacement demand from industrial, commercial and residential sectors. The Government of India is also investing heavily in infrastructure and manufacturing sectors under its ‘Make in India’ initiative. These initiatives are bound to help all firefighting equipment manufacturers in India towards developing and upgrading existing technologies and new safety projects in various cities across India.
Agni controlsis one such company that is taking advantage of all the current industry scenarios and is among the leaders in the sector of fire and safety. Its vision is to establish itself as a prominent manufacturer and installer of need-based fire protection system across the globe.The firm professionally manufactures flame detectors and special application fire detection products and fire suppression system in the field of fire and safety. It retains the core mission of technical innovation and uncompromised quality.
The company was established in 1985 with manufacturing capabilities of producing custom built panels and gradually evolved in manufacturing flame, ember & spark detectors, online monitor for the CO2 system and CO2/Inert gas fire suppression system suitable for various environments. The firm is the preferred OEM partners for many machinery manufacturers and has been constantly receiving A+ or above ninety-fivepercent vendor rating by almost all its OEM (original equipment manufacturer)customers. Agni Controls is an ISO 9001 company since 2006 and QMS policies are integrated into the company’s day-to-day activities. In 2015, the firm successfully received Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) approval with CE marking for its flame detector, becoming the first and only company to achieve this in India. In 2017, Agni Controls was awarded Best Vendor Award for Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) among all the OEM suppliers to BHEL GT division.
About the Primary Pillars
Agni Controls is promoted by its CEO, D. Balachandran, a Mechanicalengineer from one of the oldest technical institution at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. In 1985, the company was established with the manufacturing capability of producing custom built control panels. Since then, the CEO has gradually involved in manufacturing fire protection system and components. Under his guidance and involvement, thecompany incorporated various latest technologies in fire detection and fire suppression system. His technical vision and stringent quality policy put Agni Controls as one of the reputed fire protection company.
- Balachandran was also the Founder President of FSAI (Fire & Security Association of India) where he successfully initiated many fire and life safety programs. Currently, FSAI and FPAI are actively working on various awareness, technical seminar and training programs, growing awareness and present updated NBC Code Part IV fire and life safety has put this industry on the checklist of the fast-growingsectors.
Under his dedicated HR management and technical innovations, uncompromised quality control is strictly followed on a day-to-day basis while running the company. Top management teams ensure that the ethics and principles of D. Balachandran are maintained and improved upon.
Along with D. Balachandran, two young technocrats, Arunkumar Balachandran (Instrumentation Graduate Engineer, thirteen years’ experience in specialized fire protection, member in NFPA-National Fire Protection & Association-, FSAI-Fire & Security Association of India-and FPAI-Fire Protection Association of India-) and Selvakumar Balachandran (Instrumentation Graduate Engineer, 8 years’ experience in specialized fire protection system, MIFireE (UK)-Graduate in IFE-UK-Institution of Fire Engineers-) are also continuously contributing for the growth of the company in its respective space.
Services that Follow Motto “Safety Being the First Concern”
Right from inception, Agni Controls always gave importance to develop and manufacture custom built, niche and technically superior products. In the past three decades, Agni Controls has grown working on this mission. Under the guidance of D. Balachandran, the company was able to achieve the development of many special products.
Initially, the company’s main business was manufacturing custom-built control panels, one of the main products being Fire Alarm Control Panel. Since then the company focused in fire protection field involving in various spheres of fire protection engineering and technology. The company is engaged in the design, manufacturing, execution,and commissioning of various industrial fire protection systemsand is more focused on machinery protection.
Today the company is an OEM partner for many machinery manufacturers.It develops custom built and need-based design of fire detection and suppression system for the protection of their machines.
Agni Controls own the following brand name under which it sells exceptional products and systems
Under the brand name bala-wa,the firm manufactures the following,
- Custom built Fire alarm and Control Panels.
- Fire Suppression system using CO2, Inert, Clean agent gases and Water Mist.
- Components for Gas Suppression systems like Nozzles, Weighing devices, Directional Valves, Wintergreen odorizer amongst others.
Under the brand name fladet,the firm manufacture all the special application detectors:
- Flame Detectors – UV, UV-IR, IR Types
- Infra-Red Ember Detectors
- Infra-Red Spark Detectors
- Probe Type Heat Detectors
It is an automatic detection and extinguishing system which can work without any power for small area fireprotection application like electrical panel, cable duct, machinery.
Agni Controls has a vast customer base in sectors like Steel, Power, Automobile, Refineries, Textiles,and Defence. Currently,it exports to ten countries including the US, the UK,and Europe and the Middle East.The company is equipped with R&D, design, QC & inspection, manufacturing, assembling, erection commissioning and after-sales service team.
Three Agni policies that count as the success mantras of the company are Dedicated HRD, Technical Innovation, and Committed Quality.
For the last 3 decades, it has been the policy of the company to mainly recruit freshers from different disciplines and train them as per the company system.
Being a technically oriented company, it invests a lot of time in developing and manufacturing both simple and very complex technical products as per customer requirement.
Committed Quality Control
Quality is a term which most of the customers associate Agni Controls with. For the last twodecades, the entire month of December is being celebrated as quality awareness month by the company. During this month-long celebration, awareness,and methods of improvements are discussed with all stakeholders including all employees, sub-vendors, suppliers,and customers. Top management strongly believes and support quality control system.
Edging out the Competition
Agni controls, being an OEM manufacturer is able to edge pass all other competitors when it comes to machinery fire protection. The main reason for this is Agni controls being a strong manufacturer in both mechanical products, electronics products,and instrumentation products. With continuous development program, the existing products are upgraded and new products are introduced. Many of the products and components by Agni controls are import substitute products which are indigenously designed, engineered and manufactured by Agni Controls. One of the firm’s strength is that it always offers need-based fire protection for thecustomer. Uncompromised quality, timely completion and well-documented procedure have givenAgni Controls an edge over the competition.
Agni Controls will continue to safeguard the country by embracing the technology advancements in its products. In the upcoming year, the firm plans to spread its fire protection systems in more offshore, defense, oil, power industries, marine, mining, and space applications.