New Zealand origin international baggage handling and security systems company Glidepath has delivered a world-class, made in India, in-line screening and check in conveyor system for Bali’s main airport just in time for the October 2018 International Monetary Fund (IMF) Conference.
‘We were able to design, make, test, dispatch, install and commission the new system for Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport’s departure hall within the one-month deadline from our new manufacturing and operational hub in Pune, India,” Rajesh Kalra, Glidepath General Manager Asia said. “We have embraced the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ policy to really make it in India,” he added.
Mr Kalra said Bali was the first big job supplied from the new Pune base, set up to position Glidepath more competitively by reducing product and related costs and being on the spot to respond quickly to customer needs in India, Asia and the Middle East.
Glidepath designs and manufactures a complete range of baggage handling and sorting systems for airports of every size, from small regional centres to large international hubs.
Speaking at the INZBC Aviation, Tourism and Technology Summit in September, Glidepath founder and Chairman Sir Ken Stevens had described the company’s new set up in the western Indian city of Pune, 160km from commercial capital Mumbai.
The Pune manufacturing and operational is designed to ensure Glidepath is able to quickly respond to customer project, maintenance and service needs with expert support for customers throughout India, Asia and the Middle East.
“Eyes pop when we tell our customers that this capable little New Zealand company with a worldwide reach is now making, assembling and pre-testing quality-assured systems in India, sourcing local steel and other supplies and recruiting locally skilled staff including software and control system designers, engineers and project managers,” Mr Kalra said.
Glidepath has built its reputation over 45 years and 800 plus projects in 68 countries on a can-do will-do ethos, innovation and commitment to genuine service and customer collaboration.
The Bali project involved the design, manufacture and installation of check-in conveyors, general transport conveyors along with control systems motor drives, and in-line screening to meet the highest international security standards. The New Zealand-headquartered innovation and technology company supplied the high specification elements to complement the India-made mechanical engineering components.
“The strategy of ‘Make in India’ has worked well for both us and the client,” Mr Kalra said. “Glidepath has a world of know-how and experience to support our growth as we evolve and harness disruptive technologies and innovations to serve our customers and their customers to make travel safer, seamless and more satisfying.”