A. O. Smith inaugurates its first manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, India.
A. O. Smith Corporation has a rich 140-year-old history of providing high quality and innovative products to its customers. In addition to residential and commercial water heaters, A. O. Smith also manufactures water filtration products. Mr. Paul Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, A. O. Smith Corporation noted, “Over the last 15 years, the company has greatly expanded its presence in markets outside the United States, building upon longstanding operations in Europe and Canada. In the late 1990s, we began a sizable expansion into China which has proven to be very successful for us. Now, we are embarking on the next phase of global expansion with this exciting new facility in India. And while we are still very new in this country, we are excited about the potential growth it has to offer.”
A. O. Smith entered the Indian water heater market in July, 2008 and has already expanded to 10 key cities in India, with a significant presence in Bengaluru, Delhi, Chennai, Goa, and others. Mr. Ajita Rajendra, President and Chief Operating Officer, A. O. Smith Corporations, said: “Sales in India, in the first two years, have exceeded our expectations; in fact, the only limitation has been our lack of a local manufacturing operation. With the opening of this 76,000 square feet plant, I am confident we will be able to expand rapidly and meet our customers’ growing demands for high quality water heating solutions.”
A. O. Smith has found that world-class innovative features like the Blue Diamond glass lining, glass-coated heating element, energy efficient insulation, and multiple colour options appeal to Indian consumers.
The company’s patented Blue Diamond glass lining offers superior corrosion resistance when compared with conventional glass-lined products, stainless steel, or copper-lined tanks, offering protection against premature tank failure caused by the hard water commonly found in India. The high quality glass coated heating element ensures delivery of hot water year after year.
A. O. Smith has sales offices and stocking warehouses strategically located throughout the country as well as a sales and customer service organisation in place.
About A. O. Smith Corporation
A. O. Smith Corporation, with 2014 sales of $2.36 billion, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment and boilers, offering a comprehensive product line featuring the best-known brands in North America and China, as well as water purification products for residential and light commercial applications. A. O. Smith, headquatered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, approximately 12,500 employees at operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, India, China and the Netherlands.