Creating a Cleaner Tomorrow

Creating a Cleaner Tomorrow
(L to R) Mr Sandip Mehta, MD, Hengst India, Christopher Heine, Group CEO, Hengst Filtration, and Mr Rajinder Singh Sachdeva, COO, VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd at the inauguration of Hengst Filtration facility in Yelahanka, Bengaluru

Hengst Filtration, Germany’s leading filtration company, has unveiled its cutting-edge facility in Yelahanka, Bengaluru

As a family-owned business, Hengst has been around for 65 years in the filtration industry. With more than 3,500 employees at 23 locations worldwide, it develops innovative filtration and fluid management solutions. The company has prioritised the principle of sustainability in all its solutions creating an efficient and improved quality of life for all its stakeholders. Hengst builds technologically advanced filtration systems for different sectors of mechanical engineering, hydraulics, industrial air, life sciences and healthcare. Engineering and innovation are at the core of all its solutions for clean air, water, fuel, equipment and people. The tailor-made solutions are used in medical clean rooms, air conditioning systems, cleaning devices, industrial plants, power tools and robots.

While Hengst has been in India since 2015, in a JV with Luman Industries, it has launched its new manufacturing plant in Bangalore. Spanning 36,000 square feet, the Yelahanka facility will manufacture a diverse range of products across multiple verticals, exemplifying Hengst's long-term growth strategy for India. This plant stands as a beacon of sustainability, constructed using reusable plastics to reduce carbon emissions, thus positioning it as a forward-looking factory.

Speaking on the sidelines of the inaugural event, Christopher Heine, Group CEO, Hengst Filtration said, "India represents a significant growth opportunity for Hengst Filtration. The country's expanding economy, coupled with its growing demand for filtration systems across industries, makes it an ideal fit for our expansion plans. We are confident that our innovative solutions that bundle filtration for industry and the environment will be well-received by our Indian customers."

The business has identified India as a target market for future development and identified the growing need for filtration systems in the country. With surging growth in the infrastructure and automotive industry, specifically, Hengst believes that there is a huge potential demand for efficient filtration systems in India. With an initial investment of 2 million Euros (INR 17 Crores) allocated towards machinery, IT infrastructure, and warehousing, Hengst Filtration is laying the groundwork for its operations in India. Recognizing India as a key market and a potential export destination, the company is ready to seize the opportunities.

Mr. Sandip Mehta, MD, Hengst India said, “We are excited about our latest and most significant expansion into this pivotal market, poised to contribute to reducing emissions in the production environment and enhancing air quality for the people of India. Our substantial investments, totalling around 2 million Euros, underscore our unwavering dedication to India's progress. Each of our products acts as a catalyst for positive change, fostering a cleaner, greener planet. With our diverse portfolio deeply intertwined with India's thriving sectors, we're fully dedicated to nurturing its trajectory of growth."

By purifying air and liquids, the filtration systems reduce pollutant emissions and enhance air quality. Optimized for minimal air resistance, Hengst filters lower energy consumption and extend equipment lifespan. One of the first products to be manufactured in the newly launched Bangalore plant is a filter to be fitted to the oil module of the automotive that is expected to improve the overall fuel efficiency of the vehicle by 2%, which has a radical effect on the effectiveness of the engine. The company is committed to achieving zero emissions from fossil fuel combustion and sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2030, aligning with its environmental responsibility goals. Another pivotal area covered by the business is medical technology. Clean air is crucial in the case of minimally invasive surgeries where there is a need for clean rooms and filtration systems.

Hengst is a series supplier to the international vehicle and engine industry and a development partner for sustainable drive and mobility concepts. The company has started supplying to OEMs from the new facility, and VECV is one of their leading customers. Hengst has taken over Bosch Rexroth hydraulic filtration transferring all its customers under Hengst.