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Monday, October 14, 2013 04:35 PM IST (11:05 AM GMT)
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CG Inaugurates 1600 kV Ultra High Voltage (UHV) Research Centre

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Monday, October 14, 2013 — (Business Wire India) — — To deliver reliable and customized UHV Switchgear for Global markets

— Invested Rs 400 million to enhance its R&D capabilities to achieve global excellence in the UHV domain

Avantha Group Company CG, inaugurated its 1600kV Ultra High Voltage (UHV) Research Centre at its Switchgear Complex in Nashik.

CG has invested nearly Rs 400 million in this world class infrastructure to enhance its R&D capabilities to achieve global excellence in the UHV domain. This Research Centre is a 21,786 sq ft and 118 ft tall, electrical-noise-free infrastructure, built with sophistication, intricacy and equipped with the latest state-of-the-art testing equipments. Having achieved leadership position in the manufacture of power products up to 765 kV, this is a significant move towards fulfilling CG’s strategic objective of positioning itself as a sizeable player in the UHV arena in the world. Prime markets for these products are large countries like India, South America and Africa, where such very high voltage transmission networks are present. The Research Centre facilitates reliable and economic new product development for the global UHV/EHV (Extra High Voltage) markets, spanning 800kV EHV to 1200 kV UHV power transmission systems. It is envisaged to be CG’s manufacturing and development hub for Switchgear.

The centre will focus on research and development of high power sub-station equipments, such as Circuit Breakers (Live Tank and Dead Tank), GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear), Instrument Transformers (CT / IVT / CVT) (Current Transformers/Inductive Voltage Transformers/Capacitive Voltage Transformers), Transformer Bushings, Surge Arresters, and Disconnectors with enhanced capabilities and at competitive prices. The centre is equipped with 1600 kV AC and 3600 kV, 360 kJ Impulse test systems to conduct all the dielectric performance tests as per the latest global IEC, ANSI standards and other International product standards. It will also facilitate developmental research tests, on new dielectric systems and products. This UHV infrastructure will help in the local manufacture of UHV products, thus saving huge costs on imports to Indian customers. CG’s Global customers can have the benefit of getting the entire range of products of global quality standard, from Medium Voltage to Ultra High Voltage, from a single source.

Commenting on the inauguration, Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO & Managing Director, Mr. Laurent Demortier said, “First, I do congratulate the CG team and thank our customers and local authorities who supported us for the construction of this centre. This inauguration is an important milestone for CG. This Research Centre will provide us with the necessary tools to effectively compete in the fast growing UHV/ EHV market segments. The CG centre in Nashik, which has been providing MV (Medium Voltage) and HV (High Voltage) switchgear for customers all around the world, will fuel CG’s growth by producing a full range of EHV and UHV switchgear up to 1200 KV.”

About Avantha Group Company CG

Avantha Group Company CG is a global pioneering leader in the management and application of electrical energy. With more than 15,000 employees across its operations in around 85 countries, CG provides electrical products, systems and services for utilities, power generation, industries, and consumers. The company is organized into three business groups: Power, Industrial, and Consumer. CG clocks US$ 2.3 billion in revenues from product lines that cover the entire value chain of engineering offerings.

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About Avantha

The Rs. 25,000 crores (US$4bn) Avantha Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. Its successful entities in diversified sectors include Crompton Greaves (power transmission and distribution equipment and services), BILT (paper and pulp), The Global Green Company Limited (food processing), Biltech Building Elements Limited (infrastructure), Avantha Power (energy), Salient Business Solutions Limited (IT and ITES), Jg Glass (glass containers).

With a global footprint, the Group operates in 90 countries with more than 25,000 employees worldwide. Led by Gautam Thapar, Avantha demonstrates strong leadership globally and emerges as a focused corporate, leveraging its knowledge, leadership and operations, adding lasting value for its stakeholders and investors.

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CG’s 1600 kV Ultra High Voltage (UHV) Research Centre at Nashik, India
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Paula Sengupta, Global Head – Corp. Comms., CG (Crompton Greaves Limited), +91 (22) 24237516 / 67558771,
Shravani Dang, Vice President, Group Head – Corporate Communications, Avantha Group, +91 (11) 41699282 / 23368332,