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Atlas Copco’s very 1st energy efficient VSD compressor. A work horse clocked 100,000 plus hours in automotive sector in Chennai


Established in 1998, India Piston Limited (IPL) – Ring Blank Unit in Chennai maintains its leadership position in the automotive sector in India, by the installation of the very first unit of Atlas Copco’s GA 50 VSD in 1998. The partnership of India Piston Limited and Atlas Copco (India) Ltd. reached 15 yrs.

Atlas Copco India - Atlas Copco’s very 1st energy efficient VSD compressor
P. A. Jayaraman, General Manager at IPL, said “In the inception stage, we wanted to go for an energy efficient compressor, which will not give maintainance problems and as a team we decided to go for Atlas Copco’s VSD Compressor.”

GA 50 VSD Compressor

A simple, energy efficient and user friendly machine for the maintenance and production teams. “Plus point of this compressor is energy efficiency. We have saved nearly 40% of energy cost by operating this compressor”, P. A. Jayaraman commented.

This has surpassed the traditional expectation of 35% energy savings by Variable Speed Drive technology over Fixed Speed Drive technology.

At IPL Chennai, by installing GA50 VSD 114000 kWh of electrical power have been saved, meaning an amount of 10.3 MINR in energy savings and a reduction of 1600 metric tonne of carbon-dioxide over the past 15 years which is equivalent to a 5000 trees plantation.

Prasanna Kulkarni, Business Line Manager, Industrial Air, said, “Truly GA50 VSD with Variable Speed Drive technology is saving the electrical power as well as has become friendlier with the environment.”

This innovative product is a tribute to the partnership between extraordinary organizations India Pistons Ltd. and Atlas Copco (India) Ltd. This partnership further shows the capability of Atlas Copco to covert it's values and believes into action. Atlas Copco committed to sustainable productivity. 

For further information please contact:

  • Prasanna kulkarni – Business Line Manager – Industrial Air
    +91 (0)20 3985 2316, (M) - +91 9371019852
Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2012, Atlas Copco had 39 800 employees and revenues of BSEK 90.5 (BEUR 10.5).

Atlas Copco (India) Ltd. started operations in 1960, and has 22 offices across India, the registered office being at Pune. In 2012, Atlas Copco (India) Ltd. had about  2 500 employees and in the period from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013, revenues of INR 2 600 cr (MEUR 400).

Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area provides industrial compressors, vacuum solutions, gas and process compressors and expanders, air and gas treatment equipment and air management systems. It has a global service network and offers specialty rental services. Compressor Technique innovates for sustainable productivity in the manufacturing, oil and gas, and process industries. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, Germany, the United States, China and India.

Industrial Air is a division within Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area. It develops, manufacturers and markets oil-injected and oil-free air compressors, vacuum pumps, gas generators, air treatment solutions and compressor controls and monitoring under several brands.  In addition to serving a wide variety of industries, dedicated solutions are also available for marine, railway and oil and gas customers.  The division's focus and main drive is to further improve its customers' productivity. The divisional headquarters and main production center are located in Antwerp, Belgium.