20 April, 2017
ECOTECH has been formally invited by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in Delhi, India to tender for “Data Display & Data Supply from Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations” under the innovative “Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT)” business model championed by the CPCB.
ECOTECH’s Head of Finance, Hemal Bavishi, and International Sales and Operations Manager, James Agius, travelled to India from Australia to support the local ECOTECH Indian team and manage the tender response.
“It’s a significant opportunity for the ECOTECH Group and we’re very proud to have made the short-list of companies with the right technical and non-technical credentials invited by the CPCB to bid,” Hemal said. “We are doing everything we can to position ourselves to win and demonstrate that the CPCB has found the right partner they’ve been looking for.”
Boots on the ground in India
Hemal is confident in ECOTECH’s credentials, including the fact that the company – founded in Australia 40 years ago – has a significant on-the-ground presence today in India including a large air monitoring equipment manufacturing plant and maintenance, service and environmental monitoring teams across the country.
“It’s a very competitive landscape in India and I have no doubt several respected companies will contest for this prestigious contract,” he said. “I commend the CPCB in championing their innovative Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) business model as a way to achieve the long and short-term outcomes they’re looking for.”
Real and present danger
Awareness on the subcontinent of the challenging air pollution problem they face is real and present – with media reporting on the problem almost every day.
While ECOTECH is not in the business of addressing pollution itself, Hemal firmly believes that “knowledge is power”, and gathering the air quality monitoring data is a first – and essential – step to obtaining the knowledge we all need to make better, more informed decisions.
ECOTECH Industries Private Limited, under the ECOTECH Group, was established in India in 2014 with a custom built, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh. ECOTECH has since consolidated its credentials and position in the subcontinent by establishing ECOTECH Monitoring Solutions Private Limited, a service entity with highly skilled technical staff providing air monitoring equipment service and maintenance. The ECOTECH Group now employs close to 100 staff throughout India across manufacturing, servicing and maintenance of air quality equipment.
“Accordingly to the World Health Organisation, globally, air pollution causes one in eight deaths. It is the single biggest environmental health crisis we face,” reflected Hemal. “‘Striving for a greater good’ is one of four key lenses through which ECOTECH sees our vision for the future. By giving the Indian Government access to best practice air monitoring technology and standards ECOTECH has implemented elsewhere in the world, we bring our future vision to life; just as we’ve done helping different government environmental bodies for decades around the world including Australia, Cyprus and Taiwan.”
By having a substantial local presence in India, ECOTECH is extremely well-positioned and has the right Indian team to better help and best support State and Central Pollution Control Boards across the country.