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Indigenous Battery Testing by Semco Powers Indian EV Sector

Established in 2006, Semco Infratech Pvt. Ltd. has emerged as a leading player in manufacturing, distributing, and contracting across various energy sectors. Based in New Delhi, Semco Infratech specializes in providing precise test and measurement equipment for lithium-ion battery manufacturing, EVSE infrastructure, and energy storage systems. With a focus on capturing the highest market share and delivering exceptional value to customers in the EV segment, the company is dedicated to ensuring both success and satisfaction.

In an exclusive interaction with The Interview World, Deepesh Srivastava, Head of Business Development at Semco Infratech, highlights the company’s key offerings, advantages, and its vision for market expansion in India. Here are the key insights from his interview.

Q: How does Semco Infratech contribute to the electric vehicle (EV) sector, and what specific products or services do they offer in this domain?

A: Semco Infratech is dedicated to the intricate process of manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. Our primary endeavor involves crafting a diverse array of testing equipment crucial for the battery production journey, all meticulously designed to seamlessly complement our machinery. We specialize in offering bespoke assembly lines tailored to the unique requirements of battery manufacturers, ensuring efficient and reliable production processes.

With close to a decade of dedicated service, we proudly stand as trailblazers in the industry. Semco holds the esteemed distinction of being the pioneering entity in India to undertake the comprehensive manufacturing and provision of cutting-edge machinery and testing apparatus specifically for lithium-ion batteries. Our commitment to innovation and excellence continues to drive us forward in advancing the landscape of battery technology.

Q: What specific advantages does Semco Infratech possess that distinguish it from competitors in the market?

A: We offer 7 to 8 unique selling points (USPs) to our customers, backed by readily available stock. Upon payment, we strive to ship their materials or execute their orders within 7 to 10 days, supported by our substantial inventory of Rs. 60 to 70 crore in our warehouses located in Delhi and Bangalore.

Moreover, once the customer receives the machine, we are fully prepared. Our team consists of trained and professional engineers, including service engineers, R&D engineers, quality engineers, and installation and commissioning experts. This means that upon delivery, we promptly provide installation and commissioning services.

In contrast, customers purchasing machines from China or other countries do not receive such immediate support. They lack the convenience of stock availability, installation and commissioning services, as well as efficient handling of service and warranty processes. Additionally, we maintain a comprehensive inventory of spares for servicing and warranty coverage. Crucially, we also offer Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) services, relieving customers of concerns about production interruptions.

Any breakdown can result in a loss of 40 to 50 packs per day in production for our customers, underscoring the importance of our services. These advantages have earned us the trust of leading brands such as Exide, Amaron, Reliance Power, Schneider, and Luminous. They rely on us for our immediate and reliable services, as well as our comprehensive support, including AMC facilities.

Q: What key factors do you anticipate driving the growth of this segment?

A: The electric vehicles market is undergoing remarkable expansion, with an astounding growth rate of 300 to 400 percent year over year. This surge underscores the critical role of lithium-ion batteries, essential for powering electric vehicles. Thorough testing and evaluation of battery performance become imperative to ensure seamless integration and optimal functionality within electric vehicles.

At Semco Infratech, we specialize in providing the necessary machinery for battery production, striving for excellence in every aspect. Our commitment to quality and innovation has enabled us to maintain an impressive growth trajectory, achieving a consistent annual growth rate of 200 to 300 percent over the past four financial years. We remain dedicated to driving progress in the electric vehicle industry while delivering sustainable solutions for the future.

Q: How would you describe the range of activities your machines are engaged in?

A: Our machines carry out a range of crucial processes, encompassing cell grading, testing, sorting, battery management, welding, comprehensive testing, and battery charging and discharging. These processes are fundamental to guaranteeing the quality of batteries produced by various vendors. By integrating these functionalities into our machine, we aim to provide a comprehensive solution that ensures consistency and reliability in battery manufacturing, thereby meeting the stringent quality standards demanded by the industry.

Q: How might the Indian EV market evolve over the next 5 to 10 years?

A: The Indian market stands as the global pinnacle of rapid growth, fueled by its vast population. This phenomenon extends to the electric vehicle (EV) sector, where advancements are evident across four-wheelers, three-wheelers, and commercial vehicles. Notably, customers are increasingly urging for the adoption of battery packs, energy storage solutions, and the integration of commercial electric buses. Such trends underscore the nation’s evolving landscape and the burgeoning opportunities within the automotive and energy sectors.

Q: How does your company’s strategy align with the growing demand for energy storage systems in commercial vehicles?

A: Currently, our focus lies on machines due to the influx of inquiries and orders, primarily originating from the increasing number of electric vehicle (EV) buyers. A significant portion of these buyers opt for machines sourced from China, driven by the allure of lower prices. However, when they choose to procure machines from us, they benefit from a wide array of services and solutions not available from Chinese vendors.

Looking ahead, we envision expanding our production lines to introduce innovative products within the EV sector. This strategic move aims to further enhance our offerings and cater to the evolving needs of our clientele.

EV Battery Testing Equipment Manufactured by Semco Infratech
EV Battery Testing Equipment Manufactured by Semco Infratech
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