Interview to Kiran Jagtap, Civil Engineer at INDOLINK Consulting


Kiran Jagtap

“India is a country with diverse cultures, with a lot of contradictions. Instead of comparing it with things at home, foreign companies planning to set up in India should try to accept and adapt to Indian conditions, ways..”

This month we are interviewing Kiran Jagtap who takes care of the industrial set up projects in INDOLINK Consulting. Kiran was born in Karwadi, a small town in Ahmadnagar district in Maharashtra, India. He is a Civil Enginnering Graduate from Pune University with a Post Graduate in Project Management and has been working in industrial and institutional construction projects for the last 10 years.

He’s 35 years old, is married and has a son and has been working with INDOLINK since 2008.

IL: What activities do you carry out in INDOLINK?

KJ: I work as Project Manager for industrial set up projects. I take care of most of the plant construction related activities like: Planning, layout design & finalization, estimation, budgeting, tendering, contracting, liaisoning for construction related permissions/ approvals,  scheduling, quality control, supervision and review, budget control, certification of bills, erection,  project closure and  project handover to client.

IL: What do you like the most of your job?

KJ: Well, what I like most of my job is when we complete the project successfully and then hand it over to the client. It’s very satisfying.

IL: And the least?

KJ: Sometimes you come across situations when you are responsible for the results but you don’t have the required authority to handle it appropriately. This is very stressful, sometime situation may become really tense.

IL: In which projects have you worked so far?

windar-gamesa-hine-bellota in indiaKJ: till date I have handled industrial, residential, institutional as well as infrastructure development projects.  Like medical and engineering universities, infrastructure for food industry like a wine park, a cold storage facility, etc. During my tenure in INDOLINK,  I have handled the construction management of the industrial sites of BELLOTA in Nasik, GAMESA-MADE and HINE in Chennai and WINDAR in Vadodara.

IL: You’ve already worked few years along with our foreign customers, especially Spanish, do you see a lot of difference on the way we are/we work (Indian vs Spanish/Western)? 

KJ: Yes, I see lot of differences, mostly cultural. India is a country with different local cultures, habits, languages, traditions, politics and also the government policies and laws. Many of the things are unpredictable here.  Western people expect everything to be scheduled, which sometimes is impossible to do. This is annoying for them. For example, the time required to obtain license/permissions from government authorities is difficult to predict, whereas customers want to know the date.

IL: What are the main difficulties from your point of view when a foreign company wants to set up a production plant in India?

KJ: The major difficulties I have observed from the foreigners at personal levels are problems with the interaction with the local people, different perception of what’s happening and adjustment to the local social life style.

For the companies the most difficult aspects are to find the right place for the plant, to find the right people (employees) at the place chosen, to understand the local government policies, laws, rules and taxation (there are different authorities for different permissions, approval and taxes) and get the things moving.

IL: What advice would you give to the foreign companies that are thinking of setting up a plant in India?

KJ: India has very good opportunities for the investment and business set ups. It is not an easy task but also not such a difficult or impossible one. The most important thing is to be careful while selecting the local partner, consultant and/or people on key positions. Those right choices  at the beginning will help them to set up the operations smoothly in spite of the challenges and difficulties.

IL: Any interesting experience during execution of the projects that  you would like to share with us?

KJ: Each project executed is unique and full of challenges.  However,  the most interesting for me was Gamesa set-up.  After identifying the factory we just had 4 months to start the production, which initially we said it was impossible. But, when it was clear that deadline couldn’t be postponed, we tried hard and did it on schedule.

IL: What would you suggest to your suggestion to Spanish companies planning to construct its factory in India?

KJ: India is acountry with diverse cultures, with a lot of contradictions. Instead of comparing it with things at home, foreign companies planning to set up in India should try to accept and adapt to Indian conditions, ways…This will make their life much more comfortable.

IL: Any interesting book or movie you advice us to read/watch? 

KJ: I liked the book “you can win” by Shiv Khera and the movie “Chak de! India”.

HINE will establish in India with the help of INDOLINK

The Spanish group HINE, founded in 1974 and consisting of seven companies with international presence, has decided to set up in India.

HINE Group, an international leader in designing, manufacturing and integrating hydraulic systems and components, has made the decision based on the size and expectations of rapid growth in wind power sector and other industry sectors in India.

India currently produces wind turbines with a capacity of 4,000 MW per year and all predictions indicate that both the number and power of generators will increase in coming years.

HINE Hydraulics India Pvt. Ltd. will initially supply to the plant Gamesa-Made has recently installed in India. HINE relies on its technological leadership and higher quality standards to rapidly expand its customer base.

INDOLINK is supporting HINE in its venture in India. Currently we are working on the formation of its subsidiary in India which will be located in Chennai.

The HINE Group, whose founder was recently honored for his long and successful business career, has other overseas establishments in China, USA, UK and Brazil.

Source: INDOLINK Consulting

INDOLINK has been chosen by WINDAR (Daniel Alonso Group) to assist them in setting up their subsidiary in India

The company WINDAR located in Avilés (Spain), owned by Daniel Alonso Group (70%) and Gamesa (30%); will set up by 2011 a wind turbine tower factory in northwest India. The factory will be similar to the one which Windar has in Avilés, which eight years ago required an investment of 12 million euros, will occupy an area of 20,000 square meters plus a large field of open space for the storage of materials and finished products.

The Spanish industrial group, Daniel Alonso, with a turnover of  450 million € and more than 2,000 employees, has a proven industrial experience in providing global solutions to the manufacturing sectors of cement, energy, environmental, metalworking, shipbuilding, petrochemical and steel industries that they have been developing since 1958.

The industrial growth experienced by India in recent years and its expected current and future development, make of this country a base of strategic importance. The set up of WINDAR in India is for Daniel Alonso Group, a firm step in their approach to this country.

This is the first plant that WINDAR establishes outside the Spanish territory. Orlando Alonso, CEO of the group explained that the aim is that the Avilés plant will satisfy the entire European market and North Africa. The other two Spanish plants will supply the domestic market. The Indian subsidiary will only cater to the Indian market: “It’s a new market that we will add, never subtract from which we already have,” he said.

India is the sixth largest consumer of energy, with an installed capacity of around 160,000 MW, of which 15,000 are for renewable energy. Nevertheless, the country still has an energy deficit of between 8 and 12%, which together with its industrial development and rising household consumption requires huge investments in power generation in all its possible sources.

The Government of India plans to add 100,000 MW in the coming years, of which 10% will account for renewable energies, where the wind represents 70%.

Given the importance of the project, the magnitude of the investments to be made and the complexity of this kind of process, WINDAR needed advice from a reliable company with proven experience in production plants in India. That is why Windar has selected INDOLINK, to support them in various stages of its set up in this country. INDOLINK has worked in recent years in the successful establishment of GAMESA in India and currently works on setting up some of its major suppliers.

Fuente: INDOLINK Consulting

Gamesa inaugurates their Wind Turbine Factory in India

On 9th February, a delegation of Gamesa led by the President and Chief Executive of Gamesa, Jorge Calvet and Ramesh Kymal, Managing Director of Gamesa India, officially inaugurated their first factory in India.

The factory is located in Red Hills, a few kilometers from Chennai. Mr. Kymal pointed out that Gamesa will produce all the components of the wind turbines in India, except for the blades.

Gamesa factory in Chennai

 Gamesa presently employs about 100 people and estimates to increase the staff to 200 by the end of this year.

Additionally Gamesa will invest in the creation of Wind parks in India. The Spanish company has started to acquire land in Coimbatore and Theni for the development of the parks. They expect to create a capacity of 50MW and 85 MW respectively.

INDOLINK has assisted Gamesa in their setup process in India. The services rendered include strategic consultancy, location study, recruitment of key personnel and refurbishment of the factory. INDOLINK was present in the event through their delegate in Chennai.

Gamesa factory in Chennai

INDOLINK is assisting GAMESA-MADE in setting up their plant in Chennai (India)

Company/ Institute name: GAMESA-MADE
Year/ place: 2008, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Sector: Renewable energy
Services provided: Consulting services & setup assistance. Provide strategic consulting, best set up location study, personnel recruitment, vendor search for strategic components and business centre search and selection.

MADE renewable energy is part of GAMESA Group of companies, manufacturing wind turbines. After they decided to establish a setup in India they judged it necessary to have an external consulting company expert in India to collaborate with them. After several meetings they chose INDOLINK for this purpose.

Since first quarter of 2008 we are assisting GAMESA-MADE in their setup venture in Chennai. This experience it’s a fine example of how an external consultant can add value to a setup project.

TEKPLUS starts operations in Pune

Company/ Institute name: Grupo TEKPLUS
Year/ place: 2008, Pune (Maharashtra)
Sector: Engineering
Services provided: Provide legal consulting regarding company formation, administrative and legal tasks

TEKPLUS is a Spanish engineering company providing services to aeronautic, automotive and biomechanical sectors.

They are setting up their subsidiary in Pune and INDOLINK assists them with the legal formation of the company. After conforming the company we carry out for them administrative tasks related to payroll processing services, accounting services and legal requirements.


Turnkey project: INDOLINK assists BELLOTA Agrisolutions to setup their plant in Nasik (India)

Company name: Bellota Agrisolutions
Year/place: 2007, Nasik (Maharashtra)
Sector: Metal
Services provided: Consulting services & Setup assistance. It’s a turnkey project by providing consulting, supply, installation, execution and Project Management, recruitment.

Bellota Herramientas it’s a Spanish company belonging to “Corporación Patricio Etxeberria (CPE)” group of companies. They manufacture hand tools and spare parts for agricultural machinery.

CPE has manufacturing plants in Spain, Denmark, United States, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Their products are being sold in more than 120 countries.

As a step towards expansion of their activities the group decided to set up their manufacturing operations in India and after analyzing the different suitable locations, it was decided to set up the operations in Nasik (Maharashtra). The Group has decided to set up their operations in India in a phased manner and will be starting with the production of only one of the products from the variety of their product line.


INDOLINK CONSULTING is assisting this group to execute this Turnkey project. The Broader Scope of this project includes:

  1. Market research: mainly by answering this two questions; Why it will be beneficial to set up manufacturing operations in India? and Which location will be more suitable?
  2. Obtain Necessary Licenses: All necessary licenses, registrations and approvals to smoothly carry out the operations in India
  3. Recruitment of Candidates for Key Positions.
  4. Acquisition of Land: All type of assistance related to acquisition of land, from looking for suitable land till getting possession of it and registration of property documents.
  5. Construction of Factory Building: All type of services related to execution and project management of construction of the facilities, including finalization of agencies, approval of Building plan, construction of building.
  6. Accessibility of necessary Infrastructure and installations: Making available necessary infrastructure such as office electricity, water, communication, furniture, etc.
  7. Acquisition of Required Machineries: Acquisition of required machineries for their Indian facility, including looking for suppliers, finalizing suppliers and machines, coordination with suppliers, getting machines and installation of them in the factory building.
  8. Other Miscellaneous Services: Other services required by the group from time to time to assist them in setting up their operations in India.

Legal consulting services for a company in the Food Industry

Company/ Institute name: Company from Food industry*
Year/ place: 2006, Nagpur (Maharashtra)
Sector: Food industry
Services provided: Provide legal consulting regarding incorporation of their subsidiary, Memorandum of Understanding and Joint Venture Agreement.
*the company does not want its name to be disclosed


Set up assistance: SOFTWICK Systems in Pune

Company/ Institute name: SOFTWICK Systems
Year/ place: 2004, Pune (Maharashtra)
Sector: Information Technology
Services provided: Setup assistance and company formation in India to avail the advantages of access to application programmers at a more competitive cost.


MIJU Components… The fastest setup

Year/ place: 2005, Pune (Maharashtra)
Sector: Automotive
Services provided: Turnkey project. Consulting services, procurement, installing, project execution and management of the complete setup of MIJU S.A.’s subsidiary in India.

MIJU S.A. is a Spanish SME manufacturing rubber components for automotive industry. MIJU Components Pvt. Ltd. is without any doubt the fastest setup that INDOLINK has carried out and is subject to an interesting Case Study.

The first contact of MIJU’s management with India was in January 2004 with the Auto Expo’04 Exhibition in New Delhi. That same year MIJU contacts INDOLINK and we carry out the analysis and evaluation of two different strategies: setup or outsource. The first option proofs to be more feasible and by the month of July the company is forms, lands are bought and key personnel is recruited to follow their training process. The building of the factory starts in November. In March 2005 the imported machines are installed and two months later they start to dispatch the first materials to the customers.

In a period of one year and four months MIJU goes through the process of considering whether to setup or outsouce from India to being a global supplier dispatching to his customers from their Indian subsidiary.

Currently we are also carrying outsourcing activities for this customer.