Italian company UFI Filters that started in 1971, has expanded globally over the years to become one of the world's leaders in filtration with its 16 industrial sites, 3 innovation centres and 54 commercial offices around the world. UFI Filters has been present in India since 2006 as UFI Filters India Pvt Ltd in Bawal, Haryana. Today, UFI Filters India has more than 500 employees and is a leading company in Automotive Filtration and is very active in heavy-duty applications and hydraulics.
"The three key factors of success in OEM are continuous technological innovations; search for solutions with extreme performances; and investments in technologically advanced products," said Hridesh Sharma – CEO, UFI Filters India. "These are the advantages that have made UFI Filters a leader in Original Equipment, which is chosen by 6 out of 7 of the leading manufacturers in the world and by 7 out of 10 F1 teams."
Research, design, development and testing of new filtering materials is a continuous process at UFI Filters. The company is constantly implementing new filtration solutions in its UFI Innovation Centres in Italy, China and in the newly opened facility in India. Capabilities include state-of-the-art testing equipment for simulating real-world operational conditions; dedicated pilot production plants; sophisticated chemical-physical analytical investigation techniques; and scientific collaboration with universities. "These are the key points that allow us to develop tailormade filter media for specific current customer requests and anticipate the evolution of filtration technology," said Sharma.
According to him, India is becoming more and more an interesting market for Heavy-Duty and Hydraulics. "The Construction Industry is the second largest in India after agriculture, and is expected to continue to grow at strong rates over the next decade. The presence of important players at bauma Conexpo India was a clear highlight of the global interest that India is attracting. Many well-known international construction machinery manufacturers and end-users have placed their trust in UFI's ability for many years, both in Original Equipment and in Aftermarket. This is because UFI Filters has the know-how and the engineering technology to protect both hydraulic systems and engines with proven filtration products under the brands UFI and SOFIMA," he added.
UFI Filters Hydraulic Division was established with its headquarters in Italy in 1992, specifically dedicated to hydraulic filtration and specialized in designing, manufacturing and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high efficiency hydraulic filters for mobile and stationery applications. Today, UFI Filters Hydraulic Division with its Global Presence and 3 production plants (in Italy, China and India) has a catalogue offering 3.885 references.
The company offers Engineered Filtration Solutions for Mobile. Its supply of reliable hydraulic power to vehicles is serving the arduous requirements of the construction industry; safeguards vehicle utilization and productivity levels; and avoids the expensive, time-consuming issues associated with unplanned downtime, maintenance and repair. When properly protected against contamination, the components of the hydraulic-circuit enable vehicle fluid-power systems to achieve incredible displays of power and agility in a vast array of applications and working environments.
"For this reason, filtration quality is essential as most hydraulic failures are a result of particulate contamination. UFI Filters Hydraulic Division has the knowledge and engineering technology to confront and master these issues with a proven range of filtration products for the mobile customer, said Cesare Grassi – Director of Business Unit Hydraulics.
Backed by its recognized Industrial pedigree, UFI hydraulic division has earned a solid reputation for quality and cost-efficient products for CNC machines, presses, windmill applications, and industrial hydraulic systems. "UFI filters meet the hydraulic system requirements of maximum protection, with high efficiency and constant stability. High-performance micro-fibre filtration media, with high voids/volume, warrants validated levels of dirt holding capacity, coherent with the economic extended machine life service intervals demanded by the market. UFI Filters Hydraulic Division, with its wide range of products, helps to extend the lifetime of the lubrication and improve your up-time and output significantly, ensuring continuous clean and dry oil, extending component and oil lifetime, resulting in savings on your maintenance costs, averred Grassi.
He added, "Heavy Duty vehicles manufacturers must ensure the highest levels of efficiency and reliability, especially for those machines with extended service lifetime or travelling long distances every day. This is why it is important to be able to rely on top-level suppliers such as UFI Filters, with its complete range. UFI supplies its OE products to manufacturers who represent 48% of the world's production of trucks and industrial vehicles."
UFI Filters has marked the history of heavy-duty engines oil filtration with the DEFENDER® patent, which uses a media, borrowed from aerospace technologies, composed of synthetic microfibres to guarantee extreme performance, with a service interval of hundred thousand kilometres.
Technological evolution has led to the latest generation of innovative systems for filtration of oil, fuel, air, blow-by and CNG/LPG. Since 2010, the UFI Filters Group is active in Thermal Management, supplying OEMs with vacuum brazed Heat Exchangers in order to fulfil the requirements of cooling/heating in engines, transmissions and hybrid vehicles as well.