Founded in 1942, the Supreme Industries Ltd. became a pioneer of many path-breaking products and a trendsetter in plastics products by introducing advanced solutions for various applications and industries. Atul Khanna, General Manager, Thermal Insulation Division, The Supreme Industries Ltd, talks about the company's thermal insulation products.
We have been innovating to provide our customers with solutions that are appropriate and cost-effective. We follow the philosophy of SAVE – Supreme Always Value Efficient. The drives of this conviction are applied intelligence and innovation to enable cost-effectiveness and precision in delivery. Every requirement is studied in great detail, various solutions are taken into consideration and the most suitable one is implemented flawlessly. Whatever be the value, whether it is superior protection, energy-saving insulation or durable and long-lasting solutions in the civil/thermal insulation industry, our customers are promised a solution from Supreme.
Research and development form an integral element of our solutions. At regular intervals, we invest resources in developing breakthrough insulation products that help enrich energy efficiency. A systematic study of changing trends, shifting demands and new arrivals in technology facilitate our pursuit of advanced solutions. A team of highly qualified and vastly experienced professionals at the helm of our R&D activities ensures gradual development in products the industry seeks.
During the past year, the world faced one of the worst downturns that led to serious financial crisis in reputed companies and institutions, bankruptcy of investment banks, liquidity crunch, company closures and huge job losses. The impact has been felt more by developed economies than developing ones.
The growth in production sectors and the building industry has been adversely affected by the global crisis. The slowdown in the manufacturing sector was due to the combined impact of fall in exports followed by a decline in domestic demand. These extraordinary difficult times resulted in companies inventing more efficient means of operation.
High crude oil prices have been one of the contributory reasons for the economic meltdown. Oil demand moderation and with sentiments turning negative on commodity exchanges, caused the oil prices to nose dive. This provides us a lesson on the increasing need to curb energy consumption, which happens to be one of the major components of the industry, including commercial building operation. The building sector accounts for approx 30-35 per cent of the total energy consumption in the country.
The cause of energy saving has also been taken up by the Indian Green Building Council formed in 2001, which set up the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) India committee to rate buildings on environmental criteria. The second system that is endorsed by the government and promoted by the Energy Resource Institute (TERI) is the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA).
"Energy is the single largest operating expense and accounts for more than a $100 billion in expenses for commercial buildings each year. With a view to improve efficiency and thereby enable conservation of energy, the Thermal Insulation Division of Supreme provides top-of-the-line insulation solutions with its 'INSU' range of products. Backed by a deep understanding of the changing trends, new-age requirements as well as intensive research and state-of-the-art technology, the Thermal Insulation Division develops customized solutions for the insulation requirements of various industries," he said.
Each of the products that we offer i.e. INSUshield (FR, closed cell, chemically crosslinked polyethylene), INSUboard (extruded polystyrene) and INSUreflector (radiant heat reflective insulation material) are for the purpose of saving energy in different segments of the industry and for different market applications. All our insulation products are manufactured from virgin raw material, he added.
In our endeavor to provide world-class materials and continuously upgrade these to comply with the latest market requirements, we now offer Class 'O' fire rated material in FR, closed cell, chemically crosslinked polyethylene.
We are the first company to successfully commission India's first extruded polystyrene plant at our Nagothane polystyrene complex. Our plant uses state-of-the-art technology to produce 1,50,000 m3 of extruded polystyrene thermal insulation board using environment friendly CO2 as blowing agent. The plant is capable of producing boards with various thicknesses from 25 mm to 100 mm & density ranging from 30 kg to 50 kg/m3. This would help the nation to save the much-needed foreign exchange and service the home industry to meet energy efficiency requirements for the commercial building sector.
Supreme's Thermal Insulation Division offers solutions in the following areas:
- Ducting Insulation in Hospitals, Shopping Malls, Airports, PEBs, IT/ BPO etc.
- Pipe Insulation for Split AC Tubings, Chiller Piping, Drain Pipes, Chilled Water Lines etc.
- Floor Insulation in Server Rooms, Data Centers, Medical & Diagnostic Centers, and Control Rooms for Petrochemicals.
- Underdeck Insulation in PEBs, textile Units, Malls, Airports etc.
- Overdeck and Wall Insulation in Commercial Buildings, Residential Buildings, Cold Storages etc.
'INSUreflector' is a radiant heat reflective insulation material made of polyethylene air bubble film (ABF) laminated with aluminum foil on one or both sides. It is a low e-reflective insulation material with a low mass to air ratio, which effectively blocks the radiant heat transfer. The bright surface of the aluminium foil, which encases the FR polyethylene air bubble material, reflects 96 per cent to 99 per cent infra-red radiation received by the surface of the heated slated roof.
'INSUboard' – Extruded polystyrene is an ultimate solution for building insulation. It enhances the durability of the building structure and resists extreme ambient conditions, absorbs thermal shocks, mechanical loading and stresses without any deterioration in insulation properties of the product.
Amongst others, there are 4 primary reasons why Supreme's Thermal Insulation Division is a choice of discerning customers seeking superior insulation solutions:
A methodical, systematic and stringent approach to quality ensures all our products are not only world-class but also durable. We adhere to international quality standards while manufacturing our products. ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 certifications and NABL Accreditation for our various plants is a testimony to our serious approach to quality.