Bharat Fritz Werner (BFW) recently inaugurated the Dr Kalam Center for Innovation at its premises in Bengaluru. This world class R&D centre, which has been set up with an investment of `25 million, is a step forward towards increasing BFW’s global footprint, while simultaneously retaining its position in India. The innovation centre is spread over 3000 sq feet, and was inaugurated by Shri A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation.
Scientists at this centre will work on core research to improve and develop energy efficient and alternative material machine tools. Also present on the occasion were G K Moinudeen, Director & Head, Karnataka State Office, CII and J Sheik Saleem, grandnephews of Dr Kalam.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said, “R&D is vital for India’s manufacturing capabilities. At a time when we are looking at Indian manufacturing moving to the next level, BFW’s approach is laudable.” BFW acquired the turning business of Chennai-based engineering firm Proteck Machinery 9 months ago.
According to A K Kothari, Chairman, BFW, “Our Group companies, stress a lot on R&D irrespective of the industry to which they cater. Innovation is at the centre-stage of our corporate philosophy. At BFW, we believe our customers deserve innovative machine tools and, we are committed to making the right investments to reinforce customers’ trust in us.”
Further, highlighting on R&D, Ravi Raghavan, MD & CEO, BFW, said, “We recognise our responsibility as one of the leaders and being a pioneer in this industry, we are striving to drive progress by singularly focusing on R&D. Our ambition is to be a strong global player and research is the backbone of our plans. In the coming years, we will continue to invest in cutting edge technology.”