An Interface with Mr. Gurpreet Singh, (Managing Partner, United Manufacturing Co.)
Q. Kindly tell us about the history of United Manufacturing?
The United Manufacturing was established as “United Manufacturing Corporation” by Late Mr. Sardar Hazur Singh and Late Mr. Amarjeet Singh in the year of 1968 with the manufacturing of loom and auto parts.
In 1978 “UMC” ventured with the business of fire safety with the manufacturing of chassis mounted equipments. The founders were avant-garde in their approach and begged first order from “Delhi Fire Services”.
The Company under the guidance of these entrepreneurs mesmerised with the quality of work and executed orders for recovery breakdown van, bulk petroleum carrier, air craft refuller, water tankers, dumper placer, water cannon etc. for government organisations and PSUs sector.
I joined the business in 1987. Market was changing that time I focused bringing state of art technology in the manufacturing of fire tenders. The name of the company was renamed as “United Manufacturing Company”.
We have pan India presence and have been working with fire departments, PSUs, Defence and so on. We are happy to state that “United Manufacturing Company” has earned reputation for its quality products with satisfied customer base.
Q. What are your core specialization areas?
We are in the manufacturing of Fire Tenders. We are producing all types of fire tenders and rescue vehicles.
We have recently supplied a fleet of fire tenders to Ghana, Africa through Merchant Exporter. We have also supplied Bhutan, Nepal etc.
Q. What is the quality policy of your company?
Fire Safety is a serious business. Quality can't be compromised. We are ISO9001:2008 certified company and we strictly follow and implement the guidelines set by them to ensure quality production.
Every production has to go under rigorous tests for approval. We have Quality Control Manager Mr. Rajesh Kumar. Under his competent surveillance quality checks are exercised. His observations and suggestions are implemented to upgrade our quality check system time to time.
Q. Can you specify about R&D facility in your company?
We have separate division for R&D to improve quality standards and introduce innovative product line matching with international standards.
We are the first with indigenous production of Pneumatic Light Mast.
Q. What are your plans for the expansion of the business?
Fire Safety under one roof. That means all the equipments required to equip fire tender should be indigenous production and at one place.
This will improve quality of the production further with cost effectiveness.
Q. What is your say about “Make in India” program launched by our PM?
We are indigenous production house and we support it fully.
Q. What business potential do you see for the fire industry in three years?
The growth of the fire industry will grow by say around 50-60%. Lot of changes are coming in the country. We hope that positive business environment will lead to FDI which in turn generate the demand in the fire safety business.
Q. Which product range you have introduced recently?
Rescue Tools (RESQTEC, Netherland).
We have recently launched “RESQTEC” “Octopus Series” of specialised rescue tool for aircraft.
Q. Do you have any acquisition plans?
Not in near future.
Q. What is your view on branding?
As per my view quality comes first and then brand. Quality of the product is branding.
Q. Any message for the readers?
Buy Quality products with committed after sales services.