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Chemical Process Piping: Developing Composite Product Combinations for Critical Applications

Chemical Process Piping (CPP) is the pioneer and market leader in the field of design, manufacture & erection of Glassfiber Reinforced Plastic (GRP), Glassfiber Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) and Thermoplastic lined GRP pipes and equipment in India, serving the industry for over the last six decades. Its products have reached several foreign shores including the USA, Germany, Singapore, France, Finland, Spain, etc. The company is the recipient of the ‘Top Exporter Award’ for GRP products from the Plastics Export Promotion Council sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for over ten years in a row. In an Interview with Tube & Pipe India, Mr. Vijay Rajpurohit, Managing Director, Chemical Process Piping Pvt. Ltd. talks in detail about the solutions provided by the Company.

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Tube & Pipe India: Could you please give us a brief outline of the business journey of CPP along with its crucial milestones?

Vijay Rajpurohit: Chemical Process Piping (CPP) was formed in 2005 after the parent company Chemical Process Equipment (CPE) demerged its piping business. Since its inception, CPP has been focused on breaking into new markets in varied geographies across the globe. While maintaining our lead in the chemical industry, CPP has made a mark in the global desalination, power, water, oil & gas markets with projects in various countries including Singapore, Australia and Chile. We are the largest exporter of FRP products in India. With the ongoing domestic and international projects, CPP is eyeing to reach INR 300 crore annual turnover by 2024 which is the first in the FRP sector for a pureplay FRP piping company. We work with the top EPC and technology companies in the markets in which we operate.

CPP has several firsts to its name, like installing a 50 km fire water network for Petronas and installing the largest FRP cooling water line for a nickel mine in Caledonia. As market leaders in GRP, FRP, and GRE for close to six decades, CPP’s market share for FRP piping in Chlor-Alkali membrane cell plants is over 90 percent in India. Similarly, for the Soda ash plants, it is over 80 percent market share. Further, the company has supplied FRP piping to over 25 desalination plants globally. The chemical industry contributes 40 percent of its revenues while the rest of the markets bring in the remaining 60 percent in aggregate. Chemical Process Piping, is today one of the global leaders in the field of design, manufacture and installation of FRP, GRE and thermoplastic lined FRP pipes and fittings.

TPI: Kindly cast some light on the infrastructure, manufacturing capabilities, and machinery installed at your facility.

VR: With a large manufacturing base in Vadodara and Khopoli, CPP has the capacity to produce over 22000 Metric Tonnes of FRP piping per annum. With state-ofthe- art machines and technology, filament winding to 8 meters diameter pipes can be done efficiently. Our R&D facility is equipped with the latest testing equipment that helps with product development and to create a durable final product. We have developed high-strength laminates that can sustain very high pressures created in manufacturing plants.

TPI: Tell us about your product portfolio along with its key strengths and applications.

VR: CPP products include pipes, fittings, stacks, headers, and ducts. The sizes range from 25 mm dia. to 8000 mm dia. With the capacity of handling pressure up to 60 bars and temperatures till around 200°C, we are wellequipped to serve a wide range of industries from power to desalination.

We develop pipes that can handle wet chlorine gas, hydrogen, SO2, H2S, seawater, DM water, wastewater, HCl, H2SO4, phosphoric acid, NaOH and many more.

TPI: Please shed some light on the market footprint and clientele of CPP.

VR: We serve several key industries like chemical, desalination, power, water, oil & gas industries in India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Our clients include Tata Group, ThyssenKrupp, GE, Siemens, Doosan, Hyundai, IDE, Suez, Aditya Birla Group, GACL, Nirma, and DCM amongst many others.

The company has successfully completed phase I of this Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant project with BHEL and Simplex in Bangladesh. Chemical Process Piping becomes the first mover in the segment to achieve this feat of building an 800ft FRP stack for a 1,320MW coalfired power station in Rampal, Bangladesh. CPP is the first FRP manufacturer in this part of the world to utilise vertical winding technology to filament wind the FRP stack for their project in Bangladesh. The project is an environmentally friendly supercritical technology-based thermal power plant.

“With the ongoing domestic and international projects, CPP is eyeing to reach INR 300 crore annual turnover by 2024 which is first in the FRP sector for a pure-play FRP piping company.”

TPI: Share your outlook on the FRP piping market in India. How do you plan to tap the market in the future?

VR: The FRP piping market is slowly catching up and has a huge potential to grow in the next 10 years. With new industry segments opening up for usage of FRP, CPP is looking forward to the upcoming years as these are going to be exciting times for the industry in terms of new product development, innovation and opening of new markets for FRP.

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Targeting an average annual growth of 15 percent, CPP will continue to be the market leader in India and be one of the top 3 piping solutions providers globally.

TPI: What is your technology and business roadmap?

VR: CPP has been experimenting with newer composite materials which can be used to make FRP pipes for commercial usage. Several combinations have worked for different industry segments like power, desalination, energy, etc. With our in-house R&D centre, we are developing composite product combinations for critical applications in new segments like defence, nuclear, and green energy.

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