Speaking on the occasion, Shah beams with pride. “It was never an easy task. This steel section was being developed for the first time in the country. But impossible isn’t a word in our dictionary. The initial attempts weren’t very encouraging but we did not give up. We kept pushing for further trials and that was the game changer. The biggest challenge during manufacturing was to Heat Treat these sections, as these are tested at sub-zero temperatures”. Krishna Industries developed a unique facility at Halol, Gujarat dedicated only for producing these sections. The facility is state of art technology with complete automation. The fuel used by the facility is completely green with Zero Emissions to the environment. He adds, “Infact, the day is not far when the Halol plant will be solar powered as we believe in sustainable technological advancement”.
It was a proud feat for India when the Navy no longer has to depend on imports for these bulb bars. It also meant not sharing the naval ship details with a non Indian entity. The award was handed over to Ashwin Shah, Chairman of Krishna Industries by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in the august presence of Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Union Minister for Finance, Defense and Corporate Affairs and a galaxy of dignitaries in a brief ceremony held at DRDO Bhawan in New Delhi.
At the award ceremony, Mr Ashwin Shah seized the opportunity and said to the PM, “Sir, you had said Come, make in India and I am proud to say yes we made it in India!”