SAARC Cases - Keeping Weapons Battle-Ready
“Saarc Cases has become established and proven specialists in manufacturing Roto Moulded Military Grade Cases in India, developed through Indigenous technology and continual R&D. We offer absolute protection to the weapons and equipment of forces. The cases go through a multitude of tests – rain, fire, drop, thermal and fluid tests - before they are approved for final production. Our cases are used by the armed forces in the most extreme weather conditions – from the icy heights of Kargil to the scorching deserts of Rajasthan,” said P Murugesan, MD, SAARC Tool Tech Pvt. Ltd.
When P Murugesan, MD, SAARC Tool Tech Pvt. Ltd. started his novice company’s operations in a small cowshed at Malumi – Champatti near Coimbatore in the 90s, that was the beginning of a journey towards becoming a key supplier of containers and cases that shield the country’s advanced weapon systems used by the defence forces. The company, which started to supply small machines and pressing components to Bharat Electronics Limited, has now become established and proven specialists in manufacturing Roto Moulded Military Grade Cases in India, developed through Indigenous technology and continual R&D.
From being a small – time supplier of containers to battlefield surveillance radars, Saarc Cases now makes 100 models of military grade polyethylene cases used by the defence forces. Containers shielding sophisticated defence equipment – from one tonne bombs and torpedoes to missiles – are made at Saarc Cases used to offer protection to the best weaponry and equipment.
Murugesan has said that the weapons used by the forces should not be contaminated by dust, moisture and water because even a minor scratch could affect their battle-readiness. “Saarc Cases offers absolute protection to the weapons and equipment of forces. The cases go through a multitude of tests – rain, fire, drop, thermal and fluid tests - before getting approval for final production. Our cases are used by the armed forces in the most extreme situations – from the icy mountains of Himalayas to the scorching deserts of Rajasthan,” he said.
Murugesan has faced a lot of hardships for establishing his company. He has struggled to get the financial support in the beginning and the necessary certification for supplying the products took a lot of time. But, by overcoming all challenges Murugesan saw huge opportunities in a segment that is dominated by imports. “The defence forces buy over 1 million cases a year for securing weapons, mainly through imports. We want to meet the defence requirements locally by fulfilling ‘Make in India’ programme,” he said.
Saarc Cases produces 70,000 military grade containers a year. To ensure the quality of the products, the company has complete control over production and does not outsource the production work. We now focus on the potential replacement of containers made from wood, steel and fibre reinforced plastic, which do not conform to international standards.
Saarc Cases, which employs nearly 150 people, aims to have a much higher share in this segment and intends to be a leading manufacturer of cases for the defence forces in the country.