Glidepath’s first Made in India Baggage Handling System checks in on time for Bali Summit

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Glidepath has delivered a world-class, Made in India, in-line screening and check-in conveyor system for Bali’s Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport—in quick time for October's International Monetary Fund Conference.

Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is Bali’s main airport, and the second busiest in Indonesia.

“We were able to design, make, test, dispatch, install, and commission the new system for [the] airport’s departure hall within the one-month deadline from our new manufacturing and operational hub in Pune, India,” said Glidepath General Manager Asia, Rajesh Kalra.

“We have embraced the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ policy to really make it in India.”

Mr Kalra said Bali was the first big job supplied from the company’s new Pune base, set up to position Glidepath more competitively, by reducing product and related costs, and being on the spot to respond quickly to customer needs in India, Asia, and the Middle East.

“Eyes pop when we tell our customers that this capable little New Zealand company with a worldwide reach is now making, assembling, and pre-testing quality-assured systems in India, sourcing local steel, and other supplies, and recruiting local skilled staff; including software and control system designers, engineers, and project managers.”

Mr Kalra said Glidepath has built its reputation over 45 years and 900+ projects in 68 countries on a can-do, will-do ethos, innovation, and commitment to genuine service and customer collaboration.

“We understood that the Bali airport upgrade was a matter of national importance to Indonesia, as it is hosting the International Monetary Fund conference in early October, and we were in the right place to be able to deliver the job in good time.”

The project involved the design, manufacture, and installation of check-in and general transport conveyors, along with control systems motor drives and in-line screening, to meet the highest international security standards. The New Zealand-headquartered innovation and technology company supplied the high specification elements to complement the India-made mechanical engineering components.

“The strategy of ‘Make in India’ has worked well for both us and the client,” said Mr Kalra. "Glidepath has a world of know-how and experience to support our growth as we evolve and harness disruptive technologies and innovations to serve our customers and their customers to make travel safer, seamless, and more satisfying.”

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