Effective engagement with a large number of external stakeholders and decision-makers served as a key enabler in facilitating the successful completion of Novozymes’ greenfield site near Mumbai, India
In 2018, Novozymes completed the construction of a greenfield site in Patalganga near Mumbai, India. This facility will serve as a fully integrated Production and Supply Chain Operation (SCO) site. Novozymes has been present in India since 1983, running its operations at three sites in Bangalore. While the Head Office of Novozymes India as well as key functions will remain in Bangalore, the production and SCO units are being moved to the new site. The production unit will produce pectinases through solid-state fermentation (SSF) for the global wine and juice market, and the SCO will formulate enzymes imported from other Novozymes production sites for the Indian market.
This new setup provides an excellent foothold for future development capabilities to serve the growing markets (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, etc.).
Leveraging stakeholder engagement to maximize impact
With a dedicated project team and reliable suppliers, the production unit was commissioned and delivered in October 2018 in the record time of just two years. The SCO will be operational by the end of second quarter of 2019.
This greenfield project has been successful thanks to strong support and proactive engagement from the state government, which is keen to support the development of the biotech sector. This ensured speedy clearances for the required regulatory approvals and compliance, maintaining high ethical standards. The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) authorities also provided phenomenal cooperation.
“A major highlight of the project has been the engagement with Indian companies, from engineering and sourcing of equipment through to supply of construction materials,” says Flemming Funch, Vice President, Supply Engineering.
There has been a good level of engagement with the local community through suitable jobs and ancillary business opportunities. In accordance with Indian law, it is mandatory for major corporations* to allocate 2% of their annual revenue to CSR activities, so we have contributed CSR resources for community development in the form of drinking water, community toilets, education for the poor and so on. “Novozymes’ ability to engage with key stakeholders in the successful commissioning of the Patalganga Mumbai site paves the way for supporting robust growth in the Indian and Southeast Asian markets using our sustainable solutions,” says G.S. Krishnan, Regional President, Novozymes India.
* Organizations (including holding or subsidiary companies) having net worth of Rs. 5000 million or more, or turnover of Rs. 10 billion or more, or net profit of Rs. 50 million or more