IMAC 2009 Editor's List Award to River Engineering

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In Recognition for Shifting Paradigms
Saturday, May 9th, 2009
River Engineering

Mr. Chung, representing River Engineering, explains the company's strengths to interested buyers

At the 2009 International Materials and Components Industry Show 2009 there were more than a few metal materials companies. However, one stood out as the mark of a new trend in international business. River, a precision engineering company from India, showed that the three-man parts and materials game of Japan-China-Korea has a fourth player now. Historically, Japan, Korea, and China have been the manufacturing center of the modern world. Each of the three countries has supplied parts and materials to the others, and also manufactured most of the finished goods that fill up our houses these days. But now, River Engineering is the spearhead of a growing trend of Indian manufacturing, showing that India is emerging from its decadeslong inward focus and is prepared to take a more active role on the international parts and materials stage.

Metallics Abound Abroad

The company makes all kinds of metallic components for anything, from connector housings to brackets, shafting hoods, crank shafts, and pipes. Even though the company was founded just last year, they already make parts for railways, automobile companies, engineering firms, aeronautics, projection, pneumatics, and hydraulic equipment machines. It has imported expert technical information from Mecan-Decoupe in Switzerland, and put together with its state of the art machinery and testing equipment has already begun creating world-class products with only 0.01 millimeters tolerance for variation, according to one Mr. Chun, who is representing the company in Korea.

Korean Connection

The Korean connection is that the company's first overseas export activity is with a subsidiary of Samsung, Sam Dong Co, making high-quality coil components for their electronic devices. A visitor to the booth, Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, expressed great interest in the company's products. He said that his company, Venn Co., from Japan, is looking for high quality coils for their manufacturing process. Previously they used Chinese company's products, but the quality is generally lower than their standards. He travelled to the show in order to find Korean companies willing to supply them with coils, because Korean manufacturing has a reputation of being higher quality than China. However, if an Indian company can produce the coils, as the River company does, then they can probably produce a cheaper and potentially higher quality product. Mr. Aoyagi said he would return the next day for a more detailed discussion.

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