Even with the unprecedented challenges over the last two years – the Covid-19 pandemic; changing working models from home to office; fluctuating demands; increasing raw material prices; freight and logistic challenges; as well as more recently the Russian/Ukrainian war – Gala Precision still experienced 35% growth in 2021 and expects growth of more than 20% annually over the next four years.
As a medium sized enterprise based in Thane, to the north east of Mumbai, India, Gala Precision Engineering Pvt Ltd has been able to handle these challenges thanks to its foundation, culture and core values, with the company having over 40 years’ experience within the spring sector.
“We started the business just focused on disc springs as our main product line – for non-critical applications in India,” explains Gala Precision. “From the beginning we did not simply chase sales numbers but instead focused on getting the necessary product expertise and ensuring we understood the challenges faced by customers globally.”
In 2006 Gala Precision opened its first warehouse and office in Shanghai to cater to the Chinese market and then opened an office in Germany in 2008. “Our main motto has always been to produce optimum quality products to meet global market demand. With the help of our strong R&D team, and extensive marketing, we gradually became the largest exporter of disc springs from India,” underlines Gala Precision.
In 2016 the company introduced a coil springs division for critical applications and soon became the number one choice for automotive customers in India. “Our strong design capabilities and in-house fatigue testing machine made us the preferred supplier from India.”
Gala Precision adds: “Eventually with the success of these two products globally, we launched special fastening solutions for the renewables sector in 2018 – for which we got an encouraging response from wind turbine manufacturers globally. We can proudly say now that we are amongst the leading high-quality fastener manufacturers in India for wind turbines. In fact, the renewables sector contributes to 30% of our sales.”
In 2018 Gala Precision also realised, after discussions with its global distributors and customers, that there was a large gap in the wedge lock washer industry – as it was majorly dominated by one European supplier and there was significant demand. “As always we listened to our customers and launched our Gallock wedge lock washers in the market and today we are India’s largest manufacturer of wedge lock washers,” points out the company. “We also have our own Junker testing machine in-house to maintain top notch quality and testing – meeting stringent quality parameters.”
The Gallock wedge lock washers are also approved by the top three wind turbine manufacturers and Gala Precision supplies them to LHB and ICF coaches of Indian railways – where the company has substituted the largest European supplier. “The Gallock wedge lock washers are used in a variety of applications and sectors, including high-speed trains and various metro projects in India and China. The Gallock is also approved by one of the world’s largest tractor manufacturers.”
Today Gala Precision is one of the largest exporters of springs from India and states it is one of the fastest growing spring companies in the world. “Our plants, which are spread across more than 15,000m2, are ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 certified. They are also audited and approved by Global OEMs and Tier 1 companies.”
Gala Precision exports to more than 25 countries and supplies more than 300 global customers. “Our family has grown from 100 employees to now more than 600 employees globally. Our product range has also developed, from one product line of disc springs to us now being able to offer disc, strip, spiral, wedge lock washers and coil springs. We also have special fastening solutions such as blade studs, anchor bolts and foundation nuts.”
“We not only excel in standard offerings but what sets us apart from other manufacturers is our will to go the extra mile for our customers – by providing them with specific customised solutions according to their needs. On hearing the name ‘Gala Precision’, our customers are reminded of our flexibility, our strong technical knowledge and our commitment to strive for excellence.”
With its high-quality range of products, diverse customer portfolio and segments, as well as 40 years of experience, Gala Precision is now successfully competing with European manufacturers and providing world class fastening solutions globally.
Will joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine in 2007 and over the last 12 years has experienced every facet of the fastener sector – interviewing key figures within the industry and visiting leading companies and exhibitions around the globe. Will manages the content strategy across all platforms and is the guardian for the high editorial standards that the brand is renowned.