DMS is pleased to present an interview with Mr. Kamal Dasgupta,
Director of Toyo Engineering India Limited. Mr. Dasgupta was interviewed
by Carmen Woolacott, DMS’ Editor for UAE.
Mr. Dasgupta holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, his
first assignment was working at Stewarts & Lloyds in India.
He has been working with Toyo for 27 years and was a member of the
Board of Directors for nine years. His current role is Director
of Toyo Engineering India Limited, he is in charge of the GCC region
and responsible for Business Development and Project Implementation.
How is Toyo Engineering India Limited structured?
Toyo Engineering India Limited (Toyo India) is a subsidiary of
Toyo Engineering Corporation (TEC). TEC is a world renowned Engineering
and EPC Contracting Company and have subsidiary companies and
offices all over the world. The Indian subsidiary, Toyo India
was established in 1976. Currently TEC holds 74% in the equity
of Toyo India.
many employees work at Toyo India?
At present Toyo India’s employee strength exceeds 1,100
and it is increasing at a steady pace.
have been the most significant achievements for Toyo India in the
During the past year or so Toyo India has rapidly increased it’s
market share by exploiting the high investments in Oil & Gas
and other related industries both in India as well as in other
parts of the world.
Toyo India received repeat orders for the following projects,
which highlighted the confidence and trust of its customers:
LNG Terminal for Petronet LNG Limited, India.
Ethylene Plant for Haldia Petrochemical Corporation, India.
EO/EG Plant for TEC / Saudi Arabia.
of the other major contracts secured by Toyo India are:
C2-C3 extraction from LNG for Oil & Natural Gas Commission,
Naphtha Cracker Plant for Indian Oil Corporation, India.
Ethylene Plant for TEC / Shell, Singapore.
PMC Services for Residue Upgrade for Indian Oil Corporation,
PMC Services for Aromatic Complex for Mangalore Refinery &
Petrochemical Ltd., India.
Gas Import & Storage Project for Margham Dubai Establishment,
Flare Gas Recovery Project for Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. (TAKREER),
What are the most recent projects that Toyo India is involved in
and their current status?
following are Toyo India’s current major assignments:
gas recovery project, Ruwais refinery, TAKREER, U.A.E.
Naphtha cracker complex revamp project, Haldia Petrochemicals
65 TPD sulphur recovery unit for HPCL, Visakhapatnam, India.
LNG terminal expansion for Petronet LNG Ltd., India.
PTA plant of MCC PTA India Corp. Pvt. Ltd., Haldia, India.
C2, C3 C4 extraction 5 MMTPA throughout of rich LNG for ONGD,
Dahej, India (in consortium).
700,000 TPA Ethylene Glycol / Ethylene oxide plant, Sabic, Yanbu,
3,000 TPD Methanol plant for Oman Methanol Co., Oman.
58 MW Combined cycle power plant for Regency Power Corporation
Gas import & storage project for Margham Dubai Establishment,
Engineering services for Ethylene plant, Shell, Singapore.
Engineering services for Naphtha cracker unit for Indian Oil
Corporation Ltd., India.
Residue upgrade and MS/HSD quality improvement for Indian Oil
Corporation Ltd., India.
PMC services for Aromatics complex for Mangalore Refinery &
Petrochemical Ltd. India.
What are the biggest challenges you face doing business in U.A.E.?
There are many challenges in establishing a business operation
in a new country. Toyo India faced similar challenges while they
established their operation in U.A.E. Some of them are:
The system to establish a foreign company is complex and takes
a long time.
are several international companies that have been established
in U.A.E. for many years and it is difficult to penetrate the
current trend of the project owners is to make the EPC tender
package very large by clubbing several facilities together.
Typically the estimated values of such packages range from one
half to two billion USD. For small or medium scale companies
like Toyo India it is difficulty to participate in such large
EPC tender packages.
cost levels for office premises and accommodation facilities
in U.A.E. have gone up significantly.
is an acute shortage in availability of skilled and experienced
engineers. The salary level has also gone up significantly.
Due to very high investments in projects in the region, there
are difficulties in obtaining basic construction material and
equipments and the cost levels have also gone up significantly.
is Toyo India’s growth plan for the next five years?
India has drawn up an ambitious growth plan keeping in mind a
very high level of new investments that are anticipated in the
industries served by Toyo India. During the next five years Toyo
India plans to increase the turnover by 125%. To cater for such
a growth plan Toyo India would also expect to increase its manpower
by approximately 60% during the same period.
are the reasons behind the success of Toyo India?
are many reasons that have contributed to our success. The following
reasons are just some that highlight the contributing factors:
from it’s parent company TEC in terms of technology, modern
tools and similar facilities.
joint execution of several projects in association with TEC
all engineering and project management standards and systems
in Toyo India has been established on a par with international
significant number of engineers are trained in TEC projects
by deputing in the TEC office in Japan for a period of one to
two years. Thereby many of Toyo India engineers are well exposed
to world-class projects.
adopting a strategic approach and utilising a high level of
technology in the operation.
there anything else about Toyo India that you would like to share?
As I mentioned earlier, TEC has several subsidiary companies in
diverse locations such as India, China, Korea, Malaysia, Europe
and the Americas. TEC management have developed the concept of
“Global Toyo” whereby the resources and experience
of subsidiary companies will be utilised in an optional manner
so as to maximise the efficiency of the business operation in
each of the companies. Through such a “Global Toyo”
approach it is expected that Toyo India will also benefit significantly
in the near future.
do you find the DMS tracking system?
We have found the DMS tracking system to be satisfactory given
the large volume of data on projects in various countries.