Buckman, Engro form digital strategic alliance

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Seen in the picture from (L-R), Engro Corporation Energy & Infrastructure Business Development Manager (Digital) Najam Saeed, Engro Corporation Digital Business Chief Digital Officer Zafar Khan, Buckman International Chief Executive Officer and President Junai A. Maharaj and Buckman International Global Product Technology Vice President James W Fitzhenry.

MEMPHIS: Buckman has entered into a strategic alliance with Engro Corporation, through its digital business arm Engro Digital, to deliver process and reliability optimisation to utilities and industries. The partnership will focus on developing apps on Predix, GE’s application development platform for the Industrial Internet that was purpose-built to meet the scale, complexity, speed and security requirements of the industry. Engro has already partnered with GE Digital to leverage Predix for developing Digital Industrial Solutions.

The agreement was signed by Engro Corporation Digital Business Energy and Infrastructure Head of Business Development Najam Saeed and Bulab Holdings Inc CEO and President Junai Maharaj in the presence of senior executives from both companies at Buckman’s headquarter located at 1256 North McLean Blvd Memphis, Tennessee 38108-1241, U.S.A on October 18.

The groundwork for the formation of Engro Digital was laid in July 2016, when Engro Corporation and GE entered into a strategic alliance. The partnership brings together Engro’s deep vertical domain knowledge in multiple industries with GE’s world-class applications platform. The addition of Buckman to the partner ecosystem complements the existing alliance with trusted solutions for the energy, water, environment and asset management demands of utilities in the industrial sector.

Engro Corporation Senior Vice President Jahangir Piracha said, “We first adopted GE’s Digital Power Plant solutions in 2015 at the 220 MW Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited Power Plant and have since then seen first-hand how the solutions can help improve site operations. Today’s agreement is a testament to our belief that Digital Industrial Solutions can play a vital role in our continuous search to enhance the Process Efficiency and Asset Reliability and shall help industries increase profitability.”

The already decade-long partnership between Engro and Buckman will now deliver digital solutions to help industrial plants operate their utilities at optimum performance for cost optimisation, asset life extension, and energy and water conservation. The first digital solutions will be available in 2018 with multiple clients already identified for pre-launch implementations.

“This alliance is very much in line with the vision for the future of Buckman,” said Bulab Holdings Inc CEO and President Junai Maharaj, which wholly owns Buckman. “This opportunity helps position us to deliver a superior customer experience where we put the customer in the forefront by proactively solving problems for them. We know real value comes from being able to leverage smart technology with our proven chemical applications, advanced monitoring systems, dedicated and experienced people to deliver a solution specific to the customer that improves their operations, productivity and performance.”