With a vast experience in mining and engineering, Kaenat Enterprise is passionate about machines
By Alexia Fernandes
KAENAT ENTERPRISE HAS grown exponentially over the years since its establishment in 1995, to provide a range of specialized services and dealership support to multinational companies, helping its customers yield better productivity at economical costs. Today, Kaenat Enterprise represents some of the biggest international contenders in industrial service sector and has helped these MNCs successfully establish base in India.
Founded by professional engineer and partner Amin Ladak, Kaenat Enterprise began initially with providing mining technology and services to some of the leading companies in India and eventually forayed into number of services, such as construction, earth moving and civil engineering, solid waste management, and material handling.
“I began working with Larsen & Toubro Limited, as Jr. Engineer in their Caterpillar Division at the branch office in Goa. The office was chiefly catering to the mining industries,” Amin recalls. After graduating from Bombay University in Mechanical Engineering, Amin attended several training programs while at L&T in Management Development at ASCI in Hyderabad and IIM, Ahmedabad; and product training at Caterpillar, Dynapac, Svedala-SALA, Powerscreen, and Eriez. He also went on to pursue a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance at Bombay University.
“Larsen and Toubro gave me the required space to grow and to work across the country. The company also allowed me a larger perspective of the business operations at L&T,” Amin adds. He worked for L&T at its various offices and works at Mumbai, Goa, Vizag, Bhilai, Bangalore, Pune lasting 21 years, from which he spent the most time in Goa and Bhilai. “In Goa, the biggest challenge was to establish an L&T office beyond the one catering to Catepillar products. Goa already had developed business establishments, like Zuari Agro, MRF, Syngenta and the bottling division of L&T soon after liberation. These were the bases for expansion of the Goa offices.” At Bhilai and Vishakhapatnam, which were then already largely developed industrial towns, Amin oversaw further expansion of the offices and led operations for the establishment of L&T’s cement plant near Raipur.
I began working with Larsen & Toubro Limited, as Jr. Engineer in their Caterpillar Division at the branch office in Goa. The office was chiefly catering to the mining industries. Larsen and Toubro gave me the required space to grow and to work across the country. The company also allowed me a larger perspective of the business operations
Though challenges were aplenty when he started out, Amin’s zeal carved success out of sheer perseverance. “By late 1994, Svedala, a MNC from Sweden that deals in mineral, construction, and material handling, had set up base in India and was in search of key persons to take charge of various divisions and regions. Before I could apply, I received a discreet call from a head hunter and I was chosen to take charge of all products in their proposed office at Goa.”
Amin excelled at project handling and soon Svedala was established as a common and friendly name in the mining fraternity, with the Goa office ranking as best performing office among Svedala’s India operations. The company grew with a large customer base that included the names of leading players in the mining sector like Fomento, Chowgules, Dempo, Sesa Goa and Salgaocar. In the following years, Amin also worked with UK’s POWERSCREEN and helped the company firmly root base in India, before deciding to move ahead with setting up his own manufacturing venture at Hosur near Bangalore. Kaenat Enterprises continued as dealers in mining and mineral processing equipment.
A fast grown brand, Kaenat Enterprise soon became a well known name in the mining business, as a promising firm, capable of providing full turnkey project service – right from design concepts and manufacturing, to the installation and commissioning. The Company soon established relations internationally with units in US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Kaenat Enterprise also represents leading firms like Tesab, Mc Closkey, Powerscreen, Pilot Crushtech in South Africa, Trio Engineered, and UK’s Telestack, in India.
“I was instrumental in bringing mobile crushing and screening equipment to India, though operations in Goa, in the year 2004.” After working for some of the foremost multinational companies, Amin through his own company began to push services to cater to the mining industries in the iron ore reserves of Goa, Karnataka, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. In 2014, the company had closed a deal with the State Municipality, selling line-up equipment for solid waste management to the Corporation of the City of Panjim.
Constantly on the lookout for new technologies, Kaenat Enterprise has exposed the Indian industries to some exclusive services, one of which is the process of Mineral Beneficiation (enrichment). “Ore in Goa is not high grade ore, and requires processing to improve its economic value before being exported. Mineral Beneficiation adds value to such ore, and may be done by washing, classifying, cycloning and by magnetic separation. Of these processes, magnetic separation is a high end process that was brought in by me though three companies, Svedala, Eriez and Mineral Technologies.”
Apart from mining technologies and services, Kaenat Enterprise also began offering project consultancy services; securing a significantly large global clientele from the countries of Mozambique, Sudan, Oman, Vietnam, and Tanzania.
A Fellow of the Institute of Engineers India, Amin is also Hon. Treasurer of the Goa Management Association and a member of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As a member of the Ismaili community, Amin remains actively involved in the social governance in the regions of Goa and Chhattisgarh, serving as President of the Council.
After working for some of the foremost multinational companies, Amin through his own company, began to push services to cater to the mining industries in the Iron ore reserves of Goa, Karnataka, Orissa and Chhattisgarh
He took sabbatical off from Kaenat Enterprise for one and a half year to establish focus on humanitarian assistance in internationally acclaimed NGO in disaster management, which is affiliated to the notable AKD Network. His penchant for work and travel, has taken him to a number of places as far as Europe, the Scandinavian countries, United States, Canada, the continent of Africa, the Middle East, Austraila and the Far East.
Under its umbrella of services offered, Kaenat Enterprise has also worked towards the dissemination of knowledge and technology though a number conferences and seminars held across several metropolitan cities like Calcutta, Bangalore, Bombay and Goa, as well. Steady growth, hard work and perseverance has marked Kaenat Enterprises’ success and paved way for more opportunities ahead