Consistently delivering high quality castings for over 75 years, Cooper Corporation is today a market leader in centrifugal castings. The Cooper commitment to quality and service that has been our driving force since inception - has enabled the company to scale new heights.
Organisation Structure: A family-owned enterprise, the pioneering spirit of the Cooper Group is carried forward by our Board of Directors:
Mr. Farrokh N. Cooper: Chairman & Managing Director
Mr. Saam N. Cooper: Director- Started the Cylinder Liner activity
Mr. Zal S. Cooper: Director- Finance, Marketing & Corporate Planning
The legacy of Cooper Corporation dates back to 1922 when Sir D B Cooper established Cooper Engineering in Satara. Thanks to his Midas touch and astute vision, the historic town of Satara witnessed a new wave of industrialization without losing its rich heritage that finds its roots in ancient times.
A multi-faceted personality, Sir Cooper was also one of India's revolutionary social activists, who vociferously upheld the rights of untouchables in a pre-independent caste-ridden India, hand in hand with towering personalities like Karmaveer Bhau Rao Patil, Dr. Ambedkar & Prabhodankar Thakeray.
He was the president of Satara Municipality and was subsequently appointed by the British as the PM of Bombay Presidency and was also crowned a Knight of Garter.
Cooper Engineering has the unique distinction of making India's first Diesel Engine and Iron Mould Ploughs. Some of its other achievements bear testimony to the company’s pioneering strides:
A Mechanite Licence for India, Burma & Sri Lanka
Collaboration with Alfred Herbert for Machine Tools during world war II
Production of artillery shells and two-inch mortar bombs for the allied war effort
Manufacture of Diesel road rollers used extensively for road building all over India
An Indigenous Petrol Engine for the 1930 Morris 8 cars
India’s first drilling machine in the early 1930s
India’s first high-precision shaping machine in 1939-40
Sugarcane crushers powered by Cooper diesel engines used by large sugar farms throughout India in the early1940s
Manufacture of power looms in the early 1940s
Arguably the world’s first horizontal engines designed by British consultant Tom Kavern Known as the GOLD STANDARD in the market until 1947
India’s first slotting machines with license from SKODA of Czechoslovakia in 1957-58
Cooper Corporation believes in a forward-looking approach to business. As an effective insulation from the vagaries of economic cycles, the company has consistently ploughed back its profits into operations.
Over the years, the company has consistently invested in the latest state-of-the-art technology through the engagement of experienced consultants from the world over. "It has taken several measures to promote conservation of resources like installation of voltage stabilizers, automatic power correction panels and energy efficient light fittings. The company has invested in 15 windmills." The company has set-up its own R & D unit to explore the possibilities of developing new products.
Why Us ?
Trust on Technology: The manufacturing systems of Cooper are equal to the best internationally and comprise state of the art facilities for assembly and machining of major engine components. All equipments are CNC / PLC controlled and linked by robots. Dedicated Machining lines are commissioned for each of the components which are manufactured in-house viz. cylinder block, cylinder head, etc. All equipment for casting, machining and quality control has been sourced from leading suppliers in India and overseas to ensure very high levels of efficiency and reliability.
Production Efficiency: In managing the foundry business profitably, Cooper Corporation has achieved commendable cost-effectiveness in factory operations through prudent cost control over operations and optimal use of funds. Its centrifugal casting process ensures manufacture of defect-free, wear-resistant and durable castings.The company ensures perfect synchronization between its manufacturing and engineering operations.
Both operations are performed at the company plant in Satara, Maharashtra and the engineering activities complement manufacturing by designing all the dies, fixtures, tooling and preparing control plans and specifications.
Most of the tooling is made and calibrated in-house while critical inspection gauges are outsourced to other manufacturers. The blend between in-house work and outsourcing is extended to laboratory facilities for regular testing and analysis of parts. This helps in substantially reducing the lead time in tailor-made production, either made to customer specifications or engineered for their applications.
Penchant for Quality: The company is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949:2009 certified. New parts are routed through the APAQ process and manufacturing quality is ensured through rigorous process monitoring, control plans and checklists, set-up approvals, capability evaluations and extensive use of statistical techniques for process improvements and cost reduction.
Customer complaints are promptly tracked from customer intimation till successful closure with root cause analysis and continuous feedback to customer on the status. A robust packing system ensures in-transit protection of shipped materials while offering quality support through a network of qualified support engineers having close proximity to client locations.
Big Leap: Cooper is now moving up the value chain through a logical diversification in the engine and automotive manufacturing business. This leap forward will now directly serve the promising end-user market in these buoyant markets rather than be restricted by the limited potential as a supplier to these markets.
Thanks to its long standing experience in the engine component market, the company had for long identified a strong need for a powerful engine available in all fuel variants and meeting the emerging emission norms. This marked the diversification into the engine business through its collaboration with the UK- based Ricardo, a leading provider of technology, product innovation, engineering solutions and strategic consulting to the world’s automotive industries.
Kirloskar Oil Engines
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
Suzuki Motors Ltd.
Yamaha Motor India Ltd.
As a leading supplier of cylinder liners, crankshafts, brake drums, flywheels, pulleys and valve guides, we work with our customers in line with quality management system ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949:2009.
Quality Policy / Processes
At Cooper Corporation, the Quality Policy is committed to achieve the following objectives:
Establishing and maintaining a Quality System in line with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949:2009
Extensive application of statistical techniques for process improvement and cost reduction on a continuous basis
Empowering employees through a continuous training process
Improving house keeping to provide a better working environment
Each Cooper product undergoes stringent quality control tests right from the raw material stage to the finished product. Documentation and Evaluation of all important manufacturing steps - from material composition to final inspection before dispatch - ensures that we consistently produce top quality products meeting international standards.
Design and development of new products are also routed through the APAQ Process Quality, integrated into the manufacturing process through:
Process monitoring and operating instructions
Control plans and checklists
Process capability evaluation
A robust packing system has been developed at Cooper, which allows parts to be shipped across the ocean, stored in the warehouse and yet fresh and ready for use without any oil. This is particularly user-friendly for aluminium die casting.
At Cooper, the manufacturing process is continuously updated to comply with the latest global standards and customer specifications. The production process is constantly monitored, to ensure consistency of quality. We use high performance machine tools in each phase of the process to achieve the desired surface finish through optimized machining operations.
Our manufacturing plant is equipped with precision casting, machining and honing facilities. The critical machines have been imported from renowned global manufacturers such as Junker, WMW, Mori Seiki, Hommelwerke and Nagel.
Each product from Cooper passes through stringent standards of quality testing. Our well-equipped laboratory has a trained workforce for Chemical Analysis, Microstructure Analysis, Tensile Strength, Elongation, Modulus of Elasticity and other tests and maintaining process - from quality control to quality assurance. Our in-house facilities for regular testing and analysis of parts also includes Emission Spectrometer - for analysis of chemical composition, Hardness testing machines (BHN & HRB) and Metallurgical microscopes with CCTV camera for evaluation of microstructure.
Testing and analysis is also done at NABL approved laboratories - for third-party evaluation of tensile strength and modulus of elasticity.