Forward Integration and Sun Mark Stainless
Seeking to widen the Sunrise Group product portfolio through forward integration, the Shah’s created Sun Mark Stainless in 2014. Sun Mark became operational in 2015 and primarily focuses on manufacturing stainless steel welded Pipes & Tubes for the ever evolving and expanding needs of the Indian and international markets.
In addition to welded Pipes & Tubes, output from Sun Mark includes stainless steel coils. Most recently, the company has added butt weld fittings to their line.
As Mr. Pratik explained, “we wanted to add another product downstream, and by using our own pipes and tubes to create the stainless steel Butt Weld fittings, we are able to guarantee their quality.” These fittings come in a variety of shapes, including elbows, reducing tees, equal tees, end caps, and concentric and eccentric reducers. In just a few years, Sun Mark has morphed from a boardroom strategy into the largest manufacturer of stainless steel welded pipes & Tubes in India.
This growth was made possible by the construction of a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Gujarat, currently operating at around 60,000 tons per year. The facility includes 21 Tube Mills for welded pipes and tubes, with plant machinery sourced from leading Taiwanese Machine manufacturers.
The pipes welded in the facility range from 1/2” NB (21.34mm) to 16” NB (406.40mm) to SCH 5, 10, and 40, mainly in grade 300 series. They come in the ASME, ASTM A312, A778, A269, and A270 specifications, equivalent to EN and DIN standards.
In terms of butt weld fittings, the facility produces the same size and grade range as their welded pipes, though these are offered in the full suite of ASTM and EN standards.
Mr. Shah noted when discussing Sun Mark’s facilities that in addition to the quality products produced, the company is dedicated to providing a healthy and happy working environment for their employees. “We place employee safety above all else, because we believe that a positive working environment leads to positive results. We have been rewarded for our culture by our dedicated staff, who are truly invested in our company’s success and growth. Ensuring the happiness and safety of our staff and in turn, the happiness and financial stability of our associates’ families, is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work.”