Filtration is crucial for industrial applications across various sectors. Filter presses are widely used in all stages of the manufacturing process, including production, final product development, and waste stream sludge dewatering. Filter press technology, one of the oldest solid-liquid separation methods, remains one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions available in the market. It requires minimal maintenance and offers the highest filtration efficiency compared to other available filtration technologies.
Hydro Press Industries ™ is a partnership company that has been at the forefront of filter press manufacturing in India since its establishment in 1991. With a mission to provide effective filtration solutions for all filtration needs, Hydro Press Industries has demonstrated excellence in the filtration technology sector and has become a recognized leader in the industry. Co-founders Mr K.S. Bhat and Mr T.S. Kuttan have been instrumental in establishing Hydro Press as a global market leader in filter press manufacturing.
Located in Coimbatore, a bustling industrial city in South India, Hydro Press Industries serve a diverse range of clients, including major corporations and leading industries in India and worldwide. Some of their esteemed clients include Reliance, Aditya Birla, Saint Gobain Group, TATA, ADANI, SUN Pharma, ITC, Coromandel Group, LUPIN, and Jindal, among others.
In addition to filter press manufacturing, Hydro Press Industries is a group of companies that also operates a heavy engineering machining division. The company has a dedicated team of almost 300 employees who work diligently to maintain its position as a market leader in the filtration industry. Hydro Press Industries’ focus on delivering high-quality products and innovative solutions to its clients has earned it a reputation for excellence in the filtration technology sector.
Hydro Press Industries prioritizes providing clients with comprehensive filtration solutions rather than simply selling products. The company believes in cultivating long-term customer relationships, which requires delivering top-notch products and dependable after-sales service.
Dr Nisha Ajith Kuttan, the CEO of Hydro Press Industries, is a second-generation entrepreneur following in her father’s footsteps. With a deep commitment to continuing the legacy of the family business, Nisha is focused on driving the company to new levels of success. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of the business and its customers, she is dedicated to building on Hydro Press Industries’ strengths and exploring new opportunities to achieve its goals. Nisha has gained several years of experience in the business industry, which has been a mix of challenges and rewarding experiences. Working across diverse companies, ranging from startups to established corporates, taught her how to navigate complex business environments successfully. Throughout her career, she has gained valuable insights into various business operations, including sales, marketing, production, and operations.
“I have witnessed firsthand how the industry has evolved over time, with new technologies and shifting market trends constantly shaping the landscape. My experience has been a valuable learning journey that has prepared me for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” shares Nisha.
As the CEO of Hydro press Industries, Dr Nisha Ajith Kuttan is a visionary, dynamic and empathetic leader. She believes in establishing a clear vision for the company while creating a positive work environment that addresses the team’s individual needs. Clear goal-setting, open communication and fostering a sense of shared purpose are her mantra for motivating her team members. Additionally, she believes in recognizing and rewarding team members for their hard work, contributions and exceptional performance.
Dr Nisha Ajith Kuttan has achieved several milestones and recognitions during her journey as CEO of Hydro Press Industries. With ten years of experience in offering comprehensive filtration solutions to clients, she has established herself as an expert in the industry.
“Under her leadership, the marketing team at Hydro Press has contributed to a consistent 50% growth in sales turnover over the last two financial years, setting a new sales turnover benchmark for the company.”
This achievement reflects Dr Kuttan’s strategic vision and ability to drive results, further establishing Hydro Press as a leader in the filtration industry.
Being a businesswoman is challenging in itself, bringing a male-dominated sector into the mix is another story altogether. As a businesswoman in the mechanical industry, Nisha has faced multiple challenges, including being undervalued due to her gender and managing the demands of work-life balance and frequent travel. She dedicated herself to enhancing her technical knowledge and expertise to overcome the challenge of being undervalued as a woman in the mechanical industry. She actively sought opportunities to broaden her skill set and learn from other industry experts, demonstrating her commitment to professional growth and development.
Nisha adds, “Establishing boundaries for work schedules and prioritizing self-care helped me manage travel demands and work-life balance. Also, systemizing, delegating tasks and automating aspects of my work helped optimize productivity, managing my workload simultaneously.”
Dr Nisha Ajith Kuttan shares, “As a CEO, problem-solving and decision-making are critical aspects of my role that require quick and effective actions. I always strive to ensure that the decisions I make are in the best interests of the company and our customers. While speed is important, I also take the time to gather all relevant information, consider all options, and make well-informed decisions.”
Prioritizing ongoing learning and development is Nisha’s way of staying on top of industry developments and trends. She emphasizes adapting to new technologies, systemizing the organization, constant R&D of products, professional networking, visiting industry trade fairs are to be better equipped to make informed decisions and contribute to the organization’s success.
As a professional woman, drawing inspiration from other successful women who have overcome obstacles and achieved great things in their respective fields has been a significant driving force for Nisha. One person who has particularly inspired her is the late Jayalalithaa, a former Chief Minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
“Her vision, fierce independence, intelligence, and courage to speak her mind, furthermore, her exceptional ability to connect with people from all walks of life and her unwavering commitment to bringing positive change to her community are qualities that have deeply influenced my approach to leadership,” adds Dr Nisha Ajith Kuttan. Also, her father Dr T.S Kuttan serves as a role model and inspiration in all her endeavors.
Dr Nisha Ajith Kuttan advises young entrepreneurs to adopt a lifelong learning mindset and be open to continuously learning to grow. She also advises them to think long-term and become visionary leaders, focusing on a 10-year plan. She says, “Staying current with technological advancements is crucial to stay competitive, just like believing in oneself is crucial to success in the business world.” Be dynamic, smart, aggressive and visionary to succeed in life.