Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) is a world class pump manufacturing company with expertise in engineering and manufacture of systems for fluid management. Established in 1888 and incorporated in 1920, KBL is the flagship company of the $ 2.1 billion Kirloskar Group. KBL, a market leader, provides complete fluid management solutions for large infrastructure projects in the areas of water supply, power plants, irrigation, oil & gas and marine & defence. We engineer and manufacture industrial, agriculture and domestic pumps, valves and hydro turbines.

In 2003, KBL acquired SPP Pumps, United Kingdom (UK) and established SPP INC, Atlanta, United States of America (USA), as a wholly owned subsidiary of SPP, UK to expand its international presence.

In 2007, Kirloskar Brothers International B.V., The Netherlands and Kirloskar Brothers (Thailand) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of KBL in Thailand, were incorporated. Kirloskar Pompen B.V. (KPBV), a subsidiary of Kirloskar Brothers International B.V., was incorporated in 2008 with its head-office based in Velsen-Noord. KPBV operates throughout Europe, along with its selected service partners in the region. In 2010, KBL further consolidated its global position by acquiring Braybar Pumps, South Africa. SPP MENA was established in Egypt in 2012. In 2014, KBL acquired SyncroFlo Inc., the largest independent fabricator of commercial and municipal domestic water booster pumps.

To further strengthen its global position, in 2015, Kirloskar Pompen B.V. acquired Rodelta Pumps International, The Netherlands.

KBL has joint venture cooperation with Ebara, Japan since 1988 for the manufacture of API 610 standard pumps. Kirloskar Corrocoat Private Limited is a joint venture cooperation with Corrocoat, UK since 2006. KBL acquired The Kolhapur Steel Limited in 2007 and Hematic Motors in 2010.

KBL has eight manufacturing facilities in India at Kirloskarvadi, Dewas, Kondhapuri, Shirwal, Sanand, Kaniyur, Kolhapur and Karad. In addition, KBL has global manufacturing and packaging facilities in Egypt, South Africa, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA. KBL has 12,700 channel partners in India and 80 overseas and is supported by best-in-class network of authorised centres and Authorised refurbishment centres across the country.

All plants of KBL are ISO 9001 & ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14000 Environment Standard certified. These plants apply Total Quality Management (TQM) tools using European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model. The Kirloskarvadi plant of KBL is a state-of-the-art integrated manufacturing facility having Asia's largest hydraulic research centre with testing facility up to 5000 kW and 50,000 m3/hr.

KBL is the only pump manufacturing company in India and ninth in the world to be accredited with the N and NPT certification by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Intellectual Services

Design & Development of pumps, hydro turbines, valves and special pumps (Hydraulic/Mechanical)

Design of centrifugal/vertical turbine pumps in compliance with National and International standards using advanced CAD tools like CFD, Inverse Design and FEA analysis. Improvement of pump efficiency by optimizing the impeller blades using Inverse Design software. Low Life Cycle Cost (LLCC) pumps are designed and developed to save huge operational and maintenance cost and for longer MTBF. Special pumps for nuclear application like primary and secondary cycle, canned motor pumps. For power application, circulating water pumps, condensate extraction pumps are also designed and developed.

Design of hydro turbines

  • Design and Engineering of hydro turbines for small hydro including Francis, Kaplan and Pelton with horizontal as well as vertical orientation.
  • Design of Pump As Turbine (PAT) for micro hydro range from 5kW to 100 kW power.
  • Design and development of cross flow turbine for microhydro.

CFD study of pumps, turbines, valves

Design verification using CFD analysis by improving the flow pattern and to predict pump efficiency which are validated against experimental study. NPSHR is also predicted for centrifugal pumps using CFD study.

Multi phase flow analysis (CFD)

Prediction of cavitation of pumps, Particle tracking suspended in the liquid. Sump (pump intake) air entrainment and formation of silt can be predicted using CFD technique.

CFD Sump study

Sump is designed based on ANSI HIS standards and verified using CFD analysis to find if there is any vortex formations, air entrainment to reduce swirl angle at the pump inlet and overall optimization of sump structure thereby saving significant amount of time and cost. The results can be validated with experimental results.

Physical Sump model study

Physical study of scaled down model sump is carried out at our works to study if there is any vortex formation, swirl angle and flow optimization by modifying necessary changes in the intake structure.

FEA analysis

Static/Dynamic/Seismic/Shock/Fatigue/Thermal/Coupled-Field analysis for pumps, valves, hydro turbines and corresponding system components.

Surge analysis of transmission main

The pump discharge mains are protected from the surge pressure due to sudden stop of pump or during power failure. The system is analysed and protected using suitable surge protection devices like air vessel, surge tanks, air valves etc by identifying suitable locations in the discharge mains.


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