ELGi celebrates 10 years of compressed air excellence in North America
15 Nov 2022
ELGi is celebrating its 10th anniversary since expanding to North America.
The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company has expanded from coast to coast with a series of partnerships and acquisitions to sell its air compressors to a variety of industries.
The company plans to expand further and invest in people, processes, and technologies in the coming years.
ELGi North America (ELGi) is celebrating 10 years in the U.S. The Charlotte-based company is a subsidiary of ELGi Equipments Limited, one of the world’s leading air compressor manufacturers for the last six decades. Since entering the North American Market in 2012, ELGi company has significantly grown its footprint, expanding from coast to coast with several memorable milestones along the way.
ELGi provides air compressors and cutting-edge compressed air solutions to a variety of industries, including manufacturing, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, construction, and healthcare.
During ELGi’s first 10 years in North America, the company has grown significantly through a strategic expansion plan. The company started with only a handful of employees in Charlotte and now has more than 175 employees. ELGi has grown its distribution through acquisitions and joint ventures, relying on strong partnerships to sell its products and support them. So far, the company has helped install more than 10,000 air compressors in facilities across North America.
“As we celebrate our 10th anniversary in North America, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to our dedicated employees, reliable distributors, supportive business partners, and valued customers,” said Anvar Varadaraj, President of ELGi North America. “We have learned a lot over the last decade, particularly about what it means to be a customer-centric company and putting customers first.”
Robust products and superior support
ELGi’s strategy for growth included offering a lifetime air end warranty* which was subsequently followed with a five-year complete package warranty, both of which were unprecedented within the North American market. This commitment to product quality and reliability paved its way to becoming the leader in the compressed air market in North America. The company also provides 48-hour Uptime Assurance. If a compressor breaks down, ELGi guarantees the customer has air restored within 48 hours. This is enabled by ELGi’s focus on maintaining healthy stock levels of products and parts, along with its company’s flexible, nimble nature that ensures it to quickly serve customer needs.
With its distribution partners, ELGi has consulted with companies to lower their energy footprints with greener technologies, make use of government tax incentives, increase redundancy in their operations and achieve their sustainability goals. ELGi has also helped companies lower their total cost of ownership for air compressors.
“ELGi is an engineering-led company that spends a significant amount of its resources on research and development,” Varadaraj said. “There is continuous improvement to design features that enhance product efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and lead to a lower total cost of ownership for the lifecycle of our products.”
ELGi is leading the way with oil-free compressors with the AB Series. The goal is to provide oil-free at an oil-flooded price — its water-injected compressors are more affordable than traditional oil-free air compressors. The move toward cleaner air, “quality of air,” is to provide Class ‘0’ oil-free air for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries. This also reflects a move toward more efficient and sustainable products.
“ELGi is focused on helping to solve the big challenges our world is facing, such as reducing fossil fuel usage, providing cleaner compressed air to reduce contamination in food and medicine, and increasing energy efficiency,” Varadaraj said. “We want to help in these transitions and be proactive in driving solutions.”
For the future
ELGi has an ambitious vision for the next 10 years. The company expects North America to be its largest market, surpassing the extent of its current global footprint. To achieve this goal, ELGi is investing in people, processes, and technologies. The company wants to make more of its components in-house, for example.
“North America helped us unlock new standards for how a machine should be built. Hence, ELGi opened its own foundry in India and brought the manufacturing of key components in-house, such as castings and air ends, to control product specifications and create best-in-class quality compressors. This means higher uptime in the field,” Varadaraj said. “We are also investing in new business partners by co-founding joint ventures to promote entrepreneurship in air compressor distribution.”
ELGi has already seeded five new companies as part of the joint venture program. This includes the co-founding of Pattons of California, Compressed Air Solutions of Texas (CAST), G3 Industrial Solutions, Gentex Air Solutions, and Evergreen Compressed Air and Vacuum.
ELGi also plans to invest in STEM programs for students, replicating the success of an apprentice program the parent company runs in India. The company is sincere in its commitment to expand manufacturing jobs in North America and to grow its talent pool in Charlotte.
“Our goal is to be among the top three compressed air manufacturers globally,” Varadaraj said. “To achieve that goal, we need to continue with the momentum ELGi has already established. We want to continue expanding. We want to build a culture that will attract and retain top talent. We want to develop new technologies and improve on existing ones. We want to help our end-users grow their businesses and achieve their sustainability and quality of air goals. If the last 10 years have been a preview, we are well on our way to another successful decade.”
About ELGi North America
ELGi North America, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a subsidiary of ELGi Equipments Limited, a leader in compressed air solutions for over 60 years. Established in 2012, ELGi North America, in conjunction with its subsidiaries, Pattons, Pattons Medical, and Michigan Air Solutions, offers a comprehensive range of compressed air products and services. Our product offering includes oil-lubricated and oil-free rotary screw and reciprocating compressors, dryers, filters, and ancillary accessories. ELGi and its subsidiaries serve multiple industry verticals spanning medical applications, pharmaceuticals, food & beverage, construction, manufacturing, and infrastructure. For further information, please visit
ELGi North America
4610 Entrance Drive, Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28273
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