Largest Engineering Company of PAKISTAN
Setup by an entrepreneur migrated from India and was the pioneer light engineering products company listed on the stock exchanges of the country in the name of Batala Engineering Company (BECO). Within a period of fifteen years it became leader in light engineering goods manufacturing with the help of European & American technology and their team of engineers to produce High Quality Machine Tools, Pumps, Power Looms, Concrete Mixers, Cranes, Power Presses, Electric Motors, Bicycles, Steel Rolled Products, Electricity Transmission Towers, Structure and General Fabrication.
The industry was set up at Badami Bagh, old city of Lahore on land area of 34 acres, and whole adjacent area was subsequently converted into steel center of Pakistan. Due to rapid addition of products, the land area became in-sufficient for further expansion. In the same city of Lahore 247 acres land was acquired in 1960 at Kot Lakhpat industrial zone, for further expansion.
After take over by the Government in the year 1972 under the economic reforms, it was renamed as Pakistan Engineering Company (PECO). The areas focused after take over were Steel Making where three Electric Are Furnaces of 10 tons each, Steel Rolling Mills to roll bigger size steel angles were added in line with future trends. Modern laboratory for Mechanical, Chemicals, Non-Destructive Tests etc. equipped with Universal Tensile Testing, Hardness Brielle & Rockwell, 32 Channels Direct Emission Spectrometer for analysis of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous base metals, LESCO Carbon & Sulphur Determination, Metallographic, Ultrasonic Flaw Detector, Magnetic Particle Separator was also setup.
For better precision, state of the art CNC machines for Punching, Marking & Shearing of Steel angles of size upto 200 mm along with CNC machine for plate punching up to thickness of 40 mm and Hydraulic plate punching, shearing of Billet, Bars of different shapes, steel angles of various sizes, cup cutting were also installed in the years 1983 and 2007. The company is qualified for manufacturing electricity transmission towers up to 500 KV. Three Hot dip Galvanizing Plants are installed to cope up with the increase in production capacity of transmission towers. The annual production of steel structures on single shift basis is now 30,000 tons.
Design office was also setup for in house designing of its regular products and special jobs. The design office is equipped with latest computer aided design and drafting facilities. Highly experienced design engineers in relevant field are available for continuous improvement in designing. Arrangements with reputable international design organizations are available for economical and latest technology based designing.
The Government considered various plans for its revival and it was decided in the year 2002 to re structure the company. Under the approved plan, all machines, equipment, steel sheds were shifted from old Badami Bagh Works to Kot Lakhpat Works to consolidate at one place, where ample space of 150 acres is still available for further expansion. Products of obsolete technology, obsolete machines / equipment, low technology products such as Machine Tools, Power Looms, Bicycle were closed down.
In the year 2003, the Corporate Structure of the company was changed. Some portion of the Government shares was off loaded through stock exchanges to have a Private â€“ Public partnership in order to manage the company operations in more efficient manner. Thus private shareholding increased to 67% and Government Share holding 33%. The private share holders elected directors therefore got effective role, which has resulted in improving efficiency in all areas. The company has turned around, and is not only earning profits, but also continuously improving its profitability and financial health. The shareholders are being paid cash dividend much higher than bank rates. The market price of its share is now highest in the engineering sector companies in Pakistan.
The Foundry is also available in house to produce castings of Pumps, Electric Motors and Machine Tools. It is in the process of up gradation to cater for high quality castings for Tractors and Auto Sector.
The Company is also producing Electric Motors for our own use and market.