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Stockist profile - A. P. Sales & Services, Visakhapatnam

M/s. A. P. Sales & Services has been an L&T authorised stockist for Audco valves since 1984.

The founder, Mr. G. C. Patni, was born in Ajmer, Rajasthan on August 1, 1953. After graduation and a short stint with the State Bank, Mr. Patni moved to Kolhapur, Maharashtra in 1975 and started dealing in powerlooms. In the early '80s there was a lot of industrial activity in Visakhapatnam and Mr. Patni foreseeing a big demand for quality valves applied to be an L&T stockist.

In the first year A. P. Sales chalked up a sales of Rs. 1.5 lakhs dealing only in Audco products. Even today Mr. Patni is an exclusive Audco stockist and he considers this his greatest strength.

Mr G. C. Patni

A. P. Sales has a dedicated and well- trained marketing team who cover the coastal belt from Nellore to Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. All the day-to-day operations of this efficient team are computerised.

A. P. Sales, through very hard work, has built a reputation for prompt supplies and reliable after-sales support. Today they count among their customers, industrial giants like - Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, HPCL's Refinery, LPG Plant & Terminal, Coromandel Fertilisers, NTPC, Southern Railways, etc.

This year their turnover is expected to cross the magic figure of Rs. 100 lakhs.

Mr. Patni is very proactive and has a keen business sense. He was one of the first valve suppliers to open a branch in Nellore to tap the huge potential projected for aqua-culture. And today, realising that the Internet is the future, Mr. Patni is fast drawing up plans to go on-line.

A. P. Sales is all set to make the most of the spurt in industrial investment in AP and grow at a very fast pace. Mr.

Patni hopes to double his current turnover in the next five years.

Mr. Patni married Shashi on April 30, 1976. The Patnis have three children - Hitesh, an engineering student, Surabhi, in junior college and Anuj, studying in class IX. Mr. Patni loves to spend his free time with his family - playing indoor games and watching family-oriented serials on TV.

Mr. Patni believes that stockists should strive to enhance the corporate image of L&T through all their actions and responses.

Mr.. Rajan Mallhotra,, Asst.. Generall Manager,, IIndustriiall Vallves Diiviisiion iinauguratiing the new offiice of M/s Jay & Co.. (IIndiia) Pvt.. Ltd..,, Dellhii on November 5,, 1999.. To hiis lleft iis Mr.. Viijay Kapur,, Diirector,, Jay & Co..



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