In business as in life, timing is everything. At the same time Mexican textile manufacturer Grupo Kaltex was reaching a critical need to reduce energy and steam costs at several plants where it makes fibers and fabrics, Siemens was about to begin production of a highly efficient addition to its line of industrial gas turbines, the SGT-750.
Coincidentally, the Mexican government was ending its monopoly of electric power, and offering attractive incentives to large companies like Grupo Kaltex to build their own power plants, and produce their own electricity onsite in an environmentally friendly way. These factors convinced Kaltex that the relatively compact Siemens SGT-750 would be the perfect means of supplying low-cost power and vapor to its plant in northern Tamaulipas state. The decision is already producing handsome dividends for the 91-year-old company.