Air purifiers

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Steve Levine (right), CEO of AtmosAir, met with India's newly-elected prime minister Narendra Modi while on a business trip to India in 2013.

Air quality in India is a serious problem. In fact, half of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in India, according to the World Health Organization.

Steve Levine, CEO of Fairfield, Conn.-based AtmosAir Solution, is keenly aware of this fact -- and its business potential. AtmosAir makes air purification products for commercial and residential use in the U.S. It's planning for global expansion, which India is a big part of.

"The opportunity in India to help improve air quality is badly needed," Levine said.

He wasn't sure how India's elections would affect the country's business environment and his own plans for expansion.

"We were watching it closely. Now that a pro-business party has been elected, we're very excited," he said.

He said AtmosAir plans to first introduce its commercial products in hotels and office buildings in major Indian cities and then expand to the residential market. In six months, AtmosAir expects to install its first commercial systems in hotels in Mumbai and Jaipur.

"Eventually, we hope to start manufacturing our products in India as well," he said.

First published May 22, 2014: 3:24 PM ET

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