Manufacturing Stars (26)
Migrant labour had been a common phenomenon in India and elsewhere. Many of the South Indian Manufacturing companies had been benefitting from the workmen from North. These people are hard working. They work in difficult circumstances, away from home and need to deal with different languages. They do it wonderfully well ! South Indian Manufacturing companies cannot do without them!!
One such team is the above one working with Sandfits foundries, Coimbatore. This team not only works hard, but works out good improvements in their working methods. When the Management team suggested the improved way of working, they were more than willing. They experimented with the way of working and improved it. They were happy to see that their work eased out and also the productivity has improved!!
Mithilesh and team have contributed to the progress of the company that they are working for and they are the true stars of Indian Manufacturing !!
Keep up the good work team !!
Improving efficiency of people with the help of implementing systems is a priority in all the organizations in Indian Manufacturing. But, only a few companies are successful in making this happen. This is due to the fact that it is not easy to implement and sustain organizational initiatives (Like TQM, TPM, 6Sigma) It requires a firm commitment from the Management. Next to this , the most important thing is the quality of Co-ordinator for this activity.
Every company needs a full time co-ordinator for pushing the organizational initiatives. This is a very crucial position. The co-ordinator has to formulate a clear plan for implementation of the Organizational initiative. He has to deal with a wide variety of people from across the organization and across various levels of the organization. He has to be very patient and at the same time focused on the objective.
ThilipIndiran is one of such excellent Co-ordinators ! Thilip is a B.Tech and an MBA. He is currently ‘Head – Manufacturing Excellence’ in Johnson Matthey. He worked in Danaher, Elgi in similar positions. Thilip contributed a lot to the progress of the Organizational initiatives in all the companies that he worked for. He is patient with people and helps them to absorb the change and get used to the new situation that is brought about by the Organizational initiative. His persistent efforts have yielded very good results.
By contributing to these organizational initiatives Thilip has contributed to the progress of many of the companies that he worked for. The fact that he had been working in the Organizational excellence area in his past 3 jobs is a testimonial for his expertise in this area.
People like Thilip are very critical to the Indian Manufacturing to make it to that next level!
Thilip is a true star of the Indian Manufacturing !! Keep going Thilip !!
Manufacturing Companies need to continuously save money on their operations. The biggest cost in any manufacturing is the cost of Input raw materials. Cost reduction on Input Raw materials becomes a very important subject for any Manufacturing company.
With development of Internet, the globe has shrunk for the Sourcing manager in Manufacturing companies. He/She can access any supplier anywhere across the globe. But, still only the best of the Sourcing Managers can identify and access the cheapest sources in the world ! This requires a deep commitment on the part of the Sourcing Manager to chase down the suppliers across the globe, negotiate hard with them and deliver sizeable cost reductions for their companies!
Sivakumar Krishnamurthy is one such Sourcing Managers. Siva has done a great work for Elgi Equipments limited till a few years back when he left that company for better opportunities. Siva identified some of the cheapest sources across the world and developed excellent relationships with them. He has wonderful knowledge about the sources for many industrial parts. He dealt with different international cultures with his down to earth approach!! He is always on the lookout for that cheaper source! He never compromised on Quality while looking for cost reduction!
Siva saved Crores of rupees for the companies that he worked for. He adopted the “Total Cost of Ownership” approach to look for cost reduction opportunities. Siva is very persistent in his approach and chases down everyone concerned to complete the Cost reduction projects on time. Sourcing managers like Siva are great assets to any manufacturing company!
Siva is a valuable star of Indian manufacturing!! Keep on saving Siva!!
Foundry is a difficult place to work in. The physical environment is punishing. It is very difficult to motivate the team to perform better every day! One needs to deal with many variables. It takes a very good leader to motivate the team and maintain good standards in a foundry.
D.T .Victor Paul Vethanayagam is one such leader. He is a B.S from BITS Pilani and M.S in Management from the same institute. Victor is heading the team in Eltex Supercastings Private limited, Coimbatore. Victor is a great motivator of people. He understands the Foundry situation very clearly. He challenges the team members and at the same time supports them to go to the next level.
His understanding of the foundry practices and his leadership abilities help him to deliver in a foundry situation.
Victor is passionate about learning. Even though he has put in 26 years in to the industry, his passion for learning has not waned. Infact it is increasing by the day. His learning ability is helping him make steady progress in his career.
Victor is a ‘hands on person’. He gets in to all major shop issues and helps his team solve them! Victor is helping his company to serve some of the biggest automotive customers in India. He is contributing directly to the success of a number of Indian Manufacturing companies. He is a real star of the Indian Manufacturing industry! Keep it up Victor !!
Today is the day of Coimbatore Marathon. Thousands of people participated in this marathon in support of Coimbatore Cancer foundation. There were young, old and very old. All running for a good cause! The Marathon was organized in a wonderful manner. Everything went like a clock work!!
The man behind this idea and this marathon is Ramesh Ponnusamy. He is currently Managing Director of ATS Elgi Limited, Coimbatore.
Ramesh is a passionate runner having participated in many marathons across the world!!
There are very few people who can inspire thousands in to action ! Ramesh Ponnusamy is definitely one of them.
Ramesh started the marathon in Coimbatore in 2013. Many corporates have come forward to support this cause. Ramesh is a dynamic leader at work and great motivator in his running club! He is definitely a shining star in the Indian manufacturing arena !!
Keep motivating thousands Ramesh !!
Most of the Managers in the Indian Manufacturing are good at working in a good system. They exploit the strengths of the system and produce results. The companies would need these Managers to create new systems in a few new areas. These areas may be the new plants that they have started or may be companies that they have taken over etc. Most of these Managers fail to do this. They cannot create new systems or even re-create the systems that they are following. Very few Managers are capable of creating something on their own. SubashRamdoss is one of this rare brand of Managers who can create systems and improve the performance of the Company. When Subashwas thrown in to a messy situation , he responded by creating a wonderful Manufacturing system and improving the Customer confidence manifold. He leads the team firmly and fairly. He is a great motivator of his team members. Subash’s way of working always generates kaizens in the area that he works in.
Subash is a true Star of Indian Manufacturing !! We are sure he has many more peaks to scale !! All the best Subash !!
Seldom we come across natural leaders! Indian Manufacturing has its’ share of these natural leaders. These leaders can inspire confidence and trust without much effort. Because, they are fair and firm. They ensure that the team is motivated and they are taken care. They often do not hesitate to demand the team members to go to the next level of performance!! While they push them, they also support them to make it!!
Gootypalle Ranganath is one such natural leader! He did some fabulous work in Rane group in Rane Brake lining limited. Ranga was part of the team in Rane Brake lining limited which won the Deming Prize in 2003.Now, he is General Manager (Operations) handling two of the Plants of Rane Engine Valves Limited in Hyderabad. Ranga as he is known to his friends is a firm believer in TQM, TPM. He uses them with passion and teaches to his team with the same passion. Ranga has contributed a lot to the Indian Manufacturing and continues to do so! Keep it up Ranga ! You are a real star of Indian Manufacturing !!
Finance people usually may be reserved and may appear tough! They need to implement the financial discipline across the company. May be this is the reason. Most of the Accountants try their best to balance the tough portion with the friendly portion. But, probably there are more Accountants on the ‘tough and reserved’ side than on the ‘friendly side’!! Deepak Govindan is one of the few on the side of the ‘friendly accountant’. He is very tough with the rules as needed. But, still looks at the overall business picture and offers his help from the finance and business angles. He works very closely with the Marketing people and ensures that the decisions that need to be taken at the right time do not get delayed due to any issues in finance. He is proactive and takes an overall business view rather than just a functional view of everything ! Deepak gets impatient when the business is not progressing. He sometimes gets in to the role of pushing the team for higher sales or production!! He does not hesitate to come out of his traditional finance role and enter the business arena!! This way Deepak is one of the modern accountants who play an active role in achieving higher business goals!! Business Leaders are born out of this attitude of going beyond the brief!! Deepak, carry on the good work! You are a star in Indian Manufacturing!!
Many companies may have big plans for implementing several initiatives. But, it is always the Shop floor employee who has to play a big role in making them work on the shop floor. Bull agro implements, Coimbatore implemented Lean practices in their shop floor. Raw material Super market is one of the most important part of the Lean practices of Bull agro. Lean practices are new to Bull agro and the concepts are new to the company. Ramesh who is highlighted in the picture has played a big role in the success of the Super market in the shop floor. Ramesh is the proud owner of this Super market! He learnt the principles carefully from his super visor and follows them to the core!! From the day the Super market was started, he owned it up totally and made it work on the Shop floor. With the help of this super market the shortages in the shop floor have reduced dramatically. Ramesh has a very big role in its’ success!!
Here, Ramesh is being recognised by their MD Mr.Chandramohan. Keep it up Ramesh !!
Usually the people who work in Manufacturing industry get very emotionally involved in their work and put their best in to the work! They feel happy when good results come and feel very bad when they can’t deliver what they want to. It is almost like the factory is their whole life !Damodar Rao seen in the picture is no different! He delivered the best wherever he worked. He emotionally got involved. He is a great supporter of his team members. He pushes himself very hard to deliver the best. Damodar was part of the team which won the Deming Prize in Rane Brake Linings Limited in 2003. Damodarrao went on to implement what he learnt in a few more companies since then. He was appreciated wherever he worked!! Damodarrao is a true practitioner of TQM!! Damodar is a true Star of Indian Manufacturing with his contributions to the various companies that he worked for !Damodar is currently the Plant head in Johnson Controls, Chennai.
Keep doing well Damodar !!