Industry Interface

The blurring of geographical boundaries in this techno-savvy business world and the increased flow of intellectual manpower across the nations, has emphasised the need for the sharing of best management & business practices across the world. Indira has addressed this need by bringing to its students, faculty and the Corporate World an accomplished blend of international Gurus, who have shared their thoughts on areas like Strategy, Problem-solving and Business models for the 21st Century.
The events under this platform were:

  • "The Strategy Summit" with Dr. Peter Senge, author of the path-breaking book "The Fifth Discipline" & acclaimed as the "Strategist of the Century".
  • “Solving Tough Problems” with Adam Kahane, author of the book “Solving ToughProblems”, a revolutionary process of decision making.
  • Louis Tex Gunning, Group Vice President Unilever South East Asia & Australasia. "Creating a community of great leaders to build great organizations”, as part of their induction programme.
  • Mr Titus Yong is the Director, Ingenio Pvt Ltd, Singapore conduct a certified training program on Harnessing Creativity & Innovation a course on individual creative thinking as well as managing creativity in a group setting. The curriculum introduces the theories & measurement of creativity and focuses on harnessing individual creativity & managing creativity & innovation in a group context.
  • Mr. Glyn Atwal, Professor ESC, Rennes, France, conducted a certified training program on “International Marketing: Tactics, Techniques and Strategies” for marketing students in August 2008. At its simplest level, the course involved training on decision making by a firm on one or more marketing mix decisions across national boundaries. At its most complex level, it involved the firm in establishing manufacturing facilities overseas and coordinating marketing strategies across the globe.
Tapasya Gyanganga Lecture Series

Tapasya gyanganga lecture series Organised by Tapasya, the triannual journal brought out by the Indira Group, the Series intends to bring India’s best known minds, from the world of business, politics, arts, journalism, and science and technology, to interact with the students on the substance of their work during their lifetime. The most credible of Indians who have an unimpeachable credibility and record of service to the nation are invited under the Series in order that they become role models for the youth and to inspire them to take up nation building as a mission. The Series was initiated in 2009 with the inauguration by Mr R. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Director, Tata Sons Ltd.

Industrial Visit to General Motors India Pvt Ltd. plant at Talegaon on 22nd February 2013
A group of 24 people including the faculty of IIMP got a grand opportunity to visit the plant of General Motors India Ltd. located in Talegaon, Pune on 22nd February, 2013.
To start with the introduction of GMI, it is an American multinational automotive corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, and among the world’s largest automakers by vehicle unit sales, employing 202,000 people and doing business in some 157 countries. General Motors produces cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sells and services these vehicles. In India, GM mainly manufactures cars of Chevrolet brand. At the plant that we visited, we were introduced to all the technicalities involved in the manufacture of the cars, mainly Beat, Spark, Cruise, etc. Miss Shilpa Dhar, Manager Corporate Affairs, escorted and guided us through the entire plant.
The working of GM is carried out in a very systematic manner. Firstly, the body of the car is made. For that a sheet of highly metallic material is taken. It is washed, trimmed, pierced and shaped with the use of automated machines and robots in the press shop. Defects are also checked at this shop through various techniques and different defects are given different levels of intensities so that the job of handling the defect can be defined. An engineering trainee at the company guided us through the press shop.
Then this hollow car is sent to the body shop where the body parts of the car are attached to the hollow cabinet. Different groups manage different tasks like welding, attaching doors and glass, etc. Mr. Gaurav Thakur guided us through the entire body shop. After this the car is sent to the paint shop, entry is strictly prohibited due to safety reasons. Then this cars goes to the general assembly where the final assembling of the car is done. Tyres are attached, welding is done, assessment is done and the final car is manufactured to be sent to the dealer.
Learning’s from the visit:
We got an experience of the operations at the marvellous plant of GMI. It was an industrial visit that taught us a lot when it comes to discipline, time-management (since all the activities of different shops are needed to be coordinated efficiently), workforce management (because different employees were engaged in different activities) and in hence gave us a technical perspective of management.
Industrial Visit To Maxion Wheels Pvt Ltd, Chakan, Pune on 13th March 2013

Mr.Vijay the Production Manager of Kalyani Lemmers (now Maxion Wheels) received MBA 1st Year students and staff, introduced them to their Production team who further took them to the production line 1 of the plant. He first briefed about the history of the company, its affiliations and business interests in Asia and Europe. Kalyani Lemmers has been acquired by MAXION Wheels which is a BRAZIL based company with its operations running in Nantong CHINA as well. This company is known for its high product quality and production procedures. It produces wheels for Passenger cars, LCV, MCV, and HCV.
It is committed to have a record for maintaining high quality standards while recording “ZERO Incidents at PLANT Facility” and has been awarded and recognized by industry observers for the same.
He also touched upon the growing concern of low demand market Shortfall in demand.
Maxion Wheels is planning to Shift and enlarge its product line to cater to a wider market than what it’s doing right now for a new line in under-construction which will be ready and functional by 2014. After its installation the capacity would rise to almost 2 million wheels per annum from a current capacity of 1.4 million wheels per annum.
He went on to explaining the overall manufacturing industry pertaining to automobile sector and wheel industry.

Through the visit students attained understanding about the importance of Manufacturing Process in B2B sales, product and process knowledge and Automobile sector vulnerabilities and its interdependence on market scenario.

Industrial Visit To Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd, Chakan, Pune on 12th August 2013
The Volkswagen plant in Chakan occupies a total area of over 2.3 million square metres (575 acres), with buildings covering about 1, 15,000 square metres. The plant was built in a record time of 17 months, with an investment commitment of INR 3,800 Crores (580 million Euros) by Volkswagen India Private Limited. It is the largest investment by a German company to date in the growing Indian market. The plant has a production capacity of 130,000 vehicles a year. The facility uses futuristically designed state-of-the-art equipment. The facility is also one of the few environment-friendly manufacturing plants around the area. The Volkswagen Group is represented by five brands in India: Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Skoda, and Volkswagen.
Volkswagen India rolled out the 3,00,000th car from its Pune Plant on Monday, 5th August 2013. The car was a left hand drive version of Volkswagen Vento that will be exported to the AGCC market. With high quality production at Pune Plant, Volkswagen India is not only fulfilling the domestic demand, but also exporting cars to more than 30 countries across two continents – Asia and Africa.
Operations:
Production of 420 Volkswagen cars per day requires a very extensive and efficient production planning, while our visit to the plant we went through the following stages of production:

  1. Production floor: The first process which we came across was the door and outer body assembly.
  2. a. To assist in the assembly of doors there were the latest state of the art “Kukka” robots. These robots performed many technical applications such as “spot welding”.
    b. All the machines were functioned and operated with the operation of CNC’s “Computer Oriented Numerical Control “.

  3. Presence of overhead carriage line for transportation of cars from one unit to another.
  4. The students were introduced to state of the art and unique machinery like the process of attaching the doors and roofs with the help of kukka robots and the process was called diar lazer welding.
  5. Then we proceeded to the ‘Chassis line 1’ line where the painted bodies were brought to a wooden floored workstation where each car was inspected for precisely 112 seconds.
  6. After this there was arrangement of the cockpit in the ‘Cockpit assembly line’ with the help of workers plus conveyor robots.
  7. Tires: The next process which we were shown was attachment of the tires to the body.
  8. Then while walking towards the next station, we observed the process of checking the cars under different light and be checked for any discrepancies in the colour of the body.
  9. The next and the most important process which we were shown was the process of assembly of the chassis and the complete components of the car. In this the students were shown how the whole assembly was joined within a fraction of seconds.

Thus this whole process constituted the operational structure of our industrial visit to Volswagen.
LCD stations are used to implement JUST IN TIME CONCEPT, a worker has to complete a task in 115 sec, if any worker has any problem station is marked as red on LCD so senior reaches in time and helps worker to resolve his difficulty.

A scheme for students called “Dual Mechatronics has been implemented with a motive of Grooming amateur …it’s a learn and earn scheme.

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