By OUR STAFF REPORTER
HARIDWAR, 9 Aug: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Uttarakhand, organised a two day ‘Manufacturing Excellence Learning Mission to World Class Companies’ on 8-9 August at SIDCUL, Haridwar. A CII delegation visited four industries that have excelled in the various sectors including Automobile, FMCG and Heavy Engineering – Hero MotoCorp Ltd, ITC Ltd, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. The key objective of the mission was to share and learn the best practices in manufacturing operations of the visited companies that make them leaders in their respective areas of work and to enhance competitiveness. Mukesh Goyal, Chairman, CII Uttarakhand State Council, and AVP & Plant Head at Hero MotoCorp, Haridwar, shared that such missions provide an opportunity to participants to have first-hand exposure and insight into the technological strengths of the visited companies. Such activities share various innovative and successful practices implemented at the workplaces of these organisations, providing great learning opportunities to the mission members. They also briefed the delegates on the dedicated vendor park and how it is mutually beneficial for the vendors and the company. He expressed happiness at hosting one of such mission in Haridwar during his tenure as Chairman. At ITC, the delegates were welcomed by senior management and given an overview of the best manufacturing practices. Various cost saving techniques and tools were shared with delegates. Delegates were also apprised that ITC is the only company in the world of comparable dimensions to be carbon, water and solid waste recycling positive. Officials added that the company has been Carbon Positive for 13 years, Water Positive for 16 Years and Solid Waste recycling positive for 11 years. At Hindustan Unilever Ltd, delegates were welcomed by senior officials and, during the presentation, the vision was shared. They were briefed about the 20 pillars – 10 Technical & 10 Managerial – of World Class Manufacturing. Further, they were appraised about the various area specific programmes undertaken in plant manufacturing processes and various cost saving techniques were showcased. During the visit, delegates were taken to major shop floors to witness world class processes. Shop floor Kaizen were shared on enhancing competitiveness. At Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, delegates were briefed about the plant’s core area of Operations. On the shop floor, delegates were apprised about 800 MW Turbo generators and Steam Turbines. Delegates were also taken to assembly areas, machine shops, design areas to understand complex manufacturing processes. Fully automated New Blade Shop for Turbines was also shown. During the company’s presentation they were also given a virtual tour of Pollution Control Research Institute (PCRI) and Defence project area. During the visit of the delegation to each of these companies, ideas and thoughts were exchanged on how TQM, TPM, Supply Chain Management, Employee Involvement, Six Sigma, 5S, Kaizens can help organizations to grow and attain high profitability levels. The companies also shared their CSR and HR initiatives. The 24 delegates were from 10 companies across the spectrum.