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Anil Mathur visits Lucknow Branch

Mr. Anil S Mathur, Chief Operating Officer, Furniture & Interiors Group visited Lucknow on March 25, 2006 and also visited two mega showrooms, M/s. Initiative Data System, Alam Bagh, Lucknow and M/s. Raj Vilas, Lucknow  where he had high profile meetings with very important & huge business volume ( multi - Crore )  customer  UPRNN’s Managing Director,  Mr. Ramesh Singh Yadav for cementing the good relationship developed by the branch. He visited the first Data centre of UP Irrigation Department designed & developed by Godrej, Lucknow.

Mr. Mathur observed the mega showrooms with a lot of interest and had motivational business discussions with personnel from our mega showrooms.

He spent the evening with all the channel partners of Lucknow city for Institution  & Home to understand the future business scenario and dealer related issues. 



His visit and discussion with the branch team & our channel partners had a magical impact on one & all.

Manoj Sadavarte
Lucknow Branch

PowerPoint 06

From left to right in the first row: FIG team comprising Mr Swapneel Nagarkar, Mr Ratul Mazumder, Mr Ravi Menon, Mrs Ashwini DeoDeshmukh and (second row) Mr Raviprakash R Gupta and Mr Sameer Joshi

Mr Robin Clarke & Mansoor

Creating World Class Environments was the agenda at PowerPoint 06 an event hosted by Godrej Furniture & Interiors Group along with Indian Architects & Builders on 24th February ’06 evening at Kolkata’s ITC Sonar Bungla. The event which brought together 200+ designers, architects, facility managers, corporate heads, corporate property heads was structured around a symbiotic presentation by a Canadian firm, Page + Steele whose case was presented by Robin Clarke, Vice President & Principal Architect and Mansoor Kazerouni, Associate Architect, who shared their experiences on the development of their culture of global facilities.Page + Steele which is headquartered in Toronto, Canada (with a branch office in Hong Kong) have addressed the creation of various building typologies that include hotels, residential, institution, retail and entertainment and office building projects with a reputation for excellence in design, service & projects quality.

Audience comprising Architects, Designers, Project Management Consultants, etc.


The evening opened with a keynote welcome by Mr Manoj Ganjawalla, VP (M&S)-FIG. A short film on Godrej Furniture was also screened. The evening closed with interactions followed by cocktails and dinner. At this event, Godrej FIG acknowledged the power of architecture and design in creating sensitive and balanced aesthetics where Godrej is the platform for designers and related professionals who have to address the issue of office designs.

Mr Manoj Ganjawalla delivers the key note address

Mr A I Buvaneshwar, General Manager (Sales) -East & Mr Manoj Ganjawalla, Vice President (M & S), FIG

Guests are being explained the unique feature of our carpet collection by Mr. A.I. Buvaneshwar and Mr. Sameer Joshi.

This Kolkata event is the maiden leg of a multi-city series of lectures titled “Powerpoint” which aims to establish parameters that will help facility heads, designers and associated professionals build better working cultures plans to replicate this across the country.

While the evening covered the event, the afternoon was dedicated to a press conference, where we unveiled our plans to step up our operations in the East. Not only was it well attended by the various media personnel but the coverage also exceeded our expectations. Great effort was put in by the entire Kolkatta team to make this event successful.

Vinay Salastekar &
Doreen Rosario

 

Lucknow Utsav 2006

Godrej participated in the Lucknow Utsav 2006 held at Balrampur Gardens from
12th to 15th Januray 2006. M/s Raj Vilas of Lucknow was the channel partner for this activity. The branch regularly tries to motivate our mega showrooms by organising such activities.

Vipin Tyagi
Lucknow Branch

Security Equipment Division

Architects and Builders Meet

 

An awareness drive was launched for Godrej- Masonite “ENTRANZA DOORS” for Architects and Builders in Hyderabad on 20th January 2006 at Taj Banjara.

The meet was well attended by the leading Architects and Builders of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. We had a crisp presentation of the complete range of beautiful doors. The participants showed keen interest and the product were well appreciated.

We have a range of internal and external doors. The internal doors consist of a range of Flush doors and Moulded panel doors. For external doors we have Wood edge steel doors, Fiberglass series or Royal Mahogany series. These are ready to fit shutters.

Mr. K M Vinod Kumar lead the “Team-SED-South Zone” at this meet along with Mr. Mehernosh Pithawalla and Mr. Sarfraz from head office.

The proof of the pudding will be “watch out for the orders flowing in soon”.

Mr. K N Eduljee
Head-SED, Hyderabad Branch

Prestigious IMS Certification

SED has reached a landmark on being recommended for IMS certificate by TUV India, which is an arm of internationally acclaimed testing and accreditation house, TUV-NORD Group.

IMS stands for Integrated Management System. It is the combination of ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and OSHAS 18001.2. Our IMS certification includes all these certificates which we had secured individually earlier.

Enormous amount of efforts have been put in by each and every member of the division, in terms of preparing the manuals following of the procedures and undergoing a series of internal audits as a preparation for the final external audits.

The team at the division recognises that this is just the beginning of the journey and there are miles to go for bringing about quantum improvements in the business performance.

Mr. Dara Byramjee-VP and Business head of the division is confident that if all members of the division work with the high level of dedication and zeal which they had displayed in pursuing this certification in future as well then they will be able to take the division to greater heights of success in future.

All members of the division deserve a big thank you from the management team but special thanks are due to Mr. Dominic Sequeira and Mr. Cyrus Shastri for over seeing the project with great passion and drive.

SED feels that our other business divisions should also pursue IMS certification, as it will save them cost and efforts of having three individual audits besides conserving time and energy of the auditing agency. The integration ensures a sharp focus on key issues pertaining to quality environment and health and safety in an integral manner as opposed to individual.

The integration brings about a sense of completeness about the things to be done and managed by employee’s day in and day out. Key parameters that affect the business get duly aligned resulting in focus on priorities… across the division.

IMS certification is highly recommended.

SED team will be happy to make a presentation to any division that is interested to enable them to take a call for pursuing IMS certification.

Jay Acharya
Head – Personnel

 

Reaching out to the Architects & Builders for Godrej Entranza

Ahmedabad Branch Security Equipment Division formally launched Godrej Entranza,
the beautiful doors, at Hotel Cama, on 3rd Jan ’06.  The event was attended by leading Builders & Architects of the city and the Lamp lighting ceremony was carried out by well known architect, Mr. Anant Raje along with G. M. (Sales) Mr. F. K. Khapoliwala from Mumbai.  The audience appreciated the detailed presentation given by Mr. Mehernosh Pithawala.

The branch had organised a training program for West Zone specialists in the morning coupled with a Press Conference on the same day for Godrej Entranza.”

Cyrus Sabavala
Sales Manager, Ahmedabad Branch

 

Inside/Outside Exhibition 2006

Our Ahmedabad branch took part in the Inside / Outside Exhibition held from 5th - 7th January ’06.

We were able to generate a tremendous response and the entire Architect and Builder community visited the exhibition site for 3 days.

Practically the stall was continuously occupied by architects and builders and they have shown a great interest in the product, as ready to fit doors are brought into the market for the first time and that too a world class player like Masonite International.”

Khurshid F. Laher
Ahmedabad Branch

 

A Mutual Business

The Executive Chairman of Mutual Safes International (Pty) Ltd of South Africa,
Mr. Arun Green, visited Godrej SED from 20th to 23rd of February, 2006.

Mutual Safes, with an annual turnover of US$40 million, is the largest family-owned safe manufacturing company in Africa and does business in over 40 countries worldwide, including the developed markets of USA, UK & Australia.

Mr. Green, who has been in the Safes business for over 30 years, was highly appreciative of the in-house innovations and manufacturing set-up at Plant-17 which he commented would really compare with the world’s best.

To quote Mr. Green … “It was indeed my pleasure to have visited you & your colleagues in Mumbai. I enjoyed the visit very much & it was a pleasant surprise seeing your manufacturing facility”.

The visit has set the stage for a mutually beneficial partnership, wherein Godrej SED with its impressive manufacturing infrastructure, in the capacity of an OEM partner, will be supporting Mutual Safes in augmenting their product range.

The partnership augurs well for both Godrej & Mutual, with Godrej SED’s international business endeavours gaining significant impetus through entry to many new markets and Mutual access to a wide range of cost effective new products, catering to various applications.

V. S. Ramesh
Sr. Manager
International & OEM Business

 

ENTRANZA Enters the EAST

The Godrej Entranza extended its presence in the east with a grant launch in
Bhubaneshwar on 22nd February 2006 at “Swasti Plaza”.

The presence of well-known Architects and builders in the launch made the launch a great success. There were lot of enquiries about the doors and the architects and builders extensively appreciated the quality and look of the Doors.

Mr. Mehernosh Pithawlla, (Sr. Manager Marketing) made a presentation to all the Architects and Builders and explained the variety available in Godrej Entranza. Mr. A.I. Buvaneshwar GM (East) and Mr. P. K. Das (Head, Sales & Service Bhubaneshwar Branch) were also present in the event.

In all with this launch the presence of Entranza was augmented.

P.K. Das
Head - Sales & Service, Bhubaneshwar Branch

 

Godrej Safes

 

Prestigious S.P, Sweden certification for Safire Range

1. SAFIRE Fire Resistant Safes passed Fire Endurance test at SP Test House, Sweden:
Our Safire range of Fire Resistant Safes are already certified by BIS for 1 hour fire rating. However, for international recognition, this safe was tested at SP, Sweden. SP is a Swedish Test House and Certification Agency recognised in Sweden and other parts of Europe.

The Fire Endurance test at SP consists of heating the product in a furnace as per pre-defined time-temperature curve for specified time (90 minutes). The inside temperature of the Safe has not to exceed 170 degree centigrade, to pass the test.
Our product comfortably withstood the test for 90 minutes.

The entire family of Safire safes (6 models in 20 ltrs, 30 ltrs & 40 ltrs capacity) will now qualify for SP Certification. This will help us in promoting this product family in Europe and all other International Markets, apart from the Domestic Market.

2. Water Tight Sliding Doors qualify for Type Approval from DNV, Sweden.
We have successfully developed Water Tight Sliding Doors for ABG Shipyard, who are building Pollution Control Vessels for Indian Coast Guards. These doors were type-approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Norway which is a Classification Society recognised by International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The type approval process includes verification of design calculations, detail drawings and actual pressure and operational test of the first fabricated Door.

This is the first time such types of Marine Doors have been manufactured in India and we feel proud of this achievement.

Prashant H.C.
Design, Pl.17.

 

Locks Division

Dealer Relationship Programme

Godrej Locks Division organised a two-day Dealer Relationship programme (DRP)
for Chennai, Bhubaneshwar/Jamshedpur and Guwahati dealers. Three such DRPs were organised in the month of February 2006 at Mumbai. The main theme for the programme was to showcase Godrej. The top dealers contributing to 85% of business were a part of this programme.

Most of the dealers who had qualified through Secondary Schemes for this programme were coming to Mumbai for the first time. Therefore, the programme was devised in such a way that dealers not only get a feel of Godrej but also of Mumbai.

The first day comprised of visit to Godrej (Locks Division). A presentation was made on the Marketing Initiatives and on the Manufacturing, Quality and Design excellence of Godrej Locks Division. The dealers were taken around the factory and explained about the manufacturing, testing processes…

A visit to the corporate showroom was arranged to show the range of products manufactured by Godrej to give them a feel as to how Godrej is associated with us in our day to day working.

The programme also comprised of a “Focused Group Discussion” wherein dealer’s feedback was taken on the customer insights, changing trends of business and efforts. The day concluded with a closing address and a memento presentation by Mr. Rajkumar-Vice President and Business head.

The Dealers were happy as they could understand the entire manufacturing aspects of Lock making, the various quality tests which our locks undergo before they are sold to the end customer. They felt they were in a better position to convince the end customers about the superior features of our Locks than our Competitors. They felt proud to be associated with a Company, which cares not only for its employees but also for the environment and society.

The dealers appreciated the efforts taken by Godrej during their visit to the Mangroves and were informed about the various species of medicinal plants and species of birds and aqua marine animals present in the mangroves.

The second day comprised of Mumbai Darshan, wherein dealers were taken to prominent places of Mumbai.

Amita Panchal
Marketing

 

OHSAS 18001 Certificate Handing Over Ceremony
And The Annual Gathering

The OHSAS 18001 Certificate Handing over Ceremony and the Annual Gathering of Locks Division was held on 15th February 2006 at Pragati Kendra (Godrej) which was attended by TUV CEO Mr Anil Rairikar, our Chairman & Managing Director Mr J N Godrej, Mr Navroze Godrej and Mr Anil Verma – Executive Vice President (P&A), besides 500 plus employees, some them in their traditional outfit.

Mr B K Rajkumar, Divisional Head – Locks Division welcomed the guests and briefed the audience on performance of Locks Division and the various initiatives undertaken by Locks Division team and OHSAS 18001 Certificate being one of such initiatives.

Mr Anil Rairikar, CEO - TUV congratulated and handed over the OHSAS 18001 Certificate to Mr J N Godrej and in his speech he mentioned that he strongly believed Godrej is one of the few Companies, for social commitment take a lead in such activities not out of compulsion but as a self initiative.

Section of the audience seen in first row (from left) are Mr. Anil Verma EVP (P&A) Mr. B.K. Rajkumar (Div. Head-Locks) Mr. Navroje Godrej, A Rairikar - CEO TUV and Mr. J.N. Godrej - Chairman

Mr J N Godrej congratulated the Locks Team for obtaining the Certificate and while addressing the team he gave a lot of emphasis on Safety & Accident Prevention.

Locks Division Team in full swing in the Annual Gathering.

Bharat Chauhan and his son holding the attendance award.

The audience were overwhelmed when Mr Navroze Godrej came up to the dais to address; he congratulated Mr B K Rajkumar and the entire team of Locks Division for their drive to always achieve the highest standard of quality and safety. By his short and simple message Mr Navroze Godrej won the hearts of all whose present and they gave him a huge applaud.

 

Mr. Navroze Godrej addressing the Locks Team

B.K. Rajkumar receiving the OHSAS 18001 certificate from Mr. J.N. Godrej.

Mr. B.K. Rajkumar receiving the gift alongwith the appreciation letter from Mr. J.N. Godrej.

The Annual Gathering started off with the presentation of Attendance Award. The highest attendance award was given to Mr Bharat Chauhan who had put in attendance for 285 days of the year. He was unable to come up to the stage as both his legs are amputated, Mr J N Godrej and Mr Navroze Godrej came down in the crowd to hand over the award. This down-to-earth approach by the Godrej family speaks volumes of the values the family cherish. The audience were totally moved and touched by this gesture.

Apart from the various awards like the Employee of the Quarter Award, Best Housekeeping Award etc. there was a surprise in store for Mr B K Rajkumar, he received an Appreciation Letter from Locks Division employees for being an Inspirational Leader and taking up various challenges & initiatives in the Division for (1) CII-Exim Business Excellence Award and (2) OHSAS 18001 Certification.

The Ceremony ended with a Vote of Thanks, not forgetting the commendable work put in by the Organising Committee and the Master of Ceremony, Mr S V Amonkar.

Jessie Corderio
Head – Personnel

 

Roadshows for New Ranges

 

S.M. Mautur (DSP) looking at the display during the Mangalore Road Show held from 18th to 20th February, 2006. Also seen in the picture Mr. K. Mohan Kumar (ASM Karnataka) taking Mr Mantur & other Branch Team members & Distributors.

L-R Mr. K. Mohan Kumar (ASM-Bangalore), Mr. Sunil (Godrej Perfect Home Dealer, Mr. S. Sreejit & Mr. Suresh Nayar (SSE), Mr. S.M. Mantur (DSP), Mr. Sridhar of M/s. Ranjini Enterprises, (Mr. Sridhar & Mr. Mohan Kumar (ASM) detailing about Godrej Locks at Road Show)

A three day event from 24th to 26th February 2006 was held at Chennai. It was simultaneously held at three prominent locations namely T.Nagar, Anna Nagar and Park Town. All the traditional products of Godrej Locks were displayed at the show, but the new product ranges on display were SHAKTI and CARTINI. Our new economy brand SHAKTI dominated the show. Customers were delightfully surprised to learn about our economy range of Locks under the brand SHAKTI. Around 4000 people visited the show.

During the three days leading national and regional news papers and magazines carried our advertisements.
Visiting customers were given our novel, useful and much acclaimed leaflet, Safety- Way of Living.

Our partners for the roadshow at T.Nagar were M/s Dhanalakshmi agencies, at Anna Nagar Victoria Arts and Crafts and at Park Town, A.S.A. Marketing and M/s Fatima Enterprises. Our Distributors Gulf Marketing, Gokul Enterprises and Vipin Associates provided the support for SHAKTI.

The road show at Mangalore was held from 18th to 20th February 2006. Show partners were our distributors Ranjini enterprises. The special invitee at the show was Mr. S M Mathur-DSP.

The show partners were our distributors M/s Ranjini Enterprises. All our other distributors and retailers visited the show. It was indeed a success.

A Rajagopal and K. Mohan Kumar
Chennai and Bangalore Branch

 

Kudos For Locks Goa Plant

Seen in the photograph is Mr.S.V.Nayak representing Locks division & receiving the award by the hands of honourable chief minister Mr. Pratap Singh Rane.

On 4th march 2006, on the occasion of 35th National safety day, the Directorate of Industrial safety & health for the state of Goa organised Goa State Safety Award Function in recognition of the longest accident free period at ACGL Company Compound, Honda. The dignitaries present were Chief Minister of Goa Mr. Pratap Singh Rane as a chief guest. President of Goa Chamber of Commerce as the Guest of Honour & Mr Redkar, Chief Inspector of Factories & boilers, Goa State.

Industry-wise there were 3 categories nominated:
1. Food & Beverages
2. Pharmaceutical, chemical & pesticide
3. Manufacture of basic metals & engineering industries.

In above each field there were again two categories:
1. Above 50 workmen &
2. Below 50 workmen

The organisers had decided to give only one award in each category. We are pleased to inform that Locks divisions, Goa Plant won the state safety award for longest accident free period in below 50 workmen & manufacture of basic metals & engineering industries category.

Congratulations!

S.V. Amonkar
EHS Head

 

Ahmedabad Happenings

Ahmedabad branch has started a relation building programme with retailers under
the name of “Know your Company” in which 20 top retailers from Western part of Ahmedabad were invited. The programme was held with the help of local WD M/s Sunij Sales Corporation on 21st February 2006. The programme included presentation on Godrej and its group of companies, different product range. Mr. Yogesh Patel (ASM) and his team of sales officers presented about the product range, premium counter policy, flagship store policy, new finishes introduced etc.

Ahmedabad Branch participated in an Interior & Architect Seminar at Baroda on 21st January 2006 by the Indian Institute of Interior Design. Mr. Nilesh Kubavat (ISE) made a presentation on Godrej regular locks and new project product (Card locks, I-button locks, patch fitting etc.). About 50 Architects and interior decorators were present for the programme.

Yogesh Patel
Ahmedabad Branch

 

VVIPs Visit Bangalore Branch

Mr. P.D. LAM visited Bangalore branch on 6th March 2006. We were also pleasantly surprised to note that Mrs. Rati Godrej was on the same flight as Mr. Lam.

Mr. Lam invited her to visit our Godrej showroom. Mr. Lam showed Mrs. Rati Godrej around the showroom and they were impressed with the showroom display. Mr.Lam later met the divisional heads and was appraised of the business situation in the branch.

Mr.P.D.Lam and Ms Rati Godrej seen with the Bangalore showroom staff. Mr.R.Giridhar, Showroom incharge is also seen in the photo.

Mr. Lam addressed the entire branch when he highlighted the revitalisation of each division and the efforts which the plants had made to introduce new products constantly to help reach our targets. Mr. Lam envisaged a bright future for the company, saying we needed to work with passion, and believe in our hearts that we could achieve much more. We needed to open the door for unique things. We needed to grow exponentially. He said that we need to be able to provide solutions. We need to sell solutions and not just products. Only then can we have growing revenues and margins.

Mr. P.D.Lam seen with Ms. Rati Godrej checking out the OCIM health products, in the Bangalore showroom.

Mr. P.D.Lam blowing out the candles on his birthday spent with Bangalore branch.

In the evening, the Bangalore branch had organised a get together, also it happened to be Mr. Lam’s birthday which was celebrated.

R. Solomon
BCM, Bangalore

 

A Smart Move

Chandigarh Branch Moves to a New, Modern, Vibrant Office Premises

9th January 2006 was a red-letter day in the history of Chandigarh Branch, when it shifted from the earlier Sec17 office into the new-look modern office situated in the Mohali Plant premises. We started off our first day’s work with Puja & Hawan & distributed sweets to all in the Branch & Mohali Plant.

The new state of the art office has been designed by Mr. Manu Mansheet with lively, vibrant colours & artistic interiors. We have used our different OPOS modules & full height partitions to showcase our FIG product range & also have used fabricated partitions & cabins to display out Interiors capabilities. Our Branch office is now more of a FIG I living show room.

Facilities like fully Air-conditioned office; Flexi-workstations; ample Computers for sales teams; Telephones / Intercoms on every table; Pantry with readily available snacks & beverages; Plant - canteen facility have made working so much more comfortable & interesting for the employees. The plush-green lawns & the gardens of the Plant premises provide the much desired relief space to ease off work-tensions.

All divisions now being under one roof has enhanced the communication, harmony & team spirit amongst the employees. Our Branch employees now proudly boast of their modern office Interiors, which is drawing regular appreciations from visiting Dealers & Customers.

We have also been able to make a saving of about Rupees Ten lacs annually on rent & allied expenses by shifting to the Company-owned property. We believe that with the infrastructural support that we now have, our Branch team will be able to reap in much more profitable business for the Company & enhance customer satisfaction. 

Sudip Sircar
BCM–Chandigarh Branch

APPLIANCE DIVISION

Training for Being Competitive

Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, Wing plant in association with CII –LM Thapar centre for competitiveness organised a Training programme on BEST MANUFACTURING PRACTICES for their Technical associates. This training programme was conducted in four batches for 137 Technical associates by CII Counsellor, Mr. Harinderjeet Singh.

The training programme aims to enhance the basic knowledge and understanding of technical associates on the shop floor, so that they understand and become conversant with the world class manufacturing practices and techniques.

The training programme was divided in six modules:
a) 5S
b) 3M (Muda, Muri, Mura)
c) Kaizen
d) My Machine
e) Lean Manuacturing
f) And 7 QC tools.

The participants learnt the practices of how to identify and eliminate waste on the shopfloor. It leads to continual improvements and thus improving organisation performance via Productivity, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Safety and Morale. The programme was supported by various exercises on the shop floor, to lay a foundation for continual improvement activities in the organisation.

The participants came up with various ideas for improvements on the shopfloor and have promised to convert the learnings of the programme into an embedded practice for continual improvement.

Kiran Suryavanshi

 

Corrosion Free Refrigerators: Internal Launch

Godrej Appliances is known for offering relevant technology to its consumers.
From extensive consumer research and understanding, it emerged that ‘rusting’ of refrigerators was a key concern amongst the consumers. The cramped living style of the majority of Indians only accentuates this concern. This was even more acutely felt in the coastal areas. It is to addrress this fear of rusting that Godrej has come up with another ‘first of its kind’ technology in the refrigerators category in India – ZOP technology.

ZOP technology stands for Zinc Oxide Protection: in addition to the standard powder coating done on refrigerators, a coating of Zinc is used to ensure Rust Protection. This double protection has led the company into issuing ten year rust free warranty on all ZOP models. No other company in the category has made such a claim before this.

The new technology was presented in the sales meet of the Appliances Division held on 7th April, amidst much fanfare, to create excitement amongst the sales team and establish the division’s expectations from the range.

The new proposition was a well kept secret from the sales team, and was revealed only at the presentation. The show began with an exciting audio visual depicting a war scene and the final victory which unveiled the new technology, followed by a pledge taking ceremony promising victory in this ‘Zung Par Jung – Fight against Rust’. Mr. Shyam Motwani, V.P. Marketing & Exports, enthused the team with the ‘Rust Free’ claim and said, ‘The initiative has the potential of recreating the magic of PUF.’ Mr. Kamal Nandi, V.P. Sales, fuelled the enthusiasm of the sales team by gifting them mini-canons – as a symbol of the ‘Jung’. He held the view that ‘ZOP Technology preventing rust will be a clear differentiator in the consumer’s mind.’

The anchor interviewed the sales team to capture their reactions and found the mood upbeat & positive regarding the success of the ZOP technology and the Rust Free Promise in the market.

Swati Rathi
Maketing

 

Godrej Microwave Ovens: A New Outlook

The newest product in the portfolio of the Appliance Division, the entire range of microwave ovens is creating waves in the market. The range includes 5 models: 20L Solo, 20L Grill/Combination, 23L Grill/Combination (Steel Finish), 30L Convection (white finish), 30L Convection (Steel Finish). The products were made available in Nov/Dec across India.

We have always believed in offering our consumers relevant benefits backed by relevant technology. Godrej Microwave Ovens come with the “Power Wave Technology”. This technology traps in the nutrients by its fast target action and, its uniform cooking retains the goodness of food.

A starter kit containing a set of good looking microwavable containers, idli maker etc. is given free with the Microwave Ovens. The highlight of the starter kit is a very unique cook book. This cook book has recipes contributed by 8 chefs from top Five Star Hotels across India. Godrej has been able to capture the experience and the expertise of 8 chefs in one book.

Our Microwave Ovens need adequate exposure so that, people recognise the fact that Godrej is into Microwave Ovens. Hence, to generate such awareness, sets of Ground Level activation programs have been initiated. “Microwave Ovens are used for reheating only”, is a myth that Godrej aims to break through its Microwave Oven Cookery demos. These demos have been conducted in Mumbai, Delhi and Pune. Recipes, which are not generally, associated with Microwave Ovens like Gajar ka Halwa, Frittata (Italian Omlette), and Bharwaan aloo ki tikki etc. have all been demonstrated. This has surprised people and in fact, some people have bought the Microwave Ovens after tasting the delicious food prepared in it.

After seeing the positive response of the demo, we realised that it is very important for more people to know that Godrej is into Microwave Ovens. As a step towards this direction, we had a press meet in Chennai where, we launched our Microwave Ovens. This was a very unique press meet as, we had Chef Elango (a 5 Star Chef who was also a contributor to our cook book) from The Radisson making grilled potatoes (Urali Roast) and Fish Baked in Banana Leaf in a Microwave Oven. The nutritionist, Mrs. Sushila was also present. She explained the safety and health benefit of Microwave Cooking to the press. The combination of Chef and the nutritionist really enthralled the press. Godrej Microwave Ovens received extensive coverage in over 15 leading dailies in the south. The Metro plus supplement of The Hindu has written a prominent article on the event, our cook book was so much that, the newspaper has expressed a desire (in print) of the book to be freely made available.

Undoubtedly the process of bringing Godrej Microwave Ovens at the centre of Indian cooking has truly begun.

Anisha Kumar
Marketing

MATERIAL HANDLING & EQUIPMENT Division

Behaviour Based Safety

GODREJ has demonstrated a sustained improvement in its Occupational, Health
and Safety culture for many years. Reduction in frequency rate from 33.3 to1.2 proves the point.

It is also evident that the main cause of Accidents is the Attitude of the people of the organisation towards Safety. Attitude of people is INVISIBLE and is demonstrated by the behaviour of person. Behaviour of the person is influenced by the attitude and this unsafe behaviour of persons involved in accident can be measured and corrected and the ultimate goal of cultural change can be achieved.

Continuing the efforts in this direction Godrej has once again taken a step further to attack the Unsafe behaviour and reduce the number of accidents by going in for this cultural change through BEHAVIOUR BASED SAFETY.

A two-day training programme by CHILWORTH was organised on 17 & 18 Feb 2006 at CII and was attended by All OHS heads and managers from maintenance and other departments.

It is decided that Behaviour based safety approach will be adopted for 2006-07 for improving safety and health for all plants.

Ramesh Bhagwani
OHS head

Industrial Cleaning Systems

Godrej MHE Joins Hands With World Leader Tennant, USA.

Material Handling Equipment Division of Godrej is a market leader in providing material handling solutions across the industries for over four decades. Continuing with tradition of providing industrial solutions to various industries, we have tied up with Tennant to provide Industrial Cleaning Equipment & cleaning solutions to help industries to create clean and safe environment. Godrej is deeply committed towards clean, healthy work place and green environment.


Tennant, USA, a 135-year-old company, is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create clean, healthy, safe and attractive environment for people. Tennant sells products directly in 15 countries and through distributors in more than 50 countries. Its floor maintenance equipment, outdoor cleaning equipment, floor coatings and related products are used for cleaning factories, office buildings, parks and streets, airports, hospitals, schools, warehouses, shopping centers and more.

 


Tennant strives to be the innovator in cleaning industry by turning insights about customers’ needs into solutions for their cleaning and maintenance challenges.

Tennant solutions offer a combination of:

  • Clean: Best-in-class cleaning performance,
  • Lean: Improved labour productivity that lowers customers’ cleaning costs, &
  • Green: Healthy, safe & attractive environment for customers & people. Tennant has wide range of cleaning equipment in its basket:
  • Sweepers,
  • Scrubbers,
  • Sweeper cum Scrubber and
  • Carpet Extractors

The Industrial Cleaning Equipment market is at its nascent stage in India. The concept of clean workplace and environment has become a concern for all across industries. However, there is some reluctance to invest money in mechanised cleaning. There is need to educate the customers about the benefits of clean, lean and green workplace and environment through seminars and articles. This industry is expected to grow at the rate of 40% annually for the next five years. Tennant has many machines in use in India.

We announced our tie up with Tennant for Industrial Cleaning Equipment in India at the Clean India Show, Bangalore – Feb, 2006. The exhibition gave us an ideal opportunity to declare our entry into the industry. It was a good experience for us and visitors showed keen interest in the Tennant product range.

In the first year, we will focus on providing training to our people in sales and service, in collaboration with our principal. We will create awareness across the industries about our presence in the Industrial Cleaning Equipment space through advertisements in various industrial magazines, mailers, product write-ups, exhibitions and personal visits.

Also to begin with we will provide after sales support to existing Tennant customers in India and then we will embark on an aggressive selling initiative to attain at least 10% market share by the end of the year.

Sumeet Bansal
Deputy Manager, Marketing

 

The International Guwahati Trade Fair

 

Trade fairs and exhibitions are extremely profitable ways to bring our brand in front
of the consumer, and that too in a profitable manner. This was seen at the recently concluded International Guwahati Trade Fair.

The Retailing Division along with Guwahati branch FIG team participated in the Trade Fair. The Fair was held from 20th of February to 6th of March 2006. The fair is very popular in the city with extremely good participation from companies and great response from the customers. The fair had very good participation as not only all the major appliance companies of our country such as LG, Samsung, Haier amongst others were there but there were participants from Thailand, Bangladesh, Iran and Vietnam.

Needless to say, the customer response to the fair in general and the Godrej stall in particular was tremendous. The Godrej stall booked over 15 lakhs at the exhibition. This has been the second year of our participation where we bettered our last year’s business figures of Rs 13 lakhs. The period of the exhibition coincided with FIG’s (Home) “Furniture Khareedo Cash Jeeto” scheme, which added to the advantage. DVDs, Microwaves, Refrigerators and ACs from Appliance division and Rhino safes, Electronic Treasure chest, Saffires etc from Security Equipment division were also displayed, which gave the customers a One-Stop-Shop feeling at our pavilion. This one-stop-shop feel is just what the Godrej Retailing Division has achieved in the Godrej Lifespace showrooms all over the country.

However, the icing on the cake was when the Godrej pavilion was awarded the Best Pavilion for Interiors beating the many other contenders to the spot.

The response to the fair has truly proved that exhibitions are an ideal way in reaching out to the customer and that to in a profitable manner.

Arunav Chowdhury

 

Brahmos Cruise Missile
Handing over of Flight-worthy hardware

February the 16th ’06 will go down in the history of Godrej, PCS division as a Red Letter Day as Mr. J N Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, handed over the first flight-worthy hardware of Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missile to Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO & Managing Director, BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd., distinguished scientist & CCRD, DRDO.

This awesome supersonic Missile can travel at a great speed of 2.8 Mach and has a range of up to 300 Kms. It can be launched from various platforms — Ship, Land, Aircraft and Submarine. As on today, this is the only supersonic missile produced in the world. This missile is designed jointly by NPOM of Russia and DRDO, India. There are plans to equip our warships with this missile as well as create batteries of these missiles on land for strategic deployment.

Godrej-PCS, has been working on the development of this complex system for almost four years now. The system has more than 2000 intricate precision components and subassemblies.

The division had to master several new technologies for productionising this missile. Also Greenfield manufacturing facilities were required to be set up for its serial production.

All this has been achieved with the unstinted support of the top management; hard work of members of the division and of course the leadership of Mr. S. M.Vaidya-VP & Business Head of the division.

Hundreds of engineering standards and drawings were required to be translated and absorbed prior to production and likewise hundreds of fixtures required to be designed and produced for serial production.



All this demanding effort, coupled with ingenuity of our people has resulted in division reaching a milestone which all of us at Godrej should be proud of. At the handing over ceremony we had many distinguished invitees; Mr. Maxichev Alexander, JMD-BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd.,  Rear Admiral S. Mohapatra –VSM (Retd), ED-Production- BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd., Mr. P. K. Biswas, Chief Consultant- BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd., Mr. S. Som, PD, PJ-10 (ASM)-DRDL, Mr. L.H.S. Rao, Project Director-Missile Systems (PJ-10), DRDL, other Senior Officials from BrahMos, DRDL, BARC, IIT, MSQAA, Mr. Merkulov & his team from NPOM & STRELA,  Russia, Mr. Navroj J. Godrej, Mr. P. D. Lam and all the suppliers/vendors who are supporting PCS for BrahMos.

PCS Teams

 

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