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INTERIO DIVISION
Celebrating the Beginning of a New Era – The Launch of Godrej Interio Brand


  Mr. Balchandra Joshi, President & Mr. Ram Balli lights the lamp   Mr. Anil Lingayat lights the lamp at Head Office
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new era in interior solutions beckons. And who better than Godrej to script the new beginnings!!

Years of understanding consumer needs through research and matchless expertise means our products –home furniture, office furniture and special project furniture –are best in class and are evolving continually. This phenomenal drive to think new is supported by a country wide network of exclusive showrooms and dealer outlets.

Navroze Godrej cuts the celebration cake on the occasion of the renaming of the division

The fast changing customer, competitive environment and impact of powerful brands calls for a younger & contemporary face of Godrej. Hence GODREJ INTERIO. A perfect amalgamation of enduring values and modern outlook. It reflects the Godrej philosophy of breathing life into ordinary. It is vibrant, stylish and comfortable. Godrej Interio recognises the demands of changing lifestyle and stands committed to meet these with aplomb.

The Philosophy

‘Interio’ is simply the unified platform to convey that Godrej solutions enables you to ‘transform your space’- home & office. Making it comfortable, productive & vibrant, worth living in and worth working in. It reflects the expertise Godrej has, in the business of furniture & interior solutions.

With the range of Home Furniture & Decor Solutions, Godrej provides the warmth & comfort that reflects a happy, confident family. Where the ups & downs of daily life are taken in stride. Where the entire family comes together for dinner after a challenging day. Where guests are impressed by the style of the decor. Where recharging of energies is facilitated…

With the Office Furniture Solutions, Godrej creates a positive environment which encourages employees & employers alike to deliver their best. A comfortable workspace that instills confidence, pride. A workplace so intelligent that it minimizes the impact of work related stress and pressures providing comfort to conserve energy and poise.

So whether you are a busy & ambitious executive at work or a doting father /busy mother and loving husband/wife at home, Godrej Interio provides an aesthetic & ergonomically sound interiors which make you feel good about yourself and your environment.

Mr. Navroze Godrej, Mr. A.I. Buvaneshwar, Mr. Anil Mathur and leading channel partners

Cultural Programme

Mr. Navroze Godrej and Mr. Anil Mathur unveil the Interio brand at Kochi

Traditional reception

The Two Key Drivers

1. Expertise
  The specialist tag stems from an insightful understanding of consumers. Thereby, providing furniture solutions that are a blend of style with quality.

2. Contemporary & Aesthetic Appeal reflected in the stylish range that is refreshed every season.

Aptly encapsulated in the brand tagline ‘No one knows interiors better’, Godrej Interio is a specialist.

The logic of the Brand Name
Distinctive
Contemporary
Easy to relate & comprehend
Unifies the range for home and office markets
Relevant for furniture and interiors- having space for new products and expanded range

The Colours
The 3 colours indicate the coming together of the home, office & special project-based furniture range

ORANGE: Colour of HOME furniture solutions
Signifies vibrancy, brightness, joy & happiness. Its a bold colour.
Signifies the confidence of new India.

GREEN: Colour of OFFICE furniture
Signifies prosperity, everlasting freshness & harmony. Is the colour of renewal that brings energy & optimism.

BLUE: Colour of SPECIAL PROJECTS
Signifies knowledge, expertise & a down to earth approach. Is the colour that cues the specialised & professional orientation of ours.

The combination of 3 colours reflects the dynamism of the brand of tomorrow.

The Brand Promise

Godrej Interio is a contemporary, stylish & ergonomically designed range of furniture & interior solutions that transforms any space.

It comes from Godrej expertise & is constantly evolving solutions, which meet the ever-changing demands of consumers. And the belief that, ‘No one knows interiors better’.

Consolidation and rebranding was necessitated as we wanted to create clarity for customers and convey a message that Godrej offers a unique proposition to provide interiors solutions, be it for home, offices or special projects. We believe that our unified new brand of Godrej Interio will help us in building relationships which are more holistic as our product lines are used by customers, both in home and work places.

Renaming of the division

At Pirojshanagar on September 7, 2006 along with an informal launch of the brand, the division was renamed to Interio. Lighting of lamp invoking the divine, cutting of a cake to mark the joyous occasion were interspersed with addresses by Mr Navroze Godrej and our COO, Mr Anil Mathur and VP-Marketing Mr Manoj Ganjawalla. Members of the Godrej Shramik Sangh were also present along with Interio parivar.

The launch

A spate of launches/press conferences were held across the country. We first revealed the new brand in Kochi at Hotel Taj Residency on 16th August 2006 on the occasion of the forthcoming festival of Onam. The colourful Interio logo was unveiled by Mr Navroze Godrej and Mr Anil Mathur in the presence of our business associates, leading channel partners and team members from the branches and H.O.

Leading channel partners, sales team members were special invitees at the launches.

Launches in all the cities had a programme which included the welcome address, followed by lighting of the lamp, a formal presentation for the brand makeover, unveiling of the brand, entertainment programme followed by dinner.

The HO team consisting of Manoj Ganjawalla, Khushnuma Jamasji, Carlton Pereira and Mallika ably guided by Mr Anil Mathur and inspired by Mr Navroze Godrej.

Also special thanks to our zonal heads, Mr Dhruv Sharma, North, Mr Freddy K Khapoliwalla, West, Mr Vinod Kumar, South and Mr A I Buvaneshwar, East and their team members for organising the events at the respective cities.

The leading press was present in all the cities and gave us good coverage.


Lighting of Lamp by Mr. J.N. Godrej

Leading channel partners light the traditional lamp

Mr. Freddy Khapoliwalla addressing the audience

Lighting of lamp by Mr. P.D. Lam


Snippets
Interio – Kerala launch


The first launch function was at Taj Residency, Kochi on August 16, 2006 where around 46 business associates, HO and branch members were given a warm welcome in the Kerala tradition with “Panchavaidyam” and “Talapoli”. The programme mentioned earlier was observed. Mr Navroze Godrej and Mr Anil Mathur unveiled the colourful Interio logo. An interactive game wherein all the channel partners present, members of the staff from HO and branches actively participated to form the Interio logo with the help of numbered stickers provided to them. Raman Iyer and his team at Kochi ensured that the launch was an event to remember.

Mumbai on September 7, 2006

ITC Grand Central Sheraton, Parel was witness to the formal launch of the Interio brand in Mumbai where Mr Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman & Managing Director, and Mr Anil Mathur unveiled the new brand in the presence of distinguished guests, leading channel partners, team members from branch and H.O. Mr.P.D.Lam, Dr K A Palia and some members of the Board were also present along with members of the Godrej family.

Mr Freddy K Khapoliwalla and his team ensured that the evening was a memorable one!

Delhi, September 9, 2006
The launch at Delhi was well attended by dealers from places as far as Srinagar, Ajmer, Varanasi and Dehradun along with our sales, service and commercial team members and members from HO. Mr. Dhruv Sharma gave the welcome address and Mr. Navroze Godrej addressed the audience. A programme as mentioned earlier was observed and was followed by a light entertainment pro-gramme which included singing, mimickery, comedy act and dancing.

A colourful and innovative brand unveiling was done. Thanks to the entire Delhi team for making it happen.

Mr. Dhruv Sharma welcomes the gathering

Address by Mr. Navroze Godrej

Interio Brand Event


Kolkata, September 11, 2006

Hotel Oberoi Grand was the venue for the brand launch at Kolkata. The event got a flying start with a press meet in the afternoon and the formal launch in the evening according to the programme. Channel partners from all over the Eastern region graced the occasion along with other team members. The evening ended with a dance performance by Tanusree Shankar troupe over dinner. Mr A I Buvaneshwar and team made it an eventful evening indeed!

Chennai, September 12, 2006

Mr K M Vinod Kumar, Sr General Manager (Sales)-South in his welcome address explained how traditions in the company have given ways to changes in the recent years and how we have to sustain it in the future to be able to compete in the market. Mr Navroze Godrej in his address recalled the association the company has with all the channel partners over the last many years and expected them to carry forward the good work for the new brand also. 85 channel partners from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andamans, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh attended the launch function. Advertisements of the new brand both in English and local languages were shown to the guests.

Address by Mr. K.M. Vinod Kumar

To sum up, nation wide launch of Interio brand was a great success. This happened with great team work put in by Interio parivar, both at HO and branches.


Report compiled by:
Khushnuma Jamasji & Doreen Rosario
Inputs from Mr Dhruv Sharma, Mr K M Vinod Kumar,
Mr A I Buvaneshwar, Mr F K Khapoliwalla
and Mr Raman Iyer

 




INTERIO DIVISION
Opening of Interio Showrooms (Stores)

Wood Bank Interiors, channel partner of our Mumbai Branch opened our country’s biggest Interio Showrom in Godbhandar Road, Thane. The size of the showroom is more than 10,000 sq.ft. and it took nearly five months to complete the interior and exterior work of the showroom. The showroom was inaugurated by our COO, Mr. Anil Sain Mathur on a very memorable day i.e. 2nd October’06.



Nearly 200 guests have attended the ceremony apart from the Mayor of Thane district and many other prominent people. The ceremony was also graced by Mr. F. K. Khapoliwala, GM-Western Region, Mr. Subodh Mehta, GM-Mktg, Mr. Venkat, GM-Design with their teams. All the guests/visitors were surprised to see such a vast range of Godrej Interio Home Products under one roof. This showroom has given an approx. 20 lacs of secondary sale since it has been opened. Kudos to Manoj Gandhi and other members of the Home team who were involved in appointing this party as our channel partner.


Soneshwar Prasad
Sr. Sales Manager, Mumbai Branch




The first Interio Mega Showroom – M/s Roshan House of our branch was inaugurated on October 15, 2006 at Lawrence Road, the main shopping arcade at Amritsar which caters to a large consumer segment. The showroom is located below Pizza Hut and is open till 11:00 pm which result into a large number of walk-in customers. The showroom covering an area of 3000 sq. ft. is owned by Mr. Suresh Rampal and was inaugurated by his religious Guru.



The first Interio Mega Showroom – M/s Roshan House of our branch was inaugurated on October 15, 2006 at Lawrence Road, the main shopping arcade at Amritsar which caters to a large consumer segment. The showroom is located below Pizza Hut and is open till 11:00 pm which result into a large number of walk-in customers. The showroom covering an area of 3000 sq. ft. is owned by Mr. Suresh Rampal and was inaugurated by his religious Guru.

A promotional campaign including 100 banners were displayed in the city, advertisements in leading newspapers, media coverage by local cable TV network was carried out to publicise the showroom. The interiors of the showroom was done by a senior architect of Amritsar who took special care to attract large customers through proper focus on each product line. A wide range of Home products were displayed including seven Bed Room sets, five Sofa sets, five Dining Tables, two Wall Units, Recliners, T.V. Cabinets, Storwel etc.

Around 500 people visited the showroom thereby generating a sale of Rs.3 Lacs on the inauguration day itself.


Anil Munjal
Interio Head, Chandigarh Branch






16th Oct ’06, will be a very special day in the history of Ranchi Branch as the first INTERIO-HOME MEGA SHOWROOM of the state was inaugurated. This MEGA SHOWROOM was opened by our channel partner, M/S.Nirmal Kumar Jain who has been associated with Godrej for more than 5 decades. The Showroom was formally inaugurated by Mrs. Jain. w/o late Shri Nirmal Kumar Jain.





This MEGA SHOWROOM which is situated at the heart of Ranchi’s commercial centre, boasts of a total display area of 4000 sq.ft. covering two floors. On the very first day, there was a massive customer walk-in and items worth 2.75 lacs were sold off. The order booking from this counter was also very healthy totalling to 3.5 lacs. We are very optimistic that this showroom will definitely go a long way in increasing our BRAND visibility in the RANCHI Market.

 Thanks to  Srinivas Manda for coming down from HO and giving his valuable last minute suggestion which helped us in making this show a GRAND SUCCESS. The inauguration was very well covered by the local press.

  On the 18th of October, our new channel partner, M/S CITILINE  opened  an Interio home showroom in Chaas. This showroom was inaugurated by the IG-Police. The display area of around 1200 sq.ft. was well decorated with our Home furniture. The response on the inaugural day was very good. This showroom will definitely increase our visibility in Bokaro district especially in the Steel city of Bokaro.”


                Joy DasGupta
Interio Head, Ranchi Branch











M/s Furniture Kraft, Gwalior has opened an Interio Mega Showroom (Home + Office) on 29th September ’06. The showroom was inaugurated by Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar (Panchayat, Rural Dev. & Public Relations Minister); Mr. F.K. Khapoliwalla was the Chief Guest. The showroom has a mezzanine floor and measures approx. 3800 sq ft. On the ground floor, products like Sofa Sets, Bedroom Sets, Coffee tables, Dining Sets, Storwels are displayed and on mezzanine floor Wall Display Cab, Computer Tables, TV trolley, Bunk Bed & office furniture is displayed. Approx. 400 invitations were distributed and the function was attended by approx 170 dignitaries. We thank Mr. F.K. Khapoliwalla & Mr. Arun Kuruvilla for sparing their valuable time for gracing the function. With the opening of this showroom, we expect to do good business in future.

Rayomand Jagus
Interio Head, Bhopal Branch





Run for Child Health

 






The ‘Run for Child Health’ organised at Raipur on 11th Nov. was led by Governor Krishna Mohan Seth, Ch Minister Dr. Raman Singh and Assembly Speaker Prem Prakash Pandey. A large group of children as well as adults participated in the run.

Home Minister, Mayor, RMC Chairman, RDA Chairman, Red Cross Society Secretary and State Info Commissioner were also present.




Our logo was put on the main backdrop of the stage and Human banner was also carried during the run. We had distributed 100 T shirt with Godrej Logo.


Ujjal Kumar Ray
Raipur Branch

 




 
CONSTRUCTION DIVISION
Safety First
 


C.M.M. Section reaches another milestone. This time in the field of Safety, which is
main concerned area now a days in the Industrial Environment. Our Maintenance Workshop has bought a Wood Cutting Machine, which had to be provided with safety guard to prevent any accident. As usual Mr. V.V. Vijayan was given the responsibility of making a safety guard.

Mr. V. V. Vijayan


From left to right Mr. S. S. Dubey, Mr. M. R. Jagtap, Mr. S. Ghone, Mr. R. Mojan, Mr. V. V. Vijayan, Mr. D. Panchal. Mr. J. Patrawala Mr. T. Surve


He designed a safety guard, using his innovative and designing skill, which was approved by Mr. M. H. Engineer and Mr. R. Bagi of Safety Department. The guard was fabricated and installed on the machine in C.M.M. Section and trials were taken. Finally the machine was installed in Maintenance Workshop and was put to use. We congratulate Mr. V.V. Vijayan for his efforts and for using his innovative and designing skills in making the safety guard which is safe, easy to handle and user friendly. The safety guard has enhanced the confidence of the carpenters, and also helped in increasing production.

His invaluable contribution to the C.M.M. Section and Construction Division is deeply appreciated.

Shabbir A. Shaikh
Manager Maintenance, C.M.M. Section.



 





Down Memory Lane


On the sunny morning of October 28th 2006 when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter rode into the premises of Pirojshanagar, he was visibly overwhelmed with nostalgia. This was the place where four decades ago his beloved mother Ms. Lillian Carter had worked as a volunteer of Peace Corps to the service of humanity. In his own words he came here to revive the memory of his mother Ms. Lillian Carter who always fondly remembered her stay at Pirojshahnagar during 1966-67 for the symbiosis of the values that the Carters and Godrejites stood for, the clean environment, the bonhomie that prevailed between the people and most important the human atmosphere that prevails in this locality.

It was wonderful on Mr. Carter’s part to visit Pirojshanagar to meet the Godrej family and others who were associated with his mother. he spent a few minutes in the flat at our Hillside Colony where Mrs. Carter had lived for short while. “The place looks exactly like my mother described” Mr. Carter remarked.

Hello from Mrs. Pheroza J. Godrej


The Families together

At the conference hall at Plant 11, Mr. Carter and family spent time with Mr. & Mrs. J.N. Godrej, Mr. A.B. Godrej, Mr. & Mrs. N.B. Godrej, Mrs. Smita Crishna, along with Dr. Bhatia & Dr. Mrs. Bhatia, Mrs. Sudha Ambedkar, Mr. Raja Perumal (of the dispensary), Ms. Shirin Choksey (Ex-Principle the Udyachal Primary School) Mrs. Aloo Modawala (of the Pragati Kendra), and Dr. Madhavi Pethe (daughter of Late Mr. Vinod of the garden department).

Ms. Smita Crishna having a word with Mr. Carter as Lt. Col Prabhu looks on

Addressing friends

Mr. Carter told our doctors Ganshyam and Pushpa (nee Meena) Bhatia that his mother had specifically asked him to be with them whenever he visited India. In fact, for Mrs. Carter that Bhatias were like her own children. She had on her return from Vikhroli, told her son “I have left your younger brother Ganshyam at Vikhroli.”

Engrossed in conversation with Dr. Bhatia and Dr. Mrs. Bhatia

While leaving Pirojshanagar after lunch with Godrej family and other invitees the distinguished guest appeared to be very happy for having accomplished a long cherished dream. When Mr. Godrej informed him that I had postponed my premature retirement because of this visit, Mr. Carter surprisingly asked “Colonel, you extended your stay because of me?”. These are probably some of the most memorable words of my life so far.

“He postponed his departure because of your visit”

Lt. Col. (Retd.) K.S. Prabhu SC.





APPLIANCE DIVISION
Speaking to the Consumers... EON Media Campaign



 

After a series of dealer launches and press meets to launch the new range of Frost Free Refrigerators: Eon, Appliance Division launched the media campaign for the same in October.

A 360° campaign was implemented to target the end consumers.

Press ads were used to announce the launch of the new range and highlight the seven unique features of the range: Cool Shower Technology, Swivel Shelf, Poly Bag Suspenders, Freezer Air Current Design, 2.5 L Aqua Space, Coloured Interiors and Humidity Jog Dial.

The TV campaign was based on the insight that women often don’t speak their mind. The campaign underscores the point that Godrej understands what women think and hence has designed a refrigerator that they desired - stylish outside and smart inside.

Four radio ads were developed – each highlighting one key feature of Eon. The ads used humour to grab attention. Done very creatively, each ad personified the food kept in the refrigerator and the problems it faced in the usual refrigerator. So while one ad used ‘Pumpkin complaining about the lack of space in the Veg. tray, a 2.5 L Cola bottle complaining about lack of space and so on.

An extensive outdoor campaign was done in key cities – with headlines like ‘Don’t blink and Drive’,Keep your eyes on the road’ and ‘Blame us for the Traffic Jam’ – the outdoor campaign was designed to project the stylish look of the new range.

Mumbai - Mahim

Delhi - Metro Train

Retail Display was done innovatively using side flanges on the products to highlight the key features and attract customers at the shop floor.

Thus, a multi pronged strategy was employed to target the customer at all touch points.

But this is not all – the Appliance Division has another surprise in store for Christmas. More on that, in the next issue of Change…


Swati Rathi



 



 


Annual Cricket Event for our ASP Teams


 

We conducted a very successful event on 3rd Dec. 2006 for our Appliance Service Provider teams. The cricket match event was held at Godrej Hill side grounds.

All our ASP teams including the ASP owners, ASP supervisors, ASP back office staff, and our technicians participated in a big way and the total turnout was 182 nos.

ASP owners and Senior members of Branch / R.O

Ellaborate arrangements were done and taking help of our construction dept, housing dept, garden dept the hill side ground was made ready well before the event.

The competition rules and regulations were informed well in advance to all participating teams.

The day started early when the teams started reporting to registration counter from 7.30 a.m onwards. The initial 6 matches were played on the basis of elimination rounds of 4 overs each. From these 6 teams 3 further qualified for semifinals. These 3 teams of S.T. services, Keysmart services, Nahur Electronics along with Mumbai Br. Service teams clashed in the semifinals. Final was played between Key smart and S.T. services. S.T. Services collected the winning trophy with Keysmart services collecting the runners up trophy. The trophy for the player of the tournament was bagged by Mr.Vicky of Nahur Electronics.

Runner up Key smart team

The scoring and third umpire station

Participants waiting for their match

Live action from the opening match

Player of the tournament Mr.Vicky

Throughout the day there was a highly exciting environment and we could successfully bring together our APS teams on a common platform. Good team spirit was displayed by all participating teams.

Our Branch Service Manager Mr. S.M. Shelke also made it a point to be with the group right from the start and provide full support to the teams. The occasion was also graced by our senior members form H.O. service and Regional Office. Mr. K.P. Acharya, Mr. S.S. Batni and Mr. Vikram Singh also took time off from their busy schedule and made it to the event and provided lot of encouragement and support to our ASP teams.

The prize distribution ceremony was held in the evening after the finals and the winners were felicitated by Mr. S.S. Batni and Mr. Vikram Singh and Mr. S.M. Shelke.

Vote of thanks was given by Mr. Kamal S. Bhagwanani and all the teams also expressed their happiness and sincere thanks to Godrej Appliance division for having given them this wonderful opportunity to come together and share our strengths and above all display our Team spirit and Team work.

Kamal S. Bhagwanani
Asst. ManagerTraining and Development
Mumbai Branch
Plant - 4, Vikhroli


 



RETAILING DIVISION
Lonavala - Where 4 Ds and 4 As Took the Team by Storm

While all the Stores in charge and the entire HO team decided to meet at Lonavala from 06th Nov to 9th Nov 06 to work out a strategy on how we (the Retailing Lifespace stores) should go about achieving our milestone of 100 crores for the this financial year, I was undertaking training for our Lifespace Stores spread across South India.

Mr. Navroze, Mr. Motwani & Mr. Atul Natu

Mr. Shyam Motwani addressing the store chiefs

Group photo

Dress code



Dress Code

Group activities

Come Home to 100

During my product training programme in the south, I made it a point to talk to the Stores in charge available and was pleased beyond words to know that the Team were charged to the hilt to make this milestone journey of ‘Come home to 100’ a reality.

All of them said that the programme was unique, a class apart and filled them with 4 Ds and 4 As.  When I probed them about these feelings I discovered that the team felt Delighted as they were Appreciated... their desire to go all out was punctuated by the fact they could  feel the  individual Attention given to each one of them.  Their Desire to turn every corner for increasing their sales were founded on the fact that they were shown a lot of Affection and were keen to Dream a telepathic dream as one family who felt Accepted  like never before and felt that nothing will stop them in their Dare to Do the ‘impossible’. I was spell bound as I felt that this short 3 days programme had transformed our team members into Giants in their roles as Coach and advisers.

When I enquired about what was special about the programme, they all echoed the same sentiments ... they said the mantra was the stretching exercise demonstrated by none other than our brave bosses at the helm. “Our leaders showed us that where there is a will, there is a way”. 

In the light of the Lonavala programme, the training programme was looked at differently as each one of the team members loved doing what they did.  I am sure that if all of us continue in this vein then the words of Oscar Wilde “if you love your job then you will have not worked a single day” would enter the soul of each one of us.

The race is on, the path is no longer strewn with hardships. Stretching is the name of the game and to reach 100 we will strain every vein.


Ken D’Cruz


 



 
TOOLING DIVISION
Diwali Celebrations - 2006



 

The festival of Diwali - (or Deepavali) - has a great significance in the Indian tradition.And Godrejites experience a unique pride and pleasure in felicitating members of the Godrej Family, on this auspicious occasion.

The Godrej Parivar gathered in large numbers at the Udayachal Secondary School Ground, on Friday, the 20th of October, 2006 - to witness a grand event, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Shri Jamshyd Godrej, Smt. Pheroza Godrej, Shri Vijay Crishna, Smt. Smita Crishna, accompanied by the young scions - Navroze Godrej and Raika Godrej, were welcomed by Mr. D.K. Sharma, as they arrived at the venue.

Mr. DK Sharma escorting the Godrej Family to the function



Mr. JN Godrej and Mr. Navroze Godrej being given a 'Traditional Welcome' by Udayachal School students


Children from our Udayachal Primary School enthralled the Godrej Family, and the audience, as they melodiously sang a 'Swagat Geet', and danced to its tune in perfect rhythm.
Students of Udayachal School, in a Song and Dance sequence



After the traditional practice of 'Lighting of the Lamp', members of the Godrej Family paid tributes to the Late Founders of the Godrej Empire.

Mr. J.N. Godrej lighting the Lamp

Six senior-most members of the Godrej Parivar honoured the Godrej Family members, with Garlands and Bouquets.
Mr. Allen Antao receiving a bouquet from Mr. J.N. Godrej

The Godrej Family on the dais

The Godrej Family with the audience


Mr. D.K. Sharma, then addressed the gathering: He emphasised the importance of Globalisation in today's scenario, and pointed out how Globalisation – the buzzword of today – has entered every aspect of our daily life. He said that Godrej is steadily progressing in its continued efforts to leverage its competencies, to meet the varied demands/requirements of its wide spectrum of customers - notably those from overseas. Mr. Sharma also cited examples of many Companies across the globe, who are targetting exports by focusing on international markets/demands. He concluded his speech by reaffirming the commitment of all employees of Godrej, and assured that Godrej will scale even greater heights in the years to come.
Mr. DK Sharma addressing the audience


Mr. Sharma, then, had a pleasant surprise in store for three of our businesses, who have a record percentage of their Turnovers through Exports - viz., Process Equipment Division, Material Handling Equipment Division, and the Storage Solutions Group. Mr. Sharma requested Shri J.N. Godrej to present a buoquet to Mr. Allen Antao, for PED's outstanding performance of achieving 80% of their Turnover through Exports. (Business Heads of MHE and SSG could not be present at the function).


Mr. Anil Verma - our Executive Vice President & Head of Personnel & Administration - shared his thoughts in line with the theme. He too emphasised that 'going global' was the need of the hour. He said, having operations and presence in various countries across the globe, adds to the strength of the Company, in terms of its capability to compete globally. And added, that while it gives us pride and pleasure when we see Godrej scaling newer heights, we do owe this to the efforts put-in by our predecessors – who were our Great Visionaries. He also emphasised that every one of us should strive to sustain the growth, by setting forth such examples of hardwork, commitment and dedication, which the oncoming generation will be proud of, and will motivate our successors.
Mr. Anil Verma addressing the audience



Representatives of the CWC and GBSS – Mr. Digambar Parulekar and Mr. Rambali Yadav, respectively – urged the workforce from GBSS to join hands with the Management, in making Godrej a really Global Organisation. They assured that every GBSS and CWC member will strive hard with integrity and dedication, to realise the Corporate Vision of "Going Global - the Godrej way".

Mr. Rambali Yadav sharing his thoughts


After a 'Motivation Song' by Morvekar and team, came the moment which the audience was eagerly awaiting - and that was, to listen to Shri Jamshyd Godrej's golden words, which always has been a treat to our ears.

Mr. Morvekar and Team singing a Motivational Song

While setting the tone for the future, Shri Godrej spoke in greater detail, of how important it was to ensure our presence in the world map. Parallely, however, he also drew the focus of our minds towards two very important aspects - "Safety" and "Work Practices". He emphasised the vital role of Safety, and mentioned that Safety should become an integral part of every activity being carried out by every employee. Reasons of work-pressure, or urgency – or No reason, for that matter – is valid enough to compromise on Safety. And likewise, Shri Godrej also stressed on the importance of adopting and implementing such high standards of Work Practices in our daily routine, such that whatever activity we carry out, will reflect Quality in its output.

Mr. J.N. Godrej enthralling the audience with his inspiring words


Shri Godrej's speech – powered with vibrant passion and motivation – has always been a great driving force for all of us, and a source of great encouragement to everyone. His words boosted our enthusiasm, and instilled confidence in our minds, to be able to realise every Vision of Godrej and turn them into virtual Reality – which can be seen and felt by every Godrejite.

Mr. Pankaj Bandi performing the role of 'Master of Ceremony'


Compering an event of such significance, is no ordinary feat, and calls for good vocabulary amongst others. Mr. Pankaj Bandi (from Tooling Division) was the 'Master of Ceremony' for this event, and this responsibility was very ably discharged by Mr. Pankaj Bandi.

Mr. Eknath Shinde from CWC concluded the event with Vote of Thanks, acknowledging everyone's efforts in organising this event, and expressing his gratitude on behalf of the Organising Committee.

A Special Thanks are due to Mr. Bomi Wadiwalla, who had very efficiently co-ordinated the entire set of activities amongst the team members – several days prior to the event, till its conclusion on the 20th.

And last, but not the least, Thanks are also due to our Colleagues from all the Divisions who had attended the function in large numbers, and contributed towards making this event a Grand Success.


Ramakrishnan (Ram)
On behalf of Tooling Division


 

 




 
ANAND MELA


 

This year the annual Anand Mela was held on 18th November 2006 with a central theme on The Value System of Godrej. We had the privilege of Mr. Navroze J Godrej inaugurating the Mela accompanied by Mrs. Pheroza J Godrej and Ms. Raika J Godrej. Mrs. Smita Godrej Crishna also joined in the celebrations later. The Godrej family members went around the mela and also played a few games and had a few bites of tit-bits. There were 62 stalls including four NGOs stalls comprising of food, games, display articles etc. There were some Corporate stalls of Divisions and Group Companies of Godrej. There were also Joy rides and fun games. Our Godrej Memorial Hospital and Welfare Centers were well represented.

Navroze Godrej inaugurating the Mela

Mrs. Smita Crishna at Meher Guard's stall


Mrs. Smita Crishna, Mr. Manish Vyas and Mr. Rumy Merchant


Navroze Godrej explains the features of the new EON refrigerator to Mrs. Pheroza Godrej


Mrs. Pheroza Godrej, Navroze Godrej & Raika Godrej enjoying the cooking done in Godrej microwave

The Munna Bhai craze had hit the Anand Mela with articulation of values being done in the form of a street play.

The success of the Mela was due to the support from our Godrej Divisions and Corporates who sponsored prizes for games events and Raffle draw. Udayachal Schools and support services comprising of Construction, E&Es Services, Security, Garden Department and Housing Department whose untiring efforts played a large role in organising and establishing a safe, enjoyable and entertaining evening. Our thanks are due to the Godrej & Boyce Shramik Shang Union, DPHs and the Anand Mela Committee members for establishing that “WE CAN DO IT BETTER EVERY YEAR”

SO LAGE RAHO…………. GODREJITE!


Rumy M. Merchant
For Anand Mela Organising Committee




 




 
LOCKS DIVISION
Locks Division Receives Commendation for Strong Commitment to Excel


 

In our efforts to improve our performance, we at Locks Division adopted the CII EXIM  Bank Model for Business Excellence. After 2 years of sustained efforts, on 16th of November 2006, we received the Commendation Certificate for Strong Commitment to Excel from the President of CII, Mr. R. Seshasayee.

Mr B K Rajkumar, VP & Business Head, Locks Division & Mr Ravi B Rao, Asst. General Manager (Quality) receiving the Commendation Certificate from Mr R. Seshasayee, President of CII. Also seen in the picture are Mr K N Shenoy, Past President CII and Chairman CII Institute of Quality (Third from right), Mr  S R Rao, Executive Director, Exim Bank of India (in the background) and Mr K N Modi, Sr. General Manager (Mktg & Sales), Locks Division (first from left)

Earlier in the year 2005, we had cleared the first milestone of qualifying for a Site Visit.  After working on the feedback received from the Assessors we applied for the award again in 2006.  Noticing the improvements done by us, CII-Exim Bank Award Assessors recommended us for the commendation for strong commitment to excel.

The certificate was presented to us  at a glittering ceremony at the Quality Summit held in Bangalore from 16th to 18th of November 2006.


B K Rajkumar


 




 
Leadership Through Technology


 


 
O wing to changes in import policy over the last decade and the vast potential in the Indian market, global majors have commenced operations in India through dealers and agents for supply and sale of high security products and solutions. Anticipating the future scenario Locks Division embarked on the introduction of Ultra Technology way back in 1995. Beyond the same, the effort has been on to introduce further new technologies for locking cylinders, recent few examples which include the Ultra Duo and Ultra EXS brands. This enables us not only to provide high security locking solution in Europrofile Mortise Cylinders for the doors, but provide solution for the Mortise segment in the Locks Industry.

Moreover, with the trend in increasing levels of crime and insecurity there will be a growing need for even higher security. To take lead and set the trend in India, we have technical tie-up with EVVA of Austria to produce 3KS patented cylinders which will provide a boost for technological leadership in the lock & key industry. Over and above, by virtue of innovative internal efforts, we have succeeded in creating new products by fusion of mechanical and electronic security technologies which will thwart any attempt by individuals to duplicate or replicate the keys. Moreover, this combi-technology elevates the usp of the Godrej Products and also address the huge potential that lies dormant in the replacement markets for upgrading security on the existing doors. This process is continuous and efforts are on to patent newer technologies which will enable us to scale new heights in the future.


SAFETY DIVISION
Training programme on Fire Prevention
and Emergency Preparedness


Live Demonstration

Life Saving Skill

Life Saving Skill



A one day training programme on the “Fire Protection and Emergency Preparedness” was organised for the employees. The objective of this programme was to strengthen the awareness on various skills of controlling the fire and saving life in case of an emergency.

The programme was conduced by Mr. Jagdish Adapa of the Usha Fire Safety Equipments (P) Ltd, Chennai. He is a very dedicated and devoted trainer in the field.

The training focused on :

What is fire?
Fire triangle
Classification of fire
How fire spreads?
Media/method of extinguishing fire
Live Demonstration of fire fighting by all
Safe use of LPG
Life saving skills

The programme helped the participants to understand the fire safety and various life saving skills. From the feedback it was clear that the participants were indeed delighted with the programme.


R. A. Bagi
Corporate OHS Dept.





 



 
AFRICAN SAFARI
Innovative Ideas

 

M/S.Bell Atlantic Communications Ltd., our new Godrej Security Equipment products dealer in Kenya has gone all out to advertise Godrej Security Equipment products.  Apart from sending mailers to various important customers and advertising in magazines and newspapers he has painted the Marketing manager’s Maruti van with pictures of several Godrej Security Equipment products. At some places a few prospective clients asked for more details on certain safes painted on the van. The success of this innovative idea, has prompted the Managing Director - Mr.Francis Ikinu to showcase more Godrej products on other vehicles owned by him.

M/S. Bell Atlantic Communications Ltd has printed all their business cards with the Godrej logo on one side. This enables dealers identify themselves as authentic dealers of Godrej products.

In a competitive market, every new idea goes a long way in getting a better share in the market. M/S. Bell Atlantic Communications Ltd wants not only to get a good share in the market but also aims at making Godrej numero uno in Kenya.


Fredrick Correa
Godrej, East Africa


 

 





 
PRECISION ENGINEERING SYSTEMS DIVISION
Industrial Excellence Award’ by Indian Nuclear
Society for PES




 
Seen in the picture is the jubilant PES team



After a toil for 4 years, during which PES division successfully manufactured and supplied critical equipments in highest safety zone of Nuclear reactors. It was a happy day for the PES team for their performance was acknowledged with the ‘Industrial Excellence Award’ by Indian Nuclear Society.

The award was presented at the hands of renowned scientist Prof M S Swaminathan at the Homi Bhaba Auditorium, TIFR.

Congratulations to Team PES!!


Kaustubh Shukla


 




GODREJ INFOTECH
"HR Excellence Award”
Conferred Upon Godrej Infotech
 
The Global HR Summit 2006 by the Amity International Business School was organised with the objective of addressing key issues pertaining to efficient Human Capital Management and also as an endeavor to recognise and appreciate the endowments of Young HR professionals

As a part of the summit, over the last six months, the team of students and senior faculty members had conducted in-depth research to analyse the strengths, core competencies and initiatives of the HR Department of various companies. The survey had been commissioned for around 500 Global companies across different sectors.


Based on the results of this research, “HR Excellence Award” was conferred upon Godrej Infotech by the Amity International Business School on the 30th August 2006. The Award was received by Mrs. Vaishali Raj, Head – HRD and Mr. Mohamad Shakeel on behalf of Godrej Infotech Ltd.

 




 
SECURITY EQUIPMENT DIVISION
Godrej Safe Still Unscathed



 


A defender plus safe in Bommasandra post office of Bangalore was attacked by burglars, we deputed our technical personnel to assess the damage caused to the safe. It was reported that a massive attempt was made, presumably using different tools and gas cutting attempt on the Safe (Godrej Defender Plus 26 Safe) in use since around 3 years. True testimony to the quality of Defender Safes, the attempt on the safe was futile and there was no loss. The photograph taken at the site is attached. Although there was a severe blow around locking system, our Service Officer was able to open the safe in the presence of officials.












We believe the culprits had adequate time and convenience at their disposal and had a well planned activity. The subject safe is classified as per BIS as Class C, TL-30(D), TLX5-10, FR30. While this kind of safe is what is widely being used in financial sector, of late there is thinking in banking sector to go in for higher grades of Safes. There are 11 classifications for the Safes now and considering the new phenomenon of burglary attempts, it is worthwhile looking at higher grade safes in offices too when safes are used as a stand-alone equipment, i.e. without being inside a ‘strong room’.

In view of the severe damage caused to the front and back of the safe, it has become beyond economical and satisfactory repairs. The only recourse is to replace with similar safe or higher grade safe of equivalent/higher dimension.

Yet another time our trusted quality is proved.


N.S.N. Moorthy
Sr. Manager Marketing


 

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