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Issue 25 路 February 2016

HR & Training

The Essence of Transformation

Team in Focus Our Quality Department

Sunset Club

Blast from the Past: Mr. Dipak Mukherjee

premier's hidden gems our employees... our HEROES!

CONTENTS february 2016


Employees from our engineering division in a training session at the Hyundai Rotem facility in Korea - Read more on Pg 10. 03

Cover Story— Our Employees...Our Heroes


Divisional Updates


HR & Training Update

Dear Reader,


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Team in Focus


The Sunset Club


Our Divisional Update Section on Page 8 highlights the progress made in our CNC Machines and Engineering Divisions, including updates on the training received by our employees at the Hyundai Rotem manufacturing facility in Korea. Our HR & Training Updates section on Page 10 will tell you about the various training workshops conducted for the employees on topics spanning personality development, health, etc. Our Team in Focus section on Page 14 introduces Premier’s Quality Team which is involved in the designing stage up to the commissioning stage of every machine, ensuring that the final product delivery is to the customer’s standard and satisfaction.

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In this issue of Premier Today, we introduce you to some hidden gems of our Company—our people! In this section on Page 3, we highlight stories of employees across the board who have voluntarily contributed to, helped and supported countless community initiatives.


Finally, read about our conversation with ex-Premier employee Mr. Dipak Mukherjee in the Sunset Club section on Page 15.


We hope you have a wonderful time reading our carefully crafted magazine. Please write to us with your feedback at ericadesouza@premier. A Quarterly Newsletter

Issue 25 | February 2016

EDITORIAL Editorial Board K.G. Rathi, Rakesh Mehta, D.S. Totre, P.G. Salunkhe, R.M. Tavhare, Erica deSouza, K.S. Nair Editorial

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Cover Story—Our Valued Employees

Our Employees... Our Heroes Over the past issues of Premier Today, we’ve brought you highlights of our divisional and technical achievements, none of which is possible without a key resource—our people! In this cover story, we bring you the hidden gems of Premier. These are stories of employees across the board who have consistently contributed to, helped and supported countless community initiatives, each other, achieved mastery over skills and even some of our very own childhood prodigies. Meet the stars!

S.B. Patil Fitter Cum Scraper

A strong believer that one should not live the life of a common man, Mr. Patil firmly believes that one should set their life goals and try to become successful in life. During his professional education at ITI, he heard someone say that “workers become lazy or idle after their work”. But he decided to change this mindset. Till today he remains an

active member of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Save Girl-Child Drive, AIDS, Education For All, etc. Considering all his social, sportsrelated and environmental activities, Maharashtra Kamgar Kalyan Mandal has felicitated him with the ‘Gunavant Kaamgar Award’ for the year 20142015. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has also felicited him for the same.

Donating medical help to a co-worker in the factory.

“After work, I volunteer through various social programs, and even started a self-help group for women called Bachat Gat. I convinced my son to celebrate his birthday in one of the orphanages at Chikhali by donating food and fruits, and started a reader’s library at my native place,” says S.B. Patil.



Trees planted at his native place on his grandmother’s death anniversary.

Years since he voluntarily donates blood through the Premier Blood Donation Camp.



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Cover Story—Our Valued Employees

Kishore Bangar and team with children from the ‘Bachhe Man Ke Sachhe’ group.

“With the current economic downturn, we are beginning to realize that even R1,000 goes such a long way in changing someone’s circumstances,” says Kishore Bangar.



Employees who have pledged support to this initiative.


Children supported under this scheme.

r6,000 Bringing cheer to the children from the orphanage.

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Personal contribution per quarter by members of the Trust.

Kishore Bangar Assistant Manager, Materials, Machines Division

Kishore Bangar’s story started when a former colleague, Shashikant Makarand suggested that they contribute some new clothes to the Bhosari orphanage as a goodwill gesture during Diwali in 2011. What started as a humble contribution of R1,500 from—Pritam Kale, Kishore

Bangar, Shashikant Makarand, Akarsh Sharma, Sachin Awate, Kiran Kamthe, Ganesh Salunkhe, Suresh Padwal, Gajanan Katyare, Prakash Mali, Chandrakant Kamble, Bapu Ghorpade, Pranesh Muddapur, Gajanan Dubbal, Sadanand Dighe, Arvind Salokhe, Sushma Ghope and Shantaram Kumbhar—went

on to become a structured Trust called ‘Takshashila’. Supported by Premierites this operation grew, attracting more benefactors. Funds started pouring in from over 50 Premierites, who formed a fund-raising group called the ‘Bachhe Man Ke Sachhe’ group. Later, they also went on to adopt the ‘Vikas Orphan Trust’ in Chikhali, where they support over 70 children.

Cover Story—Our Valued Employees Kabir Ansari gifting Ruksana Mulla a sari.

Kabir Ansari Executive–HR/Admin

Kabir Ansari has become the go-to guy to help senior citizens in need. It began in 2014 when he received an S.O.S call from his friend asking him to help an old lady—Ruksana Mulla—from his village Nagaj (Sangli), who was ailing and had been abandoned by her family. Taking help from four other friends, Kabir helped her with medical assistance, food provisions and also helped oversee her recuperation. Kabir and his family have been travelling to the village for over 6 months to look after Ruksana—whom they fondly refer to as ‘dadi’—and to spend time with her. Looking at the efforts he has made for Ruksana, Kabir has been approached by another group to help a lady from Pune, who was recently widowed and has children to support.

“My father, a private sector employee, passed away from an illness. We couldn’t afford his treatment. At the age of 17, I felt lost and helpless as I dealt with my education and family responsibilities. I vowed to never let that happen to anyone else,” said Kabir Ansari.



Kabir’s age when he decided to help Ruksana Mulla.

Satish Nanaware

Production Executive, Engineering Division

Though an engineer by profession, 26-year-old Satish has been passionate about acting and has also acted in several short films since childhood. He performed in school plays, nurturing his passion for the performing arts. He joined the ‘Choice Film And Television Institute’ and simultaneously worked at Premier. This was his mantra for attaining ‘work-life balance’. Till date, Satish is proud of his role in the acclaimed short film named ‘What’s Your Religion?’ His family has stood by him and shown their appreciation as he pursues his passion along with this work. He has also acted in two other films, both of which are slated to release shortly. “I loved dancing more than acting. But my family resisted the idea of me pursuing a career in dance. Instead of giving up, I fortified my mind and took up every opportunity to act, because my family was okay with that,” says Satish Nanaware.

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Cover Story—Our Valued Employees

Hariprasad Raut Executive-Quality Assurance, Engineering Division

Passionate about math and science since a young age, Hariprasad Raut has always enjoyed solving Sudoku puzzles, with initial attempts made in Lokmat’s daily puzzles. “Sudoku is all about

permutations with an extra twist of logic,” says Hariprasad Raut. Intrigued by how it works,



Age at which he formed his first Sudoku puzzle.

Rohidas M. Kunjir

he was motivated to not only solve them but also create them. A lot of backtracking was required while formulating the puzzle to ensure that it was based on logic and not chance. Finally after a week of hard work and heavy algorithms and permutations, Hariprasad formulated his first Sudoku and now forming one such puzzle is a stress buster for Hariprasad rather than a task.

Mr. R.M. Kunjir meeting Former Telephone Minister Mr. Sukhram in Delhi.

Job Inspector (Quality Assurance – MD)

Rohidas was brought up by his mother under extreme financial constraints. Due to this, an extremely intelligent Rohidas was compelled to leave his studies to take up a job and support his family. But this did not deter Rohidas; he pursued a job inspector course while working in a small company and later joined Premier in 1981, where he continued to pursue his education and completed his graduation. Rohidas

has always been inclined towards helping the underprivileged. He constructed a public water irrigation project covering 25 hectares of land, which not only helped hundreds of farmers in their fields but also helped villagers during times of drought and water shortage. He was made a Special Executive Magistrate by the local Zilla Parishad for his active participation in community upliftment initiatives and was elected member of Premier Employees Co-Operative Credit Society & General Secretary of the Premier Employees Union.

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Age when he constructed a public water irrigation project.

Cover Story—Our Valued Employees

Annmary Jayasuriya Manager- Administration Department

Joseph Shashikant Chavan’s journey started in Annmary Jayasuriya’s house when he was brought there from Sangamner Orphanage. Abandoned by

his own family because of a brain abnormality, he was accepted with open arms by Annmary’s family and continues to be an irreplaceable part of “I thank Joseph for supporting us throughout and pray to God that he is always blessed for his goodness and remains strong and healthy,” says Annmary Jayasuriya.

it. She helped him hone his talents and overcome his disability. Joseph grew attached to the family and in time, slowly picked up domestic skills and started assisting with garage jobs as well. As gratitude for his sincere work, he gets paid a monthly income which gets accumulated as his savings. Annmary has been patient in understanding Joseph’s need and in turn, he has showered her family with love and stood by them during testing times.

Ganesh Salunkhe



Years since Joseph has been living under Annmary’s care.

Mr. Salunkhe receiving his certificate in Karate.

Executive (Materials – ED)

Mr. Salunkhe joined Karate class in 1996 at Shito Rio Karate Do Association, where he earned a Brown Belt. There he participated in three competitions held all over Maharashtra where he won a silver medal and obtained a certificate in the competition. In 1998, he also participated in an International Championship that was held in Nepal, which served as very good experience for him.

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Cover Story—Our Valued Employees Winning his ‘Man of the Match’ title in Cricket.

Rakesh S. Bhase

Executive (Production – Engineering Division)

Mr. Bhase completed his D.M.E in 2011. In 2008, during his college days, he played the Ashwamegh Cricket Tournament at the District Level and achieved the runners up position. He was also a winner in the Intra-University Cricket Tournaments in 2010. In addition to being an opening batsman and good off-spin bowler in his team,

he was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ title at the University and District Levels twice. Along with his passion and interest in Cricket, he also played carrom and participated in kho-kho at his college.

The six-member group on a biking tour from Pune to Kanyakumari.

N.M. Godbole

Assistant Manager (Tool Design – ED)

Mr. Godbole and his friends have experienced very thrilling adventures on their two-wheelers in 1988, from Pune (Chinchwad) to Kanyakumari. This journey spanned 15 days on three bikes with six members. Though the trip was exciting, they also encountered many difficulties. In order to make this trip successful, R5,000 was given by Mr. Pravin Singh Pardeshi, Commissioner, on behalf of the Pimpri Chinchwad Corporation and Special Leave was granted by Cooper Engineering. “I will remember this exciting two-wheeler trip my whole life,” says N.M. Godbole.

S.S. Chavan: running to win.

S.S. Chavan

Executive, Production – Engineering Division

During his school life Mr. Chavan participated in Marathons and won prizes. In 1984–85 he participated in the Pune District Sports Competition—4x100 meter Relay (junior group)—and came second. In the same year, he competed in the 4x100 meter Relay organized by Pune District Winter Sports Competition Haveli and came first. On 14th October 1984, he participated in the Pune International Marathon and Road Race.

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Divisional Update The PTB-80: CNC Single Column Vertical Turning and Boring machine.

CNC Machines Division Our CNC machines are constantly improved and updated to enhance performance by reducing production speed and cost. Introducing the PTB-80. Features and advantages of this Single Column Vertical Turning and Boring machine include:  Maximum turning diameter of 1000 mm and swing diameter of 1100 mm. Standard turning diameter of 620 mm for a turning height of 800 mm. The table is designed to carry the load of 2000 kg. Maximum speed of table: 600 revolutions per minute.  Machine mainly used for valve and pump components, turning of big diameter gears and pulleys in the Heavy Engineering industry.  The turning diameter and swing diameter help to machine larger and heavier components giving an added advantage over the PTA-80.    Roller type linear motions guide are provided for x and z axis motion versus the solid rectangular guide way that was used in the PTA-80, resulting in smoother functioning. This speeds up the entire process and reduces production cycle time.

Engineering Division Premier’s engineering employees underwent specialized training for manufacturing at Hyundai Rotem for the Delhi Metro Rail’s RS 10 Project. Integration of Bottom and Intermediate Housing of the Pulverizer Mill.

Our recent developments over the last quarter are detailed below:  Two of our senior officers—Mr. J.B. Mandhare and Mr. S.S. Lokhande—received in-depth training on indigenization of manufacturing bogie frames for this project at Hyundai Rotem’s manufacturing facility in Korea, where they observed Hyundai Rotem’s manufacturing and infrastructure setup, learnt about the fabrication processes for bogie frames such as cutting, beveling, bending, welding and machining.

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Divisional Update Employees learning the detailed sequence and process of machining at the Hyundai Rotem plant in Korea.



Bogies being supplied by Premier to Hyundai Rotem.



TBWES Roll Wheel Pulverizer.

Employees studying the different special toolings at the Hyundai Rotem plant in Korea.

 They also learnt about new and advanced technology required for manufacturing of bogie frames and the welding processes used and followed by Hyundai Rotem for their products.

Height of the Pulverizer Mill Housings.

 Appreciating our strength and technical expertise in the wind power industry, Premier entered into the thermal power segment by bagging an order for Pulverizer Mill Housing for Thermax Babcock & Wilcox Energy Solutions Private Limited. (TBWES)  The Pulverize Mill Housings has a total height of around 9.3 meters and weight of 33 tons and itself is a 4 storied job comprising of the Bottom, Intermediate, Top Housing and Swing Valve with Pneumatic Cylinder Critical assemblies. This mill will be installed for the Punta Catalina Project, which is a 770MW thermo facility, made up of two coal-fired plants.  Meeting this demand is an enormous challenge for the power equipment industry, but it is also an opportunity to ‘Make in India’. With this heavy supercritical engineered job, Premier will bag the big challenge and opportunity in thermal projects.

“We were exposed to the RS10 bogie assembly shop where all parts are assembled, giving us an idea of the final product and requirement for which our supplied frames are used. This holistic view will help us serve our customers better and meet their requirements as per their expectations and quality standards,” say Mr. Mandhare & Mr. S.S. Lokhande. Premier Today  10

HR & Training Update Image consultant and corporate trainer, Erica deSouza conducting the session.

“The training session was superb. It helped in all aspects of personality development, body language, communication and dress code. The training taught us the importance of dressing appropriately as per the occasion. The explanation and the practical demonstration of an effective handshake and business card exchange were excellent,” said Mr. Hariprasad Raut, Executive.

Employees learn the importance of an effective handshake.

MAKING FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT  A special focus was given to developing soft skills training in the last quarter.  Special training program crafted for executive and assistant managers throughout the company.  Half-day training on ‘Creating a Great First Impression’ was conducted by Erica deSouza, an image consultant and corporate trainer.  It covered aspects involved in meeting people for the first time, appropriate dressing and even how to exchange business cards—as these small elements play a critical role in forming a first impression.

“The crucial five-seconds rule—I never realized that a person forms an impression of another person or thing in the first 5 seconds of meeting them. I also learnt that first impressions are not merely based on appearance; behaviour and communication also play a vital role,” said Mr. Manoj Chavan, Executive Accounts. 11 

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A Worthy Cause Donating computers to the College of Engineering, Pune.



Children’s lives are impacted by a single PC each year.

“The computers fulfilled the needs of the students just fine,” says Dr. Mahesh Shindikar, College of Engineering, Pune.

 Premier Ltd. donated computers to students of the College of Engineering, Pune, which were to be collectively used by the computer engineering students in order to complete their assignments.  The Company ensured that the students received computers that were pre-installed with suitable programs that would benefit them and help them in their course.

Encouraging Young Minds



Collaborating with COEP for its MindSpark’15 tech fest.

 Premier Ltd. associated as the Engineering Partner for the 5th consecutive year for the MindSpark’15 tech festival.  The Company presented 4 events that were based on Premier’s strengths: Intelligent Design 3D, Wheelomation, Turnament and Mechtrix.  Over 15,000 students from 250 colleges participated in 50 events conducted at MindSpark.

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Bringing to life to innovative ideas developed by engineers all over the country.

Colleges participated in this annual tech festival.

“The event is the brainchild of the college and is an arena for best engineering minds from all over the country to breathe life into their innovative ideas,” says Dr. Mahindra Ranjhekar, the faculty in-charge of the techfest.

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Health is Wealth


Annual medical check-up camp set up by Premier for its employees.

Employees benefitted from this medical examination.

Some of the medical tests conducted were: 1. Routine Urine/Blood 2. ECG 3. Audiometry 4. BMI

5. Vision Test 6. Lung Function Test 7. Physical Check-up & Consultation

“Through the annual health check-up I understood basic lifestyle habit changes that I can make to improve my health,” said Mr. Basavaraj Moogi, Senior Manager (Sales & Marketing – Machines Division)




The Essence of Transformation

Team in Focus

Our Purchase Department

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Loyalty Effect: Over 30 Years of Service

Feedback on Issue




“We strive to meet the healthcare needs of a diverse workforce through a wide range of programs and initiatives that emphasize healthy choices, diligent healthcare decisionmaking and active participation in our wellness programs,” says Mr. Rakesh Mehta, Vice President, Human Resources.

Words of Appreciation


Issue 24 · September 2015

HR & Training

 Premier conducted its Annual Health Examination Camp in December.  Medical professionals from reputed local hospitals examined employees on various health parameters based on their age and gender.

“I was thrilled to see the amazing work that Premier Ltd. has achieved. I also received a copy of the booklet on The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation and it is heartening to learn the outstanding contribution of the Group in areas that we normally appreciate but do not support.” — Mr. Harish Khaitan “Very informative. This issue of Premier Today is one of the best. It has covered information about latest developments in Premier as well as The VSD Foundation, along with remembering and giving an opportunity to loyal senior members of the Premier family to express their feelings about themselves and Premier. A wonderful issue of Premier Today!” — Mr. Murli Gopalan

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Sunset Team inClub Focus

The quality team is involved in the designing stage upto the commissioning stage of every machine.

Quality First

The Quality Department at Premier is the customer’s representative ensuring that product delivery is to the customer’s standards and satisfaction. Premier Ltd. has always emphasized quality standards in the manufacturing of machine tools. It has an ISO 9000:2008 certification since August 1993. Some key tasks of the Quality Team include the following:  It establishes, implements and maintains quality management systems to measure and control quality in the production process. At every stage, quality checks are in place to ensure a high quality machine that delivers quality service to the customer.  Work with designers to form quality standards for individual products and set out standards in documents and processes for the production team.

 Ensure our systems are based on independent standards such as ISO 9000, which sets out the criteria for a quality management system and enables companies to work towards internationally recognized quality accreditation.  At the production end the Quality Team inspects the incoming materials and in-house manufacturing/ materials, product inspection. They are also involved in customer machine trials, gauge calibration, vendor quality control and ensuring implementation of the Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2008).

Meet the Quality Team Mr. R.D. Sharma, Senior Manager, heads the Quality Department of Premier’s Machines Division and oversees all quality-related activities. Mr. S.S. Mirajkar, Assistant Manager, is responsible for final product testing and gauge calibration activities. He and Mr. Sharma ensure that the product meets all quality standards before it is shown to the customer. Mr. P.V. Kale, Assistant Manager, is responsible for incoming material and vendor quality. Mr. P.N. Bhamare, Executive, is responsible for incoming material and vendor quality and works very closely with Mr. P.V. Kale on the same. Mr. S.M. Ugale, Production Technician, specializes in CMM checking of critical components. He specializes

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in the extremely reliable quality measure for critical components and has a keen eye for detail. Mr. S.S. Chavan, Executive, specializes in gear inspection activities for in-house and customer trial components. Mr. V.H. Khot, Executive, specializes in heavy component inspection and customer trials. He has been working in the quality department since four years. Mr. A.A. Sayyad, Job Inspector, is responsible for component inspection. His feedback and approval is extremely critical to take the product to the customer for their easy approval and satisfaction. Mr. R.M. Kunjir, Job Inspector, is responsible for component inspection as well. He is looked up to for his critical appreciation and feedback for each component.

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Mr. Mukherjee fondly reminiscing on his professional career at Premier.

Blast from the Past: Mr. Dipak Mukherjee’s experience at Premier


r. Dipak Mukherjee joined Cooper Engineering, projects computerisation of manufacturing with training Machines Tool Division as a fresh young over 100 persons in all departments. In 1983 he received engineer in 1961. “We were all fortunate to a National Award from FIE Foundation for his work in have our hands held all through our working life in Machine Tools. After this, Industrial Engineering function the organization by Chairman Seth Vinod and the was added to his portfolio and he was put in charge of all senior management. We were trained in collaborators’ Engineering Functions. He was deputed to be a member works and close friendship developed with our foreign in the Technical Committee of DGSD, GOI, Delhi for two years. He represented the Company in the ISI Machine executives as well as workmen there,” he reminisces. Starting in the Assembly section, working alongside Tool Committee for two decades, culminating as Chairman workmen/supervisors for three years, he learnt handed- on a few panels. Over 12 years, Mr. Mukherjee was deputed by the down knowledge in Machine Building. Added to this, the team incorporated foreign know-how and soon learnt to management to represent IMTMA in the Technical practice the best way to build Machine Tools. Experts from Committee of CMTI, Bangalore. Over time, he worked on these collaborators assembly works were brought in to various projects of the Group Companies: Walchandnagar Industries Ltd., Premier Automobiles ensure the highest quality/practices. Ltd., Acme Engineering., Indian He moved on to Planning & “We were a very intimate Hume Pipe., Swito Watch and Purchase in the mid-60s for two years to learn the intricacies of these family. I am very proud that Ravalgaon Sugar Farm Ltd. “Over 150 years there have been many persons functions. From there he moved to I spent 34 years of my life who have worked in this industrial the Design Department where he house and thrived in the atmosphere worked on the new range of Shaping in Premier’s Machine Tools which retained 70,000 people. Their Machines. “It was a great success,” Division, one of the most contributions in various spheres of he asserts. In 1983, he was sent to IMI, Geneva for the Management technology-centric companies working have made the companies of Walchand Group a highly respected of Research & Development in India." and an ideological business house,” International Seminar which he confesses. For personal reasons, provided him with very important Mr. Mukherjee ended his stint at insights on managing technology — Mr. Mukherjee the company and humbly opted for from worldwide Gurus, including voluntary retirement in 1995. MIT. He worked on various in-house

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