A visit to the Singapore Zoo

Singapore is often known as the garden city. On further research I found that this title was thanks to an initiative by Lee Kuan Yew way back in 1968. This was also around the time that Singapore had just got its independence. This plan was undertaken to balance the urban development while preserving nature in all the districts of Singapore. Today Singapore has earned the distinction of being one of the most eco-friendly places on earth and it has one of the longest running go-green campaigns on earth.

The Singapore Zoo was opened up as part of this initiative in 1973. It was initially called the Mandai Zoo and then later it was renamed as Singapore Zoological Gardens. The zoo aims to not only promote tourism but also raise awareness among people about endangered animals. The zoo is a living habitat to many animals from various corners of the earth.

A couple of attractions that really got the kid in me excited were the River Safari and Night Safari. The river safari also doubles as an aquarium which is also the first of its kind in Asia. The River Safari houses various species of fish, reptiles and amphibians. The Polar Bear, the Green Anaconda, the Gangetic Crocodile and the Pandas are also great attractions here. The animals are housed in enclosures that have optimum living conditions similar to their native habitat. The care with which the zoo is built is truly commendable; a safe haven for the animals and a green oasis for the people.


A tradition in quality

Here is a photo from the 1960’s taken at the Massey Ferguson Training Centre in Stonleigh, England. The tractor in the photo is an MF 1007 being used in a trial paddy field for testing. What is noteworthy is the fact that despite the climate in UK not being conducive to cultivating Rice, efforts were made to simulate conditions akin to paddy fields to ensure that the products met customer expectations. Such is the dedication to product quality, exhibited through generations; a mantle now taken on by TAFE, which through its products is ‘Cultivating the World!’

With inputs from Mark Channell.


Moving ahead with speed in reverse

The first MF 9500 Super Shuttle Series (Combine Special) tractor was delivered on November 11, 2014 in Karimnagar district, Telangana. The MF 9500 Super Shuttle series is equipped with a total of 16 gears – eight forward and reverse gears. This configuration is especially useful when a task requires reversing the tractor. With higher reverse gears the time taken to complete the task is reduced.

The paddy fields in India tend to be small, thus, maneuvering a Combine Harvester is tedious and time consuming. When used with the MF 9500 Super Shuttle Series (Combine Special) tractor, the combine harvester can complete the harvesting operations faster thanks to the eight reverse gears.


Cost Saving 3M Awards 2014-15 R&D-Testing

The ongoing Quality Month celebrations at TAFE keep getting better as another Cost Saving 3M Award was presented. The recipients of these awards are from various departments and divisions of TAFE and it is proof of the executional excellence everyone at TAFE is striving for. In short, everyone is doing their bit in ‘Cultivating the World’.

A TQM’s eCIMP intiative, the Cost Saving 3M Awards for 2014-15 are presented to ideas that have had a telling impact at TAFE. Recently, Mr. P. Prabhu of R&D-Testing, was presented the 3M Cost Saving Award for his contribution in “Automation of IPTO clutch endurance test”. His suggestion has helped the R&D team in testing of clutch systems.

We congratulate him on this wonderful contribution and wish him the very best to succeed going forward!


Ms Mallika Srinivasan among the 50 most powerful women in business

TAFE Chairman & CEO, Ms. Mallika Srinivasan was featured in the Fortune India article, ‘The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ of the November 2014 edition.

She was featured at number six in the article among some of the biggest names in the business world.

An industry thought leader and the “Tractor Queen” of India, she never ceases to inspire us to continue marching ahead, higher, longer and faster, in our visionary journey of Cultivating The World!