Accolades for TAFE at TPM Awards 2015

The TPM Excellence Awards 2015 were announced recently and in the ‘Outside Japan’ category, three of TAFE’s locations have been awarded. TAFE Engineering Plastics and Tool Room Division (EPD) – Maraimalai Nagar won the, Award for Excellence in Consistent TPM Commitment and the Award for TPM Excellence, Category A was received by TAFE Doddaballapur Plant and TAFE Madurai Operations.

The awards were conferred in Kyoto, Japan on March 23, 2016 at the TPM Awards Ceremony.

TAFE’s embarked on this TPM journey almost a decade ago and it steadfast commitment to quality has seen multiple locations across the organization take up the TPM challenge and emerge triumphant. Congratulations to the TAFE EPD Maraimalai Nagar Plant, TAFE Doddaballapur Plant and TAFE Madurai Operations for winning this prestigious award.

The Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) launched the PM award system in 1964, to “strengthen the improvement of enterprise constitutions and contribute to the development of industry, by promoting the modernization of plant maintenance and the development of plant maintenance technologies.”

The Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) award was introduced by JIPM in 1971 and is defined as ‘the ultimate method of pursuing production efficiency’. It is intended to encompass the entire company from the shop floor to the executive boardroom, creating a true companywide commitment to production excellence, and is designed to avoid any losses by creating a culture of ‘zero accidents, zero defects and zero breakdowns’.


TAFEites at the helm of SAE India Southern Section

In a development of great pride, Mr. S. Sriraman, Vice President of TAFE Research and Development (R&D) has been designated as the new Chairman of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) India Southern Section. SAE India Southern Section consists of five division and has more than 26000 members. He will be leading a team consisting of automotive professionals from academia and various companies/ institutes in south India. The focus of SAE India Southern Section is on Mobility Industry and Institutions in the Service of Humanity.

Additionally, Mr. V. Srinivasan, Senior Associate Vice President – TAFE Madurai Operations will be the new Chair of Madurai Division for SAE India, Southern Section and Mr. A. Armstrong, Functional Head, Engine Team, TAFE R&D has also been nominated as one of the management committee members. Armstrong previously held the position of Treasurer at SAE India, Southern Section.

TAFE is proud of Mr. Sriraman, Mr. Srinivasan and Mr. Armstrong and wish them all the very best in carrying out these additional responsibilities.


TAFE participant wins MMA’s Outstanding Woman Manager of the Year 2016

Congratulations to TAFE’s Ms. Nishanthi Grashia S. from the IT Division, for winning the 15th Danfoss – Madras Management Association (MMA) Competition for Outstanding Woman Manager of the Year Award – 2016!

The competition is conducted as a prelude to MMA Women Managers Convention 2016. In this, women managers are invited to present papers on the theme of the convention. The papers and presentations are judged by a panel of eminent jury members, and the winner is awarded the ‘Outstanding Woman Manager of the Year’ award at the Women Managers Convention. This year, the theme was ‘Route to the Summit’, and the oral presentation before the jury was held on March 05th, 2016 in Chennai. A total of 40 registrations participated in the competition.

This is the third consecutive year that Ms. Nishanthi participated in the competition. Her paper was titled ‘Play Your Cards Right – Reach the Summit’. The keys points addressed were:

  • Though everyone aspires to become a leader, why do only a select few achieve the race for leadership?
  • Aspiring leaders need to clear the decks for a marriage between ‘What it takes to be’ a leader and ‘What they have’ as a leader. The more perfect the match is, the more likely that they will beat the odds to reach the summit. This perfection however also bets the bottom dollar on the summit itself, external environment, timing and the aspirant’s current altitude in career ladder.
  • A leader without a follower is like a king without a kingdom. Leaders need to ensure that they have followers in order to sustain at the top.

A trophy and a certificate for Danfoss – MMA ‘Outstanding Woman Manager of the Year 2016’ will be awarded at the Women Managers Convention, on March 12th, 2016 in Chennai.

Madras Management Association organizes diverse activities to champion managerial excellence among women managers. Every year, International Women’s Day is celebrated by conducting MMA Women Managers’ Convention, where eminent women managers, thought leaders and entrepreneurs of national and international repute share their ideas and experiences.


Ms Mallika Srinivasan felicitates winners of the Be a FarmDost school contest at award ceremony at TAFE s JFarm

In a grand culmination of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited’s (TAFE) ‘Be a #FarmDost’ School Contest, students from Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy attended the ‘Be a #FarmDost’ Award Ceremony held at TAFE’s JFarm in Kelambakkam on February 28, 2016. The award ceremony was graced by, TAFE Chairman and CEO, Ms. Mallika Srinivsasan who also felicitated all the winners of the ‘Be a #FarmDost’ contest. In attendance were more than 350 students, teachers and parents who had embraced the ‘Be a #FarmDost’ initiative. These participants were part of the 63 schools from the four cities visited by TAFE as part of its ‘Be a #FarmDost’ initiative to recognize the farmer for his contribution to the society and the nation at large.

Ms. Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman and CEO – TAFE, speaking about the event said, “As part of our philosophy of ‘Cultivating the World’, TAFE’s ‘Be a #FarmDost’ initiative is aimed at bringing the farming community, back in to our social consciousness and remind everyone of the great service they render to the world. The school activity was conducted to raise awareness among the students – the citizens of tomorrow, about the importance of farmers and farming, and it found instant acceptance. We must acknowledge the hard work and perseverance of these students; their teachers and parents as they played a crucial part in helping build the ‘Be a #FarmDost’ initiative to its current stature; this award ceremony is just a small way of recognizing their efforts.”

The award ceremony felicitated both students and schools from each of the four cities (Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy) who participated in the ‘Best #FarmDost Award’ and ‘#ThankYouFarmers Award’ respectively. Speaking on the participation of students and schools in the ‘Be a #FarmDost’ initiative, Mr. T. R. Kesavan – TAFE Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Product Strategy and Corporate Relations, said, “The schools and the students understood the essence of the initiative and through their participationin the contests, presented a wonderful tribute to the farmer. We have had over 2000 students from different parts of the state participating and many of them even visited farmers as part of the #ThankYouFarmers contest. As an experience, we hope that it would have a lasting impact on the students as well as the farmers.”

The awards were also presented to participating students and schools in a special ‘#FarmDost Social Award’ category. A ‘Champion of Champions’ Award was also presented to three schools – The Fathima Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai; Sevalaya Mahakavi Bharathiyar Higher Secondary School, Chennai and Yuva Bharathi Public School, Coimbatore, from among all the participating schools (four cities) based on the combined participation percentage in the ‘Best #FarmDost Award’ and ‘#ThankYouFarmers Award’. Among the students, Ms. G. Nithya Dharsini from National Model Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore was crowned the ‘Champion of Champions’ from among all the participating students (four cities).

The ‘Be a #FarmDost’ Award Ceremony offered students the opportunity to experience the joys of a farm. With TAFE’s JFarm – an adaptive agri-research centre spread over 200 acres, as the venue, the award ceremony was the perfect place for students to receive a hands-on experience in a farm. The agenda for the day in addition to the ‘Be a #FarmDost’ Award Ceremony included, an organic farm trail with opportunities to harvest crops, tractor ride, knowledge sessions on farming by eminent agriculturists and interaction with farmers.

Check out the complete album of the award ceremony on the ‘Be a #FarmDost‘ Facebook page @