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COVID-19 | Social Distancing and Isolation – The New Normal


Yes, we are in the midst of a Pandemic, one of the most difficult times we have ever witnessed! The world is struggling, and India is reeling under the impact of a lockdown. Our lives seems to be revolving around battling Corona, Work From Home. Virtual Teams, Con Calls, Zoom, Webex, Facebook, Instagram, TV News, Movies and the list is endless.

Internet is the most precious thing in the world, but only next to groceries, food and vegetables. Your mood and happiness index depends on the speed of the internet, everything else has faded in the background.

‘Work from Home’ has resulted in most of us managing work and home-work and guess no one has been spared from cleaning, doing dishes, laundry. For that matter, we finally seem to have the time to take care of elders and spend time with our spouses and children like never before. Time to be guilt-free! Many of us may feel ‘Work from Home’ was a myth, and do look forward to getting back to the real office, retrieving long-lost files from your documents folder, attending face to face meetings and noisy discussions; but I guess what we miss the most is the people connect and the camaraderie we shared.

Welcome to the club!  Empathy rules the world and finally, we are all on the same page.

TAFE as a people’s organization during this crisis has stood by its values and demonstrated through its actions how much it values its employees and its stakeholders. Employee safety was the topmost priority on the list and you can tell by the methodical manner the plants were shut down and the way our salaries were paid ahead of time that ‘People Matter’ to TAFE. Every action was laced with care and concern and this stood out like a shining beacon of hope.

Our Management and Leadership are going beyond the call of duty to help the TAFE team tide over this crisis. It’s important now than ever before to stay connected as a team and walk together.

Stay Home. Stay Safe.

Sunitha Subramaniyan
Head – Corporate Communications


Engineer of the Year Award for RA Armstrong


The SAE India Foundation has chosen RA Armstrong from TAFE – R&D Team, for the Engineer of the Year Award 2019-20. The award was presented to him by Dr. Richard Greaves, Past President, SAE International, on February 10, 2020 at New Delhi, in recognition of his outstanding achievement as Automotive Engineering Professional and his contributions towards organizing various competitions and other activities for students that have helped in the overall development of engineering academia, for SAE India and SAE SIS for over a decade.

 All of us at TAFE congratulate Mr. Armstrong on receiving the award and take pride in his remarkable achievement!


TAFE’s Sembiam Plant Wins Industrial Safety Awards from the Government of Tamil Nadu


The Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health, Government of Tamil Nadu, awards companies excelling in Industrial Safety under Textiles, Metals, Engineering, Transport and Miscellaneous categories. In an event organized recently, TAFE’s Sembiam Plant received four Safety Awards in the Engineering category, for the assessment years 2014 and 2015. Dr. Nilofer Kafeel, Minister for Labour, Government of Tamil Nadu, presented the awards to the winners.

For the year 2014, in Group ‘B’ that included Factories which have worked between 5 to 10 lakh manhours per year, TAFE’s Sembiam Plant stood at the 1st Place for the Lowest Weighted Accident Frequency Rate, and at the 2nd Place for Longest Accident-free Period in Manhours.

For the year 2015, in Group ‘B’, TAFE’s Sembiam factory stood 2nd in the category for Lowest Weighted Accident Frequency Rate, and in the Longest Accident-free Period in terms of Manhours category.


J.R.D Tata – Industrialist, Aviator & Philanthropist, a pioneer ahead of his time

As we remember the legacy of Mr. Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata on his 115th birth anniversary, we recall the first Anantharamakrishnan Memorial Lecture, he delivered in 1969 after receiving the first Business Leadership Award of the Madras Management Association (MMA).

The MMA-Amalgamations Business Leadership Award was instituted by our Former Chairman, Mr. A. Sivasailam in memory of his father the late S. Anantharamakrishnan, Founder of the Amalgamations Group. The award is presented once in two years to an Indian business leader, adjudged as outstanding by a panel of eminent jurors forming the selection committee. The awardee also delivers the Anantharamakrishnan Memorial Lecture at the award function.

Mr. J.R.D Tata, fondly known to his friends as ‘Jeh’ was an aviator, entrepreneur and chairman of the TATA Group. He founded India’s first commercial airline and later came to be known as the ‘Father of Indian Civil Aviation’.

The lecture was a testament to Mr. Tata’s foresight and vision. He said that public and private sector industries had obligations to the community far wider than the mere discharge of their primary functions and the formidable challenge of the seventies demanded an involvement and identification of organized industry with the life and problems of the community to which it belonged. He called upon businessmen and industrialists to set up high ethical standards through better trade practices and by seeking in new ideas and new concepts consistent with the changing values of a fast paced world.

He described the late Mr. S. Anantharamakrishnan as an individual endowed with rare qualities and said that no man did more to promote the industrial development of South India. Comparing
him with Mr. Jamsetji Tata, he said “Although he and Jamsetji Tata lived nearly a century apart, there was much in common in their approach to business and to their philosophy.”

Interestingly, the last recipient of the MMA-Amalgamations Business Leadership Award was
Mr.Ratan Tata, Executive Chairman-Emeritus, Tata Sons Ltd.


“Yoga for Heart” – Employees at TAFE celebrate International Day of Yoga

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” says The Bhagavad Gita. Yoga, often perceived to provide physical benefits, is practiced mainly to maintain fitness and improve flexibility in the body. However, it is proven that yoga unites and aligns the mind, body and breath, making life calmer, healthier and fulfilling.

Realising the significance of this practice and the benefits it offered, the United Nations announced June 21st as the International day of Yoga and 2015 saw the inception of this annual event. “Yoga for heart” was the theme for this year, which marked the fifth International Yoga Day celebrations. With the Indian Government actively promoting this practice, the awareness among people, about the benefits of practicing this regularly, has increased rapidly.

TAFE, over many decades, has been promoting health and wellness of its employees through various sports and fitness initiatives. This year, the employees at TAFE’s Head Office celebrated yoga day by learning and performing Asanas that could be practiced regularly at their workstations. Yoga experts were invited to the office premises to guide the participants to perform the asanas in the right manner. Employees belonging to various age groups from across all departments gathered together for this event.
This celebration was a reminder for all employees to incorporate yoga in their daily routine to make life healthier and stress-free.

TAFE Sports and Recreation Club’s Annual General Meeting 2019

TAFE Sports and Recreation Club’s Annual General Meeting for the year 2019 was held recently amidst a lot of fun-fare. This is an annual event that brings together all the club members and recognizes the winners of the various contests and tournaments that were hosted by the club that year. The new office bearers of the club took charge for the upcoming term, during this meeting. This event also witnessed various music and dance performances by the employees and an open forum was organized for all members to discuss and share their suggestions for club.

The origin of this club dates back to the year 1960, when the Former Chairman, A. Sivasailam, wished to create a recreational platform for the employees of the company. As a Chief Patron of the club, he established the ‘TAFE Club’. In the year 1968, this officially became the ‘TAFE Sports and Recreation Club’ with around 30 members being part of it. Our Chairman Ms. Mallika Srinivasan took over as the chief patron of this club in the year 2012.

Now, every year the club organizes sports tournaments, trips and movie outings among other recreational activities. 2018-19 was a key year for the club which saw over 100 new enrollments and a series of tournaments including cricket, futsal, badminton and carom. Apart from sports events, the committee also organized a movie outing and holi festival celebrations.

The club, which will witness the Golden Jubilee celebrations this year, now has over 260 members.

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“Massey 4.0” – Maha Service Camps organized across India

Massey tractors for Life! With every purchase of a Massey, customers gain a companion for life in the form of MF’s reliable and prompt aftersales service. As a testament to this, TAFE, in collaboration with its dealer network, organized its Maha Service Camp – “Massey 4.0”, this February across all the states in India.

Some of the offerings in these camps include, free washing and greasing, discounts on labor charges, extended warranty registrations, discounts on parts and oil and free servicing on major service jobs. Additionally, dealers in few states offered test drives of latest MF tractors and servicing of the farm implements.

Apart from MF Tractors, this camp also gave an opportunity for the customers to get their other branded tractors serviced by TAFE’s technicians.

This unique and thoughtful initiative, which was highly appreciated by the customers, provides them with best-in-class service for their tractors, empowering them to be our partners in our journey of ‘Cultivating the World’.


TAFE Participates in CII Event in Myanmar

TAFE participated in a recently held exposition organised by Confideration of Indian Industries (CII) at Yangon in Myanmar, inaugurated by the Honorable President of India, His Excellency Mr.Ramnath Kovind. TAFE was one of the key participants at the event, that showcased the prowess of Indian organisations and industry.


Mr S Sriraman, Senior Vice President – R&D, TAFE, Chief Guest – Graduation Ceremony of Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology

The 13th Graduation Day of Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology, Velliamalaipatti, Coimbatore, affiliated to Anna University  was on 30th September 2018. Students numbering 496 from disciplines of Engineering & Technology received their degrees. This included PhDs, as well as 6 medalists for their top performance at Anna University.


Mr Sriraman, Senior Vice President – R&D, TAFE was the Chief Guest and had the honors of awarding the successful students their certificates in presence of Dr. Chinnaraju, Director, CIET; Dr. P Natarajan, Academic Director, Kovai Kalaimagal Educational Institutions; Dr. Nagarajan, Principal, CIET.


TAFE at FFT Acoustic Simulation Conference

TAFE participates in FFT Acoustic Simulation Conference at Toulouse, France, held during 09-11 Oct 2018. Mr. Shaik Mohammed Asif Basha from CoE-NVH represented TAFE at the event.

The presented paper was authored by Mr Shaik Mohammad Asif Basha, Mr V Ravindran, & Mr Nageshwar Rao P.

Top Companies Worldwide such as Airbus, Honda, Renault, had presented the latest technologies in their respective fields, at the conference.