Can we Make in India? Yes, we can :-)
Last February I visited China with two missions, one to visit a large factory to establish collaboration to build our client’s Healthcare Kiosk, with the engineering design improvements that Srushty was working on. Second to source a cost-effective Sheet Metal Laser Cutting machine, to complement our CNC Laser Bending Machine.
My visit to the Chinese factory was inspiring, they are literally the sole supplier of all type of kiosks of China’s domestic needs. They almost cover all the global needs with very sophisticated infrastructure with vast amount of expertise and experienced technical staff.
Next, I was at the vendor site of the low-cost sheet metal laser cutting machine that we were sourcing, to inspect the machine that would be delivered to Srushty shortly. It was comparatively far less sophisticated and about 10% less than the cost of the average machine, I saw at the large Chinese manufacturer.
I felt our infra is like a sand dust in the Himalayan foot hill, when I compared the infra at the large Chinese manufacturer to ours. It had more than 50 high end machines and other matching infrastructure
My mind went viral with mirage of confused thoughts and questions.
- Why India is far behind China when it comes to manufacturing?!
- Why we lack focus in building products of best quality in India?
- What makes these Chinese manufacturers produce such wonderful high-quality products?
- What Infra difference India lacks to make similar success in product manufacturing?
- Can we, personally, Can I achieve similar fete with the minuscule infra that I have at Srushty?
- What is the real, I am mean the real core difference, to "Make in India", a reality?
The only meaningful answer that I could get in my mind was “THE INTENT”, we just need the intent.
The burning desire in my mind soon become a very focused INTENT to achieve here in India what I saw in China.
Now, less than 12 months from my visit, thanks to Satyender Goel, CEO, India Health Link Pvt Ltd, deciding to fuel my INTENT with his commitment to this Make in India Dream, we now have our First Made in India unit, shipped out of our facility :-)
The Hardware Design Team, which meticulously re-engineered the Mechanical and Electrical aspect of the product to meet DFM requirement based on the capability of Srushty’s Manufacturing Infrastructure.
The Manufacturing Team, which put their heart and soul to ensure we meet high quality and finish, second to none, with the minuscule manufacturing infrastructure with which we started this dream.
The Software Team, which had been working for long and hard to bring the Software Architecture redeployed to Indian needs, and migrating to Indian Servers and Indian User Experience needs
The Management and Administration Team which worked tirelessly to meet every day demands from souring to all infra and resource challenges.
The extended Srushty-IHL team which brings the spirit behind the success of this great milestone.
The last but not the least, the confidence and the reassurance, that a real INTENT can help stride against the odds, the team Srushty is now ready to promise to our customers that we can help you Make in India.
A Date with Epitome of Humanity
I had the great privilege of meeting Dr. S. S Badrinath, Founder, Emeritus Chairman of Sankara Nethralaya, and spent over 2 hours sharing the Vision of Srushty to the Vision Man of India.
Needless to say, I was really touched by the great man’s simplicity, vision, passion, patriotism, and philosophy behind building one of the greatest health care institutions in India.
It was a significant milestone for our journey over last 6 months with team Sankara Nethralaya, understanding Sankara Nethralaya’s vision of serving India and the world with their social conscious approach towards affordable and high quality eye care. And it was humbling to know how Engineering & Innovation can greatly help in their endeavour, and how eager the organization is to embrace Engineering Innovation.
Today team Srushty could share some early prototypes of Vision Care products, and get some of the ideas appreciated by Dr. Badrinath himself which is really a proud moment.
To crown it all, as part of wrap-up of the discussion, Dr. Badrinath’s summary highlighting that “Goals of Sankara Nethralaya and Srushty are well aligned” is truly equal to the highest award I could have imagined and a great acknowledgement of the very idea of Srushty and our mission towards “Make in India”.
I had a great opportunity today to spend time, in close proximity, with one of the most inspiring leaders and the man behind HCL which made me live my life to the fullest...I was in conversation with Shiv Nadar.
When I had met him last time, in early 2000, when he addressed group of HCLites (CODCian to be precise) in an all hands meeting, he reinforced my passion to chase product development as a career. I recall that in answering to a question, Shiv said, " I enjoyed developing products during early days of HCL, I wish we could do more of it now too..."
It truly motivated me to walk faster towards creating an enterprise fully focusing on product development.
Today, in his address to the gathering, he touched 2 important events of HCL history, and I am very proud to be part of both the events.
One: Formation of HCL Technologies Ltd, and role of Cisco ODC
He talked in length about how HCL-Cisco ODC was formed, and which became one of the most successful engagement in off-shoring and was key in carving out HCL Tech as separate entity in offering Technology Services.
And I proud that I was part of the early HCL-Cisco ODC team, I was among the first 100 something member team which pioneered the relationship. It was truly a rewarding experience to be part of HCL-CODC and witness in close proximity how the industries first risk-reward business model came into form.
Two: HCL's tryst with Mechanical Engineering, and Xerox engagement
In a question on HCL pioneering effort in micro computers, first RDBMS, first DOS and challenges faced in developing HCL's own copiers in early days, Shiv candidly admitted that the challenge in developing the copier was in complexity of Mechanical engineering, and he added that, now HCL has grown to the level on designing and developing copiers to Xerox Corporation, in collaboration with Xerox, which was the pioneer in copiers technology.
And I am indeed very proud to be the Manager, who did the first delivery in Mechanical Engineering space to Xerox, from HCL, and graduating the engagement into designing and developing end-to-end products in media handling (paper path), and anchoring the planning process from engineering delivery end, which led to one of the largest deal with Xerox, to design and develop a complete monochrome A3 printer-copier for Xerox by HCL.
To sum it, it was a very nostalgic and truly motivating day, to live again through my life at HCL, and how I set out to start what I do now, and key events in HCL which I am truly proud to be part of and learn from, to use for rest of my life. Shiv and HCL, thank you for everything...