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Changing The Game

At a recent industry event, the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Jyotiradtiya Scindia, was emphatic that the nation needs a revolution in manufacturing. The minister’s concern is well founded. Though the country’s economy has grown, the overall share ...

Guarding Against Digital Threats

A few weeks ago, the entire world learnt about a piece of malicious software code that can disrupt industrial control systems. Named Stuxnet, this sophisticatedWindows-based collection of malware targets Siemens’ Wincc/Pcs 7 scaDa software, and can reprogram programmable ...

Celebrating an Industrial Revival


Manufacturing in India is on an upswing. This is a welcome sign—after a muted year. Sectors like capital goods, consumer products and autos have registered strong sales numbers in the past few quarters—and many production facilities are running at full capacity ...

Building a Competitive Advantage

Recent projections suggest that the US economy could grow by 2 to 3 per cent over the next two years, while many emerging economies will do much better. This makes large developing countries like India and China even more attractive for overseas manufacturing companies ...

Converting Critics Into Friends

Manufacturing executives often feel that they have a thankless job. The sector is viewed by critics as a dirty and dangerous—and uncaring about its customers and the community. Industrial accidents, product recalls and environmental disasters only serve to accentuate negative public perception, ...

Using Design as a Lever for Success

It is a little known fact that India exported $8.3 billion of engineering research and development (ER&D) services in 2009. Contrary to general perception, almost one-half of these revenues were realized from highly complex activities like product design, prototyping, tooling, program management, ...

Is Going Green Worth It?

Over the past few months there has been growing scepticism about the scope of climate change and the accuracy of climate science. Critics have also railed against the perceived failures of the Copenhagen summit and increasing costs of complying with green norms that are being mandated by various ...

Organizational Leadership Is the Key

The effectiveness of corporate leadership matters not only to the stock markets, but also to the shop floor. That is the finding of a recent research by Kenexa Research Institute (KRI), which polled the views of workers about their organization's senior leadership team.


The study says ...

Summer Woes Put Industry on the Boil

All manufacturers dread summer. Not only does the tropical heat induce lassitude and languor, it makes it hard to perform outdoor in the stifling heat of the day.  Not surprisingly, productivity declines because most manufacturing staff have to, literally, sweat it out. Of course, there are ...

Building an Agile Organization

The swiftness and severity of the economic downturn has taken many manufacturing companies by surprise. Relying on assurances from economists and government officials that the Indian economy was “de-linked” from the woes of the rest of the world, few were prepared themselves for the abrupt ...

Doing More with Less

The latest data on industrial production is not pretty. Manufacturing activity in the country has significantly slowed—and entire industry sectors are in distress. Calls by industry associations to the government to do something significant are going largely unheeded. Not because the administration ...

Manufacturing Products—Bit by Bit

Many manufacturers are already using productivity enhancing tools techniques like 3D CAD to speed the design process and create innovative products.  However, the process of producing functional prototypes and manufactured goods has remained largely the same—machining, moulding and casting.  ...

Change Holds the Key to Success

The prevailing global economic crisis is going to be a long drawn affair—and countries like India are fated to suffer from the collateral damage. With the USA and Europe both in recession, the country’s export-oriented manufacturing industries are all in trouble. Not only has demand dried ...

The Human Angle

The ongoing financial crisis and the resultant slowdown has compelled many companies to constrain output, look more aggressively at reducing expenses, and eke out savings from every single activity. Travel budgets have been cut, marketing and promotion budgets are under the scanner, credit periods ...

When the Going Gets Tough

The government has finally conceded what everyone knew. That the Indian economy  is not decoupled from the rest of the world. And that the economic crisis sweeping the rest of the world is having an insidious impact on the domestic industry. While exporters can find some joy in the rapid depreciation ...

Can Industry Afford to Go Green?

Talk to any industry leader today, and the issues at the top of the mind are the state of the economy, the high costs of finance, the need to adapt to changing manufacturing dynamics, and complying with legislative fiats. Going green is next on the agenda—either as a part of corporate social ...

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