The highlight of the event was a panel discussion on the topic, ‘Is environment consciousness an inhibitor or an inducer of innovation’
Leading manufacturing units of renowned companies in India were recently honoured at the India Green Manufacturing Challenge (IGMC), hosted by the International Research Institute for Manufacturing (IRIM) in Chennai.
Among the 15 companies that were awarded, VE Commercial Vehicle (VECV), truck and buses manufacturer at Pithampur bagged the top award followed by Larsen & Toubro Rubber Processing Machinery in Kanchipuram and USV, a pharmaceutical company at Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, which received the first and second runner-up respectively.
(Caption: (L-R) Anand Louie, Director, IRIM, S Kathir Kamanathan, Chief Financial Officer, Lanco Power, LP Shrivastava, Vice President, Works-J K Tyre & Industries, Abhay Srivastava -Vice President, Plant Operations-USV, Pankaj Upadhyay, Vice President and Head – Manufacturing operations-VECV, S Srinivasan, Business Head- L&T Rubber Processing Machinery)
Anand Louie, Director, IRIM, welcomed the gathering and spoke about the green manufacturing scenario in India and the need for companies to adopt green manufacturing practices in such a way that it could contribute to the organisation’s business growth.
The highlight of the event was a panel discussion on the topic, ‘Is environment consciousness an inhibitor or an inducer of innovation’, featuring panelists, Pankaj Upadhyay, Vice President & Head, Manufacturing Operations, VECV; Abhay Srivastava, Vice President, Plant Operations, USV; LP Shrivastava, Vice President, Works, JK Tyre & Industries; S Srinivasan, Business Head, L&T Rubber Processing Machinery; S Kathir Kamanathan, Chief Financial Officer, Lanco Power.
IRIM, as an unbiased third party, evaluated and rated each company on its unique green manufacturing barometer. This rating was achieved through a structured assessment of the manufacturing facility on 15 indicators of IRIM’s Green Manufacturing framework which are building blocks behind the calculation of this index. The assessment was customised to each facility, by assigning unique weightage to each of these indicators based on organisation’s priorities to become more sustainable. IRIM has conducted this programme for the second time in India. Compared to the previous programme, there has been a 40 per cent increase in the number of participating companies.
EP News Bureau – Mumbai