Interview

Complete Overhaul

Complete Overhaul

In an Upfront interaction, Rohit Saboo, President and Chief Executive Officer at National Engineering Industries (NEI), talks about using the Covid-19 induced slowdown for a complete overhaul and finding ways to delight the customer. Q. How did the company pace itself through the pandemic marred FY2021 on a QoQ basis? Give us a sense of the impact on production and[Read More…]

by May 3, 2021 Interview
Time To Increase Supply

Time To Increase Supply

In an Upfront and exclusive interaction, Parag Satpute, Managing Director at Bridgestone India opines that its time to increase the supply to meet the rise in demand. Ashish Bhatia with bureau inputs highlights the changes in tyre manufacture and business for the company. Q. How will tyre retail evolve with the new Bridgestone Select + store? A. Bridgestone India has[Read More…]

by March 15, 2021 Interview
A Positive Outlook

A Positive Outlook

In an Upfront and exclusive interaction, K M Mammen, Chairman, Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA) speaks highly of the close-knit approach of tyre manufacturers taking along raw material partner suppliers and the OEMs. Ashish Bhatia gauges the sectoral impact on the coming quarters. Q. You’ve been a proponent of the ‘Tyre Industry’ leading the march of India manufacturing for the[Read More…]

by March 15, 2021 Interview
Collaborative Innovation

Collaborative Innovation

In his new role as Director at Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Dr Reji Mathai has his task cut out. He shares with Ashish Bhatia, his focus on collaborative research and development with the industry. Q. You’ve come at a very critical time with the automotive industry grappling with the broad choices of innovation, sustenance, localisation and compliance. How[Read More…]

by March 13, 2021 Interview
Single Technology Base

Single Technology Base

In an Upfront and exclusive interaction, Jerome Mortal, Director of New Mobilities at Valeo shares the strategic focus areas for new ‘zero-emissions’ mobility solutions with Team ACI. Q. What was the strategy behind adapting the 48V motor to e-bikes? Is it a first for the segment? A. One of our key strategic focuses is accelerating our expansion in the emerging[Read More…]

by March 12, 2021 Interview
Discounting 2020

Discounting 2020

In an upfront conversation, Dinesh Tyagi, Director at ICAT spoke of the need to discount 2020 from the five-year vision and 10-year target plan of ICAT. Q. How did the pandemic influence operations spanning product development and innovation, testing and compliance? A. During the pandemic, ICAT, in April, was fully shut. When the Haryana government allowed us to operate, we[Read More…]

by January 20, 2021 Interview
New Highs

New Highs

In an upfront interaction, Shekhar Dhole, Scientist – Head Safety & Homologation/Certification spoke about Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) striving for newer highs post 2020. Q. How has CIRT added to its efficiencies in the calendar year 2020 and FY2020-21, Year-To-Date, in the midst of the pandemic? Are you close to functioning at pre-Covid levels of operation? A. When[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 Interview
Covid-19: Weighing on SDGs 2030

Covid-19: Weighing on SDGs 2030

Interaction with Naynish Kulkarni, Associate Director, Mobility Practice, Frost & Sullivan and Vivekananda Bhat, Industry Manager, Manufacturing & Process consulting practice, Frost & Sullivan Interview by: Deven Lad Q. Has the pandemic put off the targets for SDGs 2030 in the near term given the existential crisis for businesses?  Vivekananda: Covid-19 has stalled the developmental activities across the world. The[Read More…]

by December 10, 2020 Interview
Aluminium fuel cells is future of EVs

Aluminium fuel cells is future of EVs

In conversation wiuth Akshay Singhal, Founder – Log 9 Materials Scientific Pvt. Ltd. where he spoke about aluminium fuel cells and future of electic vehicles Interview by : Deven Lad Q. As a startup, you thrive on challenges. How did you brave the challenges thrown your way in the pandemic? A. Yes indeed, development was affected by the pandemic. The[Read More…]

by December 10, 2020 Interview
Eyeing strong profits and long-term growth 

Eyeing strong profits and long-term growth 

In an upfront interaction, Nitin Chalke, President – Hydraulics and Vehicle, Asia Pacific, Eaton spoke of the transmission manufacturer emerging stronger from Covid-19 hit quarters. He drew attention to the company staying focused on building a strong profit plan for 2021 to stay on course with the long term strategic goals. Interview by: Ashish Bhatia Q. How was the Virtual[Read More…]

by December 9, 2020 Interview