In India, the automotive component sector has grown substantially during the last 30 to 40 years. This is a mature and competitive business in which essential leadership abilities have become even more important in the aftermath of supply chain disruptions and product shortages. When you consider that soft skills like leadership are vital for ushering in the next phase of modern manufacturing, these qualities become even more important. A J Hegde is the Founder and CEO of Bhavani Industries, who has 45 years of vast expertise in the manufacturing domain, which is directly reflected in the company's quality-driven products.
A J Hegde, acquired a Mechanical Engineering degree from the famed NITK Suratkal and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Central College Bangalore. He began his career in the public sector with HMT Bangalore, a machine tool manufacturing company, and later shifted to an R&D organization (CMTI Bangalore). His more than 25-year career in HMT and CMTI provided him with the necessary knowledge in production engineering and production management. He is also well-versed in advancements in machined tools and manufacturing technology. Bhavani's state-of-the-art hi-tech manufacturing facilities are set up by him, where his vast experience has greatly contributed to the development of innovative products.
Perfect Amalgamation of People, Process & Technology
Speaking of the company, Bhavani Industries has been a reputable manufacturer and supplier of machined automated components for the past 25 years. The company provides a wide range of automotive components such as brakes, clutches, turbochargers, steering columns, fuel injection systems, and instruments. These are high-precision critical parts, hence the team is thoroughly trained in the selection of the right machinery & inspection equipment.
Furthermore, the company has integrated the latest CNC technology and other machinery to ensure the highest quality standards are maintained throughout the production phase; CNC technology ensures consistent quality, reduces reliance on skilled labor, and adds flexibility to the manufacturing process. Rooftop solar electricity is also installed to help reduce power costs.
Bhavani Industries employs competent and qualified engineers and technicians who have received training in the fundamentals of manufacturing technology. The company's guiding philosophy is to meet the needs of the customer, by developing and supplying quality-oriented products. The workforce is inspired by continuous growth in their career & the company. In addition, Bhavani Industries has recruited youth from rural areas and trained them on high-tech manufacturing technologies under its skill development program.
“The transition from BS-IV to BS-VI and IC Engine to EV is the most difficult challenge for the automotive component manufacturing sector. We are focusing on overcoming these obstacles by utilizing innovative technology and trained personnel. In today's changing environment, new products for different sectors are expected to be developed in short lead times. For this, we have rigorous SOPs in place to produce any new product in the shortest feasible lead time”, highlights A J Hegde, Founder & CEO, Bhavani Industries.
Bhavani Industries is a reputable manufacturer & supplier of machined automotive components for the last 25 years
Critical Leadership Traits
A J Hedge cites that the leader should have the vision to meet the needs of the customer and adapt the latest technologies to meet the above needs. Further, he also says that the employees should be motivated at all times by providing them with needed career growth. And lastly, giving a piece of advice to young entrepreneurs who aspire to become business leaders, A J Hegde concludes, “An individual must be willing to work hard and take risks. One must be knowledgeable and experienced in the product or service under consideration for the firm. Additionally, business success does not happen immediately. The entrepreneur must have patience and be willing to wait for good days in order to find and meet the demands of the right clients. A team of informed people is essential to the success of any organization, and they must be kept motivated. Adapting to evolving technologies is critical to success, as is knowledge of costing and financial discipline.”
Overcoming Pressing Challenges
Manufacturing of automotive components is challenging due to price sensitivity and stringent quality requirements. Bhavani’s expertise in indigenously manufacturing these critical parts which previously were being imported has led to significant business growth. The company's expertise in developing new components to meet customer requirements during the transition from BS-IV to BS-VI, as well as parts for EV, has given it a competitive advantage in the market today. Components for non-automotive customers are also being developed to drive growth in the company. This was possible because of the Bhavani team’s strength when it comes to new product development & CNC flexible manufacturing system.