Prithish Chowdhary, a qualified international baccalaureate from Institute Le Rosey, Geneva (Switzerland) and a B. Com graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, is a member of the Eastern Region Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Eastern Region, and was the Co-Chairperson of the CII Defence Subcommittee for the Eastern Region for 2021-2022, and co-Chairman of the Manufacturing Committee of the CII Eastern Region 2023-24. He is also a member of the ICC Expert Committee on Railways, Indian Chamber of Commerce 2021-2022.
Cutting-edge Innovations in Rolling Stock Manufacturing: Revolutionizing Production and Design
In the continuously evolving railway sector, a company that was previously esteemed as a prominent manufacturer of freight wagons has experienced a noteworthy transformation. Through the auspices of the Indian Government's Initiative, the railway industry has undertaken a strategic transition, transcended its previous scope, and ventured into the domain of both freight and passenger rolling stock. This carefully considered maneuver has led to pioneering accomplishments and progressions.
Through persistent efforts, strategic acquisitions, and international collaborations, the company successfully ventured into passenger train manufacturing. Today, they take immense pride in producing state-of-the-art mobility solutions, holding proprietary rights and designs for in the Passenger Rolling Stock Segment.
The company's transformation was further solidified through a recent name change, symbolizing its expanded capabilities and diverse product range. Notably, the company has recently achieved three groundbreaking contracts under the "Make In India Initiative" by the Government of India. These contracts entail the manufacturing of 80 Vande Bharat sleeper train sets and the production and supply of 1,540,000 Forged Wheels. Additionally, the company has received a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) Limited, for the purpose of designing and manufacturing 72 standard gauge cars to be used in the Surat Metro Rail project. This remarkable achievement has established new benchmarks in the country's rail industry, serving as a testament to the company's unwavering dedication to innovation.
The company's introduction of aluminum car bodies in India marks a significant departure from the established stainless-steel convention, serving to reinforce our standing as a progressive and forward-looking entity within the industry. Our transformation from a wagon manufacturer to a trailblazing presence in the realm of passenger rolling stock bears witness to our unwavering dedication to achieving excellence. As we persist in embracing innovation and adjusting to evolving market requirements, our overarching vision is to elevate rail transportation to unprecedented levels and actively contribute to the advancement of our nation.
Advantage of using Aluminium material for manufacturing
Aluminium, in comparison to stainless steel, offers a lighter material with easier maintenance. Moreover, it proves to be more energy-efficient, resulting in cost savings over the entire lifecycle of the product. Despite slightly higher initial costs, aluminium's energy efficiency makes it a more cost-effective choice for coaches when considering their entire lifespan. An important and notable progress has emerged with the introduction of aluminum car bodies into the Indian market. Until 2019, all metros in the country exclusively utilized stainless steel for their car bodies. However, the Pune Metro took the lead by adopting the use of aluminum car body technology, thereby establishing a groundbreaking precedent in India. This significant milestone was celebrated with the inauguration of the first train by the Honorable Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi, in Pune.
Embracing Industry 4.0: Revolutionizing Manufacturing to New Heights
In the forefront of contemporary manufacturing practices, we have enthusiastically adopted Industry 4.0 principles to fundamentally reshape our operational procedures. Automation lies at the heart of our transformation, where we have successfully implemented automated manufacturing processes to ensure unparalleled accuracy and consistency in our coaches. Revolving towards prioritizing passenger safety, we have transitioned to automated instrumentation for quality control, thereby augmenting the exactitude of our measurements.
Recognizing the significance of quality assurance, we have established a meticulously controlled environment for the painting process, thereby optimizing it and guaranteeing an impeccable finish. Our adherence to Industry 4.0 standards enables us to provide high-caliber rolling stock solutions, surpassing prevailing industry norms and effectively addressing the dynamic requirements of our esteemed clientele.
Through persistent commitment to automation, precision, and innovation, we are actively shaping the trajectory of the manufacturing landscape. By effectively leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and data-driven insights, we are redefining the very essence of producing exemplary goods on a global scale. Positioned at the vanguard of this transformative revolution, we consistently establish novel standards and steadfastly uphold our prominent standing as an industry leader.
Prioritizing Quality Control Measures in Manufacturing Process
The manufacturing of rolling stock necessitates a rigorous focus on detail to ensure safety and performance. Commencing from the evaluation of incoming material quality, renowned suppliers are meticulously chosen to provide raw materials and sub-components. These suppliers possess global recognition or approval within the country. Upon arrival at the facility, each item undergoes thorough quality inspections. A specialized team dedicated to quality assessment ensures that all materials conform to the necessary requirements. Every aspect, ranging from property fabrication to painting and electrical outfitting, is subject to meticulous scrutiny, leaving no room for oversight. These stringent controls guarantee that each component and process meets the specified standards.
In order to further enhance the quality assurance measures, comprehensive train-level tests are carried out. These tests strictly adhere to established procedures mandated by governmental authorities and comply with ISO standards. Moreover, manufacturers with extensive international exposure integrate global quality standards into their processes to ensure their products meet the highest global benchmarks.
Staying Competitive and Compliant: Navigating Industry Trends and Regulations
Maintaining a well-informed and interconnected approach to market intelligence is of paramount significance for our organization. We engage in proactive monitoring of global trends, technological advancements, and emerging markets to ensure our sustained relevance and competitiveness within the industry. The adherence to high-quality standards holds utmost priority in our operations, and we conscientiously abide by the benchmarks established by our esteemed clientele. By harmonizing ourselves with market insights and aligning with customer stipulations, we endeavor to deliver products that not only meet but surpass expectations. Our unwavering commitment to continual enhancement and comprehensive market awareness empowers us to flourish within a dynamic and ever-evolving business landscape.
The Next Decade: Shaping the Future of Rolling Stock Manufacturing Industry
The Indian government and Indian Railways have established an ambitious objective of achieving an annual freight movement of 3000 million tons. Evidently, the consistent rise in freight loading numbers indicates significant progress towards realizing this target. The implementation of policies aimed at fostering such growth, exemplified by the previous year's procurement of 72,000 freight wagons, reflects a steadfast commitment to bolstering the country's freight transportation infrastructure.
In the domain of passenger transportation, Indian Railways is actively replacing a substantial portion of its existing ecosystem with Vande Bharat trains. Additionally, collaborations with private entities for advanced passenger coaches underscore the growing demand for modern passenger trains. The forthcoming projects like Vande Metro further signify the immense growth potential in this sector.
Moreover, it is worth noting that even smaller cities have begun acknowledging the importance of efficient mass urban transport and are exploring the feasibility of metro, metro light, metro neo, and trolleybus systems. The overall outlook for the transportation sector in India appears promising, with considerable transformations on the horizon. As investments and advancements persist, the industry is expected to undergo a transformative phase.