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APRIL

April 28, 2018

‘Alliance Award’ for MAEL

It’s a moment of great pride that our Business Group Company, Minda Autoelektrik Limited has won the ‘Alliance Award’ for achieving overall targets as per the Goal from Eicher Engines. The award was presented by Mr. C.B Remesan (Vice President) & Mr. Rajesh Luthra (Sr. G.M. – Materials & Development) to Mr. Aakash Minda – President along with Mr. Rajeev Sharma, G.M – Marketing, Minda Autoelektrik Limited at the vendor meet held by Eicher Engines on 28th April, 18 at Delhi.

Eicher Engines is a unit of TAFE Motors & Tractors Limited and produces a wide range of air and water cooled engines that cater to a wide range of automotive and stationary applications.


April 26, 2018

Spark Minda at YMC, Japan Global Supplier Conference

Exhibits New Technology Products

 

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group participated in “Technology Exchange Meeting” at Yamaha Motors Co. (YMC) Japan during ‘Global Supplier’s Conference 2018’ that was held at Shizuoka, Japan on 25th & 26th April, 2018. As part of initiative, Spark Minda was invited to showcased and demonstrate latest technological products and unique capabilities during the Technical Exchange Meeting. The event provided an opportunity to demonstrate relevant and innovative products, tools and capabilities to Yamaha’s employees and leadership. It will also open up avenues for future partnerships. A total of 21 Suppliers participated in the Technology Exchange Meeting. Some of the Indian companies who participated were Minda Industries Limited, Fiem, Gabriel, Advik, Endurance, Shriram Pistons, Emitec, Sansera Engineering etc.

There was a high interest from all participants and visitors during this event. The highlight of the event was the visit of Inoue San, Matsuda San, Olivier Prevost San, Yoshimi San, Fujio San, Shin Yokomizo San, our esteemed customers from Yamaha Motors Co., Japan. During this two day conference, our Group had the opportunity not only in terms of brand visibility, but also to connect to various audiences on specific subjects in the field of ‘Innovations & Advance Technology’. It gave an excellent platform to our organization to showcase and demonstrate our products and processes which mutually benefits and brings in knowledge sharing, technology transfer and product familiarization amongst Yamaha Engineers.

From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the Business Group Companies that participated and showcased products at stall were Minda Corporation Ltd – Security Systems Division, Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd, Minda SAI Ltd along with Component Division, and Spark Minda Technical Centre (SMIT), EI Labs. On Display were products on the following three themes: Solutions for Electric Vehicles, New Technology Products, Environment Protection. Many Engineers from YMC took great interest in understanding our New Technology Initiatives especially – Smart Key on Bluetooth communication, ESCL with electronically operated Seat Open & Side Cover Open, Connected Mobility & TFT Based Speedometer. Our Group was represented by Mr Sudhir Kashyap, Mr. Sanjiv Saxena, Mr. Suresh D, Mr Rajesh Kumar, Mr Amit Goyal, Mr Sumeet Verma, Mr. Hemant, Mr Sudhir Khurana, Mr Sajjan Kumar besides Suganuma San. The stall set up was organized by Group Communication, Group Marketing department along with the support of MMSL Japan office, MSL, MSIL, MCL SSD, SMIT & EI Labs besides MCL SSD Pune Logistics team. A special appreciation for the entire Spark Minda team who did a wonderful job in setting up the stall & also kept all the visitors engaged, doing demonstrations relentlessly. A great effort put in by each one of them.


April, 2018

Minda SAI- CD Awarded New Business from Cummins Emission Control for BS-VI Components

We are delighted to announce that Minda SAI, Component Division has acquired new business from Cummins Emission Solution for the Urea dosing components. The marketing, engineering & business leadership team of MSL CD along with Minda SAI Corporate team has worked effortlessly and passionately in winning the customer confidence and acquired this new category of business.

The main function of Urea Dosing system is administration of precise amount of Urea release necessary for SCR reactions with the exhaust gases in BS-VI Engines.

Cummins is a new customer for Minda SAI Limited. It earmarks the entry of Minda SAI to BS-VI Components business & this entry opens up huge business opportunities for Minda SAI – CD.

It is indeed a major step towards developing business in a progressive manner by manufacturing quality products and making a mark in Automotive Component market.

Heartiest Congratulations to MSL CD team for bagging new business!


April 24, 2018

‘Certificate of Appreciation’ for MCL SSD – Noida

Minda Corporation Limited –SS Noida has received ‘Certificate of Appreciation for ‘Good Practices’ in Quality Systems from FICCI on 24th April’ 2018 at Federation House, New Delhi. The program started with the Welcome address & opening remarks by Mr. Shyam Bang, Chairman, NABCB & Chairman of FICCI Taskforce on Manufacturing Excellence followed by Keynote address by Ms. Surina Rajan, Deputy General, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The various categories of awards included sectors like Construction & Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Mining, Power including Generation, Transmission and Distribution.

The panel of FICCI assessors for the award visited MCL- Noida recently & stringent assessment process was carried out. The Assessors access all departments during their site assessment. Based on various Deptt’s performance and interaction with all HOD’s, details were submitted to jury, After evaluation of all the entries, the High level Jury decided the award.


April 20, 2018

Won award for ‘Best in Class Performance in QUALITY’ from ALL

Team MCL PN worked relentlessly for Zero CPI

 

We are elated to announce that Minda Corporation Limited- Pantnagar has been honored with the most prestigious award ‘Best in class performance in QUALITY’ from our esteemed customer- Ashok Leyland Limited on 20th April 2018 at the Vendor Meet held at Chennai.

The award was presented by Mr. Vinod Dasari – Managing Director, Ashok Leyland to Mr. Sumit Doseja- Global Key Account manager and Mr. L M Joshi- General Manager Plant Operations, Minda Corporation Ltd. – Pantnagar, for achieving Zero Customer Complaint & Zero CPI (Customer Pain Index) throughout the year.


April 19, 2018

Performance Award ‘VA-VE 2017-18’ to MCL SSD Noida from Suzuki Motorcycle India

Minda Corporation Limited –SS Noida has received the ‘Performance Award: VA-VE 2017-18“ from Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd on 19th April-2018 during the Annual Vendor Meet. SMIPL has distributed awards among 70 suppliers in various categories like Development, Quality, Cost, Delivery & VA-VE Category.

The award was received by Mr. D.S Mehra- AVP, SBU Plant Operations & Mr. Rohit Sabharwal- Sr. Manager Corp. Marketing from the Sr. management of SMIPL.

The program started with welcome address, followed by lamp lighting and an insight speech by SATOSHI UCHIDA SAN, Managing Director, SMIPL & HIROSHI EMA, Director Purchase, SMIPL.


April 18, 2018

HR Team of Minda SAI Limited bags “Employee Engagement Leadership Award 2018”

Minda SAI’s HR team has achieved significant milestone by winning Employee Engagement Leadership Award in a row at Employee Engagement Summit 2018 organised by 2nd edition of Employee Engagement Leadership Converge, presented by Kwench Global Technologies Pvt. Ltd on 18th April, at the Taj City Centre, Gurugram.

The award was received at Corporate Level and MSL HR Team further has been nominated & declared as a winner among numerous participants list in the category of “Best Learning & Development Strategy”.

The award were presented by Mr Amit Malik (Chief People Officer, Aviva Life Insurance), Mr Mitesh Damania (Executive Director of Kwench Technologies) and Mr Harsh Acharya (Executive Director & Chief Officer, Apollo Munich) to Mr Jagat Singh Dangi (Head-Corporate HR), Minda SAI Limited.

Some of the prominent participant companies were Mahindra & Mahindra, TATA Motors, Volvo, Eicher Limited, TATA Steel, Escorts Limited, Ashok Leyland, Daimler, Bridgestone, Bajaj, Nestle, VE Commercial Vehicles, Continental Engines, Indian Oil and Jindal Steel & Power.

Heartiest Congratulations to the team for the victory!


April 18, 2018

Order Bagged

Minda Stoneridge has been awarded new business to supply Instrument Clusters to Yamaha India (IYML), for its two new scooter models SOP- Year 2020. The peak annual combined volume is estimated to be around 6 Lacs per annum with order value of approx. Rs 25 crores. The LOI has been given in March 2018. This speedometer meets and serve the BS VI requirement of Speed/ RPM info to be given to ECU electronically.

Speedometer – A speedometer is a unit that measures and displays the instantaneous speed of a vehicle. In addition it displays fuel information and other mandatory indications like High / Low beam, Turn indications, etc.

The team members who worked relentlessly on this project includes; MSIL – Mr Rajeev Khanna, Mr. Sandeep Gound, Mr Chandra, Mr. Snehranjan Sahoo along with valuable support from Japan office – Suganuma San, Mr Amit Goyal & Mr Sumeet Verma.

Congratulations to the entire team.


April 18, 2018

MCL DCD Products makes headway in ASEAN region

Minda Corporation, Die Casting Division makes a break through as their Engine Mounting Bracket will be exported to Tokai Indonesia plant (through Y-Tech India) and will be finally supplied to Suzuki Indonesia for it’s new 4W model, SOP – April 2018. The Annual Volume is approx. 42,000. The MCL DCD team was represented by Mr Ashim Vohra, Mr Sukhpal Singh, Mr Sanjay Pahwa.

Engine Mounting Bracket application:- Engine and transmission are bolted together and mounted on the chassis of Car by 3 or 4 Mounting Brackets.

MCL DCD is Tier-1 Supplier and has earned good reputation of Tokai and MSIL Japanese team. It has BorgWarner, Honeywell, Y-Tec as main Tier-1 customers besides others.

This order will further strengthen the presence of Spark Minda in ASEAN region and will aid in earning new business from global OEM’s.

Congratulations to the entire MCL DCD team.


April 13, 2018

Annual Sales Conference of MASL Held

Minda Automotive Solutions Limited hosted its Annual Sales Conference from 8th to 13th April 2018 at Pantnagar to look back at the milestone achievement in FY 2017-18 and rediscover MASL soul and define a roadmap for the forth coming years. The theme line of the conference was “What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There” By Marshall Goldsmith. The key objective was to analyse today and shape up tomorrow identifying new pathways innovatively, set up broader goals to achieve the dream sales number.

The conference was graced by the presence of all the senior dignitaries from the Group – Mr. Ashok Minda, Mr.Lalitendu Samanta,

Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, Mr. Sanjeev Saxena, Mr. Aakash Minda. The day was filled with applauds for the milestone achievement in last FY and sharing of management expectations, extended support and motivational thoughts to the sparkling warriors for next FY year.

On 11th April, the day began with the Regional sales outlook for the past financial year and way forward to new strategies and opportunity achieving a big number in the new business year. Support departments presented their future outlook to support the sales function. The conference concluded well, with team commitments to become a best in class aftermarket team in the market, serving our customers with great zeal and enthusiasm, representing our brand in a world class manner, achieve management expectations and to reach a bigger milestone in the new business year.


April 06, 2018

Sparkonnect – Annual CSR Meet – 2018

The Group CSR held its 3rd Annual CSR Coordinators Meet – ’Sparkonnect’- Share & Care, from 4th – 6th April 2018 at Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. The Meet was organized for CSR Executives, Coordinators, Trainers of all Project locations of India (Greater Noida, Pune, Chennai and Pantnagar) with the objective to provide a platform for sharing of relevant knowledge, exploring new avenues for initiating CSR projects in the upcoming year, Team bonding and also providing a platform for replication of good practices.

The comprehensive 3-day program initiated with a visit to Aakarshan Pantnagar Center 1, Community Infrastructure projects, Aakarshan Pantnagar Center 2 and Convocation Ceremony of Pantnagar. The second day began with an excursion trip to Nainital for sharing of work and Team Bonding. The Annual Meet ended with a meeting on the 3rd day where each Regional CSR Coordinators’ gave a presentation on their respective locations’ key targets and achievements with a detailed SWOT analysis. This was followed by the suggestions and Q/A round by Group CSR Committee.

Ms Sarika Minda, Chairperson, Spark Minda Foundation also attended the meeting. Apart from her other committee members, who were part of the meeting included Mr Lalitendu Samanta and Mr Praveen Karn. Mr. Praveen welcomed the gathering and congratulated everyone on their dedicated efforts for the community. Mr. Samanta encouraged the team to sustain all projects on the same pace with larger scale. Mrs. Sarika Minda during her address spoke of how it is essential for the Aakarshan centers to prove that they are different from other training centers and continue to perform well.

The day ended with award distribution ceremony, where the following awards were presented:

  • Best Organized and Managed Center – Aakarshan Pantnagar
  • Center with Best Community Rapport – Aakarshan Chennai
  • Center with most Innovative Ideas – Aakarshan Pune
  • Center with Highest Employment – Aakarshan Pune

Awards for target Achievement:

  • Learners’ Target Achievement 1st Prize –
    • Ms. Savita Devi – C&T Trainer – Aakarshan Pantnagar Center 2
  • Learners’ Target Achievement 2nd Prize –
    • Mr. Raju – Computer Trainer – Aakarshan Pantnagar Center 1
    • Ms. Karthika – Spoken English Trainer – Aakarshan Chennai
    • Mr. Balakrishnan – Computer Trainer – Aakarshan Chennai
  • Learners’ Target Achievement 3rd Prize –
    • Ms. Shraddha – C & T Trainer – Aakarshan Greater Noida

The 3rd Annual Group CSR Community Coordinators Meet was a grand success and ended on a very motivating note for aII members.


April 02, 2018

Order Bagged

Hero Moto Corp Ltd (HMCL) has awarded new business to Minda Stoneridge – Sensor Division for EOT & ESS sensors on 2nd April, 2018. The sensors will be compliant for Motorcycles BS VI/ EFI models – SOP – Mar 2019. The peak annual revenue for Engine Oil Temperature ( EOT) & Engine Speed Sensor (ESS) is approx. Rs 35 crs.

In broadest terms, a sensor is a device, module, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes in its environment and send the information to other electronics, frequently a computer processor.

The Engine Oil Temperature Sensor (EOT) is NTC- Thermistor based Engine Oil temperature sensor and is rated for -40’C till 220’C.

The Engine Speed Sensor ( ESS) is Hall IC based non-contact speed sensor with a wire harness, application- sensing engine speed.

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited (MSIL) is a group company of the Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and specializes in manufacturing of Instrument Clusters and Sensors with leading OEM’s as customers.

Congratulations to MSIL team!


MARCH

March, 2018

New Order Lights up MCL DCD Business

Makes break through with BorgWarner Emission System -India

We are elated to announce that Minda Corporation Limited, Die Casting Division has won the first order from BorgWarner Emission System-India in March 2018. The order is related to the Mixing Unit in Gravity Die Casting for the end Customer, Mahindra where it will be used in their Diesel engines for Passenger and commercial vehicles. The total volume is approx. 20,000 p.a.

The new order will further aid in grabbing global Die Casting business from BorgWarner Emission System Division in future. The team members who worked relentlessly from MCL DCD are – Mr. Sanjay Pahwa, Head SBU-Engineering and Mr. Sukhpal Singh, Head SBU-Marketing along with the support and guidance of Mr. Ashim Vohra.

EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) System Application: The fuel air mixture can spontaneously combust, causing valve clatter and damaging the engine. By allowing a small amount of exhaust gas back into the intake, it reduces combustion chamber temperature thus regulating the flow of exhaust gas in the EGR system.

MCL DCD already has BorgWarner Turbo System as its biggest customer and exports Turbo Systems from its Pune unit. It earned good reputation of BorgWarner Group with successful execution of export business.

Congratulations to the entire MCL DCD Team!


March 31, 2018

Convocation Ceremony Held at Aakarshan Center Greater Noida, Chennai, Pantnagar & Pune. Shaping lives and spreading smiles…

It was a moment of immense pride for Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group when the Convocation Ceremony of Aakarshan Greater Noida, Chennai, Pantnagar & Pune was held in the month of March 2018. A total of 853 learners from Basic Computer, Tally, Cutting – Tailoring, Beauty Culture & Spoken English trades graduated with flying colors across all five centers in India.

Aakarshan is a CSR initiative of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, which is benefitting the less privileged youth, women and school going children from poor socio-economic background since December 2013.

In the Convocation Ceremony organized at Greater Noida, 71 women of Cutting- Tailoring trade, 113 learners of Computer trade, 81 learners from Spoken English, whereas 45 learners from newly inaugurated course Beauty Culture got certified. The highlight of the ceremony was the distribution of Job letters to 149 women from Industrial Tailoring trade. Industrial Tailoring Program focuses on women empowerment through teaching them industrial based skill set which is needed in garment export houses. The training program for 45 days guarantees 100% job placement to them. This is a collaborated project with Shahi Exports. Mr. Anand Kumar Singh, District welfare Officer graced the occasion as Chief Guest. He acknowledged the work done by Spark Minda Foundation in various blocks of Gautam Buddha Nagar. Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson- Spark Minda Foundation, motivated the freshly graduated learners and shared some thoughts with them on planning a bright future. Mr. M.K Pajan, Advisor, Group CSR acknowledged the involvement of local villagers for making this training program successful at Kuleshara village. He requested the villagers to disseminate the information about this training program in the nearby locality, so that more people could be benefitted.

In Pantnagar, the program was organized in the community hall near Aakarshan Pantnagar Center-2. A total of 202 successful learners of Basic Computer, Spoken English & Cutting Tailoring Training Program from Center 1 & 2 were felicitated. Mr. LM Joshi, Unit Head – MCL – Pantnagar welcomed and thanked all stakeholders of the program for their continual support. He also welcomed the learners of the new batch. Mr. R C Negi, Mr. Neeraj Sharma and other CSR team members organized the event successfully. CSR Community Team across North, South & West regions also attended this program. It was for the first time that CSR community team attended the convocation ceremony of other locations.

In Pune, the convocation was held at the premises of Bhairavnath Vidhyalay in presence of Panchayat representatives, School Committee, CSR team from MSIL, MCL, MVAST, MCL DCD, MSL – Pune. 83 successful learners of Basic Computer, Tally, Beauty Culture Training Program graduated from Aakarshan Center – Pune. The certificates were distributed by Ms. Sarika Minda along with CSR team and CSR Committee to the graduating students. The Panchayat representatives thanked Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group for organizing this training program at Donde Village of Rajgurunagar.

In Chennai, the convocation was organized in the campus of Government Sr. Secondary School, Vengadu. 135 learners of Basic computers, Tally, Cutting & Tailoring and Spoken English program got certified from Aakarshan Center – Chennai. Mrs. Sarika Minda along with CSR committee graced the occasion and motivated children by giving a speech in Tamil language. School principal and Panchayat President thanked Spark Minda Foundation for doing infrastructure development at panchayat building and Govt. School premises.

Till Date, Spark Minda Foundation has benefitted 3893 learners by its flagship Program ‘Aakarshan Vocational Training’. We congratulate the aspiring children and youth on successfully completing the course and wish them luck for their future endeavours.


March 29, 2018

Spark Minda Foundation Setup Divyang Shashaktikaran Kendra in Maharashtra

Spark Minda Foundation, a CSR wing of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has a vision to build a sustainable society through improving the quality of life, protecting the planet through affirmative action and establish integrated and inclusive growth of people and environment.

To ensure sustainability to the lives of Persons with Disability through ensuring their mobility, Spark Minda Foundation has set up “Empowerment Centre for Divyangs” under its program called Saksham.

The main objective of this centre is: –

  • To provide Accessible and Assistive Technology to Person with Disabilities (PWDs)
  • Skilling facilitation for PWDs
  • On Job Trainings in different Manufacturing Functions
  • Employment linkage in the Industry
  • Providing assistance in getting Disability Certificate

The Inauguration of the center was held on 29th March 2018 by Ms. Sarika Minda, Chairperson, Spark Minda Foundation along with Mr Pajan. Dignitaries and representative from government also participated and acknowledged Ms. Sarika Minda for this unique Program.

The center aims at providing prosthetic and orthotic devices to 250 Divyangs annually. It will also be facilitating in employment of 150 Divyangs by imparting them skills with either on-job trainings or vocational trainings. The center will also help in getting disability certificates to 250 Divyangs annually. This center also aims to organize job fairs in collaboration with its partners and other like-minded organizations.

The Saksham Center has received tremendous support from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Welfare Department of PMC and PCMC. This Center will cater particularly to the rural districts of Maharashtra, where all such facilities will be provided free of cost. Spark Minda Foundation is further exploring possibilities of collaboration in different districts of the state.

Under Saksham program, Spark Minda Foundation has till date benefitted 3727 PWDs with assistive technology by organizing Artificial Limb Fitment Camp in Indonesia and Noida. Also, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has employed 215 PWDs in different factory locations.

Mr. Ashok Minda, Group CEO has envisioned to provide benefit to 7000 PWDs with fitments and 1000 PWDs with employment by FY 2020 and this center will facilitate in achieving PWDs life’s sustainability with dignity.

We request you all to please refer PWDs to:

Saksham, Empowerment Center for Divyang

Gate No 1, Chimbli Phata, Pune Nasik Road, Khed, Pune, Maharashtra

Contact – 8082716652; Mail id – saksham@minda.co.in


March 23, 2018

MASL conducts its first factory tour initiative at MCL Pantnagar

We are pleased to announce that Spark Minda Aftermarket team conducted its first Factory tour for 26 potential mechanics at Minda Corporation Limited, Pantnagar on 23rd March, 2018. Factory tour plays a vital role in connecting with the end customer. It is a significant platform to exhibit the product range, technical know – how, manufacturing facility & quality to a wider set of audience under one roof.

The factory tour was steered by 5 group leaders – Mr. Mannu Mittal, Mr. Kudeep Singh , Mr. Birpal Singh, Mr. Ajay Bhandari and Mr.Vijay Gupta from MASL and MCL who work in different departments like Quality , Service and Sales. The team took off the tour to new heights by dividing the mechanics into 2 teams and showcasing the world class manufacturing, production facilities, lab testing, paint shop, operation sequence and quality control systems to the customers.

The tour was highly appreciated by the visiting mechanics, who got an insight about the company and products. The learning experience will eventually help them to handle right product properly & its fitment. The visitors also appreciated the hospitality by the company.


March 23, 2018

Mahindra SBCB – Pune Cluster Meet Organized at SMIT

Minda SAI Ltd, Murbad organized Mahindra SBCB (Supplier Business Capability Building) Cluster meet on 23rd March, 2018 at SMIT Pune. The purpose of conducting the cluster meet was knowledge sharing and improvement by Mahindra. The event was conceptualized by Mr. Suhas Hulyalkar – GM SBCB, Mahindra & Mr V. Srinivasan, COO, Minda SAI keeping Technology and R&D as theme.

On the day of event, Senior Delegates from 28 companies across Automobile industry participated at the cluster meet. Mr. Pankaj Bharuka – SBU Head, Western region inaugurated the event and briefed the agenda of the day. Mr. V. Srinivasan – COO Minda SAI Ltd gave overview and presentation of Spark Minda to all Mahindra cluster members. Dr. Vishwas Vaidya – Director SMIT gave SMIT presentation on Technology development & people capability building for R&D. The participants were also taken for visit to SMIT R&D lab.


March 23, 2018

MKTSN Receives Second Significant Order in EV Segment

We are elated to share that our Business Group Company, Minda KTSN won the second major order in Electric Vehicles segment from Audi, Germany on 23rd March, 2018. The company received the order for supplying glove box including covers for the new electric A-SUV, SOP in 2021. A glove box is a compartment built into the dashboard, located over the front-seat passenger’s footwell in an automobile, often used for miscellaneous storage.

The volume is estimated to be approx. 65,000 units p.a. with annual sales potential of 1.8 mill. € (Rs 14 crores p.a). The Minda KTSN team worked relentlessly to bag this order.

Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions, Germany is a wholly owned subsidiary of our flagship company, Minda Corporation Limited. It produces high quality Interior products such as Glove box, I Panel Parts, Storage boxes, Cup holders, Steering column covers, Oil panel, Cylinder heads and Structure parts for VW Group, BMW, Daimler, as main customers. Minda KTSN in Europe has state of the art of Injection moulding, automated assemblies, and internal tool manufacturing facilities.

Congratulations to MKTSN team!


March 17, 2018

Spark Minda sees huge prospects for Business and Economic tie-ups with South Korea.

Supports Program by India-Republic of Korea friendship society (IRKFS) welcoming the new Ambassador of South Korea to India – Mr. SHIN Bong-kil

In view of India’s growing ties and increased cultural, business bonding with South Korea, Global Automotive Component Manufacturer ‘SPARK MINDA, Ashok Minda Group’ (“Spark Minda”) led by Chairman & Group CEO, Mr. Ashok Minda supported the program organized by India-Republic of Korea friendship society (IRKF) to welcome the new Ambassador of South Korea to India – Mr. SHIN Bong-kil on 17th March, 2018. The event organized at India International centre, New Delhi saw participation by senior bureaucrats, corporates, government officers and members of IRKFS. The dignitaries include; Mr. Skand Tayal, Ex Indian Ambassador to Korea; Mr. Shashank, Ex Foreign Secretary, Government of India; Mr. Ashok Minda, Group CEO & Mr. N.K Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and Mr. A P Gandhi, Director General of IRKFS.

Welcoming H.E SHIN Bong-kil, Ambassador of Korea to India, Mr. Ashok Minda, Chairman & Group CEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group said, “India’s growing ties and increased cultural, business bonding with South Korea has immensely benefitted and greatly impacted the lives of my countrymen. I believe and am of firm conviction that the two most promising economies of the world – India and South Korea will continue to further deepen collaboration, which will play a significant role in promoting a mutually beneficial relationship in the national and economic interest of all.”

The automotive industry in South Korea is the sixth-largest in the world measured by automobile unit production and the fifth-largest by automobile export volume. South Korea is today among the most advanced automobile-producing countries in the world. As a leading automotive player, nationally and internationally, the South Korean automotive market is a significant market for major global players like Spark Minda. As a Progressive Group, Spark Minda sees big prospects that lies ahead in South Korea and is working as per its strategy in focus area of growth. It is continuously evaluating the new opportunities through organic & inorganic growth to compete from global suppliers besides expanding its footprints globally.

Adds Mr. N.K Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, “Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group is keen to align and serve South Korean car makers in India and also aggressively pursuing opportunities to alliance/ partner for India with South Korean partners. As per Government identified sectors for bilateral agreement, our Group is also working on latest technology products for clean technology which includes components for electric vehicle segment and other technology such as Connected Mobility Solutions, Telematics, ITS & IoT.”

Spark Minda represents itself at prominent National & International Forums which provides the opportunity to showcase Spark Minda as a key contributor to the Global Automotive Component market. Our participation and extending patronage to this event helps to establish and strengthen our Group’s standing with the community and maximize our brand exposure. It also provides us an excellent platform to network with a wider audience, showcasing technologies relevant to their future projects.


March 16, 2018

CFO100 2018 ‘Roll of Honour Award’ for Mr Ajay Kumar, MSIL

Mr. Ajay Kumar, CFO, Minda Stoneridge has been awarded ‘CFO100 2018 Roll of honour award’ in the category of Cost Control and Management by Mr. M Damodran Ex-Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 16th of March, 2018 at Hotel The Leela, Mumbai. He has been awarded for his role in supporting business and functional teams to achieve targeted goals.

Launched in 2010, CFO100 is an annual initiative that identifies and recognises the achievements of the top hundred senior finance professionals in the country; who have made a difference with their leadership; and are a cut above the others in areas of finance, including cost management, collaboration, capital raising, risk management, governance and strategy.

The award is based on a rigorous selection process at the country level (including detailed applications by participants supported by factual results delivered by them), which involves a case-by-case deliberation and discussion by renowned panellists that comprise the Jury. The participants are primarily CFOs and also senior finance professionals from various companies operating in areas of Manufacturing, Services, IT, BPO, Listed / Unlisted etc. Across India.

The following jury members had been a part for the formal selection: Mr Ajay Seth [CFO- Maruti Suzuki], Mr Giri Giridhar [CFO,Member of Board-Indian Hotels], Mr Jaimin Bhatt [President & Group CFO-Kotak Mahindra Bank], Mr Koushik Chaterjee [ED & CFO-TATA Steel], Mr S Durgashankar [President-Mahindra and Mahindra], Mr Suresh C Senapaty [Director-Wipro Enterprises] and other esteemed finance leaders in India. The award is based on a rigorous selection process at the country level (including detailed applications by participants supported by factual results delivered by them), which involves a case-by-case deliberation and discussion by renowned panelists that comprise the Jury. The participants are primarily CFOs and also senior finance professionals from various companies operating in areas of Manufacturing, Services, IT, BPO, Listed / Unlisted etc across India.


March 15, 2018

MKTSN receives first significant order for Electric Vehicles

Our Business Group Company, Minda KTSN won the first order for Electric vehicles from VW Germany on 15th March, 2018. The company received the order for supplying glove box including covers for the new electric A-SUV, SOP in May 2020. A glove box is a compartment built into the dashboard, located over the front-seat passenger’s footwell in an automobile, often used for miscellaneous storage.

The volume is estimated to be approx. 90,000 units p.a. with annual sales potential of 2.6 mill. € (Rs 20 crores p.a). The Minda KTSN team worked relentlessly to bag this order.

Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions, Germany is a wholly owned subsidiary of our flagship company, Minda Corporation Limited. It produces high quality Interior products such as Glove box, I Panel Parts, Storage boxes, Cup holders, Steering column covers, Oil panel, Cylinder heads and Structure parts for VW Group, BMW, Daimler, as main customers. Minda KTSN in Europe has state of the art of Injection moulding, automated assemblies, and internal tool manufacturing facilities.

Well done and congratulations to MKTSN team! Your hard work, dedication and passion made all the difference in making this achievement possible.


March 14, 2018

Spark Minda’s Enthusiastic Particpation at CII’s Conference on ‘Automotive R&D Trends’

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group participated in CII’s 10th Edition conference on ‘Automotive R&D Trends’ on 14th March 2018 at Hotel ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. The theme of the conference was ‘Redefine R&D: Regulatory Changes for Sustainable Mobility’.

Our Group was the associate sponsor for this event. It was a significant platform to promote our brand image to a wider set of audience belonging to automotive business fraternity in general & customers, suppliers, business partners in particular. Spark Minda was represented by Mr. Krishnamurthy Vaidyanathan, Ms. Sandhya, Mr. Krishnamoorthy & Mr. Yusuf Chikodi.

The prime objectives of the conference were; To serve as a stage for stakeholders from the automotive & allied industrial sectors; To share their expert views on strengthening the base for automotive R&D; Develop a systematic approach to address the key gaps in the R&D domain and Understand & highlight priority areas for developing robust systems & solutions through research & innovation.

Mr. Krishnamurthy, President – EI Labs was a key speaker on the topic ‘Vehicle Connectivity & Telematics’. The conference was aimed at encouraging debates among the automotive business community on the current scenario of automotive trends in the field of Electric vehicles, Connected vehicles & Industry evolution & Digital Transformation.

Various sessions were held on Green Mobility – Future of Vehicles, Increased Competition, New Regulations for Auto Industry, Automotive Industry evolution & digital transformation, Smart & Additive Manufacturing. Also there was a special session with Mr. Philip Dalidakis, Trade & Investment, Innovation & Digital Economy & Small Business Minister for State Government of Victoria, Australia.

The conference indeed proved to be a platform for vast knowledge sharing on ‘Automotive & R&D Trends’.


March 10, 2018

MVAST Bags Silver Award at Quality Circle Forum of India

It’s a moment of pride for us to share that Minda VAST Access Systems Pvt. Ltd has bagged Silver Award in ‘Industrial Health, Safety & Environment Improvement’ competition conducted by Quality Circle Forum of India on 10th March, 2018 as a part of Safety Week celebration.

From MVAST Mr. Amresh Mahajan, Mr. Mahesh Katkalambekar, Mr. Shubham D & Mr. Gangadhar Maharana participated in the competition.

The Award was presented by Mr. Chandrasekhar Kulkarni, Plant Manager, ITC Food Division , Ranjangaon.

Heartiest Congratulations to MVAST team for participating and winning the prestigious award at national forum!


March 08, 2018

Spark Minda at IYMPL Supplier’s Conference: Exhibits New Tech Products

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group participated at the India Yamaha Motors Pvt. Ltd. (IYMPL) ‘Annual Suppliers Conference’ that was held at Jaypee Green Resorts, Greater Noida on 8th March, 2018. As part of initiative, Spark Minda was invited to showcased and demonstrate latest technological products and unique capabilities during the conference. The event provided an opportunity to demonstrate relevant and innovative products, tools and capabilities to Yamaha’s employees and leadership. It also opened up avenues for future partnerships.

There was a high interest from all participants and visitors during this event. The highlight of the event was the visit of Inoue San and Masuda San our esteemed customers from Yamaha Motors Co. Ltd., Japan. During this one day fair, our Group had the opportunity not only in terms of brand visibility, but also to connect to various audiences on specific subjects in the field of ‘Innovations & Advance Technology’. The Technology Day platform gave our organization to showcase and demonstrate our products and processes which mutually benefits and brings in knowledge sharing, technology transfer and product familiarization amongst Yamaha Engineers.

From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the Business Group Companies that participated and showcased products at stall were Minda Corporation Ltd – Security Systems Division, Minda Corporation Ltd – Die Casting Division, Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd, Minda SAI Ltd., and Spark Minda Technical Centre (SMIT). On Display were products on the following four themes:

  • Solutions for Motor Cycles, and Commuter Vehicles
  • Electrical Vehicle Solutions
  • Solutions for Recreational Vehicles & Golf Carts
  • Solutions for Marine Engines & Power products

Our Group was represented by, Mr. Sanjiv Saxena, Mr. Suresh D, Mr. Aakash Minda, Mr. P.K Dhawan, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. V. Srinivasan, Mr. Manoj Belwal, Mr. Yusuf Chikodi, Mr. Hemant, Mr. Kshitij Pratap, Mr. Sanjeev Sharma, Mr. Rohit Sabarwal, Mr. Ajay Thapar, Mr. Gorav Sharma, Mr. Vikrant Sharma and Mr. Anil Batra besides others. The stall was set up by Group Communication and Group Marketing department along with the support of BG teams. A special appreciation for the entire Spark Minda team who kept all the visitors engaged and did a wonderful job in setting up the stall doing demonstrations relentlessly. A great effort put in by each one of them.


March 05, 2018

MASL hosts Business Partners Meet

Spark Minda Aftermarket team sets an example by connecting with its Esteemed Business Partners on 4th & 5th March 2018 at SMIT – Pune, with a theme to shape up tomorrow’s business today and brainstorm about the fundamental topics in line with 5P’s (people, products, promotions, place & processes) the key objective was to stand up at one platform, analyse and set up a strategic roadmap for the forth coming years. The story line of the conference was based on “What got you here, won’t get you there” by Marshall Goldsmith.

On 4th March evening, a dinner was organized for the Business Partners with a brief welcome by Mr. Arvinth Siva – President, MASL with a brief introduction of key team members.

On 5th March, Business Partners along with MASL visited Spark Minda Technical facility. The Business Partners were welcomed with a flower bouquet. Mr. Arvinth Siva – President, MASL hosted the conference and gave an opening speech greeting everyone. Mr. Suresh D – CEO, SMIT & GCTO Spark Minda Group once again greeted all and presented a brief introduction about the facility, forward thinking of the management, robust product range getting developed with the state of the art EMI – EMC (Electromagnetic interference & Electromagnetic compatibility) testing facility. Further the conference was followed by a visit of the Business Partners to the SMIT facility organised by Mr. Yusuf Chikodi – Manager Product Research & Marketing, SMIT.

After the facility tour Mr. Arvinth Siva took over the conference by briefing everyone about emerging trends in our country, how the future business will look like and what developments will happen in MASL. Followed by this Business Partners were divided into 6 groups for a discussion on the questions based upon the questionnaires sent to them.

The conference turned out to be an interesting session of knowledge sharing. During the video call session with Mr. Ashok Minda – Group CEO, he addressed the Business Partners along with the MASL team and expressed his commitment towards the aftermarket business. After which the workshop started on 6 key identified strategies – People Development, Technical Competency, Service Excellence, Brand & Promotion, Products, Range and Distribution Strategy. During the workshop Business Partners actively shared their thoughts & gave inputs on the topics discussed. Followed by this, an open Q & A session was conducted for capturing inputs with regard to improvement in services relating to various areas of operation. There was also a visit organised for the Business Partners to Minda Corporation Limited plant which was highly appreciated by all the participants.

The session concluded with the closing speech of Mr. Arvinth Siva – President, MASL. Mr. Hanish Mandan – Associate Vice President, MASL proposed a vote of thanks to Business Partners for their active participation in the two day event and sparing their precious time for this business meet.

Heartiest Congratulations to MASL team for taking a major step towards strengthening partnership in the Aftermarket network.


FEBRUARY

Feb 27, 2018

7th Shri S.L. Minda Memorial Sports Tournament Held

The 7th Shri. S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament 2017-18 was inaugurated on 17th Feb, 2018 by our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda & Mrs Sarika Minda at MCL- Noida. On this special occasion, our respected Chief Guest, Mr. Ashok Minda, Mrs Sarika Minda, Mr Rajesh Bansal, Mr Pramode Parasramka, Mr. N.K. Modi, Mr. Aakash Minda, Ms. Kanika Minda, Mr. Takshay Bansal were warmly welcomed by Central Sports Committee and North Zone Sports Committee Members comprising of Mr. Ajay Sancheti, Mr Ashim Vohra, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Amit Jalan, Mr Rabindra Kr. Behera. The event was inaugurated by offering floral tribute (Shradhanjali) to Babuji, followed by Ganesh Vandana & Bhajan by Minda Balgram Children. A speech by Mr. Ashok Minda & Mr. Lalitendu Samanta was given where they encouraged all the players with their motivational words and stressed on multiplying the participation in long run. Mr Lalitendu Samanta spoke about the importance of tournament played in building a feeling of mutual trust and admiration for team members. Mr. Ajay Sancheti & Mr. Sumit Doseja addressed all the guests present at the North Zone inauguration and also gave a short speech about the background and objective of the tournament. Participants took oath along with Mr. Vinay Chandra. Colorful balloons were released by our guests followed by Toss by our GCEO and the tournament started. The other dignitaries, who graced the occasion, were Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, Mr Sudhir Kashyap, Mr. Arvinth Siva.

The 1st game of the tournament was Volley Ball match followed by Carrom and Kabaddi. The other games which will be played in this tournament includes Cricket, Table Tennis & Badminton. The tournament continued till 1st March, 2018.

The Sports Tournament at South Zone was inaugurated at MSL- Pillapakkam on 17th February, 2018 by Mr. Hari Shankar Gupta -Internal Auditor, MSL South and Mr. V. Srinivasan – COO, Wiring Harness Division. On this special occasion, our respected Chief Guest Mr. Hari Shankar Gupta & Mr. V. Srinivasan was welcomed by the Sports committee representatives. The event was inaugurated by offering floral tribute to Babuji by the Chief Guest followed by a motivational and inspirational speech for players by Mr. V. Srinivasan, Mr.D. Vijayan and Mr. G. Arun. Mr. J.S.A Kennedy addressed all the guests present at the South Zone inauguration and also gave a short speech about the background and objective of the tournament. Mr. P.Kannan took oath on behalf of all team members followed by Toss for carrom which started the tournament. The other diginitaries who graced the occasion were Mr. M. Rajendran – Minda Stoneridge Instruments limited and Mr. Ritwik Guha – Designing & Engineering Dept, Mr. Ajay Kumar Aagrawal – Finance & Accounts Dept, Mr. G. Arun – Production Dept, Mr. N. Ramalingam – Purchase Dept, Mr. Satish Ellaiah – Design Dept, Mr.D. Vijayan – Operations Dept.

The inauguration at West Zone was held on 17th Feb.18 at SMIT Pune ground at 10.30 am with Volleyball Game. Mr. Himanshu Jain (MVAST) was the Chief Guest for the inaugural function along with him other Senior Members of the Group Mr. Kalyan Pawar (MMSL), Mr. Arvind Gupta (MCL-SSD), Mr. Mahendra Naredi (MVAST), Mr. Prem Kumar (MSIL) & Pankaj Bharuka (MSAI) also attended the function. All HR heads and members of west Region sport committee were also present for the inauguration function. Mr. Kalyan Pawar – Member of Central and West Region Committee, while addressing the gathering, briefed about the objective and importance of annual sports tournament and appealed all players to maintain sportsmanship. Mr. Himanshu Jain- Chief Guest narrated the importance of sports for healthy and fit life in his speech. The inauguration Started with Lamp Lightning by Chief Guest followed by other Senior Members & other activities like ribbon cutting, coconut breaking & oath ceremony.

The sporting event is organized by Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, Central Sports Committee every year and is held in the memory of our beloved Babuji who always believed that only a healthy body and healthy mind can lead to a strong and loyal workforce. Sporting events brings out the best in the employees and fosters a team spirit amongst them. Babuji once said you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. He believed that the price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. May his wisdom be our guiding light always!


Feb 20, 2018

Minda SAI- CD Awarded New Business from Maruti Suzuki & Mahindra

We are delighted to announce that Minda SAI, Component Division has acquired new business of Plastic Interior Parts from Maruti Suzuki & Mahindra in the month of February, 2018. The ‘Marketing & Engineering Team’ of MSL CD along with Minda KTSN has worked effortlessly in retaining the lead in designing and development of HVAC (Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning) category business in Maruti Suzuki passenger cars. This team has been able to make inroads in Mahindra passenger cars also with the award of the first business of air vents.

MSL CD has designed two plastic interior parts for Maruti Suzuki i.e. ‘Louver Centre Vent (Left/Right)’ & ‘Nozzle Defroster’. Whereas, ‘Louver Centre Vent ‘cools and warms the car cabin, the ‘Nozzle Defroster’ demystifies front glass of the car for a clear view while driving.

This is the first project where MSL CD has been involved by Maruti Suzuki from the pre development stage and for developing proto parts before mass production tooling.

Mahindra awarded first business of design & development of air vents (Side & Centre) for one of their upcoming model.

Mahindra also nominated MSL-CD for predevelopment & engineering activities with their MNATC, Detroit USA team for their another upcoming model being designed at MNATC, USA.

It is indeed a major step towards developing business in a progressive manner by manufacturing quality products and making a mark in Automotive Component market.

Heartiest Congratulations to MSL CD team for bagging new business !


Feb 18, 2018

Minda SAI South Bags Two National Awards

We feel immense pleasure in announcing that our Business Group Company, Minda SAI Limited, Pilliaipakkam unit has won ‘Platinum Award’ and Kakkalur unit has won ‘Diamond Award’ in AOTS National Convention on ‘Innovative QC team’ competition organised by ABK AOTS DOSOKAI & JETRO (Japanese External Trade Organization) on 18th February, 2018 at PYC Deccan Gymkhana, Pune.

The presenters’ team at the competition from Pillaipakkam unit included Mr.Sivakumar, Mr. Dinesh Kumar, Mr. Aswin and from Kakkalur unit were Mr. Selvapermal, Mr. Aswin, Mr. Naven, Ms. Eswari and Ms. Nandhini.

MSL Pillaipakkam & Kakkalur unit competed with 64 renowned companies like Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, TVS Group and besides others. Platinum Award Winner (MSL Pillaipakkam unit) has Qualified for International Convention to be held later in this year.

Heartiest Congratulations to the team for the victory !


Feb 17, 2018

Inauguration of 7th Shri S.L. Minda Memorial Sports Tournament

The 7th Shri. S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament 2017-18 was inaugurated on 17th Feb, 2018 by our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda & Mrs Sarika Minda at MCL- Noida.

On this special occasion, our respected Chief Guest, Mr. Ashok Minda, Mrs Sarika Minda, Mr Rajesh Bansal, Mr Pramode Parasramka, Mr. N.K. Modi, Mr. Aakash Minda, Ms. Kanika Minda, Mr. Takshay Bansal were warmly welcomed by Central Sports Committee and North Zone Sports Committee Members comprising of Mr. Ajay Sancheti, Mr Ashim Vohra, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Amit Jalan, Mr Rabindra Kr. Behera. The event was inaugurated by offering floral tribute (Shradhanjali) to Babuji, followed by Ganesh Vandana & Bhajan by Minda Balgram Children. A speech by Mr. Ashok Minda & Mr. Lalitendu Samanta was given where they encouraged all the players with their motivational words and stressed on multiplying the participation in long run. Mr Lalitendu Samanta spoke about the importance of tournament played in building a feeling of mutual trust and admiration for team members.

Mr. Ajay Sancheti & Mr. Sumit Doseja addressed all the guests present at the North Zone inauguration and also gave a short speech about the background and objective of the tournament. Participants took oath along with Mr. Vinay Chandra. Colorful balloons were released by our guests followed by Toss by our GCEO and the tournament started. The other dignitaries, who graced the occasion, were Mr. Lalitendu Samanta & Mr Sudhir Kashyap.

Mr. Arvinth Siva and Mr. Sanjay Pathak along with other employees and commentator – Mr P.S Baghel were also present at the event to cheer the participants. The 1st game of the tournament was Volley Ball match followed by Carrom and Kabaddi. The other games which will be played in this tournament includes Cricket, Table Tennis & Badminton. The tournament at North Zone will continue till 25thfeb, 2018.

The sporting event is organized by Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, Central Sports Committee every year and is held in the memory of our beloved Babuji who always believed that only a healthy body and healthy mind can lead to a strong and loyal workforce. Sporting events brings out the best in the employees and fosters a team spirit amongst them. Babuji once said you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in an year of conversation. He believed that the price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. May his wisdom be our guiding light always!


Feb 15, 2018

MCL SSD Forays in European EV Segment Products – Awarded Business from BOLT Mobility B.V

We are glad to announce that Minda Corporation Ltd – Security System Division has acquired first business from European Electric Vehicle (EV) Segment, Bolt Mobility B.V, Netherlands on 15th February, 2018.

It is a significant achievement for MCL SSD as it has bagged the new business of ESCL (Electric Steering Column lock) from European EV customer. The ESCL for Electric Scooter application with CAN based interface will function for locking the steering based on CAN message received from VCU (Vehicle Control Unit). MCL SSD also plans to tap other global EV segment players for ESCL and other products in future like Electronic Latches for Seat and Glove Box Latching.

Bolt Mobility was introduced to MCL SSD by Group Marketing- Mr. Saurabh Tyagi & Mr. Gorav Sharma. Further MCL SSD Marketing & Engineering team; Mr. Parveen Dhawan, Mr. Jatin Chawla, Mr. Vikram Puri, Mr. Harjit Singh, Mr. Deepak Goswami, Mr. Sanjeet Kumar and Mr. Bhanu Seth worked hard for generating customer business interest through good PR, proto development, demonstration of technical capabilities & regular discussions.

Also, MCL SSD is all geared up to submit ten proto samples to customer in Apr’18, for evaluation.

Many Congratulations to MCL SSD team for foraying into new business of European EV Segment products!


Feb 14, 2018

SMIT Bags First EV Business Pilot Order

We are elated to share that Spark Minda Technical Centre (SMIT) has received the formal Purchase Order for the first pilot lot of 50 no.s DC/DC Convertors from our Esteemed Customer – ‘OK Play’ for E-Rickshaw application on 14th February, 2018. A DC-to-DC converter is an electronic unit that converts a source of direct current (DC) from one voltage level to another. It is a type of electric power converter.

During the month, SMIT made a few samples which were tested and approved by our customer for EV segment. These 50 nos DC/DC Convertors for E-Rickshaw application will be the first PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) batch execution and will be replacing the Chinese equivalent of ‘OK Play’. This marks the foray of our Group in EV segment as an automotive component supplier.

EV (Electric Vehicle) is the next biggest disruption in Automotive and every company is trying to enter this business through their products and solutions. The biggest challenge in India is the technology and cost as many Chinese companies have started flowing cheap products to this segment. It is very important for our Group to enter this area early to take the advantage of business opportunity.

Off late we have received LOI’s for our legacy business products like Wire Harness, Locksets, Instrument Clusters etc. DC/ DC Converters is the first business in the non-legacy products so far.

Congratulations to the team work of Corporate Marketing, Minda SAI- Chennai, GCEO Office & SMIT – Mr. Vinay Pawar (SMIT), Mr. Mahabir Prasad (SMIT/ESS), Mr. Mohan Singh Pardeshi (SMIT/EHS), Mr. Gorav Sharma (MMSL), Mr. Srinivasan (MSL), Mr. S.Krishna Kumar (MSL), Mr. N.K. Modi (MMSL).

We are sure that Spark Minda will have many more milestones to achieve !!


Feb 7, 2018

Spark Minda Inaugurates Its Third Die Casting Plant at Pune

The year 2018 has started with slew of exemplary achievements for Spark Minda. After inaugurating Spark Minda Technical Centre, the Group inaugurates its third state of the art Die Casting manufacturing plant at Chakan, Pune by its flagship company ‘Minda Corporation Limited’ on 7th February, 2018. This manufacturing facility is set-up exclusively for Aluminum Gravity Die Casting & Low Pressure Die Casting with machining in Pune for two and four wheeler products.

Spark Minda firmly believes in nurturing partnerships with all external stakeholders. Our Esteemed Customer BorgWarner Turbo Systems was the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony. The program started with a warm welcome to BorgWarner team – Mr. Brad, Mr. Steffen, Mr David & Mr Ramesh by Spark Minda officials represented by Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, Mr. Ashim Vohra, Mr M.J Vibhandik, Mr Vivek Kumar Sharma, Mr Pankaj Uniyal besides others. The BWTS team inaugurated the facility by ribbon cutting, lighting of the lamp & paying floral tributes to our Group founder- Shri S.L. Minda. Mr. Ashim Vohra gave welcome address followed by an insight speech by Mr Sudhir Kashyap. The BWTS team; Mr. Brad, Mr. Steffen, Mr David addressed the MCL DCD Team and appreciated the plant setup. The Vote of thanks to customers was given by Mr Vivek Kumar Sharma.

Mr Sudhir Kashyap, Executive Director & CEO, Minda Corporation Limited said, “Year 2018 marks an exceptional start for Spark Minda, where we recently saw inauguration of our Technical Centre and now new Die Casting plant which will open new horizons for Group in components manufacturing. We have dynamically aligned our technological processes with product development to establish a trade mark of superiority in the products we develop and manufacture. We operate on simple DNA of “Powered by Passion” and we are confident enough to take our capabilities to another level with each passing year”.

Mr. Ashok Minda Group CEO commented, “Spark Minda follows a strict principle of Quality and Customer focus. We always cater in the best possible manner for our products and technological demands. Establishment of our new plant at Pune will enable Group to suffice the rising demand of Die Casting components for Indian & Global Automotive Customers. We stand proud to serve our global customers in the most distinct manner with a vision and mission to expand beyond geographical boundaries”.

Mr. N.K Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer added, “Automotive industry is undergoing a huge overhaul with rising technological advancements where we see combined demands coming from National and International markets. Inception of this new Die Casting facility under the umbrella of Spark Minda is a new milestone which will suffice product deliveries to various parts of world”.

After the address, BorgWarner team was taken for the new facility visit which is equipped with Competency Centre for Excellence for Gravity Die Casting & Low Pressure Die Casting. Also they were given an insight on DCD showcased products highlighting all the potential abilities of the plant to meet the rising demand of Die Casting components for Indian & Global Automotive Customers.

MCL DCD team also hosted Lunch for the BorgWarner team. The tree plantation ceremony was done by our guest of honour ‘BorgWarner’ team & other dignitaries and a group photograph was clicked to be cherished as a memoir.

Mr. Ashok Minda attended the inauguration ceremony in the evening & went on the facility tour, he was escorted by MCL-DCD team. During the visit Mr. Minda congratulated everyone for the establishment of the new facility & appreciated the set-up of the plant.

A special appreciation for MCL-DCD team & Group Communication Department for organising the event effortlessly.

Heartiest congratulations to Minda Corporation Die Casting team for adding another chapter of remarkable achievement in the pages of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group!


JANUARY

Jan 30, 2018

Spark Minda Inaugurates Spark Minda Technical Centre (SMIT) at Pune

Spark Minda makes an astounding mark by inaugurating SMIT- an Advanced Engineering Centre of Electronics & Mechatronics of the Group at Pune on January 30th, 2018. The inauguration ceremony was hosted at a grand scale by Group CTO & CEO SMIT – Mr Suresh D at Chakan facility. The ceremony started with Hawan Puja in the morning & senior management team gracing the occasion. Mr. Ashok Minda, Group CEO unveiled the plaque followed by Ribbon cutting ceremony and paying floral tributes to our Group founder – Shri. S.L Minda. The notable dignitaries who graced the event were Mr N.K Modi, Mr. N.K. Taneja, Mr. R. Laxman, Mr. Sanjeev Saxena, Mr Sudhir Kashyap, Mr Aakash Minda, Mr Ashim Vohra, Mr Pramode Parasramka, Mr Neeraj Sharma, Mr Vinayak Hegde, Hasegawa San, Mr Krishna, Mr. Lalit Samanta, Mr. Arvinth Siva besides other SMIT & Group employees.

The inauguration day saw SMIT facility completely lit up along with décor and every one feeling proud of Group’s R&D centre. A product showcase area was also set up with display of key technological products by all our group companies. The day biggest highlight was the visit of Dr Pawan Goenka, Mr Hemant Sikka and senior officials from Mahindra visiting SMIT & taking the tour. The visitors were delighted to see the facility & applauded Spark Minda officials.

In morning, our Group hosted a press conference where various media publications interacted with Mr Minda, Mr Taneja & Mr Suresh and got an insight on SMIT and its future plans. The facility was also visited by many Investors & Analysts and were given brief about SMIT through a presentation by Mr. Suresh D. They also interacted with Mr Minda, Mr Laxman & Mr Taneja. A grand lunch was also hosted for the guests. The evening saw our esteemed customers visit to the facility and understanding the SMIT operations. Various product demos were given to our customers by our representatives followed by Hi-tea for guests. On the whole, the visitors had an interactive session of knowledge dissemination about SMIT’s technology development journey & its capability to nurture innovations to create breakthrough solutions tailored to address the market requirements.

Speaking at the ceremony Mr. Ashok Minda, Group CEO said, “Establishment of Spark Minda Technical Centre is a significant step to propel us towards attaining technology leadership in Automotive Sub Systems domain. SMIT will lead the technology journey of our business apart from steering the Group towards generation of new and future technologies. Our Group is committed to further expand this centre in the next 3 to 4 years to further enhance the R&D and to bring the products faster to the market. It is clear from the forecast that the electronics content in every vehicle is going to increase and hence a strong presence of embedded technologies will secure our future.”

Adding to it Mr. N.K Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer said, “Automotive customers are expecting more and more technology content and advanced features from the vehicles. With establishment of SMIT, the Group is poised to offer technology solutions to our customers. Our traditional offerings will be enriched with new technology to meet the world-class expectations of the market. SMIT will also chart out a technology road-map in line with technology expectations of the future vehicles. It will help us to position our brand image as technology partner of choice for our global customers.”

Mr. Suresh D, Group CTO and CEO, Spark Minda Technical Centre in his speech said, “It is indeed a proud moment for the Group to establish such a state of the art Centre catering to the vision towards becoming the technology leader and System Supplier. We are bringing focus to our journey by redefining our thought process and strategy with global mega-trends in Automotive Subsystems viz. Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrified Mobility. The young and vibrant work-force stimulated by the culture of innovation at our Centre has already started showing results”.

The inauguration ceremony of SMIT marked a significant milestone in the history of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group as our investment in technology leadership will create a robust platform for our Group to emerge as a System Solution provider in the growing automotive industry.

Mementos were also distributed to all guests as a token of strengthened bond & partnership over the years. A special appreciation for the entire Spark Minda team who worked relentlessly for the inauguration- including SMIT employees, Group Communication dept, Group Marketing dept along with valuable support from MCL SSD Pune team. A great effort put in by each one of them.

The whole event concluded on a happy note as SMIT is a prime example of “Powered by Passion” spirit of the Group, creating a vibrant work environment which thrives on passion in engineering and technology.


Jan 25, 2018

Spark Minda Exhibits Dynamism at Ashok Leyland’s ‘Technology Day’

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group participated at the Ashok Leyland’s ‘Technology Day’ that was held at Ashok Leyland Technical Centre, Chennai on 24th & 25th Jan, 2018. As part of initiative, Spark Minda was invited to showcased and demonstrate latest technological products and unique capabilities during the Technology Day. The event provided an opportunity to demonstrate relevant and innovative products, tools and capabilities to Ashok Leyland’s employees and leadership. It also opened up avenues for future partnerships towards cooperation.

The ‘Technology day Exposition’ was graced by Ashok Leyland’s Leadership Team. The event was a specialized platform which brought together the technical minds from within the company, the specialist supplier base and eminent technocrats under one roof to nurture and ideate future technologies towards a greener world.

There was a high interest from all participants and visitors during this event. During the two-day fair, our Group had the opportunity not only in terms of brand visibility, but also to connect to various audiences on specific subjects in the field of ‘Advance Mobility’. Our stall had a big footfall and generated great amount of excitement and opportunities for our group as a whole. The major highlight of the event was the visit of Mr. Vinod Dasari, MD-Ashok Leyland at the stall, he interacted with the team members & gained understanding about the products displayed.

The Technology Day platform gave our organization to showcase and demonstrate our products and processes which mutually benefits and brings in Knowledge sharing, technology transfer and product familiarization amongst Ashok Leyland Engineers. The great ideas flowed from each and every supplier company through this forum and many concepts gets successfully implemented to give ‘Ashok Leyland’ the required edge.

From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the Business Group Companies that participated and showcased products at stall were Minda VAST Access systems Pvt. Ltd., Minda Autoelektrik Ltd., Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd., Minda SAI Ltd., Spark Minda Technical Centre (SMIT), EL Labs. On Display were products from the following five themes:

Security Systems

Connected Mobility

Electrical Vehicle Solutions

Advance Electronics/Electricals

Light Weighting Solutions

Our Group was represented by, Mr. Sanjeev Saxena, Mr. Suresh D, Mr. Gorav Sharma, Mr. Rajeev Sharma, Mr Jatinder, Mr Hemant, Mr Santosh, Mr Niren Verma, Mr Rajeev Khanna, Mr Nitin Dedhia, Mr Jitendar Miraje, Mr Srinivasan, Mr Sathish, Mr Anil Batra, Mr Nishant Wanjari, besides others. The stall was set up by Group Communication and Group Marketing department along with the support of BG teams. A special appreciation for the entire Spark Minda team who kept all the visitors engaged and did a wonderful job in setting up the stall doing demonstrations relentlessly. A great effort put in by each one of them.


Jan 19, 2018

MCL gets its 1st Patent Granted in Japan

Minda Corporation limited, a flagship company of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group makes a distinguishing mark by having its 1st patent granted in Japan. Having witnessed a steady flow of patents in India & ASEAN countries over last few years, the MCL Engineering team had their patent granted for the first time in’ Keyless Ignition switch cum Steering lock’ for two wheelers in one of the developed countries of the world, Japan. The Patent application was filed on 19th December, 2014 and the patent was granted by the Japanese patent office on 19th January, 2018.

The team conceptualised and designed the keyless ignition switch cum steering lock system under the title ‘Improved Ignition switch cum Steering Lock’ at Minda Corporation Limited, Noida. The entire process from conceptualisation to prototype fabrication was done by the team consisting of Mr. Vikram Puri, Mr. Deepak Goswami, Mr. Diwakar Varshney, Mr. Sumeet Verma, Mr. Harjit Singh & Mr. Neeraj Adhikari. The team is headed by Head – Engineering, Mr. Ajay Kumar Sharma.

The process of filing a patent starts with concept of initiation where the design team develops initial product outline. After rigorous examination, the concept design is finalised and prototype is developed. Once the concept has been verified through prototype testing, a patent application is filed. After thorough verification and examination by the regional patent office, a patent is granted.

The Keyless Ignition lock mechanism (Smart Systems) will give a competitive edge to Minda Corporation Limited and a potential thrust to its product portfolio as it will pave the way for developing an entirely new line of Smart products including Smart Steering locks, Smart Fuel tank cap locks and Smart Seat opener system in the dynamically progressing market. The system has been demonstrated to various customers globally and has received positive feedback and appreciation from them.

Minda Corporation Limited is a leading contributor to the Group’s tally of patents with 56 patents filed till date. The company continues to thrive on innovation & knowledge building and we are sure to witness many accomplishments like this in future as well !


Jan 19, 2018

Minda SAI Limited bags ‘HR Distinction Awards, 2018’

Minda SAI’s HR team has achieved a significant milestone by winning three awards in a row at Annual HR Achievers Conclave under the nomination ‘HR Distinction Awards 2018′ organised by HR Association India on 19th January, 2018 at The Grand, New Delhi.

The award was received at Corporate level & MSL HR team has further been nominated & selected in the top three among numerous participants list in four categories under: Individual & Organizational Level.

For Individual Category: ‘Innovation in HR’ & ‘Innovation in L&D’

For Organizational Category: ‘Most Effective CSR Strategy’ & ‘Best Reward & Recognition Programme’.

Mr. Jagat Singh Dangi & Mr. Mrinal Mandal has bagged the award for ‘Innovation in HR’ & for ‘Innovation in L&D’ respectively. In addition to this, at organizational level the HR team has been awarded for the ‘Most Effective CSR Strategy’.

The awards were given by Dr. Virendra Kumar (Union Minister of State for Women & Child Development and Minority Affairs) and Mr. Augusto Montiel, Ambassador of Venezuela in India.

Some of the prominent participant companies were Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Escorts Ltd., Ernst & Young, India Yamaha Motors, Cadila Healthcare Ltd., VA Tech Wabag Ltd., Ericsson, Lumax Industries & Starkey Laboratories Ltd.

Participating members from HR team of Minda SAI Ltd. included Mr. Jagat Singh Dangi (Head-Corporate HR), Mr. Mrinal Mandal (Dy Manager-SBU HR) & Ms. Anupam Singh (Assistant Manager-Corporate HR).

Heartiest Congratulations to the team for the Victory!


Dec 26, 2017

‘Innovation is the change that unlocks new value’Our Group Website www.minda.co.in stands revamped!

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group firmly believes in innovation which propels growth & creates value for all the stakeholders. In order to exhibit this indomitable spirit to innovate, we’re excited to announce that our group website www.minda.co.in has been revamped. There’s a host of impactful changes which will make the experience of surfing website better for you. The group website stood LIVE on 26th December, 2017 & has been conceptualized by GCD- Mr Anil Batra, Ms Unnati Kaushik along with the valuable support of GCITO- Mr Sanjiv Jain. It has been designed by a team of Professionals and whole project has been executed under the guidance and direction of GCMO, Mr N.K. Taneja.

The website is the first thing a potential visitor or a customer sees when he needs information on the business front. Keeping this in mind, the updated website has a clean cut design layout which will encourage the visitor to view more pages on the site. The primary objective of revamping the group website was to work on aesthetics, simplifying the content, and increasing the visibility of our product range and after – market business. The new design will allow streamlined menus, clear navigation and a responsive layout for all platforms. It host plethora of information on our Group companies, products being manufactured, geographical locations of our plants besides information on Spark Minda Technical Centre, Investors Relations, After Market business, Corporate Social Responsibility and more.

The exigency to revamp our group website was to make it more compatible when opened on mobile/ tab devices. The new site includes changes ranging from smooth navigation with dropdown menus for both mobile and desktop versions to having a visual appeal with enhanced creatives, shaped out with different coding combinations. The new version is purely based on Content Management Based System (CMS) which makes changes instantly. Revamping of website was done with a focus to reap the benefits of advance web technologies like ‘Search Engine Optimization’ (SEO) & ‘Social Media Optimization’ (SMO). The updated website has been made responsive so that it adapts to the screen size of any device- mobile/ tablet on which it is opening.

SEO- search engine optimization is a process to increase traffic and popularity of the website, and to improve position in search engine on relevant searching. The new website will make itself appear on the search results of the widely used search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. This will be a major add-on to the number of visitors visiting our group website and boosting its ‘visibility’ to the internet users. The other features include: Geo-tagging all plant locations, which will help users find location-specific information while navigating, a photo gallery covering worthwhile moments. It will also make the feedback and query redressal procedures much simpler and systematic.

In the near future, we will integrate the new group website with social networking engines and communities using SMO to make it interactive and responsive.


Dec 19, 2017

Spark Minda conducts Town Hall Meetings

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has started with an initiative of conducting a series of ‘Townhall Meetings’ to engage more deeply with employees. The meetings have commenced from the month of September, 2017 by Group Corporate Finance (Investor Relations).

The agenda of the meeting is to foster engagement and collaboration with the employees across all the units coming under the ambit of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and create a deeper understanding of the Group. The meeting is jointly addressed by the GCEO- Mr. Ashok Minda and Group President Finance – Mr. R. Laxman.

It’s an organization-wide business-meeting in which the employees of the respective units are given a detailed presentation about the brand ‘Spark Minda’, Minda Corporation at consolidated level, International Foot Prints, Financial Trends, Capital market update, Global Customers of the Group, Strategic growth of the Group and Development of the Group in the market segment of passenger, two wheelers & commercial vehicles.

Also they are given a brief insight upon the objectives of the Group for the year 2020 in terms of Operational efficiency, Inorganic Growth & Capital Market Strategy. Followed by the presentation a question and answer session is conducted in which employees share some of the best practices at plant level & operational issues with GCEO.

In the year 2017 around six meetings have been conducted with SMIT – Pune, MCL-Pune, MAEL – Bawal, MCL – Noida, MASL – Noida & MCL-Pant Nagar.

It’s a wide & great platform for sharing with the employees about significant corporate developments at the Group level like acquisitions & technology tie-ups. It also facilitates one on one interaction with GCEO & creates a collaborative environment for the employees.


Dec 18, 2017

MVAST – Pune titled as the ‘Best Quality Performance Supplier’ of the Year

It’s a moment of pride for us to share that Minda VAST Access Systems Private Ltd, Pune has been awarded with the ‘Best Quality Performance Supplier’ of the year award by Volkswagen India on 18th December, 2017.

The award was jointly received by Mr. Sudhir Kashyap & Mr. Himanshu Jain.

The award has been given to MVAST as it has acheived throughout the year zero ppm, zero customer complaint, zero line stoppage, zero warranty complaint, on time response & supplier out of escalation.

The jury panel consisted of senior officials of Volkswagen India: Mr. Rudiger Kasparek – Executive Vice President, Mr. Pravin Akarte – General Manager Purchase & Mr. Andreas Plagens – General Manager Quality.

MVAST has surely added a feather to Spark Minda’s cap. Heartiest congratulations to the team for being an outstanding performer.


Dec 16, 2017

Cherishing the association with the Partners: Spark Minda Hosts Grand Felicitation Ceremony

Spark Minda Foundation, the CSR wing of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group hosted a grand felicitation ceremony to pay thanks to the mobilization partners for their valuable support in making ‘Saksham’ reach all the bents of the country. The chief guest of the event was Mr. Anupam Mohindroo (Director- Purchase, HMSI) accompanied by Mr. Vikas Kapoor (HMSI), Mr. Abhishek Das(HMSI) and Ms. Liza from Honda, Bangladesh. Mr.Ashok Minda & Mrs. Sarika Minda welcomed the chief guest by presenting a flower bouquet. Other notable dignitaries who graced the event were Mr. N.K. Taneja, Mr. N.K. Modi, Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, Mr. Sanjeev Saxena, Mr. Lailtendu Samanta, Mr. Ashim Vohra, Mr. Ajay Sancheti, Mr. Aakash Minda, Ms. Kanika Batra, Ms. Megha Minda, Mr. Aseem Batra, Ms. Divya Minda, Mr. Rajesh Bansal, Ms. Rekha Bansal, Mr. M.K. Pajan, Mr. Hemant Batra, Ms. Radhika Batra, Mr. Pramode Prasramka besides other friends and relatives of Minda family.

Around twenty seven mobilization partners from corporates & NGOs like Assocham, Ambuja Cement, Indiacsr, Wockhadt Foundation, Galway Foundation, Helpage India, FOD, Buddy For Study, VIVO Healthcare, Vishwa Yuvak Kendra etc. and representatives from District Administration Gautam Buddh Nagar, Hapur, Ghaziabad & Bulandshahar were felicitated . Mementoes were presented to them as a token of appreciation.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Ashok Minda, Group CEO, said, “Project ‘Saksham’ is itself an achievement for Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. We stand proud that over the time more than 2000 people have been benefitted through our small means of giving back to society. We are extremely happy to set-up this camp which is purely aimed at the physical and socio-economic rehabilitation of persons with disability, especially the resource-less, so they can lead a life of dignity and become productive and sustained members of the community. “

Adding to Mr. Minda, Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson, Spark Minda Foundation said “As a Group, we have always regarded CSR as an intrinsic part of its existence and since the beginning the Group, we have been involved in activities aimed at bringing positive changes in the society.’Saksham’ is one of our prominent programs which has been planned to benefit the society in a big manner through rehabilitation of the persons with disability through enabling them to live a life of dignity and self-sufficiency. It gives us immense happiness seeing the lives that we are able to touch positively through our efforts and we intend to continue with the work aimed at social upliftment and rehabilitation.”

Mr. Anupam Mohindroo, the chief guest, Director- Purchase HMSI said in his speech “It is heartening to see the work that Spark Minda Foundation is doing towards the development of society through this artificial limb fitment camp for differently abled patients apart from other social works. We have a long standing business association with Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and are pleased today to be attending this camp and extending our support to this noble initiative aimed at the betterment of society.”

The day also marked the achievement of another milestone, we are extremely elated to share that within four days of the camp, 528 fitments have been provided to the amputees as on 16th December, 2017.

Later in the day Press Conference was held, where media representatives from renowned media houses participated. Mr. Ashok Minda, Ms. Sarika Minda & Mr. N.K. Taneja attended the press conference and answered the questions that were being put up. On a whole the press conference was an interactive session of knowledge dissemination about our CSR projects. Followed by the press conference all the guests proceeded to have lunch.

In the camp, it has been a pleasure for us in treating amputees belonging to Uri, district of Jammu & Kashmir, they have been provided with necessary fitments.

The whole event concluded on a happy note by praying & hoping to heal maximum persons with disability.

We request you to come forward and join hands with us for this nobel cause which intends to bring a change in the lives of people and also refer us more amputees. The camp is going on at MCL- Sector 59, Noida from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm till 24th December, 2017 and sunday is open. Kindly contact to refer at -88008-72962


Dec 15, 2017

First Quality Conference Held

The 1st Quality Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 14th & 15th December, 2017 at Minda Corporation Limited – Noida. The conference was Chaired by Mr. Anil Kumar Maheshwari.

In the conference, the units shared the status of Quality objectives, the shining examples of problem solving, role in NPD, best practices for defect prevention & detection, zero defect phase-1, 2 & actions for quality improvement. During the presentations, feedback was given by the Group Business Excellence Department & other unit process owners to the respective units during their presentations in addition to capturing the learning.

A session on ‘Human Error Prevention’ was conducted by Mr. Vinod.S , Quality Head of MSL-Ppk. The Emphasis was on defect prevention, product life testing, SYSTEM FME, strengthening internal auditing , systemic level root-cause identification & its actions.

At the end of the conference, certificates for 1st, 2nd & 3rd position and for participation were distributed.


Dec 09, 2017

MCL – Pant Nagar bags ‘Best ACMA Company of the Year’ award

We are elated to announce that Minda Corporation Ltd-Pant Nagar has bagged the most prestigious certificate of appreciation for consistent performance under ‘Best ACMA Company of the Year – 2016 -17′ – a broad category in the ACT (ACMA Centre For Technology) summit held on – 8th to 9th December, 2017 at Pune.

MCL-Pantnagar had won ACMA Gold award in Manufacturing Excellence Category in 2015-16 and as per the provision all ACMA award winners of 2015-16 were entitled to apply for the ‘Best ACMA Manufacturing Company of the Year-2016-17′ awards.

A site assessment was carried out by three senior executives from automotive industry for one day. Based on the findings by the assessors, results were put forward to the panel of juries consisting of senior officials of esteemed OEMs for finalizing the awardees.

The award was presented by honorable Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Mr. Anant Geete to Mr. L. M Joshi, General Manager – Plant Operations & Mr. Neeraj Sharma, DGM – Quality & Improvement Cell.

Heartiest congratulations to the Spark Minda team for this achievement. Keep up the great work!


Nov 17, 2017

11th Tooling Conderence Held

The 11th Tooling Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 16th & 17th November, 2017 at Minda Corporation Limited – Noida. The conference was Chaired by Mr. Anil Kumar Maheshwari, Mr. D.S. Mehra and Mr. Ajay Sharma.

In the conference, the units shared their learnings captured from the previous tooling conference and its deployment. The units also shared the progress made on SMED(Single Minute Exchange of Die), Tool Life Enhancement & Design for Manufacturing. Case study on ‘Critical Issue Resolution’ was presented by each unit. During the presentations, feedback was given by the Group Business Excellence department & other unit process owners to the respective units.

A session on ‘Tool Raw Material’ selection and ‘Tool Life Enhancement’ was also conducted by the experts from UDDEHOLM (manufacturer of tool raw material like Assab, Bohler, Stanvax etc). Also a visit was organized for the participants to MCL-SS-Noida tool room to see the improvements implemented in the tool design & manufacturing by MCL-Noida.

Emphasis was given on improving coordination among Product design, Tool Design & Process Design and to work in a team. Importance of activities like Tool design failure mode analysis, utilization of TGR (things gone right) & TGW (things gone wrong), Tool Inspection, SMED & benchmarking of tools with the Global standards was restated. Mr. Anil Kumar Maheshwari conducted a brief training on Tool DFMEA (Design Failure Mode Effect & Analysis). At the end of the conference, participation certificates and awards for Gold, Silver and Bronze category were distributed.

The conference indeed proved to be an ideal platform for knowledge and experience sharing.


Nov 10, 2017

9th Maintenance Conference Held

The 9th Maintenance Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 9th & 10th November, 2017 at Minda Corporation Limited – Noida. The conference was Chaired by Mr. Anil Kumar Maheshwari and Mr. D.S. Mehra.

During the conference, the units shared their learnings captured from the previous Maintenance Conference. The units also shared the status of their current maintenance indicators, gaps and the corrective actions taken in their respective units.

Various initiatives related to JH, energy efficiency, safety & SMED implemented in the respective units were presented. During the conference, emphasis was given on the objectives of maintenance function i.e. manufacturing cost reduction, zero break-downs, equipment life enhancement, OEE improvement and autonomous maintenance. After every presentation, feedback was given by the Group Business Excellence Department & process owners to the participating units.

Mr. Neeraj Sharma from MCL – Pantnagar provided the basic awareness about TPM tool and its implementation journey at the Pantnagar unit. At the end of the conference, participation certificates and awards for Gold, Silver and Bronze category were distributed. Being an unified platform for the vast knowledge sharing the conference proved to be an enriching experience for the participants.


Oct 28, 2017

‘Platinum Award’ for Minda SAI at QIT Competition

It’s a moment of pride for us to share that our Business Group Company, Minda SAI Limited, Pilliaipakkam unit has won ‘Platinum Award’ at Second Southern Regional Level QIT (Quality Improvement Team) competition and has qualified for National Convention. The competition was organized at Chennai on 28th September, 2017 by ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI
(INDO-JAPAN).

ABK AOTS is a leading organization in developing the Japanese Management Concept for over four decades, and it is empowered to provide an authentic knowledge and new age thinking through training and competition under the banner AFQD.

QIT is an annual activity initiated in 2016 by ABK AOTS to provide multi-forum for supervisory personnel’s at the Shop Floor to exhibit their ‘Problem Solving Talent’ through presentations. Several Large, Medium and SSI units have been the part of this initiative. The presentation was given by Improvement Cell and Process Engineering Department and won accolades by the jury. More than fifty teams from companies like Ashok Leyland, Royal Enfield, TVS Group, Apollo Tyres were competing in this competition. Heartiest Congratulations to the team for the victory !


Oct 27, 2017

MSL Kakkalur bags 2 nd CII 5S National Sustenance Award

MSL, Kakkalur bagged the CII 5S Sustenance award (2017) successive to 5S Excellence award (2016). The award was received during the National Competitiveness competition held on 27th October 2017 at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The CII 5S award was initiated in the year 2005 to recognise the efforts of large, medium and small scale industries in the area of 5S which was initiated by Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi

MSL competed with more than 60+ SSI to bag the award with Gold rating in this competition. It ranked 1 st in (Manufacturing) & 2 nd in (Overall Industry segments) competing with Yamaha, Volvo- Eicher, etc.

Heartiest Congratulations to the Team !


Oct 26, 2017

Minda SAI Limited, Greater Noida bags ‘Golden Award’

It’s a moment of great pride for us to announce that Minda SAI Limited, Greater Noida has bagged the ‘Gold Award’ in the International Convention on Quality Control Circles, ICQCC – 2017, held at Okada Manila, Paranaque City, Manila, Philippines from October 24 to 26, 2017. The competition was organized by Quality and Productivity Association of the Philippines (QPAP).

Minda SAI’s ‘Daksh Quality Circle Team’ presented their paper on “Breakdown Reduction in LPC (Lead Process Cell) Area” falling under ‘Maintenance’ category. The paper was presented by, Mr. Vardharaj Singh, Mr. Devraj Singh, Mr. Arun Kumar, Mr. Nepal Singh & Mr. Mrinal Mandal. The Team was felicitated by the jury members: Cecille Papa, Elvie Cajigas and Juliette Tantri from the ‘Association of QC Headquarters’, Philippines. From India, around 131 teams had participated in the competition from various companies like Yazaki, Toyota, Lumax, Honda Cars India Ltd, Tata Steel, Mahindra & Mahindra, JCB India Ltd etc. The participating countries were India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Singapore. Earlier the ‘Team Daksh’ has secured the ‘Golden Award’ for 2016 in ICQCC competiton. MSL has surely added feather to the Spark Minda’s cap by representing the Group abroad and bagging the prestigious award.

Heartiest Congratulations to the team for their continuous efforts and dedication !

Wishing them luck for their future endeavors.


Oct 07, 2017

MCL-SSD- Noida & Corp. bags four ‘GOLD’ Awards at Quality Circle & Allied Concept Competition

It is a moment of great pride for us to announce that Minda Corporation Limited – Noida & Corp’s Quality Circle & Allied Teams wins Four ‘Gold’ Awards at Chapter Convention on Quality Concept (CCQC-2017). The Competition was organized by Quality Circle Forum of India – Delhi Chapter on 7th October, 2017.

The Convention was held at BML University Dharuhera (Haryana). The award was received at the Chapter level and MCL winning teams has further been nominated at the National level convention (NCQC-2017) which will be held at Mysore. Around 252 teams representing different organizations participated in the event. Some of the prominent companies which were a part of this quality convention included Hero Moto Corp., JCB Corporation, AIS, Napino Auto, Munjal Showa, Sandhar Ltd and more. Participating members from MCL-Noida & Corp include Mr, Saurabh Singh, Mr. Jitendra Ram, Ms. Garima Joshi, Mr. Akhilesh, Ms. Vineeta, Mr. Varun, Ms. Komal, Mr. Harimohan, Ms. Sita, Mr. Dharamraj, Ms. Aarti, Ms. Priyanka, Ms. Anshul & Ms. Neha.

Heartiest congratulations to the MCL- Noida & Corp. teams and wishing them all the very best for the upcoming national level forums.


Oct 06, 2017

10th Manufacturing Engineering Conference Held

The 10th Manufacturing Engineering Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 5thh & 6th October, 2017 at Minda Corporation Limited – Noida.The conference was Chaired by Mr. Anil Kumar Maheshwari, Mr.D.S. Mehra and Mr. Sumit Doseja, who was the Champion of the conference.

During the conference, the units shared their learnings captured from the previous Manufacturing Engineering Conference. Mr.Mathias Schulbe & Jakub Michalski from MKTSN Pirna and Poland also participated in the conference and marked their presence in person.The units also shared the status of Process Monitoring & Process Improvements, Poka-Yokes, MTBF, MTTR & the corrective actions taken in their respective units. They also presented various initiatives related to energy conservation, air leakages, safety & SMED implemented in respective units. At the end of the conference, a feedback session was given by the Group Business Excellence Department & Manufacturing Engineering
Conference Champion to the respective units. MVASPL and MCL-N (C) presented their initiatives in the domain of Application of New Technology in the Manufacturing Process.

During the Conference, Mr.Anil Kumar Maheshwari emphasized on Focus on Low Cost Automation, Operator Qualification, Process Qualification, Validation & Calibration, and Application of new technology in the manufacturing process. At the end of the conference, participation certificates & awards for Gold, Silver and Bronze category were distributed. Being an unified platform for the vast knowledge sharing the conference proved to be an enriching experience for the participants.


Oct 04, 2017

MCL – Pantnagar bags Multiple Awards at Quality Circle & Allied Concept Competition

We feel elated to share that our Business Group Company- Minda Corporation Limited- Pantnagar, wins the ‘Gold’ & the ‘Silver’ Award at the Chapter Convention on Quality Concept (RCCQC-2017). The competition was organized by Quality Circle Forum of India (QCFI)- Rudrapur Chapter on 4th October, 2017.

The convention was held at Rudrapur Institute of Technology (Rudrapur, Uttarakhand). The award was received at the Chapter level and MCL- Pantnagar has further been nominated at the National level convention (NCQC-2017) to be held at JSS Science and Technology University, Mysore from 1st – 4th December, 2017. Around 70 teams representing different organizations participated in the event. Some of the prominent companies which were a part of this Quality Convention includes Bajaj Auto, Ashok Leyland, BHEL, TATA, Mahindra & Mahindra etc.

The teams of MCL-Pantnagar presented their case studies on ‘Defect Elimination’ at Ashok Leyland EDC Wiring Harness (OEM), and Cycle time reduction at Bajaj Line (After Market).

Participating members from MCL- Pantnagar included Mr. Manoj Joshi, Mr. Daya Krishna, Mr. Kamal Gahtori, Mr. Kavindra Singh, Mr. Ajay Kumar, Mr. Kundan Singh , Ms. Geeta Bisht, Ms. Mamta Mahara, Ms. Jyoti , Ms. Geeta Joshi, Ms. Monika Bharti & Ms. Manju Bhandari.

Heartiest congratulations to the winning teams and wishing them all the very best for the upcoming national level forums.


Sep 30, 2017

Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program

  • The main objective of this program is to ensure improved Health status of women and children
  • Technical Partner – Pathfinder International India
  • Completed in GN, PU, PN and CH
  • Total people benefitted – 447 women and 207 men (654 people)
  • SMF commitment to benefit 3000 women through Menstrual Hygiene awareness, Family Planning & Reproductive Health by 2020 is now registered at United Nations (UN)

Sep 27, 2017

Spark Minda Enthusiastic Participation at John Deere ‘Technology Day’

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group participated at the John Deere India ‘Technology Day’ that was held at John Deere Technology Centre, Pune on 26th and 27th September 2017. As part of initiative, Spark Minda was invited to showcased and demonstrate latest technological products and unique capabilities during the John Deere Enterprise Electronics Conference. The event provided an opportunity to demonstrate relevant and innovative products, tools and capabilities to John Deere employees and leadership. It also opened up avenues for future partnerships towards cooperation.

The John Deere Enterprise Electronics Conference was graced by John Deere Leadership Team. The event created an environment with excellent opportunity in the field of futuristic technology, bringing together key stakeholders, strong influencer’s in the development of this sector at the technology centre in Pune. The technical interactions were held around the electronics solutions for farming sector.

There was a high interest from all participants and visitors during this event. During the two-day fair, our Group had the opportunity not only in terms of brand visibility, but also to connect to various audiences on specific subjects in the field of innovation. Our stall had a big footfall and generated great amount of excitement and opportunities for our group as a whole.

The Technology Day platform gave our organization to showcase and demonstrate our products and processes which mutually benefitted and brings in Knowledge sharing, technology transfer and product familiarization amongst John Deere Engineers. The great ideas flow from each and every supplier company through such forums and many concepts gets successfully implemented to give ‘John Deere’ the required edge. From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the Business Group Companies that participated and showcased products at stall were SMIT, EI Labs, Minda SAI (Wiring Harness & Component Division), Minda Stoneridge, Minda Corporation-Security Systems and Minda Autoelektrik. On Display were Security Systems – Remote based Immobilizer, Smart Key; Wire Harness – PDU, Fuse Blow Indicator, Oil Sump, Battery Tray; Instrument clusters – TFT Re-configurable clusters, Infotainment System; Sensors- Soot, Temperature, Position & level; Starter Motor & Alternators; Body Control Module, PEPS, CAN2BLE, Telematics Unit besides others. Our Group was represented by, Mr Saurabh Tyagi, Mr Gorav Sharma, Mr Rajeev Sharma, Mr Yusuf Chikodi, Mr Hemant, Mr Sunil Goel, Mr Ritwik Guha, Mr Harjeet Singh, Ms Shubhangi, Mr Abhijit Phadke, Mr Anil Batra, besides others.

The stall at the John Deere ‘Technology Day’ was set up by Group Communication and Group Marketing department along with the support of BG teams. A special appreciation for the entire Spark Minda team who kept all the visitors engaged and did a wonderful job in setting up the stall doing demonstrations relentlessly. A great effort put in by each one of them.

Fact File: John Deere is the world’s leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. A Fortune 500 company, with around 60,000 employees, John Deere today has a footprint in 160 countries across the globe. In India, the John Deere operation include the Tractor factories at Pune and Dewas, the Electronics System operations at Pune, the Combine factory at Sirhind, Punjab, and the John Deere Technology Center – India (JDTCI), Pune. John Deere’s India Agricultural Equipment business manufactures modern tractors from 35 to 70 HP for both domestic and international markets. Whereas, JDTCI provides
services in the areas of Information Technology, Engineering Services, Manufacturing Services, Embedded Systems, Technical Authoring and Technology Innovation for John Deere’s operations worldwide.


Sep 18, 2017

Spark Minda Foundation wins 4th CSR Impact Award at India CSR Summit 2017

On Monday 18th September, nearly 3000 of the leading figures in global responsible business, Civil Society and Government representatives gathered at India CSR Summit 2017, where 4th CSR Impact Award was announced at Hyatt Regency, Gurugram, India. Spark Minda Foundation is declared the winner under Special Category – Care for Persons with Disability.

Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson, Spark Minda Foundation received the award from Mr. Gaurav Kapoor, Head, National Skill Development Corporation;Mr. Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary-Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India; Mr.Manish Kumar, CEO & MD, NSDC; Mr. Vineet Nayar, Former CEO-HCL Tech.

94 Organizations were contending in various categories. After stage-1 evaluation by SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, the short-listed entries were presented to 14 members-Jury. The judges were looking for organisations who have been “agenda-leading in corporate responsibility” in 2016-17, with applications backed up by verifiable evidence from third parties and with specific criteria by which they drew up the shortlist for the 17 different accolades for companies like Toyota, Hindalco, IGL, Rio Tinto, Grasim, Dell, Canon, Wockhardt, ICICI Foundation etc.

India CSR Summit hosted by NGOBOX is the largest CSR Platform in India, where a great variety of different sectors and industries from all over the world were represented. The diversity on display – both in terms of geographical origin and working sphere – demonstrated fantastically a growing dedication to responsible business practices.


Sep 16, 2017

Inauguration of Safe Drinking Water Facility

  • Inauguration of RO Plant at Vegandu Govt. School, Chennai was done on 16th Sep 2017.
  • The facility was installed to provide safe drinking water to school students.
  • Currently its benefitting 100 students.

Sep 01, 2017

SPARK MINDA acquires EI LABS to enhance Group’s expertise in Connected Mobility and IoT Solutions

Key Highlights –

  • Group to expand into fast growing Connected Mobility market in India and abroad across Vehicle segments.
  • Group to start providing cutting edge Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for Automotive and other related applications.
  • Enhance in-house technology enabled expertise of the Group.
  • Leverage usages of acquired technology in existing product portfolio of Group to create a value add for customers.

We are pleased to announce that SPARK MINDA, Ashok Minda Group has completed acquisition of EI LABS India Pvt Ltd on 1st September, 2017, which delivers inter-disciplinary products in the connected mobility and IoT space. Minda SAI Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of Minda Corporation Limited has acquired 100% equity shares of EI Labs.

EI Labs is located at Bangalore, Karnataka and was founded by professionals with extensive global experience in the high-tech IT industry, with a vision to touch human life through embedded, intelligent technology that can improve safety, productivity and quality in their daily life.

Experience Highlights:

  • Building the connectivity for India’s first connected car embedded solution.
  • Own local R & D put three car platforms and one tractor Platform on the cloud already.
  • A middle ware for the tractor gate way platform having the rugged all weather devices as OEM fitment.
  • GPS enabled announcements for bus passengers – first step towards ITS solution for Smart Cities.
  • Designing connectivity solutions for smart wearable’s to take it beyond fitness – Safety, Security and Health applications.

Commenting on the acquisition, Chairman & Group CEO,

Mr. Ashok Minda, said, “We are happy to announce the acquisition of EI Labs in the area of connected mobility. The acquisition will enable Spark Minda to develop latest devices and solutions, helping the automotive market with world class technologies in the domain of automotive connected mobility management devices and solutions. Spark Minda with the expertise of in-house engineers, new R&D technology centre in Pune and outsourced technology enables users to access new & innovative products in automotive industry.”

Adding to the recent acquisition, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. N.K Taneja said, “Our Group has been constantly endeavoring and creating opportunities for further growth and developments since inception. EI Labs acquisition marks an important milestone for our group in the field of futuristic connected mobility.”

Mr. Suresh D, Group Chief Technology Officer Commented, “With this acquisition, Spark Minda will be bringing a full spectrum of solutions to reinforce developments in next-generation Connected mobility & IoT domain. We plan to integrate the acquired technology in our existing range of products to give the much required value add & competitive edge to our customers.”

The whole project was steered and mentored by Mr N.K Taneja, Mr R.Laxman, Mr Suresh D, Mr Sanjay Aneja and Mr Ajay Sancheti.

A special appreciation for team members who did their job relentlessly; Mr.Daksh Kapoor, Mr.Pradeep Mann, Ms.Shalu Garg, Mr. Vinay Pawar & Mr. Yusuf Chikodi, duly supported by Mr Deepak Balwani & Mr Anil Batra. A great effort put in by each one of them.

For detailed coverages in various media publication, pl refer – www.minda.co.in/ Media/ Spark Minda in News.


Aug 07, 2017

Industry Academia Partnership

  • MOU signed between DTTE Govt. NCT Delhi and Spark Minda Foundation to impart technical education in the field of Tool and die
  • MOU was signed on 7th Aug 2017 by Lalitendu Samantha , GCHRO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and Mr. Manoj Kumar, IAS, Director, Govt. of NCT Delhi
  • We are the first organization to undergo this MoU

Aug 02, 2017

Inaugurated New Center and Beauty Culture Program at ‘Aakarshan’ Greater Noida

  • Inaugurated on 2nd Aug 2017 by Ms. Sarika Minda, Chairperson SMF
  • 4 month training imparted to women over beauty culture
  • Locations :- Kulesara Village of GN, U.P
  • Currently 30 students registered
  • Learners will be linked with beauty parlors for employment opportunities

Jul 06, 2017

Spark Minda won the award for ‘Best In-House’ magazine

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group’s newsletter ‘Spark Minda Times’ bagged the award for ‘Best In House’ magazine under Organizational category at National Awards for Marketing Excellence by Times Network. The award was announced on 6th July, 2017 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai.

Spark Minda Times is one of the finest tools for Group’s communication, aimed at employee engagement and dissemination of the major Group activities and initiatives. The Spark Minda Times has a global nature. The magazine is balanced and characteristically seeks to be culture-sensitive, people-sensitive, balanced, avoid promoting individuals. The magazine is designed, edited and published by the Group Communication team represented by Mr Anil Batra and under the guidance & direction of Group Chief Marketing Officer, Mr N.K Taneja.

Spark Minda Times is a single contact point, where our Group Chief Executive Officer directly communicates with all our employees. The Newsletter is published after every four months in dual language – English and Hindi and has a print run of about 5000 copies which is disseminated to several segment of readers who can be broadly classified as – Group employees, Customers, OEM across the world, Suppliers, Diplomats, Key Industrial bodies, HR/ CSR/ Media fraternity, Financial Institutions, Wider business communities across India, Europe, US, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and Uzbekistan. The E version is circulated to selective personnel’s besides all editions are uploaded on our Group website- www.minda.co.in.

The newsletter covers; views and opinion of our customers or key individual from our Group, news events and achievements from our 36 unit’s world-wide besides general, festive and CSR news. The individuals interviewed in Spark Minda Times are usually selected after consultation with Corporate Functional Heads. The individuals interviewed are the ones who can provide a broad overview of the organizational environment or role and are crucial decision makers be it from our Group or an outside organization so as to take learning from them. All employees of our Group companies, including JV companies, can contribute for Spark Minda Times. The contributions ranges from: Articles of general interest, Articles on interesting cultural events from across the world, Small informative write-ups on phenomenon, events, products etc, Poems, Unique photographs shot by employees, Paintings/ drawings/ sculpture, Creative work etc. Personal achievements that are published are that of Spark Minda employees and their families. The contributions are screened carefully for their originality.

All contributions are submitted through the nominated coordinators (HR/ Admin Heads) from across our 36 Units and Business Group Companies to Group Communication Department, who is the custodian of group’s newsletter. Being a globally circulated newsletter the Spark Minda Times endeavors to be as neutral as possible.


Jun 13, 2017

Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited Bags Award for 2nd Best DDU-GKY Employer, 2016-17

We feel honoured in sharing that our Business Group Company – Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. (MFEPL) bagged the Award for the 2nd Best Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) Employer, 2016-17 by Government of India. The award was received on 13th June, 2017 in New Delhi. Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Rural Development – Panchayti Raj – Drinking Water & Sanitation; Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Minister of State for Rural Development and Shri Amarjeet Sinha, Secretary of Department of Rural Development jointly presented the award to Team MFE. From Spark Minda, the award was received by Mr. Gagan Khurana, General Manager – Operations, MFE and Mr. Pravesh Kumar, Deputy General Manager – Corporate HR, MFE.

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families. As a part of the Skill India campaign, it plays an instrumental role in supporting the social and economic programs of the Government like the Make In India, Digital India, Smart Cities and Start-Up India, Stand-Up India Campaigns. Over 180 million or 69% of the country’s youth population between the ages of 18 and 34 years, live in its rural areas. Of these, the bottom of the pyramid youth are from poor families with no or marginal employment number of about 55 million.

Minda Furukawa partnered with the training agencies for providing employment to these rural youth. Many Congratulations to the Team for taking up the cause of youth unemployment. Way to Go!


May 26, 2017

Spark Minda Foundation Bags ‘India CSR Award, 2017′

We are thrilled to announce that Spark Minda Foundation bagged the prestigious ‘India CSR Award, 2017′ in CSR Leadership Summit held on 26th May, 2017 at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai.

The Award was received under the CSR Community Initiative for recognizing good CSR Practices for ‘Saksham’: Care for Persons with Disability through ensuring sustainability & dignity to their lives.

‘Saksham’ is a CSR program initiated by Spark Minda to help Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Under ‘Saksham’, the Group aims to provide accessible and assistive technologies, impart skill training through on job training, create inclusive workplace and ergonomics, train them for 5s and life skills and employ them.

From Spark Minda, the award was received by Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson – Spark Minda Foundation. The Award was presented by Mr. Ramdas Athawale, Hon’ble Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India; Mr. Rusen Kumar, Founder – India CSR & Mr. Akbar Khan, Chairman & MD – Abraiz Petrochemicals Pvt. Ltd.

More than 250 organizations were contending for this award out of which only 50 best organizations qualified as winners. Some of these renowned organizations included: Aditya Birla Group, Benetton India Pvt. Ltd., Dell, Essar, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd., JSW, JK Lakshmi, Mahindra and Mahindra, Microsoft, Panasonic and the like.

Heartiest congratulations to the team for their achievement. You have made us proud!


May 19, 2017

Spark Ignites Young Minds

Spark Minda organized ‘Young Business Leaders Interaction’ with our GCEO Mr. Ashok Minda on Friday, 19th May, 2017 at Minda Management Services Limited, Gurgaon.

The objective behind the forum was to groom up young business leaders from varying industries through sharing of experiences for meeting challenges in establishing and running a successful family owned business with special focus on succession planning. The session was primarily a platform for sharing of experience of Mr. Ashok Minda during his journey of building Spark Minda. The session was distributed into five major phases wherein the discussion initiated with focusing on the legacy of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group (erstwhile Minda Group); major milestones of the organization; challenges and handicaps faced during implementation of growth plans; succession planning for the group followed by future expansion plans of the Group. During the discussion, the participants were also shown the famous book – ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ which Mr. Minda considers his source of constant motivation. The participants were also taken through the Product Display Centre to acquaint them with our major Product categories.

The session was quite enlightening for all and some very important queries were raised by the participating members. Some of the most critical questions included deciding factors for selection of candidates, selection of companies for joint ventures and acquisitions, maintaining organization’s stability during lack of important resources, arranging of financial resources and handling the organization during turbulent times, selection of the right advisor for the organization, having faith in your decisions and driving ones passion throughout these years besides other queries.

The session was attended by around 25 participants including those entrepreneurs who have recently taken over their family business and those who are in the process of transition. Apart from Mr. Ashok Minda, members from Spark Minda who contributed to this half day session included Mr. N K Taneja and Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, who shared their learning and experiences during the growth of the Group.

The event was organized by Mr. Aakash Minda & Ms. Kanika Minda along with the support of Mr. Anil Batra & Ms. Neha Bahri from Group Communication Department; Mr. Sandeep Yadav, Mr. Dipak Jha, Ms. Ankita Gupta and Ms. Shalini Sharma from HR & Admin Department; Mr. Ankush Sharma from the IT Department along with Mr. Gyanesh Sharma from the GCEO Office under the able guidance of Mr. N K Taneja and Mr. Lalitendu Samanta.


May 12, 2017

4th Regional West & South Quality Circle Convention & Kaizen Mela Held

The 4th Regional West & South QCC & Kaizen Mela was held on 12th May, 2017 at Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited (MSIL), Pune. All the units of Spark Minda from West & South regions participated in the competition.

The event commenced with Lamp Lighting Ceremony by Mr A.K. Maheshwari, Group Chief Business Excellence Officer – Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group; Mr Sudhir Inamdar, QCFI and Mr. Nitin Saxena, CEO – MSIL.

The jury for the competition included Mr Sudhir Inamdar & Mr. A.K. Maheshwari. The units presented their best Quality Circles & Kaizens during the Competition.

There were 3 categories of Kaizens including:

Associate Kaizen

Team Kaizen

Office Kaizen

The Winners for QC Competition Awards:

1st Position – Success Team from MSL- Kakkalur

2nd Position – Pragati Team from MVASPL

3rd Position – Passion Team from MCL – Pune

The Winners for Associate Kaizen Awards:

1st Position – MSL- Pillaipakkam

2nd Position – MSL- Murbad

3rd Position – MCL-DCD- Pune

The Winners for Team Kaizen Awards:

1st Position – MCL – DCD – Pune

2nd Position – MCL – SSD – Pune

3rd Position – MSL- Pillaipakkam

The Winners for Office Kaizen Awards:

1st Position – Minda Stoneridge – Pune

2nd Position – MCL- SSD – Pune

3rd Position – Minda VAST – Pune


May 09, 2017

Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited Conferred with Manufacturing Excellence Award

Our Business Group Company – Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited (MFEPL) was conferred with the Manufacturing Excellence Award by our esteemed customer Maruti Suzuki.

The award was received on 9th May, 2017 during the Vendor Conference held at Singapore.

Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, presented the award to Mr Ashok Minda, GCEO – Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group; Mr Neeraj Sharma – President, Minda Furukawa and Mr Masahiro Hasegawa – Joint President, Minda Furukawa in the presence of Mr T Miki – Senior Advisor Supply Chain of Maruti Suzuki; Mr D K Sethi – Vice President Supply Chain of Maruti Suzuki and other senior Team members of Maruti Suzuki.

Heartiest Congratulations to Team Minda Furukawa for their constant hard work and dedication. We wish you the very best for all your future endeavors!


Apr 26, 2017

PT Minda Automotive Indonesia Receives Best Vendor Performance Award 2016

We are thrilled to announce that our Business Group Company,

PT Minda Automotive Indonesia (PT MAI) bagged the Best Vendor Performance Award, 2016 from our esteemed customer PT Suzuki Indomobil Motor, Indonesia. The award was received for the best performance in Electric & Wiring Category. The award was received on 26th April, 2017 in Jakarta City, Indonesia during the Annual Vendor Conference.

PT MAI has received the award consecutively for the third year in a row.

On behalf of the team, the award was received by Mr. Jatinder Singh, Head – SBU, PT MAI.

Many congratulations to the team for their continuous hard work and dedication.

Keep up the great work!


Apr 08, 2017

Mr. Sanjiv Jain Bags ‘Top 100 Infosec Maestros’ Award, 2017

We are proud to share with you all that Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain, Group Chief Information Technology Officer (GCITO) bagged the ‘Top 100 Infosec Maestro Award, 2017′. The award was received on 8th April, 2017 at Clarks Exotica Resorts & Spa, Bangalore.

‘INFOSEC MAESTROS’ Awards is one of the best ever initiatives to inspire the innovative, talented and hard working information security professionals throughout all verticals across the nation. The ceremony was graced by the presence of eminent industry stalwarts and more than 150 renowned CISOs representing reputed organizations.

The awards were judged on the basis of:

  • Industry type
  • Organization size
  • Factors driving organization’s information security spending
  • Evaluation of information security spending
  • Security measures deployed or to be deployed
  • Size and complexity of projects undertaken/delivered
  • Security assurance

Mr. Jain was also a part of a panel discussion on The Rise & Risk of Ransomware Virus and the need of an AppSec Champion Software for the security of an organization.

Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Jain for this landmark achievement. Wishing him all the best for his future endeavours.


Mar 31, 2017

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Inaugurates New Manufacturing Facility in Mexico

We are thrilled to announce the inauguration of our new manufacturing plant located at Queretaro Industrial Park, Mexico. The new facility Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. was inaugurated on 31st March, 2017 and is a part of Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions, Germany (Minda KTSN).

The new manufacturing unit was jointly inaugurated by Mr. Muktesh K. Pardeshi – Ambassador of India in Mexico; Mr. Francisco Dominguez -Governor of Queretaro State, Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO- Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group; Mr. Marco Tulio Chapa – Plant Manager, Minda KTSN Mexico; Mr. Jose L Aguilera – Secretary of Work; Mr. Frank Loeschmann, Spark Minda Board Member and Mr. Marco A. Del Prete- Sustentable Department Secretary. Also present at the ceremony were Mrs. Sarika Minda and Mrs. Anja Loeschmann along with the employees of Minda KTSN Mexico.

While expressing his feelings at the ceremony, Mr. Ashok Minda, Chairman & Group CEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group said, “Our presence in Europe goes back to 2007 when Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions was acquired to oversee the European operations. The support we have received from all the stakeholders in Europe has encouraged us to start manufacturing facility in North American Region. The new manufacturing facility at Queretaro, Mexico, marks a significant milestone in the history of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. This investment shows the clear commitment of our Group to the expansion of our activities here in the region.”

Mr. N.K Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group said “The new facility has been set up with intent to serve our customers through our advanced technologies and services. This will also further strengthen our strategic presence as we reach out to OEs to supply quality automotive components and also offer state of art & future technological solutions to our esteemed customers in whole continent. We endeavour to give our Customers the best of our services in the future as we always have been doing.”

Mr. Vinayak Hegde, CEO, Minda KTSN said, “Minda KTSN is proud to share the moment of opening of its new manufacturing facility at Queretaro, Mexico. Queretaro today has emerged as a leading strategic commercial hub in the region, with world-class infrastructure and a highly competitive business environment. Our new facility will enable us to meet the fast-growing demand we anticipate in this region, even opening opportunities for us to export. The project has not only been completed on schedule – but also met all customer requirements. It has met the targets, using the best industry practices, in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner.”

The green-field plant at Mexico specializes in manufacturing of Interior automotive components such as Glove Box, I Panel Parts etc for our esteemed Customer Volkswagen Group.

The new facility at Queretaro, which is Minda KTSN’s 5th unit has a total area of 8500 Sq.mtrs with manpower strength of around 130 employees. The plant has an additional 5000 sq meters space in the similar premises for further growth and is targeting annual sales of 450 Mio Pesos (USD 24 Mio) from 2017-18 onwards.

Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions, Germany produces high quality Interior products such as Glove box, I Panel Parts, Storage boxes, Cup holders, Steering column covers, Oil panel, Cylinder heads and Structure parts for VW Group, BMW, Daimler, as main customers. Minda KTSN in Europe has state of the art of Injection moulding, automated assemblies, and internal tool manufacturing facilities.

A very proud moment indeed for all of us!


Mar 31, 2017

5th Regional (North) Quality Circle Convention & Kaizen Mela Held

The 5th Regional (North) Quality Circle Convention & Kaizen Mela was held on 31st March,2017 at Minda Corporation Limited- Noida. All the units of Spark Minda from Northern Region participated in the competition

The Lamp Lighting was done by Mr. A.K. Maheshwari, Mr. Aniruddha Kaushik and Mr. D. S Mehra. The Jury included Mr. Aniruddha Kaushik & Mr. A.K. Maheshwari.

During the Convention, the units presented their best Quality Circles & Kaizens. The 3 categories in Kaizens included Associate Kaizen, Team Kaizen & Office Kaizen.

Winners for QCC Awards were as follows:

1st Position – PRABHAT from Minda Furukawa-Noida

2nd Position – PARIVARTAN from Minda Silca- Greater Noida

3rd Position – SADHBHAWANA from Minda Corporation-Noida

Winners for the Associate Kaizen Awards:

1st Position – MCL-DCD- Greater Noida

2nd Position – MFE-Bawal

3rd Position – MFE-Noida

Winners for Team Kaizen Awards:

1st Position – MFE-Noida

2nd Position – MSEL-Greater Noida

3rd Position – MCL-Pant Nagar

Office Kaizen Award Winners:

1st Position – MFE-Bawal

2nd Position – MFE-Noida

3rd Position – MSEL- Greater Noida

Heartiest congratulations to all the winners!


Mar 17, 2017

Minda VAST Wins 2nd Prize at ACMA – Best Practices Competition

We are happy to announce that our Business Group Company – Minda VAST Access Systems Private Limited (MVASPL) bagged the 2nd prize at ACMA Best Practices Competition held on 17th March, 2017. The Competition on ‘Best Practices & first ever 5S Competition’ was organized by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

The Best Practices section comprised of Low Cost Automation, Energy Conservation & Poka Yoke categories. Minda VAST team participated in the Low Cost Automation Category where they won the 2nd prize.

Around 60 teams in all categories participated in the Competition.

The members from the winning team included:

  • Mr. Ashish Agrawal – Paint Shop Department
  • Mr. Mahesh Katkalmbekar – Maintenance Department.
  • Mr. Subhash, Mr. Pramod and Mr. Abdul from Maintenance Department

Team Minda VAST also participated in the 5S competition where the team qualified the first round & presented their 5S Management to the Jury which was much appreciated by the participants and the program attendees.

Heartiest congratulations to team Minda VAST for their achievement. Way to go!


Mar 11, 2017

Minda Furukawa Conferred with Best Kaizen Award

We are overwhelmed to share that our Business Group Company, Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited (MFE) was conferred with the ‘Best Kaizen Award’ by our esteemed customers – Honda Cars India.

The award was received by MFE on 11th March, 2017 during the Annual Supplier Convention of Honda Cars India for the year 2017 in New Delhi.

The award was presented by Mr. Praveen Paranjape, Director and Senior VP General and Corporate Affairs, Honda Cars India and Mr. Ashwin Kapur, President, Honda Cars Suppliers’ Association to Mr. N K Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer and Mr. Neeraj Sharma, President, Minda Furukawa.

Heartiest Congratulations to team MFE for the great achievement and here’s wishing them luck for many more to come!


Mar 09, 2017

SMIT at CII’s 9th Edition Conference on Automotive Research & Development Trends

Spark Minda Technical Centre (SMIT), the research wing of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group participated in the 9th Edition Conference on Automotive Research & Development Trends. This Conference was organized by the Tamil Nadu Technology Development & Promotion Center of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and was held on 9th March, 2017 at Taj Coromandel, Chennai.

Spark Minda participated as associate sponsor for this event. The event served as an important platform to promote our brand image and showcase technologies to a wider audience from the automotive business fraternity in general and our customers/suppliers/business partners in particular. The Group also showcased its new technology products across its business units, at this conference.

The conference aimed at stimulating debates among the automotive business community on the current scenario of automotive R&D, challenges ahead, technologies involved and also share their expectations of the future. The conference attempted to project the future of the Indian Automotive R&D in comparison to the Global Level.

The key objectives of the conference were to serve as a platform for stakeholders from the automotive and allied industrial sectors to share their expert views on strengthening the base for automotive R&D; Develop a systematic approach to address the key gaps in the R&D domain; Understand and highlight priority areas for developing robust systems and solutions through research and innovation; Aid Indian industries in interactions with international networks for best practices, knowledge transfer, collaborative R&D, product development etc and facilitate knowledge flow by working with international organizations through bi-lateral / multilateral cooperation mechanism.

The various sessions included Safety & Integrated mobility, Sustainable Propulsion, Affordability & Competitiveness in the Automotive Sector along with detailed Panel Discussion on “Make in India – Manufacturing Capital for Emerging Markets”.

Mr. Suresh D, CEO, SMIT was also a Key Speaker and Session Chairman for the topic “Safety and Integrated Mobility” in the Automotive Sector. Prominent global speakers from leading OEMs, prominent Auto component Industries, Transport Organizations, Infrastructure Companies, Service Providers, System Integrators, State and Central Government officials, Corporate Consultants were also invited to participate and share their knowledge at this conference.

The other members from Spark Minda who participated in the Conference included Mr. Vishwas Vaidya – Director HW & Services-SMIT, Mr. V Srinivasan – Vice President- MSL, Mr. Satish E – General Manager Engg.,- MSL, Mr. Yusuf Chikodi, Manager- Product Research & Marketing- SMIT; Ms. Manisha Godse, Manager – SBU HR- MCL- SSD with support from Group Communication Department for Branding and Execution of the project. A special round of appreciation to Mr. Daniel J, Head – HR/IR SBU, Minda SAI Limited, South & Mr. Loganathan, Deputy Manager – IR, MSL -South who supported the team in the smooth execution of this event.

Spark Minda has represented at prominent National & International Forums which provided us the opportunity to showcase Spark Minda as a key contributor to the Global Automotive Component Industry. Our participation as a Sponsor at this Conference supported us to establish and strengthen our company’s standing with the scientific community and maximize our brand exposure and also provided SMIT team an excellent platform to network with a wider audience and expose themselves to upcoming technologies/trends relevant to their future projects.


Feb 02, 2017

Minda Corporation Ltd. – Die Casting Division, Pune Bags 1st Runner Up Trophy at 12th Bava Chakan Cluster Kaizen Competition

It brings us great pride to inform you that our Business Group Company – Minda Corporation Ltd. – Die Casting Division, Pune bagged the 1st Runner Up award at the 12th Bava Chakan Cluster Kaizen Competition organized by Bajaj Auto Ltd., Chakan.

The Competition was held on 2nd February, 2017 at Bajaj Auto Chakan, Pune. A total 21 teams participated in the competition from various renowned automotive organizations.

A total of 100 marks were allotted for the evaluation of Quality Circle following which, the organizations scoring the highest marks were awarded.

During the award ceremony, the jury also appreciated the efforts of all participating teams with special recognition to all the winners.

The members of the participating team included:

  • Mr. Sachin Kale – Coordinator Improvement Cell
  • Mr. Mangesh Gadekar – New Product Development
  • Mr. Anil Patil –Gravity Die Casting team
  • Mr. Shankar Ade- Gravity Die Casting team
  • Mr. Sandip Gunjal –Gravity Die Casting team
  • Mr. Rajendra Shende -Gravity Die Casting team
  • Mr. Vinayak Bhuse – Quality Analysis team

Special note of appreciation to Mr. M. J. Vibhandik, Mr. Ganesh Kulkarni & Mr. Raju Mathai who guided & Supported team in the execution of this project.

Heartiest congratulation to MCL- DCD, Pune team for their efforts and achievements.


Jan 18, 2017

Blanket Distribution Activity at Earth Saviours Foundation

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire. This is how we all visualize the winters. But, winter comes back very hard to the underprivileged that too old aged people who are deprived of shelter, love and affection by their families.

On 18th January, 2017 Spark Minda Foundation took a step forward and distributed 400 blankets which would help less privileged people to fight the chilling winter and get some peaceful sleep at night.

The distribution activity was done at The Earth Saviours Foundation which is located in Bandhwadi Village, Gurgaon. Some of the ongoing missions of Earth Saviours Foundation are: Old age home to look after homeless – abandoned senior citizens, Rescue center to look after mentally disabled people, Nari Niketan shelter to look after deprived females, etc.

The event was enthusiastically participated by the Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group employees and some volunteers from SOIL.

Few people whom we got chance to interact, told us their story and expressed their happiness while receiving the blankets. It gives immense pleasure and satisfaction that we were able to spread love and warmth for these underprivileged people.


Jan 14, 2017

Mr. Vikas Sajwan Bags Ist Runner Up Award at 2nd ACMA Indoor Games Competition

We are immensely elated to share with you that Mr. Vikas Sajwan, Deputy Manager – Corporate IT, Minda SAI Limited – Greater Noida bagged the Ist runner up award for Carrom in Men’s Singles Category at the 2nd ACMA Indoor Games Competition. The competition was held on 14th January, 2017 in Gurgaon.

The event was organized by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), New Delhi.

A total of 11 teams from other renowned organizations comprising 22 employees participated in this event.

Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Sajwan for his victory.

You made us proud!


Jan 12, 2017

Minda Corporation Limited – Die Casting Division, Pune Wins ‘2nd BAVA Association Volleyball Tournament’

We are immensely elated to share with you all that our Business Group Company – Minda Corporation Limited, Die Casting Division- Pune won the Final round of 2nd BAVA- Volleyball Tournament to bag the Winner Trophy at the Championship. The competition was organized by Bajaj Auto Ltd. – Chakan Cluster between 12th – 13th January, 2017.

A total of 14 renowned organizations participated in this event including Varroc Group, Endurance Group, Flash Electronics, Badve Group, Advik Hi-Tech Pvt. Ltd., Ven-Tech Pvt. Ltd., JBM Group, Roof Polymer and the like.

MCL- DCD – Pune defeated Ven-Tech Pvt. Ltd. in the final round by 25/17 & 25/15 scores and Bajaj Auto by 25/7, 25/20 scores to win the Mega finals of the Championship.

Senior members present during the award ceremony included Mr. Rajendra Pise – Sr. Vice President, Bajaj Auto Ltd.; Mr. S M Kulkarni, Plant Head, Bajaj Auto Ltd.;

Mr. Aditya Bharti, Chairman, BAVA Association and Mr. Sanjay Chopda, Vice Chairman, BAVA Association. From Spark Minda, members present at the ceremony included Mr. M J Vibhandik – SBU Head, MCL- DCD, Mr. Siddesh Nanaware – Deputy Manager, HR & Admin, MCL- DCD and the participating team.

Heartiest congratulations on the victory and wishing the team all the luck for their future endeavours.

Way to Go…!


Dec 16, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited Bags Technology Innovation of the Year Award

We are proud to announce that our Business Group Company – Minda Corporation Limited (MCL) bagged the Technology Innovation of the Year Award under Supplier Category at the Indian Automotive Technology and Innovation Awards (IATIA), 2016. The award was received for Magnetic Key Shutter Module for 2 Wheeler Ignition Switches on 16th December, 2016 at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

The Competition was organized by the renowned publication – Auto Tech Review. The core award categories included Engines, Transmissions, Safety, Convenience, Environment and Technology Innovation.

The award applications were screened by their Validation Partner, Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and external jury members which included eminent, well-respected industry professionals like Mr. Shrikant R. Marathe – Ex-Director, Automotive Research Association of India; Dr. RK Malhotra – President, SAEINDIA and Director General, Petroleum Federation of India; Dr. Arun Jaura – European Advisory Council – SAE International; Mr. Sajid Mubashir – Scientist G, DHI-DST Technology Platform for Electric Mobility, Govt of India and Mr. Indeep Madan – Managing Director, VCA India.

The aim was to recognize and award innovative new automotive technologies that made a difference and had the potential to make a significant positive impact.

The award was received by Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal- President, MCL- Security Systems Division;

Mr. Ajay Kumar Sharma – Associate Vice President, Corporate Engineering, Security Division;

Mr. Vikram Puri – General Manager, Corp. New Technology, Security Division and Mr. Deepak Goswami – Assistant Manager, Corp. New Technology, Security Division.

The prestigious award had winners such as Bosch Ltd. and ZF Steering Gear India Ltd. in its 2015 edition. This year, besides Minda Corporation Limited, other eminent companies that won accolades were Renault India, Hyundai Motors, HMSI, Ducati, Nissan, Maruti Suzuki & INA Bearings.
Many congratulations to Team MCL for adding yet another feather to Spark Minda cap! Way to Go…!


Dec 16, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited – Noida, Pune & Pantnagar Bag Excellence & Par Excellence Awards at National Convention of Quality Concepts, 2016

It is with great pleasure that we would like to inform you, that Minda Corporation Limited – Noida, Pune & Pantnagar bagged the Excellence and Par- Excellence Awards at the National Convention on Quality Concept (NCQC), 2016.

The awards were received at national level and MCL- Noida has further been nominated at the International Level Convention (ICQCC-2017). A total of 6 teams from MCL-SSD participated in this Convention held between 16th -19th December, 2016 at Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Professional Management and Technology, Raipur.

More than 180 teams from big and small size organizations participated in this event. Some of the prominent companies which were a part of this quality convention included Exide Industries Ltd., BHEL, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., NTPC, Jindal Stainless Steel, Tata Steel, MSIEL, NALCO Angul, JCB India, TVS Tyres and more.

Prior to this, MCS-SSD participated in Chapter Convention on Quality Concepts on 31st October, 2016 where the teams Quality Circle & Quality Culture Vendor Quality won the ‘Gold’ Award.

Heartiest congratulations to MCL- SSD team and wishing them the very best for the upcoming international level forum. We hope they do us proud and come out with flying colours…!


Dec 16, 2016

Minda SAI Limited – Greater Noida Bags ‘Par Excellence’ Award at National Convention of Quality Concepts, 2016

We are proud to announce that Minda SAI Limited – Greater Noida bagged the ‘Par Excellence’ Award at the 30th National Convention on Quality Concept (NCQC) held between 16th to 19th December, 2016 at Shri Shankaracharya Institute of Professional Management and Technology, Raipur.

‘Daksh’ Quality Circle from Minda SAI Limited – Greater Noida participated in the competition and won the Par Excellence Award.

The event was organized by the Quality Circle Forum of India (QCFI) – Bhillai Chapter, Raipur – Chhatisgarh. The theme of this Convention was ‘People’s Participation & Passion – The Pathway to Overall Excellence’.

More than 1200 teams from renowned organizations including NTPC, JCB India, Exide Industries, Tata Steel, TVS, Ashahi India Glass, Subros, Tefe and the like participated in this competition.

The award was presented by Mr. Yogesh Shashtri, Jury Member of QCFI.

Heartiest congratulations to the MSL- GN team. Keep up the great work!


Dec 15, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Division Bags National Award for Supply Chain & Logistics Excellence

We are proud to announce that the Supply Chain & Sourcing Team of Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Division (MCL- SSD) was recently conferred with the prestigious ‘CII SCALE Awards (CII Supply Chain & Logistics Excellence) held between 15th-16th December, 2016 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. MCL- SSD secured Exemplary Position under Auto & Ancillary Product Category.

From Spark Minda, Mr. Bhaskar Kumar, General Manager – Corporate Sourcing, MCL- SSD received the award.

One of the most prestigious awards of the industry, these awards were initiated under the support and guidance of CII with Ernst & Young and Express Industry Council of India as their knowledge partners.

The process included complex stages of sharing of relevant documents, feedback forms and process scrutinies at various levels by the Jury panel. Amongst the many number of applicants under this category, MCL- SSD was shortlisted for the final round of presentation and Quality Analysis by the Jury. Once this process was completed and MCL -SSD qualified through each stage, the final award was announced.

Heartiest congratulations to MCL-SSD team for such an outstanding performance. You have made Team Spark Minda proud!


Dec 03, 2016

Minda VAST Access Systems Private Limited Bags Gold Award at Quality Circle Forum of India

With immense pride, we would like to inform you, that our Business Group Company, Minda VAST Access Systems Private Limited (MVASPL) bagged the Gold Award at Quality Improvement Success Story Competition organized by Quality Circle Forum of India (QCFI) – Pune Chapter. The award was received on 3rd December, 2016 at Quality Excellence Center – Pune.

A total of 35 teams including big OEM’s like Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, JCB & other companies like Lumax Automotives, SMR Auto also participated.

Team Pragati included the following members:

Mr. Prakash Sonare – Coordinator – Improvement Cell

Mr. Ravindra Fursule – Facilitator – Assembly Team

Mr. Rajesh Rao – Assembly – Team Leader

Mr. Rahul Raghav – Assembly Team

Ms. Abhilasha Patil – Assembly Team

Ms. Rupali Varpe – Assembly Team

Heartiest congratulations to the team. Way to go!


Dec 02, 2016

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited Wins Award for New Development at Escorts Agri Machinery Partners Meet – 2016

We are happy to share that our Business Group Company – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited (MSIL) won the award for New Development in the ‘Development Category’ at the Escorts Agri Machinery Partners Meet – 2016 held on 2nd December, 2016 at Hotel Taj Vivanta, Faridabad.

This forum is organized every year by Escorts Agri Machinery with the objective of sharing their previous year sales achievements and discussing their targets for the coming year. In order to keep their partners motivated, vendors with a good performance record during the previous year are recognized with a performance award.

MSIL bagged the award for developing an Electronic Cluster for their USA Export Models in a record breaking time of 12 weeks with major development of PCB.

Amongst the participating team members from Spark Minda, Minda SAI Limited was represented by Mr. Sanjeev Saxena and Mr. Sanjoy Dhar; Minda Autoelectrik Limited was represented by Mr. Guruprit Singh and Mr. Manoj while MSIL was represented by Mr. N K Modi and Mr. Sudhir Khurana. Apart from our Group members, there were approximately 300 vendors from other automotive companies who participated in the Escorts Partners meet.

The award was presented by Mr. Shailendra Agrawal, COO – Escorts Agri Machinery; Mr. Ravi Menon, CEO – Escorts Agri Machinery & Mr. Rajneesh Agarwal, Head – KMC, (R & D) to Mr. N K Modi, Managing Director – MSIL & Mr. Sudhir Khurana – Group Leader, Marketing – MSIL.

Heartiest congratulations to team MSIL for their efforts and wishing them the very best for future endeavours.


Dec 02, 2016

Mr. Manish Sharma Bags IT Next CIO Award, 2016

We are happy to share that Mr. Manish Sharma, Head – IT, Minda Automotive Solutions Limited bagged the IT Next CIO Award, 2016. The award was received on 2nd December, 2016 at Hyatt Regency, Pune.

The CIO Award is one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the field of Information Technology because of its rigorous selection process and transparency. The award is given by 9.9 Media in association with various partners like Arkadin, Sifi, CtrlS, Nutanix, F5 and the like.

A total of 3902 IT Heads from various Governments., Government Undertakings and Private and Public Organizations applied for this award.

The selection process consisted of Referee and Supervisor’s Feedback, Personality Tests, Managerial Tests, Workplace Competencies, Personality Profile Management Style and Management Profile Tests in addition to 2 Scenario Tests and 2 Personal Interviews conducted by a panel of 49 jury members.

Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Sharma and wishing him the very best for his future endeavors.


Dec 02, 2016

Minda SAI Limited – Kakkalur Bags CII 5S Excellence Award

It gives us immense pleasure in sharing that our Business Group Company – Minda SAI Limited – Kakkalur bagged the CII 5S Excellence Award. The award was received during the 9th National Competitiveness & Cluster Summit held on 2nd December, 2016 at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The CII 5S Awards were initiated in the year 2005 to recognize the efforts of large, medium and small scale industries in the area of 5S. The award theme had its genesis partly motivated by Prime Minister – Mr. Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative including Zero Defect, Zero Effect and basis the premise that clusters are a means of growth & transformation.

Minda SAI Limited – Kakkalur competed with more than 60 Small Scale Industry organizations to bag the ‘first’ place in this competition.

From MSL- KK, detailed presentations were given by Mr. G Arun, Deputy General Manager – Production & Mr. M Sivakumar, Deputy Manager – Improvement Cell on 5S covering the best practices followed at Spark Minda. Further to this, the award was presented to our team.

Heartiest congratulations to MSL- Kakkalur for their fantastic effort. Wishing them many more success to come!


Nov 23, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Division Bags Multiple Awards at CII – BE Star Awards Ceremony

With great happiness and pride, we would like to inform you that Minda Corporation Limited – SSD – Noida, Pune and Pantnagar bagged multiple awards at CII – BE Star Awards during the CII National Quality Summit, 2016 held on 23rd and 24th November, 2016 at Hotel Sheraton Grand, Bengaluru.

While Minda Corporation Limited – SSD – Noida bagged ‘Leader’ Award in Operational Excellence Category, Minda Corporation Limited – SSD – Pune and Pantnagar won the ‘Emerging Leader’ and ‘Leader’ Awards in People Management and Customer Management categories respectively.

The awards were presented by Mr. N Kumar, Chairman – CII Institute of Quality and Mr. Yaduvendra Mathur, Chairman and MD Export – Import Bank of India. From Spark Minda, the award was received by Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Partha Sarathi Das, Mr. Surajit Mukhopadhyay, Mr. Neeraj Sharma & Mr. J K Yadav.

There were three categories of awards – Leader, Emerging Leader & Promising Practitioner. The objective behind these awards is to recognize organizations for Excellence in People, Customer & Operations Management with high maturity practices in their organization.

The panel of CII assessors had visited MCL- Noida, Pune and Pantnagar between the months of September – October, 2016 and accessed all the departments during these site visits. Based on the performance of various departments and their interactions with the heads of various departments, the applications were submitted to the jury. Post a thorough evaluation of all the entries, the awards were presented.

Following were the stages of the application process:

  • All Participants crossing the threshold scores (decided by CII- Institute of Quality) were eligible for the recognitions.
  • Organizations scoring 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions were recognized as ‘Leader’, ‘Emerging Leader’ & ‘Promising Practitioners’ in their respective categories.

Heartiest congratulations to Team MCL- SSD. We are proud of you!


Nov 17, 2016

Spark Minda Foundation Bags Award for Top Community Care Companies in Asia

It is a moment of immense honour for us to share that Spark Minda Foundation (SMF) has bagged the Award for Top Community Care Companies in Asia. The award was received by Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson – Spark Minda Foundation, at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES), 2016 held at Hotel Shangri-La, Singapore on 17th November, 2016.

Spark Minda Foundation won the award under Community Care category for working in the verticals of Education, Livelihood Promotion, Community Healthcare & Infrastructure, Environment & Resource Protection and Care for Persons with Disability. The project assessed under the Community Care Category was Saksham – Care for Persons with Disability.

Spark Minda Foundation is a section 8 Company under Companies Act 2013, Government of India established in December, 2014 to implement the Corporate Social Responsibility projects of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.

The organizer of this award is MORS Group whose objective is to bring Asia’s business aspirations and success stories to the world stage through knowledge sharing, recognition and research. After a 3 month long due diligence at the plant premises of our Business Group Company – PTMAI, the organizing committee testified SMF as a worthy recipient of the title holding the regional benchmark of this award.

A total of 44 out of 187 companies were awarded under various categories. The expert panel and the jury for the award included Mr. Hemant K Batra, Mahatma Gandhi Seva Mandal winner; Mr. Andrew Brayant, author of the renowned book – Self Leadership; Mr. James John Ku, Harward Graduate and FDI consultant; Dr. Jayanti Desan, University of Malaysia; Ms. Su-yen Wong, CEO – Human Capital Leadership Institute, USA and Ms. Shanggari B, CEO- MORS Group, Kuala Lumpur.

Besides Spark Minda Foundation, ING Bank Singapore, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, TCS, Vedanta, BMW, Singtel, Loreal, Bentley, Samsung and many renowned organizations also won awards under various other categories.

The ACES Awards seek to offer an ideal platform for leaders to take pride of the leadership excellence, to learn, to build connections and exchange new ideas while MORS Group continues to showcase Asia’s best practices for sustainable growth.

Heartiest congratulations to the team for their hard work!


Nov 04, 2016

Lock Body Assembly Unit Under Business Integrated CSR Inaugurated at Aurangabad Central Prison

We are happy to announce that Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has set-up a new facility inside Aurangabad Central Prison, Maharashtra. The unit will manufacture automotive lock parts within the premises of jail.

The inauguration of the unit was held at Aurangabad Central Prison on 4th November, 2016. The ceremony commenced with unveiling of the foundation stone followed by ribbon cutting of the inventory area by Chief Guest – Mr. Rajendra Dhamle – DIG, Aurangabad Central Prison & Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson – Spark Minda Foundation. This was followed by a tour of the inventory where Mr. Sachin Patil, Head – Operations, MCL – Aurangabad guided all the guests to understand the machinery and manufacturing processes. After this,Mr. R R More – Superintendent of Police gave a welcome address for all followed by a detailed presentation on this initiative by Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, GCHRO. After Mr. Samanta’s presentation, Mrs. Sarika Minda addressed the gathering. Mrs. Minda thanked all the inmates and the guests from Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL), without whose support this project would not have been possible.

Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, CEO, MCL – SSD also shared his words of wisdom with all the inmates and spoke of expanding this unit by engaging more inmates very soon. Mr. Mohite & Mr. Kulkarni from BAL also addressed those who were present and expressed their happiness on being a part of this noble initiative. Towards the end of the program, Mr. Rajendra Dhamle, DIG addressed all the women inmates and encouraged them for putting in their best and making the most of this lucrative opportunity. His enthusiasm and confidence on the inmates instilled a level of confidence and added a lot of motivation to all those present at the gathering.

This activity initiated in collaboration with Aurangabad Central Prison Authority, Maharashtra and aims to impart skills and provide employment to women jail inmates of Aurangabad. The product thus manufactured (Lock Body Assembly Unit) will be used in the final product to be made in our company at Pune and will be supplied to our ‘Principal’ customer Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL). In this regard, an MOU was signed between Aurangabad Central Prison and Minda Corporation Ltd (Security Systems Division) on July 27, 2016.

Under this project, MCL has been allocated 500 Sq. feet of space within the jail premises and this area will be used for all the activities related to manufacturing, production, testing, inspection, storage of finished goods and dispatch. The facility will be run by jail convicts under the supervision of Minda Corporation Ltd., Security and System Division. At the new facility in Aurangabad, Spark Minda will be conducting the induction training program for the jail inmates who will be working in the facility. Further, they will have to go through on-job training and will work under the supervision of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group representative for a given period of time. These training sessions will help inmates in understanding the minute details of production and manufacturing. With these trainings, inmates will be also given a special training certificate which will help them to work and earn outside the jail authority after their jail term ends.

To ensure the discipline of Jail, the raw material entry and the dispatch of finished product has been kept under our Group’s control for smooth execution of work. To facilitate this entire process, few employees are fully deployed at the Jail; thus smoothing up the complete coordination and assuring Quality process. The management team will also visit this unit on a frequent basis to ensure the system & policy deployment in accordance with the company’s requirement.

In the past, similar initiatives have been taken up by our Group through similar ventures at Tihar Jail, New Delhi in 2014, Yerwada Jail, Pune in 2015, and another one at Dresden Jail, Germany since 2005.

Apart from the guests, those present at the event included Mr. M K Pajan, Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Arvind Gupta,
Mr. P S Das, Mr. Sachin Patil, Mr. Amol Pagare, Ms. Pallavi Hatwal, Mr. Abhijit Bhalerao, Ms. Neha Bahri and others from MCL- Aurangabad & Pune team.

Heartiest congratulations to the team and wishing them the best for the new operations. Hope you continue to make us proud.


Nov 04, 2016

Lock Body Assembly Unit Under Business Integrated CSR Inaugurated at Aurangabad Central Prison

We are happy to announce that Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has set-up a new facility inside Aurangabad Central Prison, Maharashtra. The unit will manufacture automotive lock parts within the premises of jail.

The inauguration of the unit was held at Aurangabad Central Prison on 4th November, 2016. The ceremony commenced with unveiling of the foundation stone followed by ribbon cutting of the inventory area by Chief Guest – Mr. Rajendra Dhamle – DIG, Aurangabad Central Prison & Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson – Spark Minda Foundation. This was followed by a tour of the inventory where Mr. Sachin Patil, Head – Operations, MCL – Aurangabad guided all the guests to understand the machinery and manufacturing processes. After this, Mr. R R More – Superintendent of Police gave a welcome address for all followed by a detailed presentation on this initiative by Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, GCHRO. After Mr. Samanta’s presentation, Mrs. Sarika Minda addressed the gathering. Mrs. Minda thanked all the inmates and the guests from Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL), without whose support this project would not have been possible. Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, CEO, MCL – SSD also shared his words of wisdom with all the inmates and spoke of expanding this unit by engaging more inmates very soon. Mr. Mohite & Mr. Kulkarni from BAL also addressed those who were present and expressed their happiness on being a part of this noble initiative. Towards the end of the program, Mr. Rajendra Dhamle, DIG addressed all the women inmates and encouraged them for putting in their best and making the most of this lucrative opportunity. His enthusiasm and confidence on the inmates instilled a level of confidence and added a lot of motivation to all those present at the gathering.

This activity initiated in collaboration with Aurangabad Central Prison Authority, Maharashtra and aims to impart skills and provide employment to women jail inmates of Aurangabad. The product thus manufactured (Lock Body Assembly Unit) will be used in the final product to be made in our company at Pune and will be supplied to our ‘Principal’ customer Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL). In this regard, an MOU was signed between Aurangabad Central Prison and Minda Corporation Ltd (Security Systems Division) on July 27, 2016.

Under this project, MCL has been allocated 500 Sq. feet of space within the jail premises and this area will be used for all the activities related to manufacturing, production, testing, inspection, storage of finished goods and dispatch. The facility will be run by jail convicts under the supervision of Minda Corporation Ltd., Security and System Division. At the new facility in Aurangabad, Spark Minda will be conducting the induction training program for the jail inmates who will be working in the facility. Further, they will have to go through on-job training and will work under the supervision of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group representative for a given period of time. These training sessions will help inmates in understanding the minute details of production and manufacturing. With these trainings, inmates will be also given a special training certificate which will help them to work and earn outside the jail authority after their jail term ends.

To ensure the discipline of Jail, the raw material entry and the dispatch of finished product has been kept under our Group’s control for smooth execution of work. To facilitate this entire process, few employees are fully deployed at the Jail; thus smoothing up the complete coordination and assuring Quality process. The management team will also visit this unit on a frequent basis to ensure the system & policy deployment in accordance with the company’s requirement.

In the past, similar initiatives have been taken up by our Group through similar ventures at Tihar Jail, New Delhi in 2014, Yerwada Jail, Pune in 2015, and another one at Dresden Jail, Germany since 2005.

Apart from the guests, those present at the event included Mr. M K Pajan, Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Arvind Gupta, Mr. P S Das, Mr. Sachin Patil, Mr. Amol Pagare, Ms. Pallavi Hatwal, Mr. Abhijit Bhalerao, Ms. Neha Bahri and others from MCL- Aurangabad & Pune team.

Heartiest congratulations to the team and wishing them the best for the new operations. Hope you continue to make us proud. Snapshot

(L to R) Mrs. Sarika Minda & Mr. Dhamle inaugurating the foundation stone & the manufacturing unit, A glimpse of the unit, Mrs. Minda interacting with the inmates, A glimpse of the inauguration ceremony (L to R) Mr. More, Mr. Samanta, Mrs Minda, Mr. Kashyap, Mr. Mohite, Mr. Dhamle & Mr. Pajan addressing the gathering Group Communication Department


Oct 24, 2016

Minda Furukawa – Noida Bags Silver Award at Quality Circle Forum of India

It give us immense pleasure to share that our Business Group Company; Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited – Noida won the Silver Award at Quality Circle Competition (QCC) organized by 1st Baddi Centre Convention on Quality Concepts (BCCQC-2016) associated with Quality Circle Forum of India, Hyderabad.

The competition was organized on 24th October, 2016 at Velvet Clarks Exotica; Chandigarh by Godrej Consumer Products Limited. More than 20 companies from various sectors participated in the event.

The participating MFE, Noida QCC team included Mr. Vikas Kumar,

Mr. Himanshu Sharma, Mr. Kulbhoohan Mishra, Mr. Rakesh Kumar,

Mr. Rabee Babu and Ms. Priya. The award was won under the mentorship of Mr. Bineet Porwal, Manager – SBU Manufacturing.

The winning team has also been nominated for the National Level QCC to be held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh between 16th to 19th December, 2016 in association of Quality Circle Forum of India.

Heartiest congratulations to whole team on this achievement and wishing them very best for their future endeavors.


Oct 21, 2016

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Launches Goal 2020 Commitment with Conviction to Conquer

In our effort towards achieving continuous growth, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group recently launched its Long Term Strategy – Goal 2020. The event was held on 21st October, 2016 at Hotel Pride Plaza, New Delhi.

The theme of the event was – Commitment with Conviction to Conquer. The strength behind this initiative lay in collaborating to conquer the target which has been set by us.

The key objectives behind the launch of Goal 2020 was to align all the Business Group Companies with the long term growth plan of our Group, to address the importance of achieving the set targets with a sense of urgency and to have all the Group Companies commit to achieving the targets mutually agreed upon.

Through this meeting, a target has been agreed upon by all BGs in the following 5 areas:

  • Sales
  • PAT
  • Exports
  • Market Cap
  • ROCE

The event initiated with a welcome address by Ms. Harshita Satsangi from the Corporate HR Team. This was followed by an overview session by Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, GCHRO wherein he introduced the context and the objective behind this goal setting session. Mr. Samanta spoke of the need for setting a future target and how important it would be to abide by the same. His highly motivating session talked of the importance of binding together as a team and working towards this target.

Following his session, Mr. Samanta invited each Business Group Head to come forward and commit to the agreed target by them for the year 2020. Each BG Head came along with their core teams came forward and spoke of their current status and how they plan to set the path of achieving their agreed target.

After the completion of BG presentations, the Group’s total target for Goal 2020 was unveiled. These numbers were decided individually by our Business Group Companies and are available with the BG Heads and Group Functional Heads.

Towards the end of the BG sessions, Mr. Ashok Minda – GCEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group addressed the participants. In his very encouraging session, Mr. Minda recalled his journey towards building brand Spark Minda and spoke of the significance of having a goal in one’s life. He said that achieving one’s target is only possible if the fire within is constantly aired by one’s passion for achieving it. He ended his session on a very positive and motivating note hoping that the Goal 2020 will soon become a dream achieved!

The program ended with a light musical program followed by a special dinner organized for all.

Wishing the entire Team Spark Minda all the very best and hoping that each one of us collaborates towards achieving the set – GOAL 2020!


Oct 12, 2016

Bhoomi Pujan Ceremony of Spark Minda Technical Centre (SMIT) Held

We are happy to announce that the Bhoomi Pujan Ceremony marking the initiation of Spark Minda Technical Centre (SMIT) – Advanced Engineering Centre of Electronics, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 12th October, 2016 at MCL – Security Systems Division – Pune.

The vision behind SMIT is to evolve as a full fledged advance technology provider that enables the existing businesses to Innovate Futuristic Technologies in Automotive Sub-Systems.

The purpose of SMIT includes:

  • Enabling & Increasing advanced engineering/ technologies of existing businesses of MCL and support ‘Electronification’.
  • Expanding MCL footprints in automotive systems area other than Legacy Products (Electrification, Connected cars, ADAS etc ).
  • Venturing into automotive mechatronics engineering and opportunities.
  • Developing into a Centre with highly competent people & technology in the area of electronic hardware, software and sub systems in automotive industry.
  • Establishing EMC testing, HIL testing, Proto shop & Reliability engineering to increase the quality and efficiency of the R&D

The auspicious occasion was graced by the presence of Mrs. Sarika Minda, Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, Mr. N.K Modi, Mr. Ashim Vora, Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Mr. Sanjay Aneja,

Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Sanjay Pathak, Mr. Himanshu Jain, Mr. Kalyan Pawar along with other senior members Spark Minda.

Mr. Suresh D, CEO – SMIT, welcomed all the guests and explained the upcoming facilities and its importance for Spark Minda’s future. Mr. Lalitendu Samanta interacted with the new employees at SMIT and briefed on the groups commitment towards the future. Mrs. Sarika Minda also appreciated the team and shared very valuable inputs regarding the plant facility.

Colorful rangolis and flower decorations along with special snacks made the event fun filled and memorable for all.

Heartiest congratulations to Spark Minda Family for adding this new feather to our cap!


Sep 25, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited – SSD – Pune Wins Two ‘Gold Awards’ at Quality Circle & Allied Concepts Competition

Our Business Group Company, Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Division- Pune bagged Two ‘Gold Awards’ in QC & Allied Concepts Competition organized by Quality Circle Forum of India – Pune Chapter – 31st Chapter Convention – CCQC 2016 on 25th September, 2016 at QCFI, Pune.

The participating teams were invited from Western India region to make detailed presentations on their case studies regarding Quality Circle & Allied Concept. More than 180 teams from big and small organizations participated in the event.

Other teams from renowned organizations that participated in the event included Tata Motors Limited, Mahindra Vehicle Manufactures Limited, Motherson Sumi, Sandhar, Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited, Yazaki India Pvt. Ltd etc.

MCL-SS-Pune team presented their case study on ‘Defect Reduction in Assembly’ & Allied concept of SMED.

Participating members from MCL- SS- Pune included Mr. Abhishek Pawar- Coordinator & Leader of Allied Concept, Mr. Shekhar Dangare- Leader of QC, Mr. Deepak Kute – Dy. Leader, Ms. Shubhangi Chaudhary- Member, Ms. Shruti Hegade – Member & Mr. Vijay Kukade – Member.

Kudos to the Winning Team for their Success…!!


Sep 24, 2016

Minda Furukawa – Bawal Bags Gold Award & Best Debut Performance Award in Quality Circle Competition

We are extremely elated to share with you that our Business Group Company – Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. (MFE) – Bawal bagged Gold Award and Best Debut Performance Award at Quality Circle Competition organized by Quality Circle Forum of India – Delhi Chapter.

The Competition was organized on 24th September, 2016 at BML Munjal University Dharuhera – NCR Region. Many other renowned organizations also participated in the competition.

The participating MFE Quality Circle Team included:

  • Mr. Pankaj Bansal
  • Mr. Jitender Malik
  • Mr. Vishal Aggarwal
  • Mr. Sandeep Sharma
  • Mr. Sanjeet Kumar

The award was won under the mentorship of Mr. Deepak Sharma, Manager –SBU Production.

Heartiest Congratulations to Minda Furukawa Team for their outstanding performance.


Sep 24, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited –SSD Noida Bags Multiple Awards at Quality Circle & Allied Concept Competition

We are proud to announce that our Business Group Company – Minda Corporation Limited – SSD, bagged 2 Gold & 1 SILVER Award at the Chapter Convention on Quality Concept (CCQC-2016). The Competition was organized by Quality Circle Forum of India – Delhi Chapter (QCFI) on 24 September, 2016.

The Convention was held at BML University Dharuhera (Haryana). The award was received at Chapter level and MCL- Noida has further been nominated at the National level convention (NCQC-2016) to be held at the Shri Shankracharya Institute of Professional Management and Technology, Raipur from 16th – 18th December, 2016.

More than 252 teams from big and small organizations participated in the event. Some of the prominent companies which were a part of this Quality Convention included Hero Moto Corp., JCB Corporation, AIS, Napino Auto, Munjal Showa, Sandhar Ltd and more.

The teams from MCL-SSD Noida presented their case studies on ‘Defect Reduction in Assembly/ Tooling Life Improvement. Participating members from MCL-SSD Noida included Mr. Ramkumar, Mr. Tribhuj Arora, Mr. Lawkush & Mr. Sandeep, Ms. Vineeta, Ms Seema Ms. Renu, Ms. Shabana & Allied Team Leader Mr. Akhil Kumar.

Heartiest congratulations to the winning teams and wishing them the very best for the upcoming National level forum.


Sep 12, 2016

Artificial Limb Fitment Camp, India

Spark Minda Foundation, as part of their continuous efforts aimed towards social upliftment, organized a 12day Artificial Limb Fitment camp at Noida. This program supplements the Accessible India Campaign of Government of India.

The camp was being organized in association with Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklaang Sahatya Samiti (Jaipur Foot) started from 1st September to 12th September, 2016. The camp aimed to treat more than 300 Persons with Disability in 12 days. Observing the response of the community the number for fitment was increase to 1054. The camp has provided end-to-end support in Limb fitment, Caliper fitment, providing Walkers, Elbow Crutches etc. all in same day and as per requirement.

The activity is part of ‘Saksham’ – a CSR program started by Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group to help Persons within Disabilities (PWDs). Under Saksham, the Group aims to provide accessible and assistive technologies, impart skill training through OJT (On the job training), create inclusive workplace and ergonomics, train them for 5s and life skills, employ PWD’s (Persons with Disability). The Group has already successfully organized an Artificial Limb fitment camp at Indonesia, which benefitted 529 people in May, 2015.

For this camp, Spark Minda Foundation partnership with more than 12 Organization such as Ambuja Cement Foundation, Assocham, Sister of Destitute, Wockhardt Foundation, Sehgal Foundation, Enactus- Group of Delhi University Students, etc. for seeking mobilization support.

PWDs from Ghaziabad, Bisraksh, Dadri, Dhankor, Jewar, Mewat, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Bulandsahar, Agra, Meerut, Mathura, etc. were benefitted during the Camp. This camp was organized in a closed coordination with the District Administration of Gautam Buddha Nagar to ensure the outreach to rural blocks. This Program is unique example of Public Private Partnership.


Sep 01, 2016

Record 1054 Fitments in Artificial Limb Fitment Camp at Spark Minda

We are happy to share that Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group successfully organized the Artificial Limb Fitment Camp under Project ‘Saksham’ between 1st – 12th September, 2016 at our Business Group Company – Minda Corporation Limited, Noida. The objective of the Camp was to provide mobility to persons with disability particularly belonging to low income group from Delhi NCR and surrounding places. The Camp provided free of cost fitment of upper & lower knees to amputees. While the initial targeted number was 500 patients, the Camp received an overwhelming response and closed at a record of 1054 fitments.

The Inauguration of the Artificial Limb Fitment Camp was held on 7th September, 2016 with Mr. Kumar Vineet, Additional District Magistrate, Gautam Budhha Nagar as the Honorable Chief Guest of the Ceremony. The DM of Gautam Budhha Nagar – Mr. N P Singh also conveyed his best wishes and greetings through a recorded AV message.

During the ceremony, Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, GCHRO welcomed the audience and thanked them for being a part of the big day. The GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda also addressed the gathering and expressed his delight on the successful implementation of this Camp. He conveyed his desire to continue organizing such camps to give back to the society and also gave a brief background of Group CSR initiatives for better understanding of those present. Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson, Spark Minda Foundation expressed her jubilation on the overwhelming response from the patients during the Camp. She also shared the framework of Care for Persons with Disability vertical at Spark Minda and expressed her desire to initiate more such causes in the future. Mr. D R Mehta, Founder – Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti demonstrated the process of fitment of artificial limb while addressing the gathering. Mr. Kumar Vineet, appreciated the efforts put in by the team for the mobilization of partners for this project. A recorded Audio Visual message from the DM, Gautam Budhha Nagar – Mr. N P Singh was also played during the Ceremony. Mr. M K Pajan, Advisor – Group CSR thanked all the stakeholders of the program for their valuable contributions. He also requested the partners to continue with their support in the future. The camp was also graced by the presence of several other dignitaries – Mr. Nirmal Kumar Minda, Mr. Rajesh Bansal, Mr. Hemant Batra, Mr. Vivek Nagpal, Mr. Rajesh Batra and Mr. Aakash Minda besides other family members.

After the welcome address and inaugural ceremony, the Annual Report (2015-16) of Group CSR was unveiled. The guests were also taken on a guided tour of the Camp, where they were demonstrated the process of manufacturing of limbs and calipers.

The key to the success of this camp were the mobilization partners which included – Ambuja Cement Foundation, Wockhardt Foundation, Family of Disabled, ASSHOCHAM, Jatan Sansthan, Amar Jyoti Foundation, Enactus – Delhi University, Sisters of Destitute, Global Hunt Foundation, Sehgal Foundation, Ek Pahel. The Community Radio Partners for the project included Radio Manav Rachna & Alfaz – e – Mewat. They mobilized the patients from their respective intervention areas. These partners were also felicitated and their respective teams were thanked for their determined efforts towards spreading awareness about the Camp. The areas from where the patients were mobilized included – Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Jewar, Biskrakh, Dhankor, Dadri, Mewat, Khurja, Agra, Mathura, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Loni, Bawal, Bagla, Hapur, Bulandshaher, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Pantnagar.

After the inauguration of the Camp, a Press Conference was also held at MCL- Noida. Mr. Minda, Mrs. Minda, Mr. N K Taneja, Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, Mr. Sudhir Kashyap & Mr. Praveen Karn interacted with the various media publications and briefed them about the Camp and future CSR initiatives of the Group.

The Closing ceremony of the Camp was held on 13th September, 2016 at MCL – Noida. During the ceremony, the team from Jaipur Foot was felicitated. All the contributing members from Jaipur Foot and Spark Minda were thanked for their continued efforts and dedication towards making the initiative a grand success. A short film on the Artificial Limb Fitment Camp was also showcased during the Closing ceremony.

The camp was envisioned by Mr. Ashok Minda and Mrs. Sarika Minda in the year 2014. A team of 11 members executed fitment of 1054 limbs at MCL- Noida. This camp was a unique example of undertaking a major CSR activity for the benefit of public in general and making their lives self-sustainable with dignity.

This Camp became a huge success under the able guidance of Mr. M K Pajan, Mrs. Sarika Minda, Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal and Mr. Praveen Karn from conceptualization to the final execution of the project. A very special round of appreciation also goes to the team working at the grass root level for screening of patients in different blocks in the last 3 months, mobilization and coordination of the Camp and attending to patients on a continuous basis – Ms. Pallavi Hatwal, Mr. Abhijit Balerao, Mr. Hirendra Srivastava, Mr. Raju Kumar and Mr. Gaurav Mahtolia. A great effort put in by each one of them.

Apart from the invitees and mobilization partners, the team from Spark Minda present at the inauguration and Closing ceremony along with those who supported the mobilization of patients from our units included senior management team and members from MMSL, MCL- Noida, MCL- PN, MCL – DCD – GN, MSL – GN, Minda Silca, Minda Furukawa – Bawal & Noida, MASL, Minda Balgram along with members from Group CSR & Group Communication teams.

Heartiest congratulations to every participating member on this very noble initiative. This is surely a feather in Spark Minda’s Cap!


Aug 30, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited, Pantnagar bags the ACMA Manufacturing Excellence GOLD Award

We are happy to announce that our Business Group Company, MCL- Pantnagar bagged the most prestigious ACMA Manufacturing Excellence ‘GOLD’ Award (Large category) at the

ACMA Annual Convention held on 30th August, 2016 at Hotel Taj Palace Delhi.

The award was received by Group CEO & Chairman, Mr. Ashok Minda and Executive Director & CEO of MCL-SSD, Mr. Sudhir Kashyap. The award was presented by Honorable Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Mr. Anant Geete.

The other executives from Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group present at the convention included

Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, President- Minda Corporation Ltd., Security Systems Division; Mr. H S Arora Group Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Chief Operating Officer, Minda Corporation Ltd. – Security Systems Division; Mr. Rajeev Sharma, Head – Group Marketing; Mr. L M Joshi, Head- Operations MCL- Pantnagar and Mr. Neeraj Sharma, Head- Quality & Improvement Cell MCL-Pantnagar.

More than 250 ACMA member companies participated for these awards and underwent the process of selection. A site assessment was carried out by two Senior Executives from Automotive industry for two days. Based on the findings by the assessors, results were put to the Jury Panel for finalizing the awardees. The jury panel included Mr. Dasari, MD – Ashok Leyland Ltd.; Chairman & Member – Mr. Hemant Sikka, Executive Vice President Chief Purchase Officer Auto & Farm Equipment- Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.; Mr. Anil Sinha, Vice President Manufacturing Operations – Tata Motors Ltd.; Mr. I V Rao – Executive Advisor Maruti Suzuki Ltd.; Mr. V Sridhar, Group Vice President & Director HMSI; Mr. Abhijit Gupta, MD New Holland Construction Equipmen; Mr. Raman Kumar Sharma, Senior VP & Director Honda Cars; Mr. Prince Augustien, EVP Group Human Capital & Leadership Development Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and Mr. N V Balachandar Senior Vice President & Group Head – Human Resource & CSR Ashok Leyland.

Heartiest congratulations to Team Spark Minda for this achievement. Keep up the great work!!


Aug 23, 2016

Minda SAI Limited, Greater Noida Wins Gold Award at ICQCC, 2016

Minda SAI Ltd, Greater Noida won the Gold Award at the International Convention on Quality Control Circles, 2016 (ICQCC), held at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, Thailand from 23rd -26th August, 2016.The competition was organized by the Association of Quality Circle Headquarters of Thailand in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry, Thailand.

A total of 330 teams from 12 member countries participated in this competition including India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Singapore.

From India, the participating organizations included: Gail India Ltd, Tata Steel Ltd, Bharat Electronics Ltd, RINL-Vishakhapatnam Steel Plant, Aditya Birla Insulators, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, JSW Steel Ltd, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd, Honda Cars India Ltd ,Mahindra & Mahindra Swaraj Division, Gabriel India Ltd , NTPC Ltd, JCB India Ltd and the like.

During the competition, the participating teams were divided into 14 different categories – Time Reduction, Process Improvement, Six Sigma, Productivity Improvement, Maintenance, Energy Resources, Quality Measurement, Safety, Innovation/R&D, Healthcare, Customer Satisfaction, Supply Chain, Public Enterprises, HR/Education/Kaizen/5S.

Minda SAI team presented their paper on “Breakdown Reduction on Komax Machine 311” under Maintenance Category where a total of 28 presentations were made by representatives of six countries.

Minda SAI team included Mr. Mrinal Mandal, Mr. Vardhraj Singh, Mr. Devraj Singh, Mr. Arun Kumar &
Mr.Sujit Kumar. The team was felicitated by Dr. Kris Wonggasam from the Association of QC Headquarters, Thailand.

Earlier this team had secured Excellence Award in NCQC and Silver Award in CCQC respectively in the year 2015.

Heartiest Congratulations to the Minda SAI Limited, Greater Noida team for their continuous efforts and dedication. Way to go…!


Jul 12, 2016

Minda VAST Bags Second Runner Up Trophy at 11th Quality Circle Competition

It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that our Business Group Company – Minda Vast Access Systems Private Limited (Minda VAST) bagged the Second Runner Up Trophy at the 11th Quality Circle Competition organized by Automotive Component Manufacturing Association (ACMA – Wester Region).

The Competition was held on 12th July, 2016 at Hotel Aurora Towers, Pune. A total of 61 teams participated in the competition from various renowned automotive companies.

Total of 200 Marks were allotted for evaluation of Quality Circle & the judges appreciated the efforts taken by the team post the final evaluation.

The participating team included:

  • Mr. Prakash Sonare – Coordinator, Improvement Cell
  • Mr. Ravindra Fursule – Facilitator, Assembly Team
  • Mr. Rajesh Rao – Team Leader, Assembly
  • Mr. Rahul Raghav – Assembly Team
  • Mr. Snehal Thikekar – Assembly Team
  • Ms. Rupali Varpe – Assembly Team

A very special thanks to Mr. V K Upreti & Mr. Santosh Anand from the Quality Team who guided & supported team in the execution of this project.

Heartiest congratulations to Minda VAST Team for their achievement. Way to go…!


Jul 04, 2016

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited Recognized as India’s Best Companies to Work For 2016

Bringing immense pride to Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, our business group company – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited (MSIL) was recognized as India’s Best Companies to Work For, 2016 (Great Places to Work For – GPTW).

The results of the study were published in a special supplement by The Economic Times on 4th July, 2016.

A special survey is held by The Economic Times through a yearly assessment in which more than 7000 organizations in over 50 countries participate each year. This assessment helps the organizations in two significant ways. Firstly, the organizations gain access to actionable insights & recommendations to help them create & sustain a great workplace. Secondly, Great Place to Work® Institute identifies its Annual Best Workplaces List – the world’s largest and most respected study of workplace excellence and people management practices.

This year in India, over 700 organizations undertook this assessment and participated in the best workplaces category.­

Out of those companies which participated, Minda Stoneridge

Ranked 96 In India’s Best Companies To Work For 2016

Ranked 4 In Auto Components

Heartiest congratulations to Minda Stoneridge for this achievement!


Jul 01, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited – Noida Awarded for Best Presentation at 13th ACMA (NR)Quality Circle Competition

We are proud to announce that our Business Group Company, Minda Corporation Limited – Noida was awarded the Best Presentation at the 13th ACMA (NR) Quality Circle Competition.

The competition was held on 1st July, 2016 at PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi.

A total of 51 teams from varied organizations were a part of this Quality Circle Competition. Some of the prominent organizations included Motherson Sumi System, Lumax Industries, Allied Nippon, Asahi India Glass Ltd., Shriram Pisotn & Rings Ltd., Hella India Lighting Ltd. Sandhar Automotive, Webco India Ltd., JBM, Krishna Maruti Ltd. Etc.

Heartiest congratulations to MCL- Noida Quality Circle Team !


Jun 01, 2016

Women Empowerment through Menstrual Hygiene

Spark Minda is directing its efforts to sensitize female community towards a system of menstrual sustainability i.e. awareness generation, accessibility and promoting safe menstrual management. The prime objective is to make them aware that access to safe and secure sanitation is one the key human rights, which people have yet to achieve along with right to live with respect and dignity.

This multi-stakeholder programme is scheduled in two phases. In the First Phase, they were trained on:- Biological aspect of Menstruation, Taboos’ associated with it, Hygiene and were also introduced to various products available in the market. Whereas, in the second phase they were trained on product making for self-sustenance and livelihood generation.

The main key factors of the programme were that: About 88% of women do not have access to sanitary pads, 70% women think human blood is dirty and quite a few cervical cancer cases are suspected because of poor menstrual hygiene.

Through this programme approximately 1000 women and adolescent girls were benefitted. This programme supplements to NRHM of Govt. of India.

The Survey partner for the programme is GlobalHunt Foundation and Training partner is Jatan Sansthan and Unicharm.


May 26, 2016

Mr. Sumit Doseja Awarded ‘The Pride of India’ – Bhaskar Award

We take immense pleasure in informing you that Mr. Sumit Doseja, COO – Minda Corporation Limited, Security Systems Division has been awarded ‘The Pride of India’– Bhaskar Award.

The achievement award was presented on 26th May, 2016 by Padam Shree Dr. Prakash Baba Amte and his wife Mrs. Mandakini Tai Amte at Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Academy, Panjim, Goa.

The event was also graced by the presence of Honourable Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Laxmikant Yashwant Parsekar.

‘The ‘Pride of India’-Bhaskar Award is organized by Maharashtra Journalist Foundation at a national level award ceremony every year. The nominated executives are awarded for initiatives undertaken for the down trodden masses & for the welfare of society and in the field of industries.

Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Doseja and wishing him the very best for his upcoming endeavors! !


May 01, 2016

Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited Receives Overall Excellence Award 2015-16

We are delighted to share, that our Business Group Company – Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd (MFE) was conferred the ‘Overall Excellence Award’ for the year 2015-16 by Maruti-Suzuki, during their Vendor Conference at Bangkok, Thailand on May 1, 2016.

The award was presented by Mr R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti-Suzuki to Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO- Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.

Along with our GCEO, Mr. Neeraj Sharma, President and Mr. M Hasegawa, Joint President – Minda Furukawa jointly received the award in the presence of Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa – Managing Director and CEO of Maruti-Suzuki; Mr. Toshiaki Hasuike – Joint Managing Director of Maruti-Suzuki; Mr. D K Sethi – Vice President Supply Chain of Maruti-Suzuki; Mr. T Miki – Senior Advisor Supply Chain of Maruti-Suzuki and other senior members from Maruti-Suzuki.

A very proud moment for all of us!

Heartiest congratulations to the team MFE for their hard work and dedication.


May 01, 2016

Minda Vietnam Automotive Company Limited Achieves Zero PPM for 1000 Days

Our Business Group Company Minda Vietnam Automotive Company Limited (MVACL) recently achieved Zero PPM for 1000 days at Yamaha Motors Vietnam Company Limited in the month of May, 2016. MVACL, which manufactures locks for Yamaha has supplied more than 1,200,000 lacs locks during this period. Their business with Yamaha Vietnam started in May, 2013. MVACL has achieved 100% delivery since the start of production and is operating at ZERO Part Per Million (PPM).
The company has also received ‘Perfect Delivery & Quality Award 2015’ at the Annual Supplier’s Meet 2015 held on 23rd January, 2016.

MVACL has set new benchmarks as our first Business Group Company to achieve ‘Perfect Quality Award’ in its 3rd year of operations.

Heartiest congratulations to team MVACL. Hoping to see them set many more benchmarks in future.

Kudos!


Apr 29, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems – Pune Bags 1st Prize in 4th BAVA Inter Cluster Kaizen Competition

It was a moment of immense pride and honour for Spark Minda , Ashok Minda Group when our Business Group Company – Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Division – Pune bagged the1st Prize in 4th BAVA Inter Cluster (PAN India) Kaizen Competition. The award was received in the Hidden Loss Reduction Category. The competition was organized by Bajaj Auto Limited at Hotel Le Meridian, Pune on 29th April, 2016.

Three categories of Kaizen were presented during the competition – Quality, Hidden Loss Reduction & Green initiatives. MCL-SS-Pune team presented their case study in the ‘Hidden Loss Reduction’ Category.

The important participants competing against Minda Corporation Limited – Pune were all the vendors of Bajaj Auto Limited whose Kaizen were shortlisted for the final presentation across India. Some of these included Varroc Engineering, Endurance Group, Badve Group, SM Auto, Advik Hi-tech etc.

From MCL-SS-Pune, the participating members included Mr. Abhishek Pawar (Business Excellence Department) & Mr. Praveen Badiger (Manufacturing Engineering Department).

Kudos for the Team for their Success…!!


Apr 23, 2016

MASL Annual Bash 2016: An Indelible Affair

The Annual Bash of Minda Automotive Solutions Ltd ‘Star Club Business Partners’ was held at Capetown, South Africa from 23rd April to 29th April, 2016. The Star Club Business Partners Meet was organized to celebrate the successful business association and achievement of sales target for the FY 2015-16 and also to unfold the new product offerings and sales target for the current financial year.

The Financial Year 2015-16 has ended on a positive growth for Automotive Component manufacturer Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.

Every year, the Star Club Business Partners are given the privilege to attend a foreign trip based upon their annual performance. The objective, apart from recognizing the efforts of the Star Club Business Partners is to further strengthen business relationship with them thus enhancing Spark Minda brand image in the ‘Aftermarket segment’. More than 100 Star Club members were part of this momentous occasion with 2 star & above category members present with their families. The spectacular event created a lot of passion and excitement in all members and their families. The main highlight of the five day long celebrations was Capetown tour organized for everyone besides other sight-seeing spots. The other days included sales conference; cocktail and gala dinner organized at luxurious lounge of Hotel Southern Sun Cape Sun, Capetown on 27th April, 2016. The conference commenced with Mr. Sanjay Bhagat, CEO, Minda Automotive Solutions Limited thanking all the guests for gracing the Bash with their esteemed presence. He shared the company’s progress and highlighted about the 5 new product categories launched during FY 2015-16 like Brake Shoes, Clutch Plates, Bearings, Glow plugs etc which received a good response in the market. Our Group also unveiled its new product range of Starter Motors & Alternators after acquiring PANALFA Autoelectrik Limited. The celebration began with an outstanding performance by South African dance troupe, followed by famous illusionary acts which left the audience spell bound. Khaya Warrior Band took the audience by storm and entertained through a medley of foot- tapping numbers.The celebration began with an outstanding performance by a Ukrainian dance troupe and their famous illusionary acts which left the audience spellbound. Mika Singh took the crowd by storm and entertained through a medley of foot-tapping numbers.The celebration began with an outstanding performance by a Ukrainian dance troupe and their famous illusionary acts which left the audience spellbound. Mika Singh took the crowd by storm and entertained through a medley of foot-tapping numbers.The celebration began with an outstanding performance by a Ukrainian dance troupe and their famous illusionary acts which left the audience spellbound. Mika Singh took the crowd by storm and entertained through a medley of foot-tapping numbers.The celebration began with an outstanding performance by a Ukrainian dance troupe and their famous illusionary acts which left the audience spellbound. Mika Singh took the crowd by storm and entertained through a medley of foot-tapping numbers.The celebration began with an outstanding performance by a Ukrainian dance troupe and their famous illusionary acts which left the audience spellbound. Mika Singh took the crowd by storm and entertained through a medley of foot-tapping numbers.

Mr. Ashok Minda, Group CEO was also present along with his wife Mrs. Sarika Minda & son Mr. Aakash Minda. He delivered a speech that celebrated the spirit and success of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group in the automotive aftermarket and also applauded the contributions of all Star Club Business Partners. Mrs Sarika Minda and Mr Ashok Minda personally met and spent quality time with each family. Their presence was a great motivation and inspiration for all the Business Partners and the Spark Minda Team. The 3 Star & above Star Club members were felicitated during the Gala Dinner. Mr Ashok Minda said, “The new product category being added in the range will further strengthen Spark Minda brand in the market as one of the Leading players for Auto Electricals and further assured to increase the range in 4w & Tractor segment. These products, being OE to most of the Indian Tractor Manufactures, are quality tested on International standards both in functionally & technical aspects.”

Minda Automotive Solutions Ltd is the Aftermarket Business Group company of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and has a distribution channel of more than 450 Business Partners which ensures availability of the products at more than 20,000 Retail Outlets across PAN India. From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group the officials present during the Annual Bash celebrations were Mr Sanjay Bhagat, Mr C.S Bakshi, Mr S.K Nagpal, Mr Amit Makhija, Mr Anil Batra, Mr D.R Joshi along with MASL Regional Managers – Mr Kumaraeswaran (RM-N), Mr Lalit Mehta (RM-W), Mr Kaushik Kundu (RM-E), Mr Rajkumar K S & Mr Giridhar Bhat (RM-S), Mr Vishal Mathur
(RM-C), who really kept all the visitors engaged and did a wonderful job in the organising the tour. A great effort put in by each one of them.


Apr 22, 2016

PT Minda Automotive Indonesia Bags Best Vendor Performance Award 2015

Our Business Group Company PT Minda Automotive Indonesia bagged the ‘Best Vendor Performance Award 2015’ yet again by our esteemed client PT Suzuki Indomobil Motor, Indonesia. This is the second time in a row that our Group has been bestowed with this award.

The award was received on 22nd April, 2016 at Hotel Grand Mulia in Jakarta during their Annual Supplier Meet 2015. From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the award was received by Mr. Amit Goyal, Head – Marketing, ASEAN.

PTMAI is currently supplying both Locksets & Speedometers to Suzuki, Indonesia. While Lockset is manufactured in PT. Minda Automotive Indonesia, Speedometers are manufactured by our group Company – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd.

Heartiest congratulations to the PTMAI Team. Wishing them the very best for the upcoming endeavours.

Way to go…!


Apr 20, 2016

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited Bags Gold Award for Best In Class Delivery

It was a proud moment for all when our Business Group Company, Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited won the Gold Award for the Best In Class Delivery & Ramp Up during Ashok Leyland Supplier Summit 2016 held on 20th April, 2016 at Hotel Novotel, Hyderabad.

On behalf of our Group, the award was received by Mr. N K Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer & Mr. Dharmender Saxena, Chief Operating Officer – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited.

Apart from Mr. Taneja & Mr. Saxena, the award ceremony was attended by
Mr. Sanjeev Saxena, CEO- Minda SAI Limited, Mr.Sumit Doseja – MCL Pantnagar and Mr. Srinivasan – Minda SAI Limited, Chennai.

Heartiest congratulations to the team MSIL for their dedication and hard work. Way to go…!


Apr 11, 2016

Convocation Ceremony at Aakarshan Pune, Greater Noida and Pantnagar

  • 1st Convocation on 11th April 2016 at Aakarshan Center II. Outside students of Aakarshan Center I were also given certificates
  • Total 179 learners were graduated from Center I and II

Apr 09, 2016

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Wins ABES Infogain Solution Corporate Day Night T-20 Cricket Tournament 2016

We are pleased to share with you all that Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group won the ABES Infogain Solution Corporate Day Night T-20 Cricket Tournament 2016. The final match was played on 9th April, 2016 between Spark Minda Team Vs Wipro at Turf Wicket in ABES Engineering College.

The matches commenced from February 27th 2016. The last few editions of the tournament had teams from top corporate houses like Adobe, Wipro, Oracle, Sopra Group, Genepact, NIIT Technologies, Headstrong, CPA Global, QA Infotech, NEWGEN, SDG, SVAM, Impetus, Tribal Fusion, and Infogain. Matches were played in three shifts – morning, afternoon, evening/night respectively.

During the Final Tournament, Wipro won the toss and elected to bat first. Team Wipro scored 151 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. Mr. Pawan Yadav & Mr. Kapil Bhati from Spark Minda Team took 3 wickets each. In response to this, Spark Minda team chased the target in 16 overs for the loss of 6 wickets.

Mr. Pawan Yadav scored a total of 55 runs. Mr. Sunil Singh also played fabulously and scored 30 runs in 12 balls hitting 3 sixes and 3 fours.

Mr. Pawan Yadav won Man of the Tournament Title.

Heartiest congratulations to the team for their victory! Way to go…!


Apr 07, 2016

International Marketing Conference Held

Spark Minda ‘International Marketing Conference’ was held from 7th – 8th April, 2016 at Hotel Ramada, Gurgaon. The Marketing Teams from all the Companies across our Group participated in the 2 day event.

The agenda of the 2 day conference included various points of discussion around current and future marketing strategies. The conference began with an overview of the Indian Automotive Manufacturing Industry – Automotive Mission Plan -2026, followed by important sessions on customer expectations addressed by Mr. N K Taneja – Group Chief Marketing Officer and BGH’s expectations from Group Marketing Team. A very crucial session of the conference included detailed presentations by Marketing Heads on future challenges and priorities followed by proposals for future growth and expansion. First day ended with formation of teams to brainstorm and present key challenges, priorities and product wise strategy on the second day.

A very important learning session on New Trends in B2B Marketing was delivered by an external faculty –
Mr. Surayanarayana Valluri. Mr. Valluri has been teaching as visiting & guest faculty in premier IIM’s and Executive Programs and also at several Executive Training programs at leading Corporates in India. He has also facilitated several key programs on Sales, Marketing, Teamwork, Account Management and Customer Relationship Management over the past few years.

Another important session held during the day included a detailed discussion on Exports – it’s potential and strategy. To help the team gain a clearer perspective on Customer expectations, an extremely vital session was taken up on our readiness on technology and leveraging the Group, our JV / Collaborator strength by Mr. Hardeep Singh Arora, Group Chief Technology Officer.

Towards the end of the two day conference, GCMO – Mr. N.K Taneja and GCHRO – Mr. Lalitendu Samanta addressed all the participating members and shared their views and expectations on the current Marketing Trends and future plans. The conference concluded with important take aways which were a result of 2 day deliberations. An elaborate dinner was organized for all the participants and special mementos were given to each participating member.

Overall, the session was a great learning experience and proved extremely beneficial for all.


Apr 07, 2016

International Marketing Conference Held

Spark Minda ‘International Marketing Conference’ was held from 7th – 8th April, 2016 at Hotel Ramada, Gurgaon. The Marketing Teams from all the Companies across our Group participated in the 2 day event.

The agenda of the 2 day conference included various points of discussion around current and future marketing strategies. The conference began with an overview of the Indian Automotive Manufacturing Industry – Automotive Mission Plan -2026, followed by important sessions on customer expectations addressed by Mr. N K Taneja – Group Chief Marketing Officer and BGH’s expectations from Group Marketing Team. A very crucial session of the conference included detailed presentations by Marketing Heads on future challenges and priorities followed by proposals for future growth and expansion. First day ended with formation of teams to brainstorm and present key challenges, priorities and product wise strategy on the second day.

A very important learning session on New Trends in B2B Marketing was delivered by an external faculty –
Mr. Surayanarayana Valluri. Mr. Valluri has been teaching as visiting & guest faculty in premier IIM’s and Executive Programs and also at several Executive Training programs at leading Corporates in India. He has also facilitated several key programs on Sales, Marketing, Teamwork, Account Management and Customer Relationship Management over the past few years.

Another important session held during the day included a detailed discussion on Exports – it’s potential and strategy. To help the team gain a clearer perspective on Customer expectations, an extremely vital session was taken up on our readiness on technology and leveraging the Group, our JV / Collaborator strength by Mr. Hardeep Singh Arora, Group Chief Technology Officer.

Towards the end of the two day conference, GCMO – Mr. N.K Taneja and GCHRO – Mr. Lalitendu Samanta addressed all the participating members and shared their views and expectations on the current Marketing Trends and future plans. The conference concluded with important take aways which were a result of 2 day deliberations. An elaborate dinner was organized for all the participants and special mementos were given to each participating member.

Overall, the session was a great learning experience and proved extremely beneficial for all.


Apr 05, 2016

Women Empowerment Project on Mentrual Hygiene at Greater Noida, Pantnagar, Chennai

The Spark Minda Foundation started the Women Empowerment Project to uplift the women of society in terms of their health through its Menstrual Hygiene Programme. The prime objective of the project is to make women aware that access to safe and secure sanitation is one of the key human rights, which they have yet to achieve along with right to live with respect and dignity. The 2nd Phase of the Programme was successfully conducted at Greater Noida on March 2016. Whereas, the 1st phase was initiated at Pantnagar and Pune location on 5th and 12th April respectively. Approx 300 Women enthusiastically attended the session, where they were trained on:- Biological aspect of Menstruation, Taboos’ associated with it, Hygiene and were also introduced to Various products available in the market. The Survey partner for the Programme is GlobalHunt Foundation and Training partner is Jatan Sansthan and Unicharm.


Mar 19, 2016

Minda SAI Limited – Pune Bags Bajaj Auto Limited Gold Quality Award

It is a moment of great pride for us to announce that our Business Group Company, Minda SAI Limited – Pune recently bagged the Bajaj Auto Limited Gold Quality Award.

The award was received on 19th February, 2016 at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Pune during the BAVA Award Ceremony. Mr. Manoj Tyagi, Unit Head, Pune received the award.

MSL – Pune won the award for achieving less than 100 PPM consecutively for 24 months in a row and with no major disruptions in the production line.

Heartiest congratulations to the MSL- Pune Team.

Keep up the great work..!


Mar 18, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited Presents Research Paper on Ergonomics of Lock Assembly Line

Minda Corporation Limited – Noida presented a research paper on Ergonomic Evaluation of Lock Assembly Line at Amity University International Conference on Manufacturing – MANFEX 2016.

The research paper was selected by the jury for presentation on 18th March, 2016 at Amity University, Noida. The paper was authored by Mr. Saurabh Singh (P.E Department), Mr. Vikram Puri (New Technology Department) & Mr. Girish Kumar (PE Department). The presentation was made by Mr. Saurabh Singh. Mr. Ajay Sharma (Head Engg.) & Mr. Vikram Puri.

The research paper focused on creating a virtual environment for the analysis of 04X Assembly Line using DELMIA. Taguchi L9 orthogonal array was used with workbench height, workbench width and bin location as three factors with three different levels as input variables. RULA score and Energy Expenditure were taken as response variables, which were further evaluated through simulation with ergonomics point of view. Simulation of nine different experiments were carried out in DELMIA to determine the optimal levels of process factors. The RULA score was reduced from 6 to 5 and energy expenditure from 0.083 Kcal to 0.0797 Kcal.

Certificates were also presented to the participants at the end of their presentation.


Mar 17, 2016

Minda SAI Limited – Pithampur Wins Best New Product Development Award

We are proud to announce that our Business Group Company, Minda SAI Limited – Pithampur won the Best New Product Development Award by our esteemed customer – Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV).

The award was received on 17th March, 2016 at Brilliant Convention Center, Indore during the Annual Supplier Conference of Volvo Eicher Commercial Motors Limited. The award was received for the efforts of Pithampur unit in developing 168 new products and regularizing the same in the month of December, 2015.

A total of 325-350 vendors participated in the Annual Supplier Conference where the award was presented.

The award was jointly received by Mr. N K Taneja (GCMO), Mr. K.J. S. Thukral (COO), Mr. H S Tomer (Head – Operations) & Mr. Pawan Jain (Head – Production) from the Spark Minda Team. From VECV, the award was presented by Mr. Vinod Agarwal, CEO in the presence of Mr. Rajendra Singh Sachdeva, Head – Technology, Mr. Hans Rieck, Vice President & Mr. Pradeep Mishra, Vice President- Purchase.

It was surely a moment of immense pride for the entire team of MSL – Pithampur. Best wishes to the team for their constant hard work and dedication.

Way to go…!!


Mar 15, 2016

Minda Corporation Limited Receives 5th FICCI Safety Systems Excellence Awards for Manufacturing

We are proud to announce that Minda Corporation Limited won the 5th FICCI Safety Systems Excellence Awards for Manufacturing. The award was received on 15th March, 2016 at Federation House, New Delhi during the conference on ‘Safety for Sustainable Manufacturing Growth’ organized by FICCI. Dr V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog presented the award.

The award was received by Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, Executive Director & CEO, Minda Corporation Limited – Security System Division. Along with him, Mr. Vikas Koul, Mr. Akhil Kumar and Mr. J.K Yadav also participated in the ceremony.

The conference witnessed presentations on ‘Best Practices by the Awardees’; ‘Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health’; ‘Technical Risk Assessment in Engineering Industry’; ‘Behaviour-Based Safety’; ‘Safety as an Integral part of Zero Effect, Zero Defect (ZED)’ and a panel discussion on Strengthening Safety Systems in Manufacturing.

The FICCI Safety Systems awards were given in the following three categories this year:

  • Large Category (either turnover or investment, excluding working capital, more than Rs 500 crore)
  • Medium Category (either turnover or investment, excluding working capital, between Rs 100 crore to Rs 500 crore)
  • Small Category (turnover & investment, excluding working capital, both less than Rs 100 crore)

The awards are supported by UL Inc. and a total of eight units were given the awards for their good safety systems during the award ceremony. The eight units which received the award were Cairn India (Mangala Oil & Gas Mine), Barmer; Grasim Industries (Harihar Unit); Mahindra & Mahindra (Nashik Unit); ITC Ltd (Saharanpur); 3M India Ltd (Ranjangaon Pune); Lanco Tanjore Power (Tamil Nadu); Minda Corportaion (Noida); and Oerlikon Balzers Coatings. Besides, there were eleven certificates of appreciation for the different units.

FICCI Safety Systems Excellence Award in Manufacturing is a dedicated award for recognizing best safety and occupation health systems at work place. The awards are an initiative of FICCI Manufacturing Committee and have completed their fifth edition. These awards act as a motivation and a catalyst for adopting best safety practices and systems in the manufacturing sector. Firms and companies that display high safety systems leading to systematic improvement in organization performance are felicitated with these awards.

Heartiest congratulations to MCL – SSD – Team. Wishing them the best for their upcoming endeavors…!


Mar 15, 2016

Convocation Ceremony at Aakarshan Pune, Greater Noida and Pantnagar

  • 5th Convocation held on 15th March 2016 for Cycle 2(Oct-March)
  • Total 92 learners were graduated
  • Spoken English -22 learners
  • Cutting &Tailoring -15 learners
  • Computers- 55 learners
  • 416 successful Learners till date

Mar 04, 2016

5th Minda Business Excellence Model Award Ceremony Held

The 5th Minda Business Excellence Model (MBEM) Award Ceremony was held on 4th March, 2016 at Bristol Hotel, Gurgaon. The ceremony was organized by Group Business Excellence Department (GBE).

Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO was the Chief Guest of the occasion & the Guest of Honor were Mrs. Sarika Minda & Mr. M.K. Pajan.

The event commenced with lamp lighting by the guests & a warm welcome address by Mr. A.K. Maheshwari, Group Chief Business Excellence Officer.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Ashok Minda gave a brief speech about the MBEM award activities & guided everyone about the way ahead. During his address, he brought out clearly the efforts put in by Group Companies, MBEM assessors and Group Business Excellence team in sustaining the process & appreciated their accomplishments. He also congratulated the Award winners and spoke about the efforts needed for further progress while also suggesting that Gold & Silver Award winning units should look out for challenging the external Excellence Awards. On this occasaion, GCEO also released Manuals on “POKA-YOKE”, prepared by GBE & “PRESS-TOOLS” prepared by the team from Minda Silca Engineering Limited.

The event was organized after the assessment of 13 applicant Business Group Units who challenged the MBEM Awards 2014-15 . Considering the outcome of the assessment, the Jury Panel recommended various awards which were ratified by the Steering Committee. Certificates & Mementoes were presented to Jury Panel Member & MBEM assessors for their contribution in the whole MBEM process:

The details of the awards are given below:


GOLD : MCL-Pantnagar, MSEL- GN
SILVER : MSIL- Pune, MSL-GN, MVAST- Pune, MCL- Noida, MCL- Pune, MSL- Murbad, MCL- DC- Pune, MCL- DC-GN, MFE-Bawal
BRONZE : MSL- CD, MSL- PPK

Heartiest congratulations to the winning teams!


Mar 03, 2016

Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain Wins Business World CIO 3.0 Award

It gives us immense pleasure to announce that Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain – Group Chief Information Technology Officer, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group won the Business World CIO 3.0 Award. On behalf of Mr. Jain, the award was received by Mr. A K Roy, Head – Corporate, IT & SAP, Minda Corporation Limited on 4th March, 2016 at ITC Rajputana, Jaipur.

A total 500+ CIO’s applied for this award. Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group won the award from the Automotive vertical.

The award ceremony was held as a part of the 3 day Conclave organized by BW CIO World between 3rd – 5th March, 2016.

The conclave offered a balanced agenda of workshops, networking opportunities and one-on-one meetings, all aimed at providing strategies to help transform one’s business. The thought-provoking panel discussions and insightful presentations focussed on most crucial priorities. The conclave helped to broaden one’s perspective by promoting exchange of ideas with enterprise technology leaders from across the industry.

Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Jain on winning such a prestigious award. Wishing him the very best for his upcoming efforts.

Way to go…!


Feb 26, 2016

MCL – Pantnagar Achieved Another Milestone…Grabs TV 100 Industrial Excellence Award in Training & Livelihood Under CSR

Minda Corporation Limited – Pantnagar received the TV 100 Industrial Excellence Award in Training & Livelihood Under CSR on 26th February, 2016. MCL- Pantnagar received this award for their remarkable contribution to the society through Aakarshan Vocational Training Programme around Pantnagar slum area.

It was an extremely special moment to see Mr. Ramesh Negi, Head – HR/ P&A and Mr. L M Joshi, Head – Operations, MCL-PN receiving the award from Shri Harish Rawat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttrakhand. The award was received at Hotel Solitaire, Dehradun.

The TV 100 Industrial Excellence Award is an annual State Level Award, which recognizes the efforts of Corporate, which are contributing towards Corporate Social Responsibility in the state of Uttrakhand.

Other dignitaries present at the award ceremony included – Hon’ble Minister of Industrial Development, Finance & Parliamentary Affairs Uttrakhand – Smt. Indra Hridayesh; Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest & Sports Uttrakhand – Shri Dinesh Agrawal and Hon’ble Industrial Advisor to Chief Minister – Shri. Ranjeet Rawat.

The occasion was also attended by representatives from renowned companies like Tata Motors, BAL, ITC, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Dabur India, Titan and the like.

Special note of thanks to Spark Minda Foundation and MCL Corporate team for their able guidance in making this award possible.

Congratulations to the winners – Keep it up…!


Feb 11, 2016

Group CSR Department Holds 1st Annual CSR Community Coordinators Meet

The Group CSR Department held its 1st Annual CSR Community Coordinators Meet – ‘Sparkonnect’ – Share & Care, from 11th – 13th February, 2016 at Minda Management Services Limited, Gurgaon.

The Meet was organized for faculties & coordinators of all Aakarshan Vocational Training Centers across India (Greater Noida, Pune, Pantnagar and Chennai) with the objective to provide a platform for sharing of relevant knowledge, exploring new avenues for initiating CSR projects in the upcoming year and also providing a platform for replication of good practices.

The comprehensive 3 day program initiated with a visit to Minda Balgram, Alipur for all. Minda Balgram is a children home, which provides long term institutional care to children in need of care and protection.

The second day began with each regional coordinators’ giving a presentation on their respective center’s key targets and achievements with a detailed SWOT analysis. This was followed by a special motivational talk by the President Award winner Mr. Pradip Sarmah, Founder & Executive Director, Rickshaw Bank on the ‘Importance of Rapport Building with Community’.

Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO – Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was also attended the meeting. Apart from him, other committee members, who were part of the meeting included Mrs. Sarika Minda, Mr. M K Pajan, Mr. Praveen Gupta, Mr. Ajay Sancheti, Mr. Anil Batra, Mr. Praveen Karn & Ms. Pallavi Hatwal besides Group Finance Team represented by Mr. Amit Aggarwal, Mr. Rahul Goyal & Mr. Prashant Jha.

Mr. Ashok Minda welcomed the gathering and congratulated everyone on their dedicated efforts for the community. He encouraged the team to sustain all projects on the same pace with larger scale. Mrs. Sarika Minda during her address spoke of how it is essential for all the Aakarshan centers to prove that they are different from other training centers and continue to perform well. Mr. Pajan’s words of encouragement will also go down a long with all the participating coordinators. The day ended with award distribution ceremony, where the following awards were presented:

Awards for Target Achievement:

  • Learners’ Target Achievement 1st Prize – Ms. Manjushri Bhagwat- Beauty Culture Trainer– Aakarshan – Pune , 124%
  • Learners’ Target Achievement 2nd Prize – Ms. Savita Devi – Cutting and Tailoring Trainer – Aakarshan – Pantnagar II, 116%
  • Learners’ Target Achievement 3rd Prize – Mr. Hirender Shrivastava – CSR Coordinator and Faculty – Aakarshan – Greater Noida, 98%

The Annual Meet ended with a visit on the 3rd day to Moga Devi Minda Memorial School, Bagla and S L Minda Seva Kendra for sharing of work and learning. The 1st Annual Group CSR Community Coordinators Meet was a grand success and ended on a very motivating note for all. We hope to see some novel CSR initiatives in the year to come.


Feb 05, 2016

Convocation Ceremony at Aakarshan Pune, Greater Noida and Pantnagar

  • 2nd Convocation held at Aakarshan Pune on 5th Feb 2016
  • Aakarshan convocation program for less privileged section of children and youth. Courses – Spoken English, Basic Computers, Beauty Culture Inception of the program – 26th Aug 2014.
  • Total no. of students graduated till date – 232
  • No. of students graduated in current cycle- 88 out of 94 enrolled (93%).

Jan 23, 2016

Minda Vietnam Automotive Company Limited Receives ‘Perfect Quality & Delivery Award 2015′

We are proud to announce that our Business Group Company, Minda Vietnam Automotive Company Limited (MVACL) received ‘Perfect Quality & Delivery Award, 2015′ from our esteemed customer – Yamaha Motor Vietnam Company Limited.

The award was received by Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal – CEO, PT Minda Automotive Indonesia and Minda Vietnam Automotive Company Limited on behalf of the Group at the Annual Supplier’s Meet 2015 held at the plant premises of Yamaha Motors Vietnam Co. Ltd, Noi Boi, Vietnam on 23rd January, 2016.

MVACL initiated its operations from 1st April, 2013. Our business with Yamaha Vietnam started in May, 2013. MVACL has achieved 100% delivery since the start of production (since 32 months). Since 930 days, MVACL is operating at ZERO Part Per Million (PPM).

MVACL has set new benchmarks as our first Business Group Company to achieve ‘Perfect Quality Award’ in its 3rd year of operations.

Heartiest congratulations to team MVACL. Hoping to see them set many more benchmarks in future.

Way to go…!


Jan 22, 2016

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group enthusiastic participation at ALL ‘Technology Day’

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was invited and participated in the ‘Technology Day’ of Ashok Leyland Limited (ALL) that was organized on 21-22nd January, 2016 at the premises of Ashok Leyland technical centre campus located in Vellivoyal Chavadi (VVC), North Chennai.

The event was graced by Mr. Vinod Dasari, M.D, and the Chief Guest was Mr. Narayanmurthy. Technology Day represented a remarkable presentation opportunity, exposure and recognition with technological innovations.

The theme of the event was on “testing and validation” in which about 55 suppliers and various Engineering functions of ALL participated. The Technology Day event gave a good opportunity in the field of Innovation and Technology. The event created an environment with excellent opportunities in the field of science and technology, bringing together key stakeholders, strong influencer’s in the development of this sector at Technical Centre VVC, Chennai.

There was a high interest from all participants and visitors during this event. During the two-day fair, our Group had the opportunity not only to promote itself, but also to connect to various collaborations with stakeholders and specific subjects in the field of innovation.
Our Group used this event to showcase the manufacturing capability in terms of bulk as well as quality by highlighting our understanding of validation and testing capability and also demonstrating some of the equipments which ensures critical quality parameters. Our stall had a big footfall and generated great amount of excitement and opportunities for our group as a whole.

The Technology Day platform gave our organization to showcase and demonstrate our products and processes which mutually benefitted and brings in Knowledge sharing, technology transfer and product familiarization amongst ALL Engineers.

From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the Business Group Companies that participated were Minda SAI, Minda Furukawa and Minda Stoneridge. On Display were Wire Harness, Instrument clusters besides Vision System for fuse and relay base, Vacuum testers for sealed connectors, Push pull tester for crimp strength, Crimp profile tester and Circuit checking board. Our Group was represented by Mr Hardeep Singh Arora, Mr Sanjeev Saxena, Mr Srinivasan, Mr Shivaprasad, Mr Arun Srivastava, Mr Ritwik Guha, Mr Anil Batra, Mr Shatish. E, besides others.

In addition our Group also displayed various banners showing the glimpses of our manufacturing capability, test validation infrastructure etc supported by a rolling video.
We have identified various opportunities for resolving some of their problems and also opportunities to grow business with them.

Ashok Leyland ‘Technology Day’ was started as an initiative to encourage a culture of innovation and celebrate engineering ideas and technological milestones. The event comprises seminars where engineers present technical papers and an exposition that showcases technology milestones achieved at the Technical Center.

The event is nurtured by the entire leadership team of Product Development. Young engineers get coached by the experts to write technical papers; teams of senior leaders assess and shortlist the papers for presentation on the final day; and technical experts participate as juries for judging the technical presentations.

The great ideas flow from each and every vendor company through such forums, and many concepts gets successfully implemented to give ‘Ashok Leyland’ the required edge.

The stall at the ALL ‘Technology Day’ was set up by Group Communication department along with the support of Minda SAI, Minda Stoneridge and Minda Furukawa teams. A special appreciation for Kamesh, Ujjal, Anbu, Rajesh, Pandian, Madaswamy, Sumesh, Kadhir, Karthik, Shapan from Minda SAI, Chennai who really kept all the visitors engaged and did a wonderful job in setting up the stall doing demonstrations relentlessly. A great effort put in by each one of them.


Jan 22, 2016

Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain Receives ‘CCFIS Cyber Smart CIO Award – 2016′

It gives us immense pleasure to announce that Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain – Group Chief Information Technology Officer received the ‘CCFIS Cyber Smart CIO Award – 2016′. The award was received on 22nd January, 2016 at Amity University, Noida.

The award ceremony was held during “International Cyber Security Summit & Research Conference: Hacker Cup 2016”, where more than 200 CIOs, CISO, CEOs, CMDs from Corporate, MNC, Law Enforcement & Law attended this Summit to use this platform to share best practices and ideas on cyber security. The aim of this event was to explore, encourage and reward the young minds who are willing to perform on security fronts.

During Hacker Cup India – 2016, over 100 students & Security Researchers from all over India were given special Training-“ Security Training”, “Offensive Hacking Training”, “Malware Analysis Training”and “Exploitation Training” by renowned Security industry trainers.

The Cyber Smart CIO Award reflects the new realm of cyber security and defines one’s role in securing the nations’ IT infrastructure from enormous cyber threats that various countries are facing today.

Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Jain for this honour. We wish him the very best for his future endeavours!


Dec 28, 2015

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited Won TAFE Kaizen Competition Award

It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that our Business Group Company – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited (MSIL) won the TAFE Kaizen Competition Award. The award distribution ceremony was held on 28th December, 2015 at TAFE Corporate Office, Sembiam, Chennai.

A total of 75 teams from various companies participated and presented their Kaizen. Out of these, 5 companies with the maximum scores were awarded.

The Kaizen was presented by Mr. Krishna Murari, MSIL – Pune, Mr. Abinash Singh, MSIL – Chennai & Mr. M Rajendran, MSIL – Chennai on the Kaizen theme – Elimination of the Water Entry through Wire Harness in J Bonnet Cluster. Apart from MSIL, 4 other suppliers won the award namely – M/s. Apollo Tyres Ltd., M/s. Wheels India Ltd. M/s. Jothi Microcast Pvt Ltd. and M/s. Uniparts India Ltd.

The Award was presented by Mr. John Edwin, Senior Vice President & Chief Officer – Manufacturing & Supply Chain, TAFE. On behalf of our Group, the award was received by Mr. Krishna Murari, Mr Abinash Singh & Mr. M Rajendran.

Heartiest congratulations to the MSIL team. Wishing them all the very best for their upcoming initiatives…!


Dec 20, 2015

10th Annual Day Celebrations Held at Minda Corporation Limited – Die Casting Division, GN

10th Annual Day Celebrations Held at Minda Corporation Limited – Die Casting Division, GN

The ceremony was graced by the benign presence of Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO along with Mrs. Sarika Minda. All the employees along with their family members were invited to be a part of the annual day programme.

The celebrations initiated with a formal welcome and inaugural address for all. This was followed by cultural performances by the employees and their family members. Following this, Long Service Awards, Best Kaizen Awards, Best Attendance Awards and the like were rewarded to the employees. To make the celebrations even more fun and interactive, a series of group activities and individual level games like tug of war, spoon race and musical chairs were played by all the participants.

The celebrations initiated with a formal welcome and inaugural address for all. This was followed by cultural performances by the employees and their family members. Following this, Long Service Awards, Best Kaizen Awards, Best Attendance Awards and the like were rewarded to the employees. To make the celebrations even more fun and interactive, a series of group activities and individual level games like tug of war, spoon race and musical chairs were played by all the participants.

Towards the end, special lunch and snacks were organized for all.

Wishing the MCL-DCD- GN team yet another year of success and prosperity to follow…!


Dec 18, 2015

Minda Corporation Limited – Noida, Pune & Pantnagar Won National Convention on Quality Concept – Chennai

Minda Corporation Limited- Noida, Pune and Pantnagar bagged the Par- Excellence and Excellence Award at National Convention on Quality Concept (NCQC-2015), Chennai.

The Convention was held at SRM University, Chennai between 18th – 21st December, 2015. The award was received at National level and MCL- SSD (Noida, Pune & Pantnagar) has further been nominated at the international level convention (ICQCC-16) which is scheduled to be held at The Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Bangkok from 23rd – 26th August, 2016.

More than 1000 teams from big and small organizations participated in the event. Some of the prominent companies which were a part of this quality convention included Exide Industries Ltd.,BHEL, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., NTPC, Jindal Stainless Steel, Tata Steel MSIEL, NALCO Angul, JCB India BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd., TVS Tyres and more.

Prior to this, MCS-SSD (Noida, Pune & Pantnagar) participated in Chapter Convention on Quality Concepts on 31st October 2015 where the teams (Quality Circle & Quality Culture Team for Vendor Quality) won the GOLD Award.

Heartiest congratulations to MCL- SS Team!


Dec 18, 2015

Minda SAI Limited Won Excellence Award at National Convention on Quality Concept – Chennai

It is a moment of great pride for us to announce that Minda SAI Limited – Greater Noida bagged the Excellence Award at National Convention on Quality Concept (NCQC) – Chennai.

The Convention was held at SRM University, Chennai between 18th – 21st December, 2015. The award was received at National level and Minda SAI Limited has further been nominated at the International Level Convention now.

More than 1200 teams from big and small organizations participated in the event. Some of the prominent companies which were a part of this quality convention included Exide Industries Ltd., BHEL, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, NTPC, Jindal Stainless Steel, TATA Steel, SMIEL – a Unit of Motherson Sumi, NALCO Angul, Honeywell Turbo Technologies, TATA Motors Ltd., JCB India, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd., TVS Tyres, Apollo Tyres and more.

Prior to this, Minda SAI Ltd. – Greater Noida participated in Chapter Convention on Quality Concepts on 31st October, 2015 where the team – DAKSH Quality Circle (Maintenance Department) won the Silver Award. The forum was held at Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad. Over 200 teams participated in this event, some of which being Motherson Sumi, KML Seating Manesar, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Sandhar Auto- Dhumaspur, Haridwar & Gurgaon, NTPC, Hero Motor Corp – Dharuhera, Madhusudan Auto, Minda Industries, JCB India, Jindal Stainless Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and many more.

Heartiest congratulations to MSL- GN team and wishing them the very best for the upcoming international level forum. We hope they do us proud and come out with flying colours…!


Dec 11, 2015

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Received ICONIC IDC Insights Award, 2015

With great pleasure and pride, we would like to announce that Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group received the ICONIC IDC Insights Award, 2015. The award was received by Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain, Group Chief Information Technology Officer on behalf of the Group at Hotel Marriott, Hyderabad on 11th December, 2015.

The award was presented by Dr. Christopher Holmes – Managing Director IDC Insights Asia Pacific & Head International for IDC Manufacturing Insights.

“IDC Insights awards invited institutions across India to nominate the initiatives that they believed warranted special recognition. The ICONIC IDC Insights awards recognize and honor top institutions that have demonstrated Innovation, Transformation, Customer Experience, Supply Chain Management and Employee Engagement to fulfill wider organizational goals using information technology.”

The nominated initiatives for this award were measured by the IDC Global Jury (consisting of worldwide analyst team) against a rigorous set of matrices that look at responsiveness to market needs, effectiveness of rollout, and market take-up and sustainability.

Heartiest congratulations and wishing the team the very best for the upcoming initiatives…!


Dec 11, 2015

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited Won Frost & Sullivan – Gold Award, 2015

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited (MSIL) won Frost & Sullivan – Gold Certificate of Merit Award for the Year 2015 in India Manufacturing Excellence Awards (IMEA).

On Behalf of MSIL , the award was received by Mr. Dharmender Saxena – COO, MSIL & Mr. Abhijit Deshpande – Head Corporate Business Excellence, MSIL at Hotel Hyatt Regency in Mumbai on 11th December, 2015.

Frost & Sullivan and The Times of India jointly instituted India Manufacturing Excellence Awards in various sectors of the Indian Industries – Automotive, Chemicals, Metals, Pharmaceuticals etc with the mission to recognize the Indian Manufacturing Capability and assess its Global Competitiveness. These awards acknowledge the best facilities in India that have achieved and sustained Manufacturing Excellence.

The facilities with diligence, perseverance, foresight and dedication required to develop a successful manufacturing organization and sustain continuous learning were recognized and their efforts were appreciated as a part of the award ceremony.

The award saw participation from a total of 104 companies. The assessment stage included a detailed 2 – 3 Days site assessment covering 12 Areas – Focus On Customers, Orderliness, Safety & Environment, Visual Management, Scheduling Systems, Layout & Material handling Systems, Inventory Management, Internal Competence, Asset Care, Operational Flexibility, Supply Chain, Quality Systems & Innovation Adaptation. The companies which performed the highest in most of the categories were awarded.

Heartiest congratulations to the team and lots of good wishes for their upcoming endeavors.


Nov 26, 2015

Flood Relief Program at Chennai

  • Relief work started on 26th Nov 2015
  • Distribution was done in the most affected areas Kanchipuram and Kakklur like Erumaiyur Village, Karunacherry village, and Anjugam Nagar of Somangalam Village.
  • In Total 2450 food packets, 300 drinking water bottles and 500 relief kits have been distributed.
  • Each relief kit contained 1 Blanket, 1 Lungi, 1 Towel and 1 Night wear for ladies.
  • People identified for distribution were street beggars, BPL and who had Kacha makaan.

Nov 06, 2015

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited Won Innovative Product Company – MNC Award 2015

Bringing immense pride to the Group, our Business Group Company – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited (MSIL) won Innovative Product Company – MNC Award. The award was received by Mr. M Rajendran, Plant Head – MSIL Chennai, in Bangalore on 6th November, 2015.

MSIL products with Multimedia Functions like Blue Tooth, Music Player, FM Radio integrated into the Cluster (for which MSIL has already filed the patent) were considered for the award.

The objective behind the award is to recognize the contribution of various companies/ individuals in driving the semi conductor industry and inspire future leaders to tread a path of success and triumph. These awards celebrate the success stories and honor companies/ individuals who have transformed stumbling blocks into stepping stones driven by their passion, determination and undying spirit of entrepreneurship.

Mentor Graphics Corporation a leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, and SiliconIndia announced the 2015 Leadership Awards for the Embedded/VLSI Industry. Started in 2010, the SiliconIndia – Mentor Graphics Leadership Awards for the Embedded/VLSI Industry is a one-of-a-kind annual awards program, honoring the best in the VLSI/Embedded industry.

The winners of these prestigious awards were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of eminent business leaders: Dr. Srinivas Mandavilli, Country Head – Imagination Tech. India;

Mr. Sudarshan Iyengar, VP and MD- Microchip Tech. India; Mr. Santhanakrishnan Raman,

MD- LSI India R & D, an Avago Tech. Company; Mr. Rajendra Kumar Khare- Founder, Chairman and MD- Surewaves; Mr.Vivek Sharma, Regional VP – STMicroElectronics and Mr. Vinay Shenoy, MD- Infineon Tech. India.


Nov 05, 2015

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Division Won CII BE STAR Recognition Award 2015

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Division – Noida, Pant Nagar, Pune bagged the prestigious CII BE STAR Award 2015. The award was received for excellence in Operational Management in the Automotive Category. The award ceremony was held on 5th – 6th November, 2015 at Hotel Taj West End, Bengaluru.

The objective behind the award was to recognize organizations for Excellence in People, Customer & Operations Management with high quality practices within their organization. In the BE Star Recognitions, there were three categories of awards: Promising Practitioner, Emerging Leader & Leader. The panel of CII assessors for the award made a visit at MCL- SSD between 7th – 16th October, 2015. During their visit, the assessors accessed all the three locations and site assessment report based on the performance of various plants and also held detailed interactions with the respective HOD’s. Post the evaluation of all the entries, the final awardees were decided.

The award was presented by Mr. N Kumar – Chairman, CII – Institute of Quality, Mr. Yaduvendra Mathur, Chairman & MD Export, Import Bank of India, Mr. Bhupinder S Bhalla, Joint Secretary Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry Government of India & Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Chairman – CII Karnataka State Council. From MCL, the award was received by Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Neeraj Sharma, Mr. J.K Yadav & Mr. Abhishek Pawar.

Kudos to the entire team on their hard work and dedication…!


Oct 27, 2015

Wiring Harness Assembly Unit Inaugurated Under Business Integrated CSR at Yerwada Central Prison, Pune

Continuing our efforts towards the upliftment of the society, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group inaugurated a new facility at Yerwada Central Prison (YCP), Pune on 27th October, 2015. The unit has been set up to manufacture Wire Harness within the premises of Jail Authority for our esteemed Customer, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. This Public – Private Partnership project is a collaborative project between Minda SAI Ltd., Yerwada Central Prison Authority and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

The project started in February 2015, in which Minda SAI Ltd. set up a manufacturing assembly and a production unit for the inmates at YCP. Currently, 30 inmates are engaged in the manufacturing process with the plan of engaging more in future.

The unit was inaugurated by Dr. B K Upadhyay, Addl. Director General Police & Inspector General Prison, Maharashtra State. Other important dignitaries present at the inauguration included Mr. Nitin Tikle, VP – SSBU and Mr. Nitin Chavan, DGM – SSBU, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.; Mrs. Swati Sathe, DIG – Western Region – Maharashtra; Dr. S Solunke, DIG – HQ; Mr. U T Pawar, SP – YCP; Mr. S Shelke, SP – Open Jail; Mr. Dilip Vasnik, Sr. Jailer. From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the event was attended by Mr. NK Taneja, Mr. N K Modi, Mr. Sanjeev Saxena, Mr. Manoj Tyagi, Mr. M J Vibhandik, Mr. Anil Chore, Mr. Anil Batra, Mr. Praveen Karn and Ms. Ruchira Ghormare along with members from Aakarshan – Pune Center.

During his address, Dr. Upadhyay expressed his happiness on YCP becoming the first jail in Maharashtra to get the first of its kind modern wiring harness assembly unit at its premises. He also said that this collaborative effort would go a long way in providing the perfect platform to enhance the skill sets of the inmates and enable them to earn their livelihood.

Mr. N K Taneja, GCMO – Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group expressed his thanks and gratitude towards YCP & Mahindra & Mahindra for their constant support and also spoke of the Group’s intent in continuing to give back to the society.

Our Group’s investment at Yerwada Jail includes machinery, raw material and other quality systems and procedures as per the policy and the facility will be run by Jail inmates under the supervision of Minda SAI officials. An MOU was signed between Yerwada Jail and Minda SAI on Feb 07, 2015 and production commenced after on job training of the inmates.

The YCP management whole-heartedly supported Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group for this socio-business initiative and provided us an infrastructure on lease in the premises along with other facilities as per norms.

The inauguration event was organized by the Group Communication Department represented by Mr. Anil Batra along with Mr. Praveen Karn from Group CSR Department and the valuable support of the team from Minda SAI Limited represented by Ms. Ruchira Ghormare and others.


Oct 18, 2015

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Sponsored the SAE Effi – Cycle 2015 – Season 6

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group sponsored the SAE Effi-Cycle 2015 – Season 6, held at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, from 15th – 18th October, 2015. The event was jointly organized by International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), Siemens, Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd., Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. and Honda under the banner of SAE Northern India Section.

EFFI‐CYCLE, derived from ‘Efficient-Cycle’ is an initiative of SAEINDIA Northern Section with the objective of providing an opportunity for the students, to explore the ‘Environment Friendly and Economical’ solutions for day-to-day mobility needs of people. The event not only gave the young engineers an opportunity to showcase their innovation, but also to inculcate sensitivity towards environment protection and depleting energy resources. In this event, undergraduate engineering students were given various tasks to conceive, design and fabricate a prototype of a three wheel configuration vehicle powered by human – electric hybrid power and capable of seating two passengers.

This year, 90 teams from all over the country participated in the event after qualifying the virtual round. The event continued for four days (15th – 18th October 2015) in which various tests namely Static tests (design evaluation, cost evaluation and marketing presentation evaluation), Safety tests, Utility tests, Maneuverability tests, Acceleration tests and the like were conducted. The evaluation of the teams was done by the experts from automotive industry like Maruti Suzuki, ICAT, Siemens, Spark Minda, Subros, IOCL and Motherson Sumi Systems Limited. The highlight of the event was a 2-hour endurance race which was conducted on the last day of the event.

The convener for the year 2015 was Mr. U.D. Bhangale, Sr. General Manager, ICAT. Many renowned names from the automotive industry also graced the event with their presence. The Chief Guest of the event was Shri Dinesh Tyagi, Director, ICAT. The Jury Panel consisting of Judges from Maruti Suzuki, Spark Minda, ICAT, NATRIP & other Sponsors evaluated and inspected the sessions on all the days.

The 4 day event was organized by SAEINDIA, a non-profit body, which has been in the forefront to identify and transmit relevant technologies to the society in general, and stakeholders, in particular. It is affiliated to the parent body SAE International which is head quartered in USA with a glorious record of more than 100 years of service to the mobility community.

A total of 18 awards worth Rs. 5,15,000/- were distributed among the teams and individual best performers. The overall winner of Effi-cycle, 2015 were Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Congratulations to the winning team…!


Oct 15, 2015

Minda Corporation Limited Receives CII 5S Excellence Award, 2015

The assessment for the award was conducted on the basis of 1000 Points check sheet against following areas:

  • Leadership – 100 Points
  • Seiri – 200 Points
  • Seiton – 200 Points
  • Seiso – 200 Points
  • Seiketsu – 150 Points
  • Shitsuke- 150 Points

A very stringent evaluation process was adopted by the assessors from CII – Avantha Centre for competitiveness of SMEs. Thorough on-site assessments were conducted to evaluate companies on a standard score sheet. The companies with a cumulative score of 650 and above qualified as the recipients of the award.

The awards were presented by Mr. RM Khanna, Former Chairman, CII Northern Region and Managing Director, Stanley Engineering Private Ltd, along with Chairman of the CII NR Committee on MSMEs – Capt. Alok Sharma at the CII NR headquarters at Chandigarh.

Calling the 5S techniques as the foundation to excellence, Mr. Khanna said, “MSME entrepreneurs have limited resources of time and money. It becomes all the more important for them to implement 5S carefully and build design capabilities that enable them to increase their productivity effectively and reduce costs.”

Mr. Alok Sharma added by saying that the commencement of the 5S excellence award will benefit even those who could not be the winners because the much-needed mindset change and implementation of 5S techniques in their plants will raise their returns on resources tremendously.

A total of 7 awards in large, services, medium and small scale industries were presented out of the 40 companies that participated in the CII 5S Excellence Awards-2015.

The award was initiated by CII in the year 2014 with two sectors – Manufacturing and Services where more than 40 companies from SME (Small, Medium & Large Enterprises) participated. In the year 2015, CII went on to include the Pharmaceuticals and FMCG sectors followed by Banks, Hospitals, Hotels, Infrastructure & Construction which would be included in the year 2016.

5S, as the name indicates is a five-step technique for creating and maintaining a clutter free and well-organized workplace. Once fully implemented, the 5S process can increase morale, create positive impressions on customers and increase the overall efficiency of the organization. The effect of 5S on continuous improvement can lead to less waste, better quality and faster lead times.

Heartiest congratulations to the winning team for their sincere efforts!


Oct 14, 2015

Minda VAST Bags ‘Best Practices in Recruitment’ Award at the 5th Genius HR Excellence Awards 2015

We are proud to announce that our Group Company – Minda VAST Access Systems Private Limited bagged the award for ‘Best Recruitment Practices’ at the 5th Genius HR Excellence Awards 2015. The award ceremony was held on 14th October, 2015 at Radisson Blu, New Delhi. The objective behind the initiative was to identify and honour the best talents in HR domain across industries from all over India. A total number of 515 companies participated including industry leaders and pioneering corporate houses.

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was represented by Mr. Sudeep Varma, Head – HR, Minda VAST at the award ceremony.

This year, the organizational awards were divided into 2 categories – Category A, comprising of companies with a turnover of upto 500 crore and Category B, comprising of companies with a turnover of 501 crore and above. Companies were divided into various categories within the HR domain basis which they were awarded. Minda VAST bagged the Best HR Practices Award in Category A.

The HR Excellence Awards are the longest running, most sought after and highly regarded in the industry. The Awards were institutionalized in the year 2011 in association with the Telegraph Jobs for the first time to spotlight the importance of HR as a profession and contributions of HR towards the growth of an organization. Since 2012 Genius HR Excellence Award joined hands with The Times of India and the awards were open to companies and professionals based across India.

These awards recognize the best in-class HR Professionals whose performance excel in terms of quality, delivery, achievements, value and innovation in HR Gamut. The Genius HR Excellence Award is not just to recognize what has been achieved so far. It is also an incentive to the Achievers in the field of HR to innovate, improvise and continually upgrade HR governance, talent acquisition and management, compensation & benefits, employee welfare measures and Performance Review & Management.

Heartiest congratulations to the Minda VAST team on their hard work and dedication. A very special appreciation to Ms. Rutuja Deshpande, Group Leader – HR, Minda VAST for her efforts of working towards achieving this award.. Way to go…!


Oct 13, 2015

Minda Automotive Solutions Limited Launches New Products

Our Business Group Company – Minda Automotive Solutions Limited recently announced the launch of a new product line for 2 wheeler and 4 wheeler segments. The launch of the products was held on 13th October, 2015. through their well-established pan India distribution network.

The new product line includes ‘Oil Dipped- Ready to install’ clutch plates, advance technology enabled brake shoes, range of Ball Bearings, Racer Ball Bearing Kits, Glow Plugs and automotive filters for the Indian market.

In order to promote these newly launched products, the company plans to organize 60 meets with retailers and mechanics across the country in their plan for the upcoming quarter.

In the new Clutch Plates, the friction material used for manufacturing is tested as per IS-10686 & IS-3649 standard which ensures minimum power transmission loss & better pickup. The Brake Shoes produced by the company will ensure power braking under all weather conditions. Friction material for manufacturing them is tested as per IS-15708 & IS-11852 standard.

Along with this, the Group will also be introducing Deep Groove Ball Bearings & Racer Bearing Kits for
2 wheelers in the Indian automotive market which will provide high load carrying capacity & high reliability for smooth drive & long life.

Automotive filters for four wheelers and SUVs also formed a part of this exclusive product launch. After producing 2 W & Tractor range of filters, MASL will unveil the complete range of Oil, Air & Fuel Filters for Cars & SUVs for Indian market. These filters being manufactured at Baddi plant will not only provide the best filtration, but also confirm purity to the environment. The complete range is designed for the Euro IV environment friendly engines which give high filtration efficiency, hence improving the Engine Life.

On the occasion of the launch, our GCEO -Mr. Ashok Minda, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to introduce such mega product range for the Indian users. Our new product range is at par with international products both in functionality and technology aspects. We have attempted to actively pursue the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Our venture will act as a catalyst for the future growth of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. Our pursuit of perfection and assurance of safety underlie our famed quality & reliability.”

Along with the above, MASL is all set to begin the production of Glow Plugs at their Pant Nagar plant which will be produced with special alloy raw material & dual coil technology. These glow plugs will ensure instant heat & longer life for all diesel car models running on the Indian roads. Window Regulators will also be available for both manual and power window applications across all dealers in the country.

The recent product launch was an addition to company’s previous endeavor which supplies varied product range for 2 Wheelers which includes auto electrical systems (CDI/ RR/ Relays/ Ignition Coils/ Flashers), control cables & automotive filters.

Kudos to the team and wishing them all the luck for future!


Oct 09, 2015

Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain Bagged the Certificate of Distinction at the CIO Next100 Award

Bringing immense pride to the Group, Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain, Group Chief Information Technology Officer bagged the Certificate of Distinction at the CIO Next100 Award Ceremony held on 9th October, 2015 at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi.

More than 120+ IT professionals attended the programme from renowned companies like Aircel, Hindalco Industries, Steria India, Capgemini India, Minda Industries, JBM, Hero Motors and the like. The 1 day training included interactive sessions held on different IT topics followed by a written exam conducted at the end of each session. A total of 5 sessions were conducted.

Based on the results of the written exams the following awards were given:

  • Certificate of Distinction – 1 person
  • Certificate of Achievement – 15 persons
  • Participation certificates to all participants

The training sessions were delivered by experts and all participants were tested extensively. Attendees who scored above a minimum grade were awarded the “CIO Next” certificate.

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was represented by Mr. Sanjiv Jain and Mr. Manish Sharma (Minda Automotive Solutions Limited). While Mr. Jain was awarded the Certificate of Distinction and Certificate of Achievement, Mr. Manish Sharma received the Certificate of Achievement.

The CIO Next program from IT NEXT is designed to help upcoming and aspiring CIOs gain essential managerial and leadership skills. The training sessions are held in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore with a focus to equip attendees with strategic, technical and managerial skills.

Congratulations to both and wishing them many more years of success & prosperity to follow…!


Oct 08, 2015

4th Convocation Ceremony of Aakarshan – Greater Noida Held

Aakarshan Vocational Training Center held its 4th Convocation Ceremony at Kuleshara Village, Greater Noida on 8th October, 2015.

A total of 93, out of the enrolled batch of 130 students graduated in Spoken English, Basic Computers, Tally and Cutting & Tailoring courses. The convocation ceremony was attended by members of Gram Panchayat along with the local village community. From Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the ceremony was attended by Mrs. Sarika Minda – Director, Spark Minda Foundation, Mr. M. K. Pajan – Advisor – Group CSR, Mr. Pramode Parasramka – CEO, Minda Silca Engineering Limited & Mr. Praveen Karn – Head – Group CSR along with Mr. Amit Jalan, Mr. P S Das & Mr. Bhaskar Kumar.

The ceremony commenced with a lamp lighting and offering floral tribute to Babujee. This was followed by a cultural program presented by the students of Aakarshan Center after which, certificates and books were distributed to every graduating student. This was followed by a motivating address of Mrs. Sarika Minda, where she requested more and more students to participate in this Training Program, which would help them open up better employment opportunities. Towards the end of the Program, Mr. Pajan addressed the students wherein he spoke of the importance of integrating Digital India with Aakarshan Training Program.

Aakarshan – A Vocational Training Program is a flagship initiative of Spark Minda Foundation for the underprivileged section of the society. The Program is benefitting the unemployed youth and school going children belonging to poor socio-economic background and has been running successfully since its inception in December, 2013. With the objective of educating the children in vocational skills and to train the youth for employability through imbibing technical skills, Aakarshan Vocational Training Program aims for putting the last first!


Sep 15, 2015

Minda Corporation Limited – Die Casting Division – Pune Celebrates Annual Day – ‘Goonj, 2015′

Minda Corporation Limited, Die Casting Division, Pune celebrated their 1st Annual Day “Goonj – 2015” on 15th September, 2015 at “Ankushrao Landge Auditorium, Bhosari, Pune.

The celebrations initiated with a warm welcome of all the employees and special invitees. The welcome address was followed by the commencement of various cultural performances by the employees.

As an effort towards appreciating the hard work and dedication of the team, Long Service Awards, Best Attendance Awards, Best Kaizen Awards and Best Performance Awards were also distributed. Towards the end of the program, a lucky draw competition was also organized for the gathering.

During the celebrations, Mr. Ashim Vohra, Chief Executive Officer – MCL- DCD addressed the gathering and thanked all the employees for being the pillars of support behind the continuous growth of the organization.

Amongst other seniors from our Group, the celebrations were also attended by Mr. N. K. Modi, Managing Director – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd. and Mr. Kalyan Pawar, Group Chief ER Officer – Minda Management Services Ltd.

All the employees came together to participate and make the celebrations truly memorable for all.

Kudos to the team and wishing them many more years of success to follow!


Sep 13, 2015

Minda Automotive Solutions Limited Celebrates Annual Day

It was a moment of extreme pride for Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group when our Business Group Company – Minda Automotive Solutions Limited celebrated their 2nd Annual Day on 13th September, 2015 at Tivoli Grand Resorts, G.T. Karnal Road.

The celebrations commenced with a warm welcome of all the employees along with their families and other special invitees. The welcome address was followed by initiation of cultural performances by the employees and their family members. Special puppet shows and lemon spoon race were also held for the children of the employees. In addition, various outdoor games like musical chairs and tambola were organized for the employees & their spouses and children.

As an effort towards appreciating the hard work and dedication of the employees, Long Service Awards and Awards for Maximum Attendance were also distributed. This was followed by special awards rewarded to the winners of 5th Shri S.L. Minda Memorial Sports Tournament 2014-15 for bringing laurels to the organization. Towards the end of the program, a lucky draw competition was also organized for all the guests present.

On the occasion of the Annual day, Mr. Sanjay Bhagat, CEO – MASL addressed the gathering and thanked the employees and their families for their constants support towards the growth of the organization. Speaking on the importance of Work Life balance, Mr. Bhagat motivated the employees through his kind words of appreciation for all.

From our Group, the celebrations were attended by Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Anil Batra, Mr. Pradeep Mann, and Mr. S. K. Nagpal (Consultant to MASL). The celebrations were also graced by the presence of our JV Partners- Mr. Ishwar Sharma- Director, MASL Control Cables Limited (Cable Plant) and Mr. Alok Bhatnagar, Director- ATE Power Connections Pvt. Ltd.(CDI Plant).

All the employees along with their family members came together to participate and make the celebrations truly memorable and funfilled for all! Wishing the MASL team many more years of prosperity to come…!


Sep 03, 2015

Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain Honored with the CIO100 Award

Bringing immense pride to the Spark Minda Family, Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain, Group Chief Information Technology Officer received the CIO100 Award.

The award was received at JW Marriott, Pune during the awards ceremony hosted by International Data Group (IDG) India’s CIO magazine between 3rd – 4th September, 2015.

International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events and research company. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, IDG products and services reach an audience of more than 280 million technology buyers in 97 countries.

This annual award program recognizes organizations that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. CIO magazine recognized India’s top CIOs (Chief Information Officers) and IT leaders from leading Indian organizations for being versatile with their IT deployments in difficult economic conditions.

In this event, 100 CIO’s across Indian industries were facilitated. The event was attended by nearly 350 CIOs from the Industry. Out of 100 CIO’s awarded during the same event, prominent few were – TATA Technologies, Sona Koyo Steering Systems, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., JBM Group, BMW CNH International and many more. In the previous years, this award has been rewarded to global organizations like Accenture, Hero Moto Corp, AMW, Jindal SAW, Agero Inc., AT&T Inc., Cisco Systems and the like.

Mr. Sanjiv Kumar Jain holds Bachelors’ Degree in Science, Masters (MCA) and Post Graduation in Computer Applications. He carries certifications in IT domain and is also a certified IT security auditor. Previously, Mr. Jain has worked with Jindal ITF Ltd., Subros, Shriram Pistons & Rings Ltd. & ABB Limited & Tecumseh Products (I) Ltd. He is a seasoned professional having a diversified and rich experience of more than 28 years in driving initiatives in IT Strategy, Implementing ERP (SAP, Oracle Suite and Microsoft Axapta), IT Security, Business Continuity Planning and IT Infrastructure Designs. He has been associated with the Group since April, 2015.

Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Jain from the Spark Minda Family and wishing him many more years of success to come!


Aug 15, 2015

O’zMinda LLC Wins Best Primary Trade Union Organization Award

Reaching a significant milestone, our Business Group Company, O’zMinda LLC received the Best Primary Trade Union Organization award in Uzbekistan in August, 2015. The event was held at Turin University in Tashkent, the capital and the largest city of Uzbekistan.

This competition was initiated first time in the year 2011 by Uzmetmashsanoat Trade Union and is held every year since then to award the organization having the best employee working conditions, safety policies and worker rights.

All the companies of Uzbekistan including 64 UzAuto Organizations jointly participated in this event.

Mr. Uktam Bozorov, Champion for Trade Unions – O’zMinda LLC represented our Group during the award ceremony. The award was presented by the Board of Uzmetmashsanoat Trade Union.

The application procedure required submitting all relevant documents like photographs, information, presentation and other relevant evidences projecting the best practices followed by O’z Minda LLC. The Jury included senior members from different companies and Uzmetmashsanoat Trade Union.

Post this success, the O’zMinda team plans to apply for more such awards which are applicable to the organization. The management is extremely elated and all set to motivate the team into taking our Group to greater heights.

Kudos to the team for their success and wishing them the best for their future plans!


Aug 12, 2015

Group Finance Conference Held
Together Towards Excellence

The Second Group Finance Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held from 12th – 14th August, 2015 at Jaipur. The objective behind the initiative was exchange of ideas between the finance teams from all our Business Group companies for the overall development of the function. The Conference aimed at bringing together all the finance teams with the motto of working Together Towards Excellence for the holistic development of our Group.

All the Finance HOD’s along with their teams participated in this meet. The 3 day conference initiated with Mr. Ajay Sancheti, Head – Group Corporate Finance and Legal welcoming all the participants and addressing the gathering. A glimpse into the past conference held at Noida in 2004 stunned the audiences with some rare photographs. This followed by commencement of the Conference by Mr D.C Sharma, Group Chief Financial Officer wherein he delivered a motivating address followed by sharing of valuable insights about our Group. He took the participants through the growth journey of our Group over the years and also spoke about the future potential, we possess as a team. Mr. Sharma also highlighted the performance of Minda Corporation Limited in capital markets in the recent months. He encouraged all the participating members to come up with new ideas and share the thoughts and good practices with our other business group companies time to time.

The conference also included interactive presentations for the benefit of all members, it also included awareness sessions on proposed new legislations like Goods & Service Tax (GST) and IND-AS from the speakers of KPMG. All the BG CFO’s briefly explained about their units with good practices being followed, challenges and the way forward to tackle it. This was duly appreciated by the judging panel comprising of Mr. D.C Sharma, Mr. Ajay Sancheti and Mr. Vinod Bapna.

The best presentation was awarded to Minda Vast Access Systems Pvt. Ltd which was presented by Mr. Mahendra Naredi along with his other team members. At the end of second day, an Open House session was Chaired by Mr. DC Sharma in which he took suggestions, ideas & queries from different units and also discussed the way forward. He also mentioned that the only way to achieve long term success is by looking ahead and moving together with passion, dedication and discipline. Rigorous discussions were held on the current issues faced by our group and the appropriate way forward was charted out with a duly channelized feedback mechanism.

The conference ended with a Team Building session by Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, Group Chief Human Resources Officer which involved many group activities as well individual assessments. The session was fun filled along with great learning on teamwork and contributing as a valuable team member. It helped people open up amongst each other with an influx of some very creative ideas.
During the Conference, various activities like Yoga sessions, Finance Quiz, Team games etc. were also organized which were appreciated by all. Towards the end of conference, everyone was presented with mementos by the Group CFO and Group HRO to acknowledge their presence and participation in the conference.

It was truly a moment of joy to see all the finance members of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group under one roof and perform together as a highly motivated and enthusiastic team.


Aug 05, 2015

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Organizes Kawad Sewa Camp

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group organized Kawad Sewa Camp at the Toll Plaza, Ghazipur near UP-Delhi Gate from 5th – 12th August 2015. This camp is continuously being organized by the Group since many years.

The Kawad Yatra takes place during the sacred month of Saawan (July – August) every year. During this Yatra, devotees of Lord Shiva – Kawadias, travel an estimated distance of 200 kms on foot to fetch the holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar and perfom Jal Abhishek of Shiv ji. While most pilgrims are men, a very few women also participate in this Yatra. Most of them travel on foot; few also travel on bicycles, motor cycles, scooters, mini trucks or jeeps.

To support the Kawadias, a one week stall is organized by the Group every year and during this week unlimited fruit juices, food, T-shirts, caps, medicines and beds for rest are served.

This year, Kawad Sewa Puja was attended by Mr. Ashim Vohra, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Ajay Sharma, Mr. Dheeraj Malik, Mr. Jagdish Kumar, Mr. Praveen Karn and Mr. Anil Batra along with other members from Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.

The month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and most devotees observe a fast on Mondays during the month, as it also falls during the chaturmas period, traditionally set aside for religious pilgrimages, bathing in holy rivers and penance. During the annual Monsoon season, thousands of saffron-clad pilgrims carry holy water from the Ganges in Haridwar, Gangotri or Gaumukh. Pilgrims collect the holy water and perform abhisheka (anointing) the Shivalingas at the local Shiva temples, as a gesture of thanksgiving.

Kawad is named after the kānvar a single pole (usually made of bamboo) with two roughly equal loads fastened or dangling from opposite ends. Kanvar-carrying pilgrims, called Kawadias, carry covered water-pots in kawads slung across their shoulders. This practice of carrying Kawad is a part of religious pilgrimage, especially by devotees of Lord Shiva and is widely followed throughout India.


Jul 28, 2015

Aakarshan Achieves Another Milestone

Aakarshan initiated a new training program on Beauty Culture Training for women on 25th July, 2015 at Pune.

The initiative aims at empowering community women from villages through income generation & livelihood promotion following the need put up by the women in the local area.

The program currently enrolls 31 women learners, who will be learning various trades of beauty culture under the able guidance of their trainer, Ms. Manjushree Bhagwat for a total duration of 6 months and onwards. The inauguration was held at Panchayat Bhawan in collaboration with the Gram Panchayat, Donde village, Rajgurunagar.

The program was jointly inaugurated by the Gram Pradhan and the employees of Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited, Pune. From the Spark Minda Family, Mr. Shrikant Mirajkar – HR Head – MSIL was present along with Pune CSR Team and other members.

Aakarshan is a CSR initiative of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, which is benefitting the unemployed youth and school going children from poor socio-economic background since December 2013 in the trades of Computers, Cutting – Tailoring and Spoken English. The center aims for putting the last first. We wish the aspiring learners all the luck for this new endeavor. May they all come out with flying colours.

Heartiest congratulations!


Jul 28, 2015

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group at ILZDA Seminar

Minda Corporation Limited – Die Casting Division recently sponsored a seminar organized by ILZDA (Indian Lead and Zinc Development Association). The event was held on 28th July, 2015.

The conference was organized at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Gurgaon. Around 80 delegates from various industries participated in the event. Mr. Ashim Vohra, President of ILZDA and CEO, Minda Corporation Limited – Die-Casting Division delivered the inaugural speech followed by a presentation by Mr. Amit Agrawal and Mr. Sanjay Pahwa on ‘Die Casting Design and Process Improvement – An Update’.

The event proved to be an important initiative to not only build the image of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group but was also a truly enriching experience for all participating members.


Jul 11, 2015

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems – Pune Wins Gold Award in QC Competition

It was a moment of immense pride and honor for Spark Minda , Ashok Minda Group when our Business Group Company – Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems – Pune bagged the Gold Award in QC Competition organized by Quality Circle Forum of India ( Pune Chapter) – 48th Mini Convention on 11th July, 2015. The event was organized by the Quality Circle Forum of India (QCFI).

The participating teams were invited from Western India region to make detailed presentations on their case studies on Quality Circle & Allied concept. Apart from Minda Corporation Limited, other participating teams included Tata Motors Limited, Mahindra Vehicle Manufactures Limited, Motherson Sumi , Sandhar, Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited and the like.

During the event, MCL-SS-Pune team – Gati presented their case study on ‘Defect Reduction in Paint Shop’. The members from MCL-SS-Pune who participated were Mr. Prafull Shendarkar (Facilitator), Mr. Abhishek Pawar (Coordinator), Mr. Dayaram Chattarkar (Member), Mr. Vikram Bendarkar (Member), Ms. Durga Shivtare (Member), Mr. Pravin Jadhav (Member).

Kudos for the Team for their efforts…!


Jun 29, 2015

4th Regional Quality Circle & Kaizen Competition Held

The 4th Regional QCC (North) & Kaizen Competition was held on 29th June, 2015 at Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Division – Noida.

All the units of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group from North region participated in the competition.

The event began with the participants being welcomed by Mr. Ajay Sharma, Unit Head – MCL-SS-Noida. The competition was judged by Mr. Anil Maheshwari, Group Chief Business Excellence Officer and Mr. S. Mukhopadhyay, Head – Group Business Excellence, MCL – SSD – Pune. During the competition, all the units of our Group presented their best Quality Circles & Kaizens.

There were 3 categories in Kaizens in all – Individual Kaizen, Team Kaizen & Office Kaizen. Awards for various Kaizens were awarded towards the end of the competetion. The results for various categories are as follows:

QCC Awards:

  • Winner – KALPANA Circle from Minda Silca Engineering Limited
  • 1st Runner Up – SHAKTI Circle from DORSET KABA-Binola
  • 2nd Runner Up – PRERNA Circle from Minda Corporation Limited -Pant Nagar

Team Kaizen Awards:

  • Winner – Minda Silca Engineering Limited
  • 1st Runner Up – Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited – Bawal
  • 2nd Runner Up – DORSET-KABA-Haridwar

Individual Kaizen Awards:

  • Winner – Mr. Vipin Kumar-Minda Silca Engineering Limited
  • 1st Runner Up – Mr. Surat Singh – Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited – Bawal
  • 2nd Runner Up – Mr. Ankur-Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited – Noida

Office Kaizen Awards:

  • Winner – Mr. Himanshu pant- Minda Silca Engineering Limited
  • 1st Runner Up – Mr. Ajay Kumar- Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited – Bawal
  • 2nd Runner Up – Mr. Bhupesh – DORSET-KABA – Haridwar

The competition served as an important platform for sharing of best practices from all the units across the Group and was a beneficial exercise for all the participating teams. Heartiest congratulations to all the participants with special wishes to Minda Silca Engineering Limited for being the winner across all the 3 categories …!


Jun 12, 2015

First Convocation Ceremony Held at Aakarshan Vocational Training Center, Chennai

Sharing moment of pride…

It was a moment of immense pride for Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, when the First Convocation Ceremony of Aakarshan Vocational Training Center – Chennai was held on 12th June, 2015. A total of 49 out of a batch of 66 learners from Computer trade graduated.

Aakarshan is a CSR initiative of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, which is benefitting the unemployed youth and children from poor socio-economic background since December 2013 in the trades of Computers, Cutting – Tailoring and Spoken English.

The village Panchayat and the local School Management Committee played a pivotal role in the Convocation Ceremony organized at Vengadu Village of Kanchipuram district, Tamilnadu. Mr. Praveen Gupta, CEO, Minda SAI Ltd. motivated the freshly graduated learners and shared his thoughts with them on planning a brighter future.

Mr. Ravi, Assistant General Manager, Ashok Leyland, who was the Special Guest for the ceremony, appreciated the CSR initiatives of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. Mr. M C Sambantham, Joint Chief Inspector of Factories, Kanchipuram district was the Chief Guest for the occasion. He congratulated the successful learners and appreciated efforts of the Group for the rural community.

In the presence of Panchayat members; School Management Committee; children and villagers, Mr. V Srinivasan, SBU Head, Minda SAI Ltd. – Pillaipakkam and Mr. Daniel J announced the commencement of upcoming training program scheduled to be initiated shortly in the trades of Spoken English and Cutting-Tailoring. Mr. K J S Thukral, Chief Operating Officer, Minda SAI Ltd. also motivated the team and congratulated them on their hard work and performance.

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has set up a Skill Training Center on the Panchayat land in Vengadu Village. This skill training center – Aakarshan, Chennai was also inaugurated by the dignitaries of Convocation Ceremony.

The occasion was also graced by the benign presence of Mr. B Srinivasan- Panchayat President and
Mr. Balachandar – School Head Master, Vengadu.

The event was jointly organized by Group CSR Department and Minda SAI Ltd., Pillaipakkam.

Aakarshan Vocational Training Program aims for putting the last first. We congratulate the aspiring children and youth on successfully completing the course and wish them luck for their future endeavours.


Jun 07, 2015

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Organizes Artificial Limb Fitment Camp at Indonesia

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group in collaboration with Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) popularly known as Jaipur Foot, has organized a camp for the fitment of Artificial Limbs for the Amputees at Jakarta. The camp was formally inaugurated on 11th May, 2015 at PT Minda Automotive Indonesia.

His Excellency Mr. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to Indonesia and Timur-Leste was the Chief Guest of the Inaugural Ceremony. The event was also graced by the presence of our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda, Mrs. Sarika Minda and Mr. Sudhir Kashyap.

This project named “Saksham” (‘Mandiri’- in Bahasa Indonesia) is aimed to ensure sustainability of life for the persons with disability through ensuring their mobility. After Artificial Limb Fitment, the amputees will be able to walk normally for the rest of their lives.

The camp was envisioned by Mr. Ashok Minda and Mrs. Sarika Minda along with Jaipur Foot in the year 2014. This project aims to benefit approximately 500 people from Indonesia under the Corporate Social Responsibility of the Group.

A team of 11 members are executing Artificial Limbs fitment to approximately 500 people at PTMAI Campus from 4th May, to 7th June, 2015. Since the initiation of the project, a total of 455 patients have been fitted with artificial limbs (status as on 1st June, 2015).

People with mobility disability particularly belonging to low income group from Jakarta and surrounding places will be treated during the camp. Identification and mobilization of patients are being done by Yayasan Peduli Tuna Daksa, NGO (Indonesia), which will also be responsible for post camp facilitation and corrective measures.

Jaipur Foot has developed the technology for manufacturing and fitment of Artificial Limbs to the limbless. The limbs may be fitted above or below the knee. These limbs are manufactured by natural rubber over the structure of Plaster of Paris based on the customized measurement of each person. The longevity of these limbs is approximately 3-5 years. Amputees will comfortably be able to walk, work, ride and drive after this fitment.

During the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Ashok Minda, expressed that such initiatives of benefitting the persons with disability signifies humanity and it should be boundryless and also spoke about the corporate citizenship theory relating to triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit. Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson – Group CSR briefed about rest of the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives taken up by the group in the thematic areas of education, healthcare, community infrastructure livelihood promotion and environment protection.

Mr. Sudhir Kashyap,ED & CEO, Minda Corporation Ltd. and Commissioner of PT Minda Automotive Indonesia and Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, President Director, PT Minda Automotive Indonesia thanked all the stakeholders for this valuable support for the camp.

This camp is a unique example of undertaking a major CSR activity in foreign land for the benefit of public in general. This will benefit the people with disability to make their lives self-sustainable with dignity.

The camp was organized by Group CSR and Group Communication Department along with PT Minda Automotive Indonesia team under the able guidance of Mr. M K Pajan, Mrs. Sarika Minda, Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal and Mr. N K Taneja from conceptualization to the final execution of the project.

Heartiest congratulations to the team on this very noble initiative.


May 22, 2015

1st Operations Meet of Minda Corporation Limited Held

It was an important day for Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group when our Business Group Company – Minda Corporation Limited – successfully organized their first ‘Operations Meet’ from 22nd – 23rd May, 2015 at MCL- Noida. This is the first time that an Operations Meet was organized within the Group. The objective behind the meet was to bring together the operations department from all the units of the Group Company in order to understand the expectations of internal stakeholders and align the same with the operations process.

The event was Chaired by Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, Executive Director & CEO – Minda Corporation Limited. Mr. Sumit Doseja, Head – SBU was the Champion for this event.

The two day meet commenced with lamp lighting ceremony by Mr. Kashyap, Mr. Aakash Minda, Mr. Sanjay Aneja, Mr. Sumit Doseja & other important dignitaries.

This was followed by a motivating opening address by Mr. Kashyap wherein he spoke on the present business scenario & the challenges ahead; roles & responsibility of the operations team and ways of addressing the same. Mr. Sanjay Aneja spoke on the importance of leadership & team building as important factors for successful achievement of goals. He also explained the different financial ratios important for operations field.

The first session captured ‘Expectations from Stakeholders where all MCL Functional Heads spoke about their functional expectations from the Operations Team followed by a session on ‘sharing of best practices’ by the Unit Operation Heads of all the units.

Mr. Sumit Doseja initiated the learning session with sharing the operational deliverables in context with VUCA & present day challenges. He also shared the learning from his experience at IIM – Ahmedabad. Second half of the day comprised of a training program on TPS (Toyota Production System) by Mr. Ram Mohan. This was followed by an evening get together for all.

The second day comprised of two important activities – while a small group visited Mindarika Private Limited, Manesar for an application session of TPS implementation, the rest half of the group was engaged with a TPS workshop organized by Mr. Arvind Gupta, SBU Operations Head – MCL, Pune.

The program ended in the evening with a Thanksgiving speech by Mr. Sumit Doseja, the event Champion.

The meet was also attended by Mr. Aakash Minda, all MCL Functional Heads, Unit Operation Heads and other people from operations. As a part of this meet, target setting for the next 6 months was also done followed by handing over of books on TPS to every participating unit.

The exercise proved to be extremely beneficial and was very enriching for all the participants.


May 07, 2015

9th Manufacturing Engineering Conference Held

The 9th Manufacturing Engineering Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 7th & 8th May, 2015 at Minda Corporation Limited – Noida.

The conference was Chaired by Mr. Ashim Vohra, Mr. Anil Maheshwari & Mr. Sumit Doseja who was the Champion of the conference.

During the conference, the units shared their learnings captured from the previous Manufacturing Engineering Conference.

The units also shared the status of Process Monitoring & Process Improvements, Poka-Yokes, MTBF, MTTR & the corrective actions taken in their respective units.

They also presented various initiatives related to energy conservation, air leakages, safety & SMED implemented in respective units. At the end of the conference, a feedback session was given by the Group Business Excellence Department & Manufacturing Engineering Conference Champion to the respective units.

During the Conference, the Chairperson emphasized on Focus on Low Cost Automation, robust process for first time right, creating standards / manuals for the Jigs/ Fixtures, 30% cost reduction through LCA & process optimization, De skilling of processes and creating experts for each process i.e. Greasing, LCA, SMED, and the like.

At the end of the conference, participation certificates & awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd were also distributed.

The session proved extremely beneficial for all the participating teams and participants.


May 05, 2015

Convocation Ceremony Held at Aakarshan Center Greater Noida, Pantnagar & Pune

Shaping lives and spreading smiles…

It was a moment of immense pride for Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group when the Convocation Ceremony of Aakarshan Greater Noida, Pantnagar & Pune were held on 5th May, 2015. A total of 199 learners from Computer, Cutting – Tailoring & Spoken English trades graduated with flying colours across all three centers.

Aakarshan is a CSR initiative of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, which is benefitting the unemployed youth and school going children from poor socio-economic background since December 2013 in the trades of Computers, Cutting – Tailoring and Spoken English.

In the Convocation Ceremony organized at Greater Noida, 22 women of cutting- tailoring trade, 29 learners of computer trade graduated. Mrs. Sarika Minda, Director- Spark Minda Foundation, motivated the freshly graduated learners and shared some thoughts with them on planning a bright future. Mrs. Minda also announced the commencement of upcoming training program scheduled to be initiated shortly in the trade of Tally for the youth between the age group of 18 – 35 years. Mr. MK Pajan, Advisor, Group CSR acknowledged the involvement of local villagers for making this training program successful at Kuleshara village. He requested the villagers to disseminate the information about this training program in the nearby locality, so that more people could be benefitted. The occasion was also graced by the benign presence of Mr. Pramode Parasramka, Mr. Amit Jalan, Mr. Ajay Sharma, Mr. Bhaskar Kumar and Mr. P S Das.

In Pantnagar, the program was organized in the campus of Tilak Raj Smriti School where the CSR team along with the school management committee jointly organized the Convocation Program. 70 successful learners of Basic Computer Training Program were felicitated. Mr. Sumit Doseja, Unit Head – MCL – Pantnagar thanked all stakeholders of the program for their continual support. He also welcomed the learners of the new batch.

Mr. Chander Singh Rawat, Vice President – School Management Committee appreciated this initiative of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. Mr. D R Joshi, Mr. L M Joshi, Mr. R C Negi, Mr. Neeraj Sharma and other CSR team members organized the event successfully.

In Pune, the convocation was held at the Panchayat premise in presence of Panchayat representatives, team from MSIL – Pune, villagers and children and youth. 43 successful learners of Basic Computer Training Program graduated from Aakarshan Center – Pune. The certificates were distributed by Mr. N K Modi to the graduating students. The Panchayat representatives thanked Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group for organizing this training program at Donde Village of Rajguru Nagar. The CSR team also announced about the commencement of beauty culture training program for the women under Aakarshan banner.

Aakarshan Vocational Training Program aims for putting the last first. We congratulate the aspiring children and youth on successfully completing the course and wish them luck for their future endeavors.


Apr 30, 2015

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group & Vehicle Access Systems Technology Llc (VAST), USA enter into a Joint Venture – “Minda VAST”

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has entered into a Joint Venture partnership with “Vehicle Access Systems Technology Llc.(VAST)”, USA. The JV, formed on 30th April, 2015 is a 50:50 partnership between VAST Group and Minda Management Services Limited.

VAST- is a group with a global presence as valued supplier of strategic vehicle access components and systems to targeted global customers and known for “Key solutions for automotive world”. ‘Minda VAST’ – the joint venture entity between two groups will have its operations in Pune and Delhi-NCR.

The Group is an alliance of three Member Organizations and related operating entities that is directed by a single management team in order to effectively serve global customers. The Member Organizations of VAST are WITTE Automotive from Velbert/ Germany, STRATTEC Security Corporation from Milwaukee/ WI and ADAC Automotive from Grand Rapids/ MI (both USA).

VAST, USA will support to the Joint Venture for – the locksets, steering column locks, latches, strikers, socket bows, handles, immobilizers, passive entry, start systems, ignition switches, hinges, power access etc. With approx. 1.2 bn USD in sales and around 8,000 employees, VAST is one of the global market leaders in the access systems business. The manufacturing facilities of VAST are based at Germany, Mexico, Czech Republic, US, China and Brazil.

The new collaboration is expected to further strengthen the partnership between the two groups.

On the occasion of this extremely crucial camaraderie, our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with VAST. The strategic alliance is step towards ensuring support to meet the expectation of targeted and strategic customers. VAST’s global presence will help us to reach out to more areas and expand our base & offer new technology with latest products to our Customers”. He further commented that this Joint Venture will act as a catalyst for the future growth of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.

Cheers to new beginnings…!


Apr 27, 2015

Minda Management Services Limited Celebrates First Annual Day

A truly memorable moment it was, when Minda Management Services Limited celebrated its First Annual Day on Monday – 27th April, 2015. The celebrations for the Annual Day were held in two phases for all the employees.

On Saturday, 25th April, a day excursion trip was organized to Pratapgarh Farms, Jhajjar – Haryana. Pratapgarh Farms is a veritable Botanical garden with various gardens laid out in fascinating formats – it is a mirror of local Village life with Village features, culture and social life built into its features and activities. The employees had a lot of fun and enthusiastically participated in various activities like pottery making, charkha making, puppet shows, animal rides, delicious authentic Indian cuisines with the famous ‘ayurvedic mud bath’ followed by a tube well water bath.

These activities were followed by a special annual day program for all the employees along with their family members. The celebrations became even more special when the Annual Day was graced by the presence of our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda along with Mrs. Sarika Minda, Ms. Megha Minda & Mr. Aakash Minda. Apart from the employees, Mr. N K Taneja, Mr. Lalitendu Samanta & Mr. Ashim Vohra were also a part of the celebrations.

Mr. Minda addressed the gathering with his motivational words wherein he not only thanked all the family members for their active participation in all the celebrations but also congratulated all the employees for their constant dedication and hard work in strengthening our Group. On the occasion, Long Service Awards were also presented to the employees who completed 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and 25 years with Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. This was followed by some fun games for all the family members and employees.

To continue the celebrations, on Monday – 27th April, 2015, a ‘hawan puja’ was organized at MMSL – Gurgaon premises. This was followed by a special lunch organized for all the employees.

The Annual day proved to be an extremely special opportunity for all the employees to bond together and enjoy a fun filled experience.


Apr 24, 2015

PT Minda Automotive Indonesia Receives ‘Best Vendor Performance Award’

Adding yet another feather to its cap, PT Minda Automotive Indonesia received the award for the ‘Best Vendor Performance’ for the year 2014 from Suzuki, Indonesia.

The award was given during the Annual Supplier Meeting of Suzuki, Indonesia held on 24th April, 2015 at Hotel JS Luwansa, Jakarta. The award was received by Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, Business Head – ASEAN.

PTMAI is currently supplying both Locksets & Speedometers to Suzuki, Indonesia. While Lockset is manufactured in PT. Minda Automotive Indonesia, Speedometers are manufactured by our group Company – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd.

Heartiest congratulations to the team for their achievement and wishing them many more awards to come.


Apr 23, 2015

ACMA Holds Training Program on Value Stream Mapping at MCL-Noida

It was a fruitful day for MCL – Noida when Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) held a training program on Value Stream Mapping at Minda Corporation Limited – Noida. The training was held on 23rd April, 2015 at the plant premises.

The program was designed to understand the concepts of Value Stream Mapping, Material Flow/ Information Flow, VSM Symbols & Current & Future State Maps.

Senior members from ACMA were also present for imparting the Training Program along with Ms. Meenakshi Narayanan, Director & Regional Secretary (NR) and

Mr. Mayank Nigam, Manager – ACMA.

Mr. Ajay Sharma, Head – SBU , MCL – Noida was the convener of the program. The training initiated with a welcome speech followed by the address of Ms. Meenakshi Narayanan. As a part of the training, a presentation was also given by Mr. Vikas Koul (Head- ME & Maintenance) on the VSM project which was completed in FY 2014-15 at MCL- Noida.


Apr 21, 2015

PT Minda Automotive Indonesia bags ‘The Excellent Quality Performance Award’

We are proud to announce that PT Minda Automotive Indonesia (PTMAI) received ‘The Excellent Quality Performance Award’ for the year 2014 from Kawasaki, Indonesia.

The award was received on 21st April, 2015 at the Annual Supplier Meet of Kawasaki, Indonesia. The ceremony was held at Kelapa Gading Sports Club, Jakarta. Mr. Pradeep Patel, Unit Head along with Mr. Amit Goyal, Head- Marketing jointly received the award on behalf of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.

The company received a total score of 97.75 on a scale of 100.

PTMAI is currently supplying both Locksets & Speedometers to Kawasaki, Indonesia. The Locksets are manufactured by Minda Vietnam Automotive Company Limited while Speedometers are manufactured by our Group Company – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Pvt. Ltd.

Congratulations to the team and wishing them all the very best for future endeavors…!


Mar 13, 2015

MVSSPL Wins the 3rd ACMA ‘Low Cost Automation’ Competition

It was a moment of immense pride and honour for Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group when our

Group Company, Minda Valeo Security Systems Pvt. Ltd. (MVSSPL) bagged the first position in the 3rd ACMA (Western Region) ‘Low Cost Automation’ Competition held at Pune on 13th March, 2015.

The competition was held amongst 25 different companies from the western region. The Focus of the competition was Safety, Quality, Cost & Delivery.

MVSSPL stood first under the category of LCAs – Safety, Quality & Delivery.

a) Overall best three LCAs (Safety, Quality, Cost & Delivery)

b) Best three LCAs under Safety Category

c) Best LCA under Cost Category

MVSSPL was the winner for Overall Best Three LCAs (Safety, Quality & Delivery).

Mr. Bhaskar B M- Group Leader- New Product Development supported by Mr. Ramesha Chennaigiri, Group Leader – New Development were the most important pillars of motivation for the participating team.

Kudos to the team for their success…!


Mar 12, 2015

Tooling Conference Held

The 10th Tooling Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 12th & 13th March, 2015 at Minda Corporation Ltd. – Noida.

The conference was Chaired by Mr. Ashim Vohra, Mr. Anil Maheshwari & Mr. Senthilnath, (Champion of Tooling Conference).

During the conference, the units shared the learnings captured from the previous Tooling Conference. The units also shared the status of their current tooling related indicators, gaps & the corrective actions planned for future. Examples from the areas of SMED, Tool Life Enhancement & Concurrent Engineering were also shared.

As a part of the conference, every unit presented a case study on how a critical issue were resolved.

After the completion of the case study, a feedback was given by the GBE & Tooling Conference Champion to the respective units on their presentations.

A half day visit was also organized for the participants at Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. & Minda Corporation – Die Casting Division, Greater Noida. The focus of the conference was benchmarking of all the standards followed. It was suggested to create internal working standards for the smoothening of the manufacturing processes.

Towards the end of the conference, participation certificates along with awards for the top three positions were also distributed.

The results:-

  • Gold – Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. – Greater Noida
  • Silver – Minda Corporation Ltd. – Die Casting Division, Greater Noida
  • Bronze – Minda Corporation Ltd. – Pantnagar

Congratulations to all the winning teams…!


Mar 02, 2015

MCL- Noida Wins ‘Bronze’ Award for Achieving Cost Targets for the Year – 2014

Minda Corporation Limited– Security Systems Division, Noida won the “BRONZE“ award for achieving Cost Targets in the Year-2014 from India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. on 2nd March, 2015 during the Annual Vendor Meet.

The award was distributed among 240 suppliers in four categories- Development, Quality, Cost & Delivery Category.

The award was received by Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, Executive Director & CEO, Minda Corporation Ltd. & Marketing Head, Mr. P.K Dhawan.


Feb 26, 2015

8thMaintenance Conference Held

The 8th Maintenance Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 26th& 27th February, 2015 at MCL- Noida.

The conference was Chaired by Mr. Anil Maheshwari & Mr. Anup Gupta (Champion of Maintenance Conference).

During the conference, the units shared the learnings captured from previous maintenance conference. The units also shared the status of their current maintenance related indicators, gaps & the corrective actions to be taken in future. As a part of the conference, they also presented various initiatives related to JH, Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Use of Natural Resources, Oil & Air Leakages and Safety & SMED implemented in the respective units.

A feedback was given by the Group Business Excellence Department & Maintenance Champions to the respective units during the presentations.

Various experts also shared awareness about the new technologies and energy efficient products like M/s. Rittal System spoke on Cooling System & Enclosures provider, M/s. Loudcell- Energy & Fuel Monitoring System & M/s. Boot Solar Systems.

Towards the end of the Conference, awards were distributed to various units of the Group.

The results:

  • 1st Prize – Minda Corporation Ltd. – Security Systems Division – Pune
  • 2nd Prize – Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. – Greater Noida
  • 3rd Prize – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd. – Pune

Heartiest congratulations to all the winners…!


Feb 19, 2015

Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. Wins Gold Medal at the 3rd SMED Competition Organized by ACMA

Adding yet another feather to their cap, Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. was awarded the Gold Medal at the 3rd SMED Competition (North region) organized by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association(ACMA) on 19th February, 2015. The competition included presentation of case studies on Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED). The event was Chaired by Mr. N K Minda.

Participating teams were invited from North India Region to make detailed presentations on their case studies.

A total of 12 participating teams filed their case studies for the competition while the final presentations were made by 11 teams. The objective behind the competition was sharing of best practices followed by various companies to reduce setup time.

Major participants competing against Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. were JBM Auto,Mindarika Private Limited, Sona Koyo, Subros (4 units) & Rockman.

MSEL presented their case study on Implementation of SMED in Molding Section. The members from MSEL who participated in presenting their case study included

Mr. Rakesh Kakani (Champion), Mr. Rakesh Kumar (Member), Mr. Govindra (Member) & Mr. Rajeev (Member).

The results of the competition are enclosed below.

  • Gold Award – Minda Silca Engg. Ltd.
  • Silver Award – (jointly shared by) – Subros (one unit) & Mindarika Private Limited
  • Bronze Award – JBM Auto

Heartiest congratulations to the Winners…!


Jan 22, 2015

A Soulful Visit to the Destitutes’ Home

The employees of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group visited Minda Balgram, Alipur – New Delhi on 2ndJanuary, 2015.

This visit was organized by the Group CSR Department & Group Communication Department for the BG heads, Unit Heads, Functional Heads, Marketing Heads and CSR Coordinators from Delhi/ NCR area to acquaint them about this noble and sustainable CSR initiative of our Group.

A total of 19 employees visited Minda Balgram including employees and coordinators from various units. While on the way to Balgram, Mr. M K Pajan, Advisor- Group CSR took up an enlightening session on the background of the various community development initiatives taken up by our Founder, Late Shri S. L. Minda.

Minda Balgram is a project of Moga Devi Minda Charitable Trust. It is a home to destitute and insolvent children since 2001 and it has taken care of more than 500 children for their shelter, food, education and holistic development and rehabilitation. Presently, a total of 104 children are under the careof Minda Balgram.

The visit commenced with a warm welcome by Mr. Sanjay Joshi, Project Director, Minda Balgram and the members present there. This was followed by an introduction to Moga Devi Minda Charitable Trust and the various projects & entities under it. The employees then took a round of Minda Balgram where they were also given a chance to interact with the children and their care takers. The children were extremely elated and very enthusiastic while interacting with the group. Some children especially performed songs, poems and stories during the interactive session. The visit ended with a special vote of thanks by Mr. Praveen Karn, Head – Group CSR Department and distribution of fruits to all the children as a token of appreciation.

The visit to Minda Balgram was one of a kind and extremely beneficial and enriching for each participating member.

A day well spent…and truly memorable for all…!


Jan 20, 2015

Minda SAI Limited – Greater Noida Receives ‘Best Vendor Quality Rating Supplier’ Certificate

It was a proud moment for Minda SAI Limited – Greater Noida when they received the ‘Best Vendor Quality Rating Supplier’ Certificate in the Proprietary Category from Tata Motors, Lucknow. The award was received on 20thJanuary, 2015.

The certificate was received by Mr. Deepak Aggarwal, Head –SBU Quality, Minda SAI Ltd. & Mr. Amit Soam, Group Leader – SBU Engineering, Minda SAI Ltd. from Mr. Rajeev K. Gupta, Head – Purchase & Supply Chain, TATA Motors, Lucknow.

An approximate number of 30 suppliers including Omex Auto, Motherson and the like were present at the award ceremony.

Kudos to the Team…!!


Jan 09, 2015

4th Minda Business Excellence Model (MBEM) Award Ceremony Held

The 4th Minda Business Excellence Model (MBEM) Award Ceremony was held on 9th January, 2014 at Bristol Hotel, Gurgaon. The award ceremony was attended by our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda & Mrs. Sarika Minda. Mr. Sanjay Thapar and Mr. C.V. Subrahmanyam , Senior Counselor –CII, along with other employees also attended the event.

The ceremony initiated with lamp lighting by the guests & welcome address by Mr. A.K. Maheshwari followed by a formal address given by Mr. Ashim Vohra & Mr. Sanjay Thapar (Chairman- MBEM Jury).

Mr. Ashok Minda gave a brief background about the MBEM award activities & his vision for the future. In his address, he brought out clearly the efforts put in by Group Companies, MBEM assessors and Group Business Excellence team in sustaining the process & appreciated their accomplishments. He also congratulated the Award winners and spoke about the efforts needed for further progress. Mr. Minda suggested that Gold & Silver Award winning units should challenge the external Excellence Awards. He also stressed upon the need of increased involvement of all BG heads and group corporate heads in MBEM journey. An emphasis was also laid on the need for substantial and sustainable improvement in ‘Non Manufacturing Area’ across the Group. Mr. C.V. Subrahmanyam, Mr. Rammohan and Mr. M.K. Pajan shared their views related to Business Excellence.

The event was organized after completion of the assessment of 13 applicant Business Group Units who challenged the MBEM Award 2013-14. Considering the outcome of the assessment, the Jury Panel recommended various awards which were ratified by the Steering Committee.

Certificates & Mementoes were presented to Jury Panel Member & MBEM assessors for their contribution in the whole MBEM process.

Details of the awards are enclosed below :

  • GOLD: MCL-Pantnagar
  • SILVER: MSIL-Pune, MSL-GN, MVSSPL-Pune, MSEL-GN, MCL -Noida, MCL- Pune & MSL-Murbad
  • BRONZE: Mars Industries, MSL-CD, MSL-Ppk , MCL-DCD-GN & MCL-DCD-Pune

Kudos to all the winners…!!


Dec 11, 2014

MCL- DCD- GN Organizes Cloth Donation Campaign in Association with 92.7 Big FM

MCL- DCD – Greater Noida organized a Cloth Donation campaign in joint collaboration with 92.7 FM on Thursday, 11th December, 2014. A total of 1005 clothes and 43 blankets were collected by the employees of MCL- DCD- GN as a part of this initiative.

‘People die due to dearth of clothes during winters.’ Based on this philosophy, “Daryadili” is a campaign initiated by 92.7 FM, which has saved many lives, who die due to scarcity of warm clothes. This campaign is dedicated to the people living on streets and slums in Delhi NCR Region.

RJ Deepak from 92.7 FM organized various fun events during the program at MCL – DCD – GN. Mr Amit Jalan, Unit Head appreciated this initiative and encouraged everyone to participate in similar types of noble initiatives.

The clothes collected under this initiative will be further handed over to the NGO Goonj for distribution to the needy people. All the employees of MCL – DCD – Greater Noida participated in the campaign and volunteered to make the event a grand success.

Truly a very noble initiative!


Dec 08, 2014

Minda Corporation Limited Wins the 1st Corporate Friendship Cup Cricket Tournament

It was a proud moment for Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group when Minda Corporation Limited defeated Sleepwell (GN) to win the 1s Corporate Friendship Cup Cricket Tournament on 8th December, 2014.

A total of 8 teams participated in the tournament. The final cricket match was played between MCL and Sleepwell (GN) wherein MCL defeated the rival team to win the match by 8 wickets.

The match saw the participation of more than 200 people in the audience who came especially to cheer their teams.

The scores of the match are enclosed below:

Team Name Score
A Sleepwell Greater Noida 159Run/5Wicket
B Minda Corporation Limited 165Run/2Wicket

Heartiest congratulations to the team for making us all proud!


Dec 03, 2014

Minda Management Services Ltd. – Gurgaon Organizes Open House Session with GCEO

Minda Management Services Ltd., Gurgaon organized an Open House Session with GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda on Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014 at Greenwood Hospitality in Gurgaon.

The Open House is a platform for direct interaction between the GCEO and the second line employees wherein each employee has an opportunity to bring forward his area of concern or provide his feedback on various official issues to the GCEO directly in the absence of the first line employees.

The session initiated with a special welcome to Mr. Minda by Mr. Ajay Sancheti and Mr. A K Maheshwari. This was followed by the new joinees introducing themselves to GCEO. This exercise was much appreciated by Mr. Minda as it gave him an opportunity to know his team better.

Further to this, the employees came up with their queries which ranged from general issues like those some concerning the administration to specific issues relating to our product categories.

Mr. Minda addressed each query with an open mind and in return provided the employees, his valuable feedback with a suggestive action plan. Mr. Ajay Sancheti provided a helping hand to Mr. Minda during the session so that the queries could be addressed and issues could be resolved in a realistic manner.

The session proved to be extremely beneficial for all – not only in terms of interaction between GCEO and the employees, but it also proved very helpful in raising the levels of motivation for every participating member.

Following the Open House session, a dinner was organized for everyone where all the employees were seen enjoying themselves to their heart’s content. The employees danced together and celebrated the moment with full energy and enthusiasm. Truly a memorable moment for all…!


Nov 17, 2014

GCEO Visits PT Minda Automotive Indonesia for the Inauguration of Fully Automatic Aluminium Die Casting Machine

Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO – Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and Mr. Aakash Minda recently made a visit to PT Minda Automotive Indonesia for the inauguration of “Fully Automatic Aluminum Die Casting Machine with Post Casting Operations” on 17thNovember 2014.

This is a new dimension added to the manufacturing technology at PT Minda Automotive Indonesia. Before the introduction of the fully automatic aluminum die casting machine with post casting operations, PTMAI only had Zinc Die Casting technology. This machine alone has the capacity for production of 55,000 Locks per month and will be processing 80 MT of aluminum every year.

The set up cost for the plant is INR 1 Cr (approx.).

The inauguration commenced with lighting the lamp by Mr. Ashok Minda & Mr. Aakash Minda. This was followed by tree plantation inside the PTMAI premises after which the team proceeded for the Inauguration of the aluminum die casting machine. The program ended with Mr. Minda taking a visit of the PTMAI plant.

The introduction of this new technology certainly adds a new dimension to the production capacity of PTMAI and we wish the team the very best for future.


Nov 12, 2014

Annual Bash for Star Club Dealers of Minda Automotive Solutions Ltd. Held at Singapore

The Annual Bash for Star Club Dealers of Minda Automotive Solutions Ltd. was held at Singapore from 12th to 16th November, 2014. The Star Club Dealers Meet was organized to celebrate the successful business association and achievement of sales targets for the year gone by. The motive, apart from recognizing the efforts of the Star Club Dealers, was also to give them an opportunity to spend some quality time with their families and build a stronger bond with the Spark Minda Brand.

Over 100 dealers and their families along with the members from MASL team participated in the meet. Every year, the Star Club Dealers are given the privilege to attend a foreign trip based upon their annual performance.

The main highlight of the five day long celebrations was a special three day cruise organized for everyone from Singapore to Malacca & Penang (Malaysia) besides local sightseeing. The other days included sales conference, cocktail and dinner organized at Hotel One Farrer, Singapore.

The occasion was graced by the presence of GCEO – Mr. Ashok Minda accompanied by Mrs. Sarika Minda, Mr. Aakash Minda and Ms. Megha Minda. They met and spent quality time with each family. Their presence was great motivation and inspiration for the all the dealers and the Spark Minda Team. Mr. Ashok Minda presented the awards to each of the Star Club Dealers basis their achievements in terms of sales targets and their years of association with our Group.

While addressing the gathering, Mr. Minda highlighted the potential market of four wheelers, which our Group needs to strengthen ourselves in. He also emphasized on the need for higher focus on the sales promotion of newly introduced products like Automotive Filters, Control Cables, CDI, RR, Relays. In addition to appreciating and rewarding the Dealers for their efforts,

PMr. Sanjay Bhagat – CEO, MASL gave a detailed presentation on the company?s achievements and outlook of the flourishing Indian automotive industry.

The event created a lot of passion and excitement to strengthen business relationships with our dealers & for further building Spark Minda Groups?s brand image in the aftermarket which shall help everyone to grow the business.


Oct 12, 2014

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Sponsored the 5th SAE NIS Efficycle 2014

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group sponsored the 5th SAE NIS Efficycle ’14, held at ‘University Institute of Engineering & Technology’ (UIET), Punjab University, Chandigarh, from 9th – 12th October 2014. Efficycle was jointly organized by International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. under the banner of SAE Northern India Section.

The objective of the inter college event was to provide an opportunity for the students, to explore the ‘Environment Friendly and Economical’ solutions for day-to-day mobility needs of people. The event not only gave the young engineers an opportunity to showcase their innovation, but also to inculcate sensitivity towards Environment protection and depleting energy resources. In this event, undergraduate engineering students were given various tasks to conceive, design and fabricate a prototype of a three wheel configuration vehicle powered by human – electric hybrid power and capable of seating two passengers.

This year more than 250 teams from all over the country registered for the virtual round. The virtual rounds were conducted at two centers KIET Ghaziabad and RIT Chennai. A total of 90 teams were selected for the main event. The event continued for four days (9th-12th October 2014) in which various tests namely Static tests (design evaluation, cost evaluation and marketing presentation evaluation), Safety tests, Utility tests, Maneuverability tests, Acceleration tests and the like were conducted. The evaluation of the teams was done by the experts from automotive industry like Maruti Suzuki, ICAT, NATRIP, Lumax, Spark Minda, Subros, MothersonSumi Systems Limited and General Electric. The highlight of the event was a 2-hour endurance race which was conducted on the last day of the event.

The convener for the year 2014 was Mr. U.D. Bhangale, Sr. General Manager, ICAT. Many renowned names from the automotive industry also graced the event with their presence. The Chief Guest of the event was Shri Dinesh Tyagi, Director, ICAT. The Jury Panel consisting of Judges from Maruti Suzuki, Spark Minda, iCAT, NATRIP, Subros, Lumax& other Sponsors evaluated and inspected the sessions on all the days.

The 4 day event was organized by SAEINDIA, a non-profit body, which has been in the forefront to identify and transmit relevant technologies to the society in general, and stakeholders, in particular. It is affiliated to the parent body SAE International which is head quartered in USA with a glorious record of more than 100 years of service to the mobility community.

A total of 16 awards worth Rs. 4,85,000/- were distributed among the teams. The overall winner of the event was KIET, Ghaziabad.


Oct 04, 2014

Convocation Ceremony Held at Aakarshan Center, Greater Noida

A sense of satisfaction as we shape the lives of the under privileged children.

The second batch of Aakarshan – Computer Training Program, Greater Noida successfully completed their six month basic diploma course on 4th October, 2014.

Aakarshan is a CSR initiative of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, which is benefitting the unemployed youth and school going children from poor socio-economic background since December 2013 in the trades of Computers, Cutting – Tailoring and Spoken English.

During the Convocation Ceremony, the Chairperson of Group CSR Committee, Mrs. Sarika Minda motivated the freshly graduated learners and shared some words of wisdom with them on planning a bright future. Mrs. Minda also announced the commencement of upcoming training program scheduled to be initiated shortly.

Mr. MK Pajan, Advisor, Group CSR acknowleged the involvement of local villagers for making this training program successful at Kuleshara village. He requested the villagers to disseminate the information about this training program in the nearby locality, so that more people could be benefitted.

A total of 57 learners in a batch of 60 were felicitated for successfully completing their training. They were provided a merit certificate along with a behavioral skill book during their felicitation ceremony.

The occasion was also graced by the benign presence of Mr. Lalitendu Samanta, Group Human Resouces Officer and Mr. Ashim Vohra, President, Die Casting Division, Minda Corporation Ltd.


Sep 17, 2014

Inauguration of Aakarshan Computer Training Center

To provide access of Computer Education to the needy children and youth of Pantnagar area, MCL – Pantnagar recently set up Aakarshan Computer Training Center. The center was inaugurated by the Chairperson – Group CSR Committee, Mrs. Sarika Minda on 17th September 2014 at Tilak Raj Kapoor School, Jagatpura – Pantnagar. This is a collaborative CSR project between Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and Tilak Raj Kapoor School to cater to the children and youth from the vicinity.


Sep 16, 2014

Installation of Sanitation facility in a School

MCL – Pantnagar installed a sanitation facility at SaraswatiShishuVidyaMandir School on 16th September 2014. A need assessment exercise was conducted by the CSR team of Pantnagar to identify the requirements of the school following many cases of girls dropping out of the school around the age of puberty – the reason behind this was the absence of separate sanitation facilities for the girls in the School. To address this issue, a sanitation complex was constructed by MCL – Pantnagar consisting 4 urinals for girls, 4 for boys and 2 bathrooms with potable drinking water facility. These facilities were dedicated to SaraswatiShishuVidyaMandir by Mrs. Sarika Minda. The Dedication Ceremony was graced by the benign presence of Mr. Ashok Pillanker, Plant Head – Bajaj Auto; Mr. Ashutosh Sharma, Head – P & A, Bajaj Auto; Mr. Alok Gupta, Plant Head – Ashok Leyland; Mr. S K Dubey, Plant Head – Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. & Mr. Alok Singh, Plant Head – Tata Motors. This initiative is supplementing the Government of India’s ‘Swaccha Bharat Campaign’ and was initiated by MCL – Pantnagar before the Prime Minister’s appeal on last Independence Day.


Sep 05, 2014

5th September, 2014 – Tihar Jail, Maruti Suzuki & Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group joins hands for CSR integrated business model

  • First time in the history of Indian automotive industry, an automotive component manufacturing unit has been set up inside Jail premises.
  • Under Public-Private Partnership model.
  • Imparting training and employment for inmates.

Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd (MFE), a Joint Venture Company between, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group of India and Furukawa of Japan has set up an Automotive Component manufacturing unit at Tihar Jail, New Delhi under PPP model for its esteemed Customer ‘Maruti Suzuki India Limited’. The inauguration of the facility was made on 5th September, 2014 by Tihar Jail Management; DG Prisons- Mr Alok Kumar Verma along with IG- Mr Prasad and Superintendent- Mr Girish Pandey. MSIL and MFE Management along with Spark Minda Group management- Mr A. Maenishi (President) & Mr. K.D Singh (Jt. President), Mr N.K Taneja (Group Chief Marketing Officer), were also present. Under T.J initiative, several projects are already successfully running inside the Tihar Jail premises which includes, Shoe making, Chemical unit, Bakery items, , Paper processing, Furniture, Carpentry etc and this is the first time in the history of Indian automotive industry, that automotive component manufacturing unit has been set up at Asia’s Largest Jail ‘Tihar Jail’ New Delhi. The T.J management has whole-heartedly supported MFE and Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group for this socio-business initiative and has provided them a infrastructure on lease in the premises along with other facilities as per norms.

MFE is located at Bawal, Haryana and it develops & produces the entire range of wiring harness for four wheelers for its customers, and components related to wiring harness e.g. couplers, terminals, relay box, junction box, and Steering Roll Connectors used for the airbag systems etc.

The investments at T.J includes machinery, raw material and other quality systems and procedures as laid down per policy and the facility will be run by Jail convicts under the supervision of MFE. In this manufacturing unit, Wire Harness product, a key automotive component, will be manufactured by the Jail convicts and will be supplied to our Key Customer MSIL. An MOU has been signed between MFE and Tihar Jail authorities on 30th March, 2014 The operations commenced from 1st April, 2014 and after successful completion of training to inmates, the production started with daily supply for part sets of 200-250 Wire Harness. The finished product thus goes for final inspection and quality check and is then is transported to the Customer in Gurgaon. As a next step, the Tihar Jail authorities have agreed to facilitate a bigger area for production inside their premises once the production will reach to its full capacity and bigger wire harnesses will come into production.

It took a year’s time to conceptualize, envision and install the entire set up here. This social enterprise will provide employment to approximately 200 – 250 convicts. Looking at the business aspect of it, MFE has ensured to provide the top quality product to the customer and accordingly has set-up the check points for it. So far MFE, T.J Unit has been able to supply zero defect components in last five months of their operation as convicts follow strict work regime and work under T.J discipline. To ensure the discipline of Jail, the raw material entry and the dispatch of finished product has been kept under the control of MFE so that no nuisance takes place. To facilitate this entire process, few employees are fully deployed at the Jail; thus smoothing up the complete coordination and assuring Quality process. The Management team also visits this unit on a frequent basis to ensure the system & policy deployement in accordance to the Company’s requirement. This initiative, which is one of its own kinds in India’s automotive industry, will certainly create an opportunity for the way of life for these convicts, who get employment inside the jail and can also support their families from jail itself through income generation. A dedicated team of MFE trains and imparts skills to them thus catering automobile industry in their own way. These convicts will be able to earn as per the minimum wages act of govt. simultaneously, will also contribute for welfare fund for the inmates and a part of their wages will also go to the victim families as well. Hence, once the convict is out of Jail after completing his sentence, he is fully trained for an employment in the Automobile/ Auto-Component Industry, for which will give a work experience certificate.

Says K.D.Singh, Jt President, – “This was an idea Conceptualized by Mr. Maenishi – President, MFE and myself. We took it forward as a challenge expecting a lot of road blocks. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the eagerness and the response we got from the TJ authorities. This built up our confidence to convert the concept into reality.”

“Says Mr N.K Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Spark Minda Group, “This initiative will certainly produce a sustainable collaborative social business model, which will benefit the convicts of Tihar Jail, their families and victims also. We are certainly exploring such avenues at other places also”.

Spark Minda Group has been working on such model for one of its Business Group Companies in Germany also. MKTSN, Pirna, Germany in association with Dresden Jail is doing such activity since 2005. There are 25 inmates in this unit who are manufacturing small Plastic parts like sub-assemblies and even few completely finished parts also. MKTSN has organized all necessary equipment, fixtures, supervisors etc. inside the jail premises.


Aug 28, 2014

Minda Corporation Limited- Pantnagar Bags 1st Runner-up Award in CII – Quality Circle Competition

Minda Corporation Limited- Pantnagar won the 1st runner-up award in 27th CII Preliminaries Uttrakhand Quality Circle Competition held on 28th Aug 2014 at Hotel Rudra Continental Rudrapur.

The trophy was given by Mr. S K Dubey, Chairman – CII Kumaon Zone and Plant Head, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Rudrapur to the PRARAMBH Quality Circle Team. A total of 11 case studies were presented during this competition by various organizations including, Minda Industries, Maruti Suzuki, BEL, Gabriel India, Lumax Industries, Spicer India etc.

This competition comprises only three awards and the PRARAMBH quality circle has been nominated for the regional competition being held at Chandigarh.

Team members of the PRARAMBH Quality Circle team comprised – Mr. Neeraj Sharma (Coordinator), Mr. Aman Singh Manjhu (Facilitator), Mr. Manoj (Leader), Ms Anita (Dy Leader), and other members – Ms. Geeta, Ms. Mamta & Mr. Arjun.


Aug 11, 2014

Spark Ignites the Young Minds
ACMA – Young Business Leaders’ Forum Organized at Spark Minda Group

An interactive session with Mr. Ashok Minda – GCEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was organized for the members of ACMA – Young Business Leaders’ Forum on Monday, 11th August 2014 at Minda Management Services Limited, Gurgaon.

The objective behind the forum was to groom up young business leaders from auto component industry through sharing of experiences for meeting challenges in establishing and running a successful family owned business with special focus on succession planning. The session was primarily a platform for sharing of experience of Mr. Ashok Minda during his journey of building up the Spark Minda Group. The session was distributed into five major phases wherein the discussion initiated with focusing on the legacy of Spark Minda Group (erstwhile Minda Group); major milestones of the organization; challenges and handicaps faced during implementation of growth plans; succession planning for the group followed by Mr. Minda’s expectations from the automotive industry and future expansion plans of the Group. During the discussion, the participants were also shown the famous book – ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ which Mr. Minda considered the source of constant motivation for him.

The session was quite enlightening for all and some very crucial queries were raised by the participating members. Some of the most critical questions included those on deciding factors for selection of companies for joint ventures and acquisitions,Mr. Minda’s take on the current aftermarket scenario, maintaining organization’s stability during lack of important resources, arranging of financial resources and handling the organization during turbulent times, selection of the right advisor for the organization and its selection process besides other queries.

The session was attended by around 35 participants who included Executive Directors from Steelbird Auto Components, PPAP Automotive Limited, Dorset KABA, Makino Auto Industries, Omax Autos Limited, Oswal Castings Private Limited, AGRIM Tools (P) Limited and Victora Tool Engineering Private Limited among many others aspiring minds. Apart from Mr. Ashok Minda, members from Spark Minda Group who contributed to this half day session included Mr. N K Taneja, Mr. Sanjay Thapar, Mr. D C Sharma and Mr. Lalitendu Samantha who shared their learnings and experiences during the growth of the Group.

The ACMA – YBLF event was organized by Group Communication, HR & Admin teams of MMSL under the able guidance of Mr. N K Taneja and Mr. Lalitendu Samanta and the valuable support of Mr. Aakash Minda.


Aug 03, 2014

Health Check- Up Drive in Children Home

MCL Pantnagar initiated a Health Project on 3rd August 2014, wherein Body Mass Index (BMI) and other health check ups were organized for the girls living in ‘VanvasiChhatravas’- Children Home. This was conducted with the support of a local Hospital. ‘Vanvasi’ is an initiative run by a local Non – Government Organization, which is taking care of the girls from Northeast, whose families were affected during the Northeast wars. It was observed that these girls were facing frequent health problems. Under this project, specialized medical and health check up camps are being organized by MCL Pantnagar to improve their health status.


Jul 30, 2014

Free Eye Check-Up Camp for the Community Organized By Minda Management Services Limited

As a part of our CSR initiative, Minda Management Services Limited, Gurgaon organized an Eye Check–Up Camp for the children and villagersof Kuleshara, Greater Noidaat Aakarshan – Vocational Training Centre on 30th July 2014.

The camp was organized to support the children from underprivileged background, who have limited access to basic facilities.

The one day camp was organized by the HR and Group CSR team in collaboration with Lenskart, a leading online shopping portal for Eyewear and have pecialized services for eye checkups and related consultations.

A total of 62 children and villagers were screened under this program and a detailed consultation was provided to the weak sighted villagers. The villagers appreciated this noble CSR initiative of the Company.

The teams from MMSL, Gurgaon present at the camp includedMr. Pravesh Kumar, Mr. Anil Batra, Mr. Praveen Karn, Ms. Neha Bahri and Ms. Pritika Singh along with Mrs. Sarika Minda, Chairperson, Group CSR Committee.


Jul 19, 2014

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Organized Kanwad Sewa Camp on Saturday, 19th July 2014

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group organized Kanwad Sewa Camp at the Toll Plaza, Ghazipur near UP-Delhi Gate on Saturday, 19th July 2014 at 5 pm. This camp is continuously being organized by the Group since many years.

The Kanwad Yatra takes place during the sacred month of Saawan (July – August) every year. During this Yatra, devotees of Lord Shiva – Kanwadias, travel an estimated distance of 200 kms on foot to fetch the holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar and perfom Jal Abhishek of Shiv ji. While most pilgrims are men, a very few women also participate in this Yatra. Most of them travel on foot; few also travel on bicycles, motor cycles, scooters, mini trucks or jeeps.

As a part of our CSR activity, a one week stall is organized by Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group every year and during this week unlimited fruit juices, food and beds for rest are served to the Kanwadias.

This year, Kanwad Sewa Camp was attended by Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Mr. P S Bhagel, Mr. Anil Batra and Mr.Ashok Giri alongwith other members from Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.

The month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and most devotees observe a fast on Mondays during the month, as it also falls during the chaturmas period, traditionally set aside for religious pilgrimages, bathing in holy rivers and penance. During the annual Monsoon season, thousands of saffron-clad pilgrims carry holy water from the Ganges in Haridwar, Gangotri or Gaumukh. Pilgrims collect the holy water and perform abhisheka (anointing) the Shivalingas at the local Shiva temples, as a gesture of thanksgiving.

Kanwad is named after the kanvar a single pole (usually made of bamboo) with two roughly equal loads fastened or dangling from opposite ends. Kanvar-carrying pilgrims, called Kanwadias, carry covered water-pots in kanwads slung across their shoulders. This practice of carrying Kanwad is a part of religious pilgrimage, especially by devotees of Lord Shiva and is widely followed throughout India.


Jul 16, 2014

Minda SAI Felicitated by Mahindra for Progress in Business Capability Building

At a ceremony held in Mumbai on Jul 16, 2014, Minda SAI was felicitated by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. for achieving the highest zone status, ‘Mentoring Zone’, under their “Supplier Business Capability Building” initiative.

The Supplier Business Capability Building program was developed by Mahindra in 2011, focusing on business, process and people capability through the 4 pillars of Strategic Business Planning, Managing Growth, People Practices and Execution Excellence. Minda SAI, together with the other strategic suppliers of Mahindra, was associated with this exercise through cluster, training programs, exposure visits and assessments.

In the final assessment, Minda SAI scored 4.17/5.00, ranking 3rd amongst all suppliers and 1st in Strategic Business Planning.


Jun 17, 2014

Spark Minda Group organized the first Convocation Program of Aakarshan centre, Greater Noida on 17th June 2014

The District Magistrate, Mr A.V Raja Mauli gave certificates to Pass out Students.

Spark Minda Group is a five decade old conglomerate dealing in manufacturing of automobile components in various locations of India and abroad. Towards the commitment to the society under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the group has been doing many developmental works in the area of Health, Environment, Education and Vocational Skills.

Under the CSR Projects in Greater Noida area surrounding our manufacturing locations, the group has been running a Vocational Training Program named “AAKARSHAN- A Vocational Computer Training Program for the unemployed youth and School going children from poor socio-economic background” since December 2013. The first batch of this Computer Training has graduated and to felicitate the children and the youth, Spark Minda Group organized a Convocation Ceremony on 17th June at Kuleshara village, Greater Noida.

In the Convocation Ceremony the District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar, Noida, Mr AV Rajamauli was present as a Chief Guest. He distributed the Certificates to 49 successful learners and encouraged them for their good future. In the Ceremony, Mr Ashok Minda, Group CEO, Spark Minda Group congratulated the children and he also promised the villagers to extend possible support for organizing Vocational Programs.

Mrs. Sarika Minda, Executive Member of Group CSR Committee of Spark Minda Group announced to start two new Training Programs – Cutting & Tailoring and Spoken English for the underprivileged youth very shortly at Kuleshara village.

These training programs are being run by Spark Minda Group in collaboration with Gram Panchayat at Kuleshara and this innovative collaborative model of CSR is benefitting the community at large.


May 23, 2014

3rd Regional – North QCC & Kaizen Competition held

The 3rd Regional (North) QCC & Kaizen competition was held on Friday, 23rd May at MCL-SS-Noida.

All the units of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group from the North Region participated in the competition.

The participants were welcomed by Mr. Ajay Sharma, Unit Head, MCL-SS-Noida.

The competition was judged by Mr. Ashim Vohra & Mr. Anil Maheshwari. During the Competition, the units presented their best Quality Circles & Kaizens. There was 3 categories in Kaizens i.e. Individual Kaizen, Team Kaizen & Office Kaizen.

The awards for QCC are as follows:

  • WINNER- NISHCHAY Circle from MCL-SS-Noida
  • 1ST RUNNER UP- EKTA Circle from MCl-DCD-Greater Noida
  • 2ND RUNNER UP- DAUD Circle from MCL-Pant Nagar

May 13, 2014

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd receives Special Quality Award from Bajaj Auto Limited

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd., Pune received the Prestigious BAL TPM Excellence Award from our esteemed Customer Bajaj Auto Ltd. (BAL) on Tuesday, 13th May 2014 at a Vendor Meet held at Pune.

The Award was given by honorable Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, MD – BAL and Mr. Pradeep Srivastava, COO – BAL to our honorable Chairman Mr. Ashok Minda – GCEO, Spark Minda Group & Mr. N. K. Modi – MD, Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd.

This Award is given for Implementation & Sustenance of ‘The TPM Way’ of Working and thus achieving improvement in Productivity, Product Quality, Product Development lead time and Total Employee Involvement.

This Award is given in recognition of the efforts made by the MSIL Team in challenging and fulfilling TPM Excellence targets set by Bajaj Auto Ltd.

The event was graced by the presence of Supplier’s MD & CEO, International & National Delegates and Bajaj Auto Ltd. Senior Management.


May 13, 2014

MCL – Pantnagar receives Special Quality Award from Bajaj Auto Limited

Minda Corporation Limited, Pantnagar won the prestigious BAL special “ Q ” Award from our esteemed customer Bajaj Auto Limited (BAL) on Tuesday, 13th May 2014 at a endor Meet held at Pune.

The award was given by Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, MD – BAL and Mr. Pradeep Srivastava, COO – BAL to Mr. Ashok Minda- GCEO, Mr. Sudhir Kashyap-CEO & ED, MCL- Security Division, Mr. Sumit Doseja-SBU Head, MCL-Pantnagar.

Bajaj Auto has introduced this award for the first time and this award is given for outstanding Performance in Quality and achieving all six Quality award in all categories – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum & Super Platinum in the span of last six years.

MCL, Pantnagar is among the two vendors of Bajaj Auto Limited who bag all the Quality awards from Bajaj Auto.

The event was graced by the presence of Supplier’s MD & CEO, International & National delegates and Bajaj Auto Limited Senior management.


May 08, 2014

Minda Corporation and Minda SAI receive Design & Development Award from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd

Minda Corporation Limited and Minda SAI Limited jointly received the Maruti Suzuki Award for Best Design, Development & Localization effort for the year 2013-14, during the Maruti Suzuki Vendor Conference at Dubai on May 8, 2014.

The award was conferred on the two companies for their effort in localization of Cup Holders used in Maruti’s Ertiga, Swift & D’zire platforms. These assemblies were hitherto being imported by MSIL from Japan, but are now being manufactured at Minda SAI, Component Division Plant at Greater Noida. Minda KTSN, Germany, has provided the engineering support.

The award was received by Mr. Ashok Minda, Group Chief Executive Officer and Mr. N K Taneja – Group Chief Marketing Officer.


Apr 28, 2014

Inauguration of Contact Coil Plant, MFE, Bawal

The Contact Coil Plant, Minda Furukawa Electric Private Limited was inaugurated on Monday, 28th April 2014 at Bawal, Haryana. The program was inaugurated by Mr. T Hasuike, JMD, Maruti Suzuki, India along with Mr. Yoshida, Chairman, FEC.

Senior management from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) were also present for the event along with Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO, Spark Minda & Mr. N K Taneja, GCMO, Spark Minda, Mr. K D Singh, Joint President, MFE, Mr. Akira Maenishi, President, MFE and Mr. A P Gandhi, Director, MFE.

The dignataries from MSIL consisted of Mr. Masamichi Suzuki, EO, Engineering, Mr. C V Raman, EO, Engineering, Mr. I V Rao, Mr. Yoichi Suzuki , EO, Quality, Mr. A K Tomer, EO, Quality along with the senior team of MSIL.

The event started with welcoming of the Chief Guest, Mr. T Hasuike & Mr. Yoshida followed by lamp lighting ceremony by dignataries.
Mr. K D Singh was the Convener of the program who started with a welcome speech followed by a speech by Mr. Yoshida, Chairman, FEC and then a speech by Mr. Minda. A presentation was given by Mr. K D Singh on the new Contact Coil plant to the guests which lead to the ribbon cutting Ceremony of the Contact Coil Plant by Mr. T Hasuike, JMD, Maruti Suzuki, India along with Mr. Yoshida, Chairman, FEC.

The event was followed with a plant tour of the Contact Coil plant and a tree plantation activity by the Chief Guest and other Dignataries.

The inauguration was followed by Cocktails & Dinner with MSIL & FEC team at Hotel Trident, Gurgaon.


Apr 22, 2014

PT Minda Automotive Indonesia won “THE EXCELLENT QUALITY PERFORMANCE 2013”

In the very 1st year of independent Operations, PT Minda Automotive got “The Excellent Quality Performance Award for 2013” from PT Kawasaki Motors Indonesia in the Kawasaki Suppliers Gathering 2014 held at Kelapa Gading, Sports Club, Jakarta.

The award was received by Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, President Director on Tuesday, 22nd April 2014 at Kelapa Gading Sport Club, Jakarta for the Lockset that comprises of the Lock that is manufactured at Minda Vietnam Automotive Company Limited and Fuel Tank Cap that is manufactured at PT Minda Automotive Indonesia.

On 23rd April 2014, Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, President Director handed over the Quality Award to the Operations & Quality team of PT Minda Automotive Indonesia and Mr. Pradeep K Patel & Mr. Deepak Sharma to the team at Vietnam.


Mar 23, 2014

Spark Minda won the 22nd Turf Management Corporate Cricket Tournament 2014

It is a pleasure to announce that Spark Minda Group has won the title of 22nd Turf Management Corporate Cricket Tournament 2014, which is one of the most prestigious Corporate Cricket tournament.

The finals was played between Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and HDFC Bank. Spark Minda Group defeated HDFC Bank in a “NAIL BITING” match. The match lasted up to the last ball, where Spark Minda won by 1 wicket. The whole tournament series was very thrilling as Spark Minda defeated strong teams during its journey to the finals.

Match Highlights:

  • HDFC Bank won the toss and elected to bat first. HDFC Bank scored 149 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs.
  • From Spark Minda, Ankur Dhankar took 2 wickets for 15 runs in 3 overs & Abuzar took 2 wickets for 13 runs in 3 overs.
  • In reply, Spark Minda Group scored 150 Runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs.

During the chase, Kailash played a key role, who scored unbeaten 68 runs in 48 balls, with 4 sixes & 6 fours in his innings. He also added valuable 72 runs partnership for 8th wicket with Sonu Tyagi, who scored 24 valuable runs in 18 balls.

Pawan Yadav was the Man of the Tournament, who scored 243 Run & took 6 wickets.

Samad Yaqub Khan was awarded as the Best Bowler of the Tournament, who took 12 wickets.

Kishor Bhandari was chosen the Best fielder of the Final Match.

Let us Congratulate the Spark Minda team for this wonderful victory. KUDOS to the team!!


Mar 14, 2014

9th Tooling Conference at MCL-Noida

The 9th Tooling Conference was held on 13th & 14th March, 2014 at MCL- Noida. The conference was chaired by Mr. Ashim Vohra, Mr. Anil Maheshwari & Mr. Senthilnath (Champion of Tooling Conference).

During the conference, the units shared their learning’s captured from the previous Tooling Conference. They also shared the status of their current Tooling related indicators, gaps & the corrective actions. Initiatives for SMED , Tool life enhancement & Concurrent Engineering example were also shared for better performance.

A case study by the units was presented on ‘how to resolve a critical issue’ .

Feedback was given by the GBE & Tooling Conference Champion to the respective units during their presentations.
Functional teams were formed to prepare the manuals for Sheet Metal, Die Casting & Plastic molding process.

At the end of the conference, awards were distributed for the 1st , 2nd and 3rd position. The first prize was won by MSIL, Pune follwoed by the 2nd prize by MSEL, Greater Noida and the 3rd prize was won by MCL-Die Casting Division.

Participants were also given certificates towards the end of the conference.


Feb 23, 2014

Pulse Polio Immunization Program by MVSSPL, Pune

A CSR initiative of Spark Minda Group

MVSSPL Pune team participated in a ‘PULSE POLIO IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM’ as mobilization volunteers in association with Primary Health Centre (PHC) – Shelpimpalgaon, Dist -Pune under the guidance of Dr. Indra Parkhe, Medical officer.

During the Pulse Polio Immunization Program, MVSSPL volunteers reached the village Shelpimalgaon early morning, did the awareness program and made the people remind about the significance of pulse polio drop to child with the help of government nurses and other authorities. They explained the importance of pulse polio and created awareness about the problems that can occur if the vaccine is not given in regular times to the children in the age group of 0-5 years.

To make this program successful the MVSSPL volunteers have actively participated in pulse polio campaign along with the program officer covered four booths namely Bhose, Rase, Sabalewadi, Shelpimpagaon. Around 615 children below of 0-5 years were covered under the drive. The employees who participated in this program were appreciated by the villagers and Sarpanch of Shelpimalgaon.


Feb 19, 2014

Aakarshan- A Vocational Training Program through Community Participation

A CSR initiative of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group

As a part of CSR initiative Spark Minda Ashok Minda Group has recently introduced Aakarshan – A Vocational Training Program for the underprivileged section of the society. The objective of the centre is to educate the children in vocational skills and to train the youth for employability through imbibing technical skills. First Aakarshan Centre has been established in Kuleshra village of Greater Noida in the Community Hall of the same village through Gram Panchayat’s support. The first trade introduced at the Vocational Training Centre is Basic Computer Training after a need assessment exercise in the village.

Presently, 39 school going children (Boys-20 and Girls – 19) of Kuleshra village of Greater Noida belonging to lower socio- economic background are getting this comprehensive training . In 6 months duration, the learners will be taught basic Computers. A batch for the youth in the age group of 18-35 is shortly going to start. Similar centers are proposed be opened in Pune and Chennai this year.

In the collaborative model of intervention for Aakarshan Project, we involved the local community and the Gram Panchayat for ensuring sustainability of the Program. In this model, we are leveraging the collaborative strengths through ensuring participation and mobilization of the Community through Gram Panchayat’s involvement and got support in setting up the Centre. They provided us the Community Centre of their village for running Training Programs, we renovated the Centre and equipped it with training centre requisites.

On 19th February, The Group CSR Committee organized a felicitation Program for the Gram Pradhan and the Panchayat representatives for their support in setting up and running the Centre. In this program, Mrs. Sarika Minda, Member CSR Committee welcomed the Panchayat representatives and requested them for supporting in upcoming need based Training Programs at Aakarshan Vocational Training Centre; Mr Praveen Gupta, CEO, Minda SAI thanked the Panchayat representatives for supporting us to take up the cause of education for the area; Mr Ashim Vohra, Group Chief Business Excellence Officer ensured the Panchayat members that we will keep ensuring quality in our Training Programs; Mr MK Pajan, Advisor, CSR discussed the further needs of the Children and Youth in the area of education with the members; Mr Lalit Somantha, Head Group HR took the Panchayat members to the classroom and demonstrated the training delivery system; Ms. Megha Minda interacted with the learners about the course curriculum and training process and Mr Sanjay Joshi and Mr MC Joshi from Moga Devi Minda Charitable Trust gave their observations for further value additions in the Training Program. Mr Anil Barta, Mr Amit Jalan, Mr PS Baghel, Mr Hirendra and Mr Praveen Karn organized the program. The program ended with a complimentary note by all the members with a future mission for expansion of Training Program and reaching to more and more aspiring children and youth.


Feb 17, 2014

Minda Corporation Limited, Security Systems, Noida won quality award

A feeling of pride instilled in all the members of Minda Corporation Limited, Security Systems, Noida as they won the ‘Silver Award’ for Excellence in ‘Quality’ for the year 2013 from India Yamaha.

This prestigious a ward ceremony was held on Monday, 17th February 2014.
The award was distributed amongst 210 suppliers in thee different category like development, Quality & Delivery.

The award was received by Mr. Sudhir Kashyap, ED & CEO & Mr. P.K Dhawan, Marketing Head from Top management of Yamaha India.


Dec 13, 2013

Drive to help the needy and deprived

Friday, 13th December 2013 marked the day for the beginning of the drive to help the needy and the poor. MMSL in co-ordination with MCL, Noida has tied-up with ‘RED FM 93.5, BAJATE RAHO !! ‘ to help the unprivileged people. As a part of CSR initiative, we are donating old clothes (wearable), woolen clothes and shoes so that we can help few people bear the cold with the onset of winters in our own small way.


Dec 09, 2013

Closing Ceremony of 4th Shri S.L. Minda Memorial Sports Tournament

The 4th Shri. S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group came to an end for the year 2013 – 14 on 9th December 2013 at MCL-Pillaipakkam.

On this day, the awards were given to the winners and the runner ups for their wonderful performance and achievement in Sports in the Badminton, Table Tennis, Carrom, Volleyball and Cricket matches.

Monday, 9 December 2013 marked the closure of 4th Shri S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group with a commitment to carry forward the Legacy thereby maintaining the virtue of Pride, Personal Excellence, Respect, Bonding, Inspiration, Determination and Courage & Equality.


Nov 23, 2013

4th Shri S.L. Minda Memorial Sports Tournament Inaugurated

The 4th Shri. S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament for the year 2013 – 14 was inaugurated at MCL- Noida on 23rd November 2013 by Mr Ashok Minda.

The sporting event, which is organized by Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, Central Sports Committee every year is held in the memory of our beloved Babuji who always believed that only a healthy body and healthy mind can lead to a strong and loyal workforce. Sporting events brings out the best in the employees and fosters a team spirit amongst them. Babuji once said you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in an year of conversation. He believed that the price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. May his wisdom be our guiding light always!

On this special occasion, our respected Chief Guest Mr Ashok Minda & Mrs. Sarika Minda were welcomed by Central Sports Committee and North Zone Sports Committee Members comprising of Mr Vivek Kumar Sharma, Mr Ajay Sancheti, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Mr Anil Batra, Mr. Dheeraj S. Malik, Mr. Amit Jalan, Mr P.S Baghel. The event was inaugurated by offering floral tribute (Shradhanjali) to Babuji, followed by Ganesh Vandana & Bhajans by Minda Balgram Children. Mr Minda also gave a short speech at the venue where he encouraged all the players with his inspirational speech.

Mr. Ajay Sancheti addressed all the guests present at the North Zone inauguration and also gave a short speech about the background and objective of the tournament. Colorful balloons were released by our guests followed by Toss which was held in presence of our Chief Guest and other dignitaries and the tournament started.

The other dignitaries, who graced the occasion, were Mr Rajesh Bansal, Mr Samanta, Mr Sanjay Bhagat, Mr Pramode Parasramka, Mr Aakash Minda, Mr Hardeep Singh Arora besides others.

The 1st Sport of the tournament was Volley Ball match between MSEL & MCL-DC. The tournament at North Zone will continue till 3rd December, 2013 and the entire Group Sports tournament will end with matches on 9th Nov 2013 at South Zone. In this tournament apart from Volley Ball, other games played will be Cricket, Table Tennis, Badminton & Carrom.


Oct 25, 2013

3rd Minda Business Excellence Model (MBEM) Award Ceremony of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group

The Third Minda Business Excellence Model (MBEM) Award Ceremony was held at Stellar IT Park, Sector-62, Noida on Friday, 25th October 2013. The event was organized by Group Business Excellence Department.

The Chief Guest of the function was our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda and the Guest of Honor was Mrs. Sarika Minda. The event started with Lamp lighting by the Guest and Welcome address by Dr. P. Elangovan followed by a formal address given by Mr. AshimVohra and Mr. Sanjay Thapar.

The Chief Guest Mr. Ashok Minda gave a brief speech about the MBEM Award. In his address, he brought out clearly the efforts put in by Group companies, MBEM assessors and the Group Business Excellence team in sustaining the process and appreciated their accomplishments. He also congratulated the Award winners and spoke about the efforts needed for further progress. He also suggested that silver award winning units could challenge the external Excellence Awards.

The event was organized after completion of the assessment of 12 applicant Business Group Companies who challenged the MBEM (Minda Business Excellence Model) Award 2012~13 and 3 Companies participated for application assessment only. Considering the outcome of the assessment, the Jury Panel recommended various awards which were ratified by the steering committee.

Mementos were presented to Jury Panel members, MBEM assessors & MBEM Secretariat for their contribution in the whole MBEM process.

Awards & Recognition :

  1. Silver Award : Minda Corporation Ltd – Pantnagar, Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd. – Pune, Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. – Bawal, Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. – Greater Noida and Minda SAI Ltd. – Greater Noida
  2. Bronze Award :Minda Corporation Ltd (Security System Division) – Noida, Minda Corporation Ltd (Security System Division) – Pune, Minda Corporation Ltd (Die Casting Division) – Greater Noida, Minda SAI Ltd – Murbad, Mayank Auto Engineers Pvt. Ltd – Greater Noida, Minda Valeo Security System Pvt. Ltd – Pune and MARS Industries Pvt. Ltd. – Binola
  3. Participation Trophy : Minda Corporation Ltd (Plastic Division) – Pune, Minda Corporation Limited (Die Casting Division) – Pune and Minda SAI Ltd –Kakkalur

Oct 17, 2013

Group forays into Russia

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group participated in the AvtoVAZ Supplier Conference (6th International Forum & Exhibition Auto components 2013) at Togliatti, Russia.The expo was held from 15th – 17th October 2013.

The Government of Samara Region with support of AvtoVAZ (Russian automobile manufacturer) organized this automotive Forum and Supplier conference where Auto Companies, Suppliers, Engineering Companies, representatives of foreign organizations, Universities and educational centers were present.

The forum was organized to discuss the Automotive Industry Initiatives and presentation of Samara region (Russia) potential as the major automotive manufacture ground in Russia, solving different issues of auto manufacturers, engineering and equipment. The expo provided an insight into the depth of automotive technology information.

Our Group showcased the current and potential technologies across various vehicle segments at the expo. On exhibit at our stall booth were products from various categories: Safety, Security & Restraint System, Driver Information & Telematics System and Interior System. Our technologically superior and innovative Group products gave information about the said products and also created a one-stop concept where both domestic (Russia) and foreign Customers were able to view the range of products available and receive information on any particular product. It was arranged as a modern meeting centre and showcased innovative displays, helped ease the selection process of products for customers and offered consultancy on site. It also imparted technical know-how, functioning and usage of each product to the visitor/ customers thus providing complete system solution to OEM’s. The stall, infact was fabricated in a way to maximize visual intrusiveness.

The delegation from Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group included: Mr.Vivek Kumar Sharma, (MMSL); Mr. N.K.Taneja, (MMSL); Mr. Praveen Gupta, (MSL); Mr. N.K Modi, (MSIL); Mr.Shivaprasad, (MSIL); Mr.RitwikGuha, (MSL); Mr. Michael Fuchs, (Rep – MKTSN, MSPS & MCL-PD); Mr. Anil Batra, (MMSL); Mr.GadjiNasrudinov, (MSIL, Moscow).

The expo provided an excellent platform for the presentation of our latest concepts in design and manufacturing of products. Many technical experts and key Customers of Russia like AvtoVaz, UAZ etc visited our stall.


Oct 13, 2013

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group sponsored the 4th SAE NIS Efficycle’ 2013

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group sponsored the 4th SAE NIS Efficycle’13, held at ‘University Institute of Engineering & Technology’ (UIET), Punjab University, Chandigarh, from 10th – 13th October 2013. The event was inaugurated on 11th Oct. 2013 by Shri Dinesh Tyagi, Director, iCAT (International Center for Automotive Technology).

The objective of the inter college event was to provide an opportunity for thestudents, to explore the ‘Environment Friendly and Economical’ solutions for day-to-day mobility needs of people. Efficycle event not only gave young engineers opportunity to showcase their innovation but also to inculcate sensitivity towards Environment protection and depleting energy resources. In this event undergraduate engineering students got tasks to conceive, design and fabricate a prototype of a three wheel configuration vehicle powered by human – electric hybrid power and capable of seating two passengers.

More than 800 students and 100 volunteers from UIET were part of this event. Different Jury Pannels consisting of 34 Judges from Maruti Suzuki, Spark Minda, iCAT, NATRIP, Subros, Lumax & other Sponsors evaluated and inspected the sessions for all days. The 3 day event was organized by SAEINDIA, a non-profit body, which has been in the forefront to identify and transmit relevant technologies to the society in general, and stakeholders, in particular. It is affiliated to the parent body SAE International which is head quartered in USA with a glorious record of more than 100 years of service to the mobility community.

All participated teams went through Technical Inspection, Design Evaluation, Cost Evaluation, Marketing Presentation, Gradient Test, Acceleration Test, Utility Test and Endurance Race. The one that achieved the highest cumulative ranking in all the events became the winner.

This year the winning team was North India Engineering College from New Delhi.

Efficycle-2013, ended on Sunday, i.e. 13th Oct. 2013 with an endurance race, which was followed by a valedictory ceremony. The valedictory ceremony was graced by the presence of Shri I. V. Rao, Chairman SAE NIS & Executive Advisor (R&D) MSIL; Dr. TapanSahoo, Vice President – R & D, MSIL; Prof. RenuVig, Director UIET; Shri. AlokJaitley, GM – R & D, MSIL; Prof. Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor, Punjab University. In this ceremony the winning team received a prize of One Lakh rupees.


Oct 10, 2013

MCL- Security Systems, Pune felicitated by TUV, Nord, Germany

A moment of pride was filled among the employees of Minda Corporation Ltd, Security Systems Division, Pune when a delegation from TUV Nord from Germany visited the plant on 10th October 2013. TUV Nord was represented by Mr. Thorsten Walinger – Labour Director along with Ms. Gulcihan Oz, Trainee, HR Departmentwho chose MCL – SSD, Pune Unit for implementation of one of the Best HR Practices among other companies. They were welcomed by Mr. P. S. Das, Head Corporate HR (Western Region) MCL – SSD, Pune.

It was an honor for our Group to know that they specially visited India, only to visit MCL, Pune to have a view of the Best HR practices adopted in the Company. Both the visitors were excited to understand the way the Unit works & the congenial environment created in the company.

They were impressed by the company facilities & energy visible in the employees. A detailed explanation was also given to them for the various HR practices & leadership styles adopted in Minda Corporation Ltd, Pune.

The practices were well appreciated by the visitors as they later sent a letter of appreciation via E-mail.


Oct 05, 2013

MCL – Security Division won GOLD award in CCQC – 13

The Quality Circle Team ‘LAKSHAY’ and ‘ACHIEVERS’ of Minda Corporation Limited – Security Division won award in ‘GOLD’ Category in ‘CCQC-13’ (Chapter Convention on Quality Concept -13). It was held on Saturday, 5th October 2013 at Om Shanti Retreat Center, Gurgaon.

A total of 208 Quality Circle Teams participated from different automotive companies like: Hero Motocorp, JCB Corporation, AIS, Napino Auto, Munjal Showa, Sandhar Ltd.

MCL – Security Division ‘LAKSHAY’ and ‘ACHIEVERS’ Teams comprised of Ms. Manju, Ms. Pooja, Ms. Poonam, Ms. Aarti, Ms. Priyanka, Mr. Vishal Singh, Mr. R. Chauhan, Mr. S Sharma, Ms. Sarika, Ms. Kanta, Ms. Anita, Ms. Soniya, Ms. Surbhi, Mr. JitendraYadav have been nominated for National Competition, to be held in November 2013.


Oct 01, 2013

MCL – Pantnagar won the 3rd prize in 6th National Cluster Meet of CII

MCL – Pantnagar won the 3rd prize in Manufacturing Excellence Case Study competition in 6th National Cluster Meet of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). The event was organized from 30th September to 1st October 2013 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi.

More than 200 case studies were submitted in this competition by various manufacturing companies across diverse industries. MCL – Pantnagar along with Mahindra & Godrej emerged as one of the winners after going through a 3 level screening process.What made our winning special was that this was the first time when a tier 1 company was winning this prestigious award.

On behalf of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, the event was graced by Mr. SudhirKashyap, Dr. P.Elangovan, Mr. SumitDoseja and Mr. Aakash Minda.

The prize was received by the Team Facilitator Mr. Arvind Gupta and the Team Leader Mr. Neeraj Sharma along with Mr.Aakash Minda, Mr. SumitDoseja & Implementation Team comprising of Mr. AmanManjhu, Mr. Deepak Rawat, Ms. Rashmi, Ms. Mamta, Mr. Balwant. The prize was given by Mr. Sanjay Labroo, MD & CEO of Asahi India Glass Ltd.


Aug 24, 2013

A Visit to Bagla- A CSR Initiative

Our Group organized a community care program as an initiative of Group CSR activity where a visit to Bagla, Hissar- Birth and Childhood place of our founder Shri. S.L. Minda ‘Babuji’ was organized on Saturday 24th August 2013.

The purpose of this visit was to create a feeling of awareness among all Dignitaries in terms of the contribution made by our Babuji at the societal level and to get a first-hand feel of the activities being carried out by the Moga Devi Minda Charitable Trust.

The dignitaries present included the Board members, CSR committee members and the Senior Management with their family members.

The journey commenced early in the morning from Delhi and arrived at Bagla in the afternoon. The first destination of the visit was the Moga Devi Minda Memorial School (MDMMS). The school was established in 2010 and offers value based quality education. The school has a present strength of approximately 900 children and the students belong to nearby villages.

The MDMCT team led by Mr. Pajan, Mr. M.C Joshi and Mr. Sanjay Joshi organized a cultural event in the form of a dance competition for the visiting dignitaries. The Chief Guest was Mrs. & Mr. Minda who gave awards to the winning performers. It was followed by a guided tour of the school campus by the School Principal, Mr. Mathew Varghese and the Vice Principal, Mrs. Alokita Sharma, where Dignitaries were shown the classrooms and they also interacted with the students and the teachers. They got a glimpse of the excellent work being done at the MDM Memorial School. In fact, some of the activities like using Educomp Teaching Equipment and Software came as a surprise in terms of the usage of technology in teaching; similar aids are not visible even in metro based schools!

An inspirational CSR presentation was also given by Mr. Ravi Kiran elaborating on the CSR Initiatives at the Group Level to the faculty members present.

After the school tour, the organizing committee hosted a lunch for the visiting dignitaries followed by a visit to the S.L Minda Seva Kendra (SLMSK). The Seva Kendra was established in 2007. SLMSK provides a vocational training to rural youth including women. Vocational Training is provided in computer (Basic Course), Computer Application, Computer Hardware and Networking, Desktop Publishing, Cutting and Tailoring, Beauty Culture and Indian Embroidery. The dignitaries also interacted with the trainees and their response was phenomenal as seeing the infrastructure stunned them.

A visit to the Neoylghar Baba Mandir was also organized followed by a visit to the water reservoir. The water reservoir was built in 1939 by ancestors of our Babuji and it still provides water supplies to many nearby villages; especially Kabrel, Siswal, Siswaldhani, Bagla.

In the end, everyone gathered at the Jwala Mai Dhaam where the Dignitaries did Aarti with their family members for the prosperity and happiness of all. People come to worship the Temple of Goddess Jawala Mai which is unique in the HissarDistt. There is ‘Navratra Puja’ twice a year and it has become a holy place for the people of nearby villages.

The vision of the Founder, and the passion of the operating team were very visible everywhere, and gave all a good glimpse of what all can be achieved through focussed and passionate work, which we have set out to replicate through our Group CSR activity.

The entire program was successfully organised under the able guidance of Mrs. Sarika Minda, Mr. M.K Pajan, Mr. M.C Joshi, Mr. Sanjay Joshi and the team comprised of Mr. Anil Batra, Mr. Ravi Kiran, Mr. Sandeep Malik, Ms. Pragna Guru, Ms. Megha Minda, Mr. Hirender along with the valuable support of Mr. Rajkumar, MDMCT besides others.


Aug 23, 2013

7th Maintenance Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group held

The 7th Maintenance conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held at MCL- Noida on 22nd and 23rd August 2013. The conference was chaired by Mr. AshimVohra, Mr. Anil Maheshwari & Mr. Anup Gupta, (champion of Maintenance conference).

The units shared their knowledge captured from previous maintenance conference. Units also shared the status of their current maintenance related indicators, gaps and the corrective action plans. They also presented various initiatives related to energy conservation, oil and air leakages, safety & SMED implemented in respective units.

At the session, feedback was given by the Group Business Excellence & maintenance champion to the respective units.

Various experts also shared the awareness about the new technology and energy efficient products –

  • M/s. Siemen gave awareness about the new products for automation.
  • M/s. L&T explained about energy efficient drives.
  • M/s. P2 Power solutions spoke about methods for improving power factor.

Awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position were distributed along with participation certificates at the end of the conference.

Award Winners:

  • 1st Position : MCL – SS – Pune
  • 2nd Position : MSEL
  • 3rd Position : MSIL – Pune and MCL – DC – GN

Aug 01, 2013

Spark Minda at ACMA’s 3rd meeting of the Globalization and Trade Fairs Committee

In its endeavor to facilitate deeper understanding of global trade dynamics and export opportunities for the Indian Auto Component Sector, ACMA organized a National Conference on Accelerating Export Growth: Leveraging Market Dimensions on 1st August, 2013 at Hotel The Grand, New Delhi. The conference was attended by several leading automotive companies. Many eminent speakers representing different companies from the Automotive Industry gave an insight onto the subject matter. As an elite member of ACMA’s Globalization and Trade Fair Committee, Mr. N.K. Taneja, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group enlightened the audience showcasing his presentation on the emerging growth and expansion opportunities in Russia & CIS Region. He further elaborated on the Russian Economy; increased consumption in some of the lesser developed countries is emerging as a ray of hope for Indian exports. “Russia has become the 2nd Largest Automotive market in Europe after Germany” he commented. He concluded his presentation with a question answer session where he cleared all the significant doubts of the audiences.

The purpose of this conference was solely for sharing the experiences of the leading companies in the Automotive Industry, which was supplemented by insights into Government schemes and incentives for exports by an impressive panel including experts from DGFT and the Ministry of Commerce.

ACMA has been continuously engaged in supporting Indian auto component exports by facilitating international trade delegations, participation at international trade fairs etc. It also extends financial support to its members for such initiatives through The Market Development Assistance Scheme & Market Access Initiatives Scheme of the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India.

The conference focused on opportunities and challenges for exports specifically in TRIAD & NAFTA countries, Adjacent Market, Central Europe & CIS as also for Emerging Markets of BRICS.


Jul 29, 2013

Prestigious Award for MVSSPL

Minda Valeo Security Systems Pvt Ltd, Pune has been awarded the ‘B’ level certificate under the MSES (Mahindra Supplier Evaluation Standard) on 29th July 2013 at Mahindra & Mahindra, Kandivali.

MSES is a very stringent supplier evaluation model which is based on the Renault ASES global model. The evaluation criteria for this award are based on: 1. Quality Policy and Quality Assurance System, 2. Analysis of Quality concerns for current products, 3. Quality Assurance at Process Development Stage, 4. Quality Assurance at Pre-Production stage, 5. Quality Assurance at Production stage, 6. Sub Supplier Management.

Out of total 75 suppliers which were audited, only 16 suppliers got qualified. MVSSPL was ranked 5th in all respect. MVSSPL is the first Business Group Company achiever in Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group for this certificate and MSES level ‘B ‘rank is the key requirement for future business with M & M. With this award, all suppliers have motivated themselves to move ahead towards achieving ‘A’ Level award. This will help the supplier to become global for Nissan who follow the same evaluation methodology. The award was felicitated by Mr. HemantSikka, Chief Purchasing officer – M & M to Mr. JeevanMahaldar, MD, Mr. D. Saxena, Mr. R. Gujar and Mr. U. Deshmukh (Pilot for MSES) who represented MVSSPL, a Group Company of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group.


Jul 29, 2013

July 29, 2013 – Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group sponsored KawadSewa

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group had sponsored KawadSewa at Gazipur, Delhi near UP-Delhi border. We are continuously doing this activity since many years. During this KawadSewa, Kawadias brings holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar & perfom abhishek of Shiv ji. Kawadias travels an estimated distance of about 200 kms, while most pilgrims are men, a very few women also participate in Yatra. Most of them travel through foot; few also travel on bicycles, motor cycles, scooters, mini trucks or jeeps. We as a part of CSR activity organized a stall for one week and during this week we supplied unlimited fruit juices, food and beds for rest and served kawadias. The KawadSewa was inaugurated by Mr. Aakash Minda (son of Mr. Ashok Minda), Mr. Anil Batra, Mr. Ravi Kiran, Mr. Rajeev Garg, Mr. P.S. Bhagel and Mr. Jagdish Kumar.

The purpose of KavadSewa

The month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and most devotees observe a fast on Mondays during the month, as it also falls during the chaturmas period, traditionally set aside for religious pilgrimages, bathing in holy rivers and penance. During the annual Monsoon season thousands of saffron-clad pilgrims carrying water from the Ganges in Haridwar, Gangotri or Gaumukh, the glacier from where the Ganges originates and flows to other holy places in India before its sagarsangam. Pilgrims collect water and they perform abhisheka (anointing) the Shivalingas at the local Shiva temples, as a gesture of thanksgiving.

The KavadYatra (कांवड़ यात्रा) is annual pilgrimage of devotees of Shiva, known as Kānvarias, to Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch holy waters of Ganges River, Ganga Jal, which is later offered at their local Shiva temples. The Yatra takes place during the sacred month of Shravan (Saawan) (July -August), according to the Hindu calendar.

Kanwar or KavadYatra is named after the kānvar (काँवर), a single pole (usually made of bamboo) with two roughly equal loads fastened or dangling from opposite ends. The kānvar is carried by balancing the middle of the pole on one or both shoulders. Kanvar-carrying pilgrims, called Kānvarias, carry covered water-pots in kanvars slung across their shoulders. This practice of carrying Kavad as a part of religious pilgrimage, especially by devotees of Lord Shiva, is widely followed throughout India.


Jul 20, 2013

MCL – Noida got 1st Position in 10th ACMA Quality Circle Competition

The Quality Circle Team ‘ACHIEVERS ’ of Minda Corporation Limited – Noida, won the 1st Position in the 10th ACMA (Automotive Component Manufacturer Association of India) Quality Circle Competition. It was held on Saturday, 20th July, 2013 at PHD House, New Delhi.

A total of 41 Quality Circle teams participated from different automotive component manufacturing companies like – Subros Ltd., Jay – Ushin, Napino Auto, Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd., Sandhar Technologies Ltd., Asahi India Glass, Krishna Maruti, Showa India Pvt. Ltd., Sona Automotive India Ltd., SKH Metals Ltd., Lifelong India Ltd., Somic ZF Component, Rico Auto Industries Ltd., Allied Nippon Ltd., Lumax Industries Ltd., Mindarika, Minda Industries Ltd., etc.

MCL – Noida ‘ACHIEVERS ’ Team comprised of Ms. Sarika, Ms. Kanta, Ms. Sonia, Ms. Anita, Ms. Surbhi,Mr. R. Chauhan, Mr. J. K Yadav have been nominated for National Level Competition, to be held in August 2013 in Delhi.


Jul 12, 2013

Mr. Sanjay Bhagat, represented our Group as a speaker

Mr. Sanjay Bhagat, CEO, MASL represented our Group as a speaker at Prannath Parnami Institute of Mgt. & Technology, Chaudharywas, Hisar, Haryana on 12th July 2013. He presented the Corporate Profile of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and MASL, which was followed by a query round by the students of Mechanical Engineering Stream.

The purpose of this presentation was to scout for some candidates for our Product Management team. The session was attended by approximately 40-45 students.

Prannath Parnami Institute of Management & Technology (PPIMT) is affiliated to Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. It is a venture of Prannath Parnami University, which has spread its wings in the fields of – Engineering and Management, Footwear Technology, Film & Media and Professional Studies.


Jun 15, 2013

Internal Sports competition at MVSSPL

To give training to the existing talent and to identify the potential sportsman among the employees, MVSSPL initiated Internal Sports Competition for the employees. The competition was organized from 13th – 15th June 2013 in two categories of Sports, i.e. Carom in both Male and Female category and Volley Ball in Female category. Many male and female employees participated in these games.


May 06, 2013

Minda Corporation Limited – Pantnagar won the BAL ‘Q’ Super Platinum Award

Minda Corporation Limited – Pantnagar won the prestigious BAL ‘Q’ Super Platinum Award from our esteemed customer ‘Bajaj Auto Limited’ on 6th May 2013 at the vendor Meet held at Pune.

The award was given by Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, MD – BAL and Mr. Pradeep Shrivastava, COO – BAL to Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO; Mr. SumitDoseja, SBU Head – MCL – PN; Mr. Arvind Gupta, Head SBU Operations – MCL – PN.

There were five categories of awards: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Super Platinum.

MCL – PN was the only company, who won the Super Platinum Award for their quality performance.

The event was also graced by the presence of all suppliers, delegates and Bajaj Auto Limited senior management.


May 03, 2013

MFE bags Shield for ‘Incoming Quality’ from MSIL

Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd has bagged the ‘Shield’ award for Incoming Quality from MSIL on 3rd May 2013. The award was received by Mr. K.D. Singh, Jt. President and Maenishi San, President, MFE from Ayabe San – MEO & Director, MSIL- SCM at Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. It was given for achieving Good Quality status at MSIL for the entire year. All Suppliers of MSIL competed for this award and MFE bagged it after achieving Zero PPM for the entire year. It was an important award for MFE as it will give them recognition in the Industry & will be a Customer testimony of Good Quality Supplier.


May 01, 2013

Celebration of Labor Day at MASL

On 1st May’ 2013, Labour Day was celebrated at MASL campus. On this occasion, they conducted a voting among the Associates to select the most popular and helpful associate. Two employees were selected as ‘Best Associate’ of MASL. They were also rewarded by Mr. Sanjay Bhagat, CEO, MASL on 3rd May’ 13


Apr 29, 2013

Minda Management Services Limited, India office relocated to Gurgaon

Minda Management Services Limited, India office relocated from Noida to Gurgaon location, the industrial and financial center of Haryana, w.e.f. Monday, 29th April, 2013. To ensure that we continue to offer valued services to our Group Employees and Customers, we have relocated our Group Corporate Office from D – 6 – 11, Sector 59, Noida to our new premises at Plot No. – 68, Sector – 32, Institutional Area, Gurgaon, Haryana – 122001.

The new corporate office is located in the hub of Gurgaon, where most of MNC’s and big companies have their corporate offices. The new corporate office showcases an Exclusive Product Display of our Group with details of all our Plant locations and Product Categories across the globe, thus giving an enhanced view to the Visitor.


Apr 27, 2013

Free Medical Check-up and Hepatitis B vaccination camp at Minda SAI Limited, Greater Noida

A free medical check-up and Hepatitis B vaccination camp was organized by Minda SAI Ltd, Greater Noida at their company premises. It was organized for the benefit of all employees. With the help and support of ESIC Hospital doctors and nurses this camp was possible and was a successful one. They came to the company premises and conducted the camp, from which 415 employees were benefited.


Apr 21, 2013

6th Annual Day celebration at MCL – Pantnagar.

MCL – Pantnagar celebrated it’s 6th Annual day at the company premises on 21st April 2013.The occasion was started with lamp lightening followed by speech by the distinguished guests, awards ceremony and various cultural programs, performed by the employees of the organization as well as by the external musical band. The delegates from Bajaj Auto Ltd., Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra also participated in function.


Apr 19, 2013

Blood Donation Camp at MVSSPL

On 19th April 2013 MVSSPL organized a Blood Donation Camp in association with Janakalyan Blood Bank at the company premises on the Death Anniversary of Late Shri. Shadi Lal Minda (Our Beloved Bauji). Like every year this year also employees participated whole heartedly for this social cause. Janakalyan Blood Bank along with their team supported and made this remembrance day of Bauji a huge success.


Apr 07, 2013

Group’s First Dealer Meet Held at Shanghai, China

The 1st Spark Minda Star Club Business Partner Meet was successfully held at Shanghai, China from 4th – 7th April, 2013.

The Dealer’s meet was organized to celebrate the successful business association and achievement of the business targets for the year 2012-13. Out of total dealer network of 350 numbers, 78 Star Club Business Partners were selected to be a part of this trip. Mr. Sanjay Bhagat, CEO of Minda Automotive Solutions Ltd. Mr.BhushanDua & Mr. Amit Makhija (GM Sales) along with 4 Regional Sales Champions and 4 Regional Heads of MASL were part of the Event.

The occasion was graced by the presence of Mr. Ashok Minda & his wife, Mrs. Sarika Minda at the Gala Dinner on 6th April 2013 in Shanghai, China. They met and spent quality time with each family. Their presence was great motivation and inspiration for the whole After Market Team. The Business Plan for 2013-14 was presented by Mr. Sanjay Bhagat and all main Business Partners were given awards by GCEO as per their achievements and association with our Group. Mr. SumitDoseja from MCL, Pantnagar also joined the event and spent dedicated time with the Business Partners.

The event resulted in creating lot of Passion and excitement in terms of strengthening our business relationships with our customers and further building SPARK MINDA brand image in the aftermarket which shall help everyone to grow the business. The spare parts sales in aftermarket grew by overall 34 percent in 2012-13 in the first year of demerger.


Apr 06, 2013

Health Camp on the occasion of World Health Day at MASL

As a CSR initiative, Minda Automotive Solutions Limited organised a Health Camp on the occasion of World Health Day in there office premises. The main objective of this camp was to celebrate world health day and to provide basic health checkup facility for employees.

The tests conducted were ECG, Blood Sugar, BP, General Doctor Consultation, etc. A qualified team of doctors and technicians from Kalra Hospital, Delhi visited the office and successfully carried out the programme and provided consultation to the employees.


Mar 31, 2013

Free Eye check-up camp was organized for the employees of Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd.

As part of CSR activities, Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. organized an ‘Eye Check-up camp’ through Eye Q Hospital, Rewari & Jeevan Hospital Bawal at the company premises. During the Eye Check-up camp, employees were tested for eyesight, color blindness, etc. Based on the check-up; required medicines, spectacles, further treatment and visit to the hospital were alsoprescribed. 459 numbers of associates & staff availed the free eye check-up facilities and were benefited from this.


Mar 11, 2013

Celebration of Safety Week at Minda Corporation Limited – Plastic Division, Pune

4th March to 11th March is celebrated as ‘Safety Week’. As safety plays a very important role in an individual’s life and for organization as a whole. So to make employees aware about safety and its importance, the safety week was celebrated in the company premisesof MCL – Plastic Division. All employees participated in this event. During this First Aid and Fire Fighting training were organized for the employees. Safety Audits, Mock-drills, Safety Poster drawing competition was also organized in the company premises.


Mar 10, 2013

Celebration of National Safety week at Minda SAI Ltd., Greater Noida

To create awareness, advantage and disadvantage of safety and on various effect of safety, the National Safety Weak was organized at Minda SAI Limited, Greater Noida from 4th to 10th March 2013.

On this occasion three competitions were organized for the employees, like: safety poster, safety slogan and extempore speech on safety. Employees showed their interest by their participation in those activities. All posters and slogans were displayed at the designated area for 15 days for the employees. Employees also participated in the extempore speech. Judges evaluated their speech, posters and slogans on certain parameters. All winners were declared on the last day of the Safety and awards were given to the winners on the first day function.


Mar 09, 2013

Blood Donation Camp at MCL – Plastic Division

On 9th March 2013, Minda Corporation Limited – Plastic Division, Pune organized a blood donation camp at the company premises. As a part of CSR activity this event was organized, to teach people ‘how to save others life’. Total 42 employees participated in this camp. As a part of socially responsible organization, our Group is doing various beneficial activities for the society and it was one of the successful examples.


Mar 07, 2013

Renault Nissan Team Visited Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd.

A high level six member’s delegation led by Mr. Lemaire Michel – Global Supplier Progress leader-Renault France visited MFE on 7th Mar 2103. The main purpose of their visit was to do the preliminary process audit on supplier capability for the Renault Nissan upcoming project in India. The visit started with traditional welcome and lamp lighting. Visit to the shop floor was also organized and the delegates also planted trees at the company premises.


Mar 06, 2013

The Annual Sales Conference (ASC) of Minda Automotive Solutions Limited

The Annual Sales Conference (ASC) of Minda Automotive Solutions Limited was conducted from 4th to 5th March 2013 at Lonavala, Maharashtra, India. It is an annual event where the future business plans, market issues and product-wise strategy were jointly discussed.

Each Regional Head presented the status of Region wise Market shares and Branch Managers presented the status of their respective states with action points and strategy to support our growth plans.

As part of this program, on 6th March 13, Key dealers of Mumbai visited some of our plants in Pune, i.e. Minda Valeo Security Systems Pvt. Ltd. and Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd. along with our sales team.


Mar 04, 2013

Safety Month Campaign was organized by Minda Corporation Limited, Noida on the occasion of World Safety Month.

Safety Month Campaign was organized by Minda Corporation Limited, Noida on 4th March 2013. It was organized on the occasion of World Safety Month for the employees. Different competitions were organized on this occasion and employees showed their effective participation through their contribution by safety slogans, safety posters and safety ideas. Mr. Ajay Sharma (Head SBU Plant Operation MCL-N), Mr. D.S. Mehra (Head Corp. Engg.) Mr. S.K Singh (Head Corp. HR) were the judges for these competitions.

Ms. Seema Singh from Quality Department, MCL – Security Systems Division, Noida was the winner for the best poster and Mr. Avdhesh Kumar from Quality Department, MCL – Security Systems Division, Noida was the winner for best slogan.

During safety month, PPE’s awareness camp was also organized in the company premises with the help of M/s Karam Industries where various latest technology products were displayed & awareness being generated among the employees. Also vehicle fitness & pollution was checked & safety tips were given to the driver’s during the safety month.


Mar 01, 2013

Team from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. and Suzuki Japan visited Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd.

A Team comprising of Mr. Hirofumu Suzuki from Suzuki Japan, Mr. Abhijit Bora & Mr. Ohasi from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. visited Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. on 1st March 2013. The main objective of their visit was to check the overall Wiring Harness Quality & Manufacturing Setup for YL7 PP trial. During their visit the team assessed the quality & manufacturing issues faced by MFEPL in YL7 Wire Harness development.


Feb 23, 2013

CSR team of MVSSPL has participated as Volunteers in Pulse Polio Immunization Programme

On 24th February 2013, MVSSPL CSR team has participated as volunteers in ‘PULSE POLIO IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM’ in association with Primary Health Centre – Village PAIT, District Pune situated near to Shiroliphata, 40km from MIDC Chakan under the guidance /observation of Dr. S.I. Kamble -Medical officer (PHC- PAIT). Total 1526 children were covered against the target of 1437 across 20 villages of PAIT. (Team Members participated were Sajjan Sharma, UdyaBahadur, AvinashShinde, SandeepChikhale, SudhakarPitalewar, Deepak Kaushal, SandeepGonate, TarkeshwarOzha, HiralalSaroj, Mahantesh, Ravi Anand.


Feb 22, 2013

8th Tooling Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group

The 8th Tooling conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 21st & 22nd Feb 2013 at MCL Noida. All units of our Group including Minda Europe participated except MVSSPL, Mars Industries, MCL-SS-Pune, MSL-GN, MSL-M & MSL-K. The Conference was chaired by Mr. A. Vohra, Mr. A. K. Maheshawari and conference champion Mr. P. K. Senthilnath. All participated units shared the learning’s from previous conferences, SMED status, Tool Life enhancement & DFM. An external expert shared a presentation on Lubrication & tooling.

The participated teams won the awards were: 1st – MSEL-GN, 2nd – MSIL-Pune, 3rd – MCL-DC-GN.


Feb 14, 2013

‘The Spark’ ignites IIMS’s minds

Mr. JeevanMahaldar presents the transition from Minda to Spark Minda

In line with spreading the ‘Spark Minda’ Brand & our Vision Statement that we want to be a ‘Preferred Employer’; Mr. JeevanMahaldar, CEO & ED of MCL – SD was the Chief Guest at a National Level Seminar on ‘Emerging trends in Brand Management’ which was organized by IIMS, Pune on 14th February, 2013. The three day seminar saw eminent speakers ranging from Automobile, FMCG and Textile etc. It was hosted for MBA Students of IIMS (potential managers of future), a Premier Business School of Pune.

Mr. JeevanMahaldar addressed the future managers for about 2 hours on different aspects of Branding, Brand Management and the theoretical & practical aspects of the same.

As a case study, he took the example of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group and showed the Speech of Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO on the Brand transition from ‘Minda’ to ‘Spark Minda’. He gave the Corporate Presentation of Spark Minda, while talking on how the brand ‘Spark Minda’ presents itself in the global corporate market. In this, he was supported by MMSL Group Communication Team. The enthusiastic audience was enthralled with his speech & asked some really interesting questions at the end of the session which were well addressed by him.


Feb 11, 2013

Inauguration of 3rd Shri S.L. Minda Memorial Sports Tournament 2012-13 at North Zone

The 3rd Shri. S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament for the year 2012 – 13 was organized by Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, Sports Committee. At North Zone this tournament was inaugurated on 11th February 2013 by our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda & Mrs. Sarika Minda at Mohan Meakin Cricket Ground, Ghaziabad at 11.00 am. Like every year, this year also Group Sports Tournaments are organized by our Group Sports Committee in both North and West Zones. On this special occasion, our respected Chief Guest and Mrs. Minda were welcomed by Central Sports Committee & North Zone Sports Committee Members comprising of Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Mr. Dheeraj S. Malik, Mr. Ravi Kiran, Mr. Amit Jalan, Mr. Gorav Soni, Mr. P. S. Bhaghel, Mr. Sandeep Malik & Mr. JagatDangi.


Feb 03, 2013

Sawatome San from Kawasaski Heavy Industries visited Minda Corporation Limited – Security System Division, Pune

Sawatome San from Kawasaski Heavy Industries visited MCL – Security System Division, Pune plant on 3rd February 2013. He also shared his knowledge and experience in Kawasaki Production System (KPS).


Jan 13, 2013

Spark Minda Team won the Finals of 1st ACMA T-20 Pride Cricket Tournament.

Spark Minda Team won the Finals of 1st ACMA T-20 Pride Cricket Tournament played with RICO Auto at Teri Oval Ground.

The score of the final tournament:

RICO Auto won the toss & elected to bat first. They scored 122 runs in 20 over for the loss of 8 wickets. Spark Minda bowled very tight & economically, especially Samad Yaqub Khan who bowled 4 overs and conceded only 12 runs and 2 wickets. Amit Jalan & Kishore Bhandari also bowled well & took 2 wickets each in his 4 over spell. Udit Mohan was the top scorer from RICO Auto and he scored 32 runs. Spark Minda chased the target well and won the matchat the loss of 8 wickets. RICO Auto Team bowled very well & fielded superbly. In the nail biting match, Spark Minda defeated RICO Auto by 2 wickets. Kishore Bhandari scored 29 runs & Naveen Kashyap scored 22 runs.


Jan 11, 2013

7th ME Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group

The 7th ME Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 10th & 11th January 2013 at MCL Noida. In this conference all units of our Group participated except MSL – Murbad. The Conference was chaired by, Mr. A Vohra, Mr. A. K. Maheshawari, Dr. P. Elangovan, Mr. Ram Mohan and conference champion Mr. Sumit Doseja. All Units shared the learning’s from previous conferences. The other topics presented were: Case study for Process Monitoring and process Improvement and One shining example / Best Practice in manufacturing processes. A workshop was also conducted to capture – De Skilling of Process & DOE / system for Special Processes. An external expert shared the presentation on Automation.

The participated teams won the awards were: 1st – MCL-PN, 2nd – MCL-Corporate – Noida and 3rd – MSEL/MVSSPL-Pune.


Dec 16, 2012

Tree Plantation, Notebook Distribution to the Primary School Students by Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited, Pune

As a part of socially responsible organization, our Group is doing various beneficial activities for the society and environment. Helping non-creamy layer part of the society is one of the initiatives we have taken along with sustainability of the environment.As a part of Corporate Social Responsibility activities, the CSR team of MSIL has done social activity like: Note Book Distribution, Tree Plantation and Environment, Safety and Health and Awareness training in Primary School for Adhivashi Students at ‘Dhonde Village’, (Tal : Khed, Dist.: Pune) nearby Chakan area.


Dec 01, 2012

ACMA Asli-Naqli Road Show

Minda Automotive Solutions Limited, Japiur team participated in ACMA’s Asli-Naqli Road Show organised by ACMA in December 2012.

ACMA, the apex body representing India’s Auto Component manufacturing industry has been spearheading various special initiatives to help increase public awareness on the menace of counterfeit parts and the danger to life and property due to usage of these spurious auto components. ‘Asli-Naqli’ was launched in the year 2003 by ACMA and is a very successful campaign. This serves as a perfect platform to help create awareness amongst masses on the spurious parts and their adversities has gained in popularity with more number of participants joining the cause.


Nov 26, 2012

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Product Display Show at Tata Motors Ltd, Lucknow

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group organized a Group Product Display Show at Tata Motors Ltd., Lucknow, on Monday, 26th November 2012. The main purpose of the event was to showcase our current and potential technologies across various vehicle segments. This exhibition provided an excellent platform for the presentation of our latest concepts in design, manufacturing & testing of products. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Alok Saxena, Plant Head, TML – LKO. The event was also graced with the presence of several dignitaries from TML – LKO. On exhibit were products from various categories: Safety, Security & Restraint System, Driver Information & Telematics System and Interior System. The Group presentation was given by Mr. Rajeev Sharma, Head Group Marketing followed by the Inaugural Address by Mr. Sanjay Garg, MD, Mayank Auto. The technical sessions were conducted by the experts from our different Business Group Companies. In the end the Vote of Thanks was given by Mr. K. J. S. Thukral, SBU Head – Northern Region, Minda SAI Ltd. The exhibition provided an insight into the depth of automotive technology information. The key issues relating to the queries of our patrons were also addressed.


Oct 14, 2012

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group sponsored the 3rd SAENIS Efficycle’ 2012

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group sponsored the 3rd SAENIS Efficycle’12, held at ‘University Institute of Engineering & Technology’ (UIET), Punjab University, Chandigarh, from 12,th – 14th October 2012. The event was inaugurated on 12th Oct. 2012 by Shri Bhupinder Singh, Additional Transport Commissioner, Transport Department, Govt. of Haryana. The objective of the inter college event was to provide an opportunity for the students, to explore the ‘Environment Friendly and Economical’ solutions for day-to-day mobility needs of people. Efficycle event not only gave young engineers opportunity to showcase their innovation but also to inculcate sensitivity towards Environment protection and depleting energy resources. In this event undergraduate engineering students got tasks to conceive, design and fabricate a prototype of a three wheel configuration vehicle powered by human – electric hybrid power and capable of seating two passengers. 521 students, 113 volunteers from UIET were part of this event. Different Jury Pannels consisting of 39 Judges from Maruti Suzuki, Spark Minda, iCAT, NATRIP & other Sponsors evaluated and inspected the sessions for all days. The 3 day event was organized by SAEINDIA, a non-profit body, which has been in the forefront to identify and transmit relevant technologies to the society in general, and stakeholders, in particular. It is affiliated to the parent body SAE International which is headquartered in USA with a glorious record of more than 100 years of service to the mobility community. All participated teams went through Technical Inspection, Design Evaluation, Cost Evaluation, Marketing Presentation, Gradient Test, Acceleration Test, Utility Test and Endurance Race. The one that achieved the highest cumulative ranking in all the events became the winner. This year in the winner category there was a tie between two teams, i.e. “THOR” & “AGRAGANYA” from JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA, NEW DELHI & AMRITA SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, KOLLAM, KERALA, who shared the 1st Prize. Efficycle-2012, ended on Sunday, i.e. 14th Oct. 2012 with an endurance race, which was followed by a valedictory ceremony. The valedictory ceremony was graced by the presence of Prof. Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University and Shri I. V. Rao., Chairman SAENIS & Executive Advisor (R&D) MSIL. In this ceremony the winning team received a prize of One Lakh rupees each with a Trophy.


Oct 12, 2012

Quality Function Deployment (QFD) Workshop

A two day workshop on Quality Function Deployment was organized on 11th & 12th Oct’ 2012. The faculty for this workshop was Mr. RAM MOHAN. The purpose of this training was to capture the voice of Customer and develop robust product.The training covered the need of QFD workshop / process, Rationale for Development, Challenge for New Product Development (NPD), Meaning of Quality for various stages of NPD, Market Research for Development.

The workshop also covered exercise on how to capture in verbatim comments of customer, Interviewing – Questions to Unearth Facts,Question – Asking Skills, Develop an Image of the Customers’ Context, How to convert verbatim voice of customers in product / process specifications.


Oct 10, 2012

Nissan Supplier Quality Forum (SQF) Meet (North India)

Nissan Supplier Quality Forum meet of North India was conducted at Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. Representative from 12 member Companies, supplier to Nissan, participated in Nissan Supplier Quality Forum (SQF) Meet & the meeting was chaired by Mr. S. Segar, SDQD Renault-Nissan Technology and Business Centre India Pvt. Ltd.

The meeting was followed by Plant visit by the delegates. MFE & Technico Industries shared the best practice of their plants. The performance indicators status was presented by Mr. S Segar. Delegates of visiting companies appreciated 5- S, Kaizen, Poka – Yoke, visual Layout of plant among other things & MFE was adjudged as bench mark as far as performance indicators are concerned.


Oct 06, 2012

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Unit – Greater Noida won Gold Award in ‘CCQC – 12’

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Systems Unit – Greater Noida ‘s ‘LAKSHAY’ Quality Circle (Q. C) The team has won “GOLD” Category award in ‘CCQC-12’. The Competition of ‘CCQC (Chapter Convention on Quality Circle) – 12’ was organized by the Quality Circle Forum of India (Delhi Chapter) on 6th Oct’12 at Om Shanti Retreat Center – Gurgaon. Total 170 Q.C Teams participated in this competition from different Automotive Component Manufacturing Companies, like – Hero Moto Corp., Jay Ushin Ltd., Tata Motors, Swaraj Engine, JCB Corporation, Motherson Auto Tech., Napino Auto Elect., Sandhar Tooling etc. MCL – SS – GN Team has been nominated for National Level Competition, to be held in November 2012. QCFI is a non-profit, nonpolitical, national professional body with the purpose of creating an environment for active involvement and participation of employees in every area of human endeavor. The organization has successfully implemented Quality concepts under the TQM (Total Quality Management) umbrella across several industry verticals who have experienced a phenomenal enhancement of their work processes and productivity after implementation of Quality concept tools.


Sep 27, 2012

1st Technology and Innovation Conference:

The 1st Technology and Innovation Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 27th & 28th September 2012 at MCL – Noida. The two day Group level event was conducted by the Group Business Excellence Department. The event gave a platform to Designers for interaction and was aimed at creating a culture of innovation in the Group. The Conference was chaired by Mr. Ashim Vohra, Dr. P Elangovan and Mr. Ram Mohan.Mr. Hardeep Singh Arora from MCL, was selected as Champion for the Technology & Innovation Conference. The Business Groups / Units participated were: MCL – Noida, MCL (Diecasting Div.), MCL (Aftermarket Div.), MVSSPL, MSIL, MSL – Greater Noida, MCL (Plastic Div.) – Pune, MFE. On the 1st day, all BGs / Units gave their presentations on the process followed by them for Innovation & Technology. The presentations highlighted the process followed for transforming the ideas of the customers into a viable product. On the 2nd Day, the expert Mr. Ram Mohan gave a presentation on ‘How to create an Innovation Culture and Protecting Innovations’. The expert presentation was followed by an internal workshop. In the workshop 3 teams from our BGs were made and each team was headed by a Champion. Each team presented innovative ideas captured during the session and the concerned companies agreed to implement these ideas in their future products. For these two days a Tech Show was also organized to demonstrate the innovative products of our Business Group companies. In this Tech Show some external companies including: Ms. Creative Infocom, Sphinx worldbiz & Global Info System Technology also participated and showcased their services in the field of Technology & Innovation. Different BGs / Units were awarded with prizes in various categories like: MCL & MSIL for Best NPD Process, MCL for Best Deployment of IPR Process, MARS got Special Prize for deployment of IPRProcess and MSIL for Best Deployment of Technology.


Sep 21, 2012

5th Kaizen Mela & 8th Quality Circle Convention:

The 5th Kaizen Mela & 8th Quality Circle Convention (QCC) of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 21st September 2012 at MCL – Noida. It was a group level competition for participants of best ‘Kaizens’ & ‘Quality Circles’ from different Units / BGs of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. This year, Top three Kaizens in each category (Individual, Team & Office) and Top three Quality Circles from Regional Competition (North & West-South) participated in the Group level competition.Units from Europe also participated in the competition and presented their Kaizens through Webex. The event started with an opening address by Dr. P. Elangovan followed by Lamp Lighting and Ganesh Vandana. Evaluation of Kaizens& QCC were done by a panel including 2 external judges – Mr. AnirudhaKaushik and Mr. Rajasekaran from QCFI. The event was concluded with the National Anthem. The Units participated in the Individual Kaizen category were: MCL – Pantnagar, MFE – Bawal, MCL (SS) – Greater Noida, MVSSPL – Pune, MCL (PD) – Pune, MCL (SS) – Pune, MKTSN – Pirna, MSPS – Kongen, MSPS – Esslingen and MSPS-Liberec WINNER – Ms. Preeti (MFE – Bawal); 1st RUNNER UP – Ms. RupaliBotre (MVSSPL – Pune); 2nd RUNNER UP– Hr. Walker, Hr. Hamburg (MSPS – Kongen) The Units participated in Team Kaizen category were: MFE – Bawal, Dorset Kaba – Haridwar, MCL (SS) – Greater Noida, MCL (DC) – Pune, MCL (PD) – Pune, MSL – Murbad, MSPS – Kongen, MKTSN – Pirna. WINNER – Ms. Shikha& Team from Dorset Kaba–Haridwar; 1st RUNNER UP – Mr. AvinashDiwan& Team from MFEPL –Bawal; 2nd RUNNER UP – Mr. Deepak Deore& Team from MCL (PD) – Pune Units Participated in Office Kaizen category were: MSEL – Greater Noida , Dorset Kaba – Haridwar, MARS, MCL (PD) – Pune, MCL (SS) – Pune, MSL – Murbad, MKTSN – Pirna , MSPS – Esslingen WINNER – Ms. SandhyaPawar (Dorset Kaba – Haridwar); 1st RUNNER UP – Ms. Gisela Böhme (MKTSN – Pirna); 2nd RUNNER UP– Mr. Ramesh Dalvi (MSL – Murbad) Units Participated in Quality Circle were :MCL (SS) – Greater Noida, MSEL – Greater Noida, MCL (DC) – Greater Noida, MVSSPL – Pune, MCL (SS) – Pune, MSIL – Pune WINNER – LAKSHYA QC from MCL (SS) – Greater Noida; 1st RUNNER UP – PRAGATI QC from MVSSPL – Pune.


Sep 07, 2012

Reliability Engineering Workshop

A Work Shop on Reliability Engineering (A foundation Course) was organized by Group Business Excellence from 5th to 7th September 2012. The Faculty was Mr. SivanarulSelvan P from VizNXT Technologies Private Limited.

The 3 day workshop was attended by business group companies and the main objective of this course was, to provide a comprehensive state-of-the-art Training that covers both fundamental and theoretical work in the areas of Reliability Engineering. The conceptual inputs included multi-state system, Introduction to Statistics and Probability, Functions of Reliability, Reliability Prediction, Failure Rate calculation, Failure analysis of Mechanical and Electronic parts, Design for Reliability (DFR), HALT and HASS, Life data analysis,Life Testing, Burn-in, Component Reliability, System Reliability, characteristics of Life Distributions, Warranty, Highly accelerated Tests, Human Reliability, FMEA and CA and various Prediction methods.

The goal of reliability engineering is to evaluate the inherent reliability of a product or process and pinpoint potential areas for reliability improvement. Conscious effort on Reliability will help you to improve product’s reputation, customer satisfaction, Warranty Costs and Repeat Business. This training programme was specifically designed for the business groups to introduce the concepts of reliability engineering and help to translate theory into best practice through live case studies, project assignment and group discussions.


Sep 05, 2012

5th September 2012: Minda Corporation Limited – Security Division has been honored with Bronze Award from ACMA

Minda Corporation Ltd. – Security Division has been honored with Bronze Award by Automotive Component Manufacturers Association, India (ACMA) in the field of “Excellence in Technology” for the year 2011-12.

The award was given by Mr. Prafulla Patel, Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Govt. of India, during 52nd Annual Session and National Conference of ACMA held on 5th Sept.’12 at New Delhi. Other distinguished guests present were – Mr. S. Sunderashan, Honorable Secretary for Heavy Industries, Mr. Adi Godrej, Chaiman-Godrej Group, Mr. Pawan Munjal, MD & CEO-Hero MotoCorp, Mr. ArvindKapoor, President-ACMA and Mr. Deep Kapuria.


Sep 04, 2012

September 2012: MCL has been granted second patent by Indian Patent Office

Minda Corporation Ltd. has been granted second patent by Indian Patent office for ‘Protective Device and Cylinder Lock’. MCL is the first company in Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group which has been granted two patents.

The Major benefits of this granted patent are:-

  • When the key is inserted in rotor and given a small rotation (15-18°) the shutter gets opened.
  • The rotor comes to its initial position automatically.
  • The shutter is locked by manually sliding it using the knob shown.
  • Shutter remains energized in locked condition and the rotor gets energized when rotated to unlock the shutter.

 


Aug 11, 2012

2nd Minda Business Excellence Model (MBEM) Award Ceremony of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group held on 11th

The Second Minda Business Excellence Model (MBEM) Award Ceremony was organized by our Group Business Excellence Department on Saturday, 11th Aug. 2012 at Stellar Gymkhana, Greater Noida. The event was organized after completion of the assessment of 15 applicant Business Group Companies who challenged the MBEM (Minda Business Excellence Model) Award 2010-11. Considering the outcome of the assessment, the Jury Panel recommended various awards and recognitions as per the MBEM system to the steering committee. The Chief Guest of this august gathering was our GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda and the Guest of Honor was Mrs. Sarika Minda. The event started with Lamp lighting by the Guests and welcome address by Dr. P. Elangovan followed by a formal address given by Mr. Ashim Vohra. Mr. C. V. Subrahmanyan, Senior Assessor, Member of July Panel from CII also graced the occasion by his presence. Our Hon’ble Chief Guest Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO gave a brief speech about the MBEM Award. In his address, he brought out clearly the efforts put in by Group companies, MBEM assessors and the Group Business Excellence team in sustaining the process and appreciated their accomplishments. He also congratulated the Award winners and spoke about the efforts needed for further progress. A small memento was presented to Jury Panel members, MBEM assessors & the MBEM Secretariat for their contribution in the whole MBEM process.

Awards & Recognition to all 15 applicants are as follows:

  1. Silver Award: Minda Corporation Ltd. – Pant Nagar.
  2. Bronze Award: Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd – Pune, Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt Ltd – Bawal, Minda SAI Limited – Greater Noida, Minda Silca Engg Pvt Ltd- Greater Noida, Minda Valeo Security System Pvt. Ltd.- Pune, and Minda Corporation Ltd (Security System). – Greater Noida.
  3. Commendation for Significant Achievement: Minda Corporation Ltd. (Security System) – Pune, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting) – Greater Noida, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting) – Pune, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Plastic Division) – Pune, Minda SAI Ltd. – Kakkalur, Minda SAI Ltd. – Murbad, Mayank Auto – Greater Noida and MARS Industries Ltd. – Gurgaon. August 2012

 


Jul 23, 2012

6th Maintenance Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group Held

The 6th Maintenance Conference of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group was held on 23rd & 24th July 2012 at MCL- Noida. It was organized by Group Business Excellence Department. The event was chaired by Mr. Ashim Vohra, Dr. P Elangovan & Mr. Anoop Gupta (Champion – Maintenance Conference). The participated units were MCL – SS – Greater Noida, Pant Nagar & Pune, MCL – DC – Pune, MSL- Greater Noida, Minda Stoneridge – Pune, Minda Silca Engg. Ltd. – Greater Noida, Minda Valeo – Pune, Minda Furukawa – Bawal & MARS. All units shared the improvements done through KAIZEN to eliminate the Losses and Energy Conservation. They also shared the various activities of Maintenance & their improvements. Units practicing “JH” activities shared the JH activities step by step. This time a special agenda of the conference was “Energy Conservation”. Mr. Rajesh Sarvadnya from MCL – SS – Pune shared the Energy Management System – Monitoring zone wise power consumption and rationalizing the power distribution aligned with production requirement. He also shared the use of Natural resources in their plant i.e. Solar Water Heater. The good learning of various initiatives taken by the units to conserve the Energy were also shared. All the units were suggested to take initiatives for Water Conservation and maximum utilization of natural resource like sunlight. At the end, units were awarded with participation certificates. Award Winners: 1st Prize – Minda Corporation Ltd. – SS – Pune 2nd Prize – Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. – Greater Noida 3rd Prize – Minda Corporation Ltd. – Pant Nagar & Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. – Bawal


Jul 10, 2012

Kawad Sewa

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has sponsored a Kawad Sewa in Gazipur, Delhi near UP-Delhi border. Kawadias who are bringing holy water from Haridwar, travels an estimated distance of about 200 kms on foot. Unlimited supply of fruit juices, food and beds for rest were served to them. The Kawad Sewa was inaugurated by Mr. Akash Minda (son of Mr. Ashok Minda), Mr. Ashim Vohra and Mr. Ashish Gupta.


Jun 23, 2012

MCL Greater Noida organized a Free Health Check-up Camp for employees

MCL Greater Noida organized a Free Health Check-up Camp on 16th & 23rd June 2012 in association with RG Stone Urology & Laparoscopy Hospital, which is the first Super Specialty Urology Institute to introduce “SIEMENS LITHOTRIPSY” in India.

Various Tests & Activities were conducted viz. Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure, Dietician Consultation by senior consultant on kidney stone, Gallbladder stone, Enlarged Prostate & Hernia and other Blood tests. Over 276 of employees availed this opportunity and made the camp a grand success.


Jun 15, 2012

Group participated in 2nd SIAM Automotive HR Conclave

Society of Indian automobile manufacturing; SIAM organized the 2nd SIAM Automotive HR Conclave on 15th June, 2012 at Hotel Westin, Mumbai. The theme of the conclave was “Future Ready”. The programme was designed to inspire dialogue on the many challenges facing future ready organizations and leaders today, in the automotive space.

Several senior HR practitioners shared their experiences with case studies on iconic products, effective design processes and on the role of design in building and sustaining brands. Our Group was represented by Mr. AnuraagRai, Group Chief People Officer and Mr. KalyanPawar, Group Head Employee Relations.

The first version of the event saw participants from the Automobile fraternity around the world like Mr. Anand Mahindra, Mr. R. C. Bhargava, Mr. JayantDavar, Mr. Karl Slym, Mr. NikunjSanghi, Mr. Siddhartha Lal, Dr. PawanGoenka, Ms Anita Belani, Ms Bridget Beattie and others.

The conclave saw some of the top leaders in Automotive HR from across the world speaking on the topics related to the theme of the Conclave.

SIAM’s Human Capital Group, has been promoting Industry image building of HR, Aligning HR practices across the industry, Ensuring appropriate working environment – Labor laws, Factory Act, etc. / Salaries, Rehabilitation of Defense Personnel / SC / ST, BPL, Female Workforce, To work with suppliers for developing certain levels of manufacturing / labor practices.

The Conclave aims to create the time and space for entrepreneurs, business leaders, line and HR managers of the Automobile and Auto components industry to collectively dialogue on the HR levers that are required to create an auto industry that is Future Ready today.


Jun 01, 2012

June 2012: Minda Valeo Security Systems Private Limited received ‘Silver Award’

MVSSPL received ‘Silver Award’ in the Economics Times India Manufacturing Excellence Award in the Month of June. Based on the requirement of IMEA an audit was conducted in the month of June by the external auditors. Mr. MarappanBalasubramani took a lead to implement the same and grab the same.


Apr 27, 2012

MCL – Security Division, Greater Noida has received the Commendation Award

MCL – Security Division, Greater Noida has received the Commendation Award.

Minda Corporation Limited – Security Division, Greater Noida has received the Commendation Award for QCI- D.L. Shah National Awards on Economics of Quality in Manufacturing Sector. The award was given by Shri Subodh Kant Sahay, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism to MCL-SSD, GN at the 7th National Quality Conclave held on 27th April, 2012 at Hotel Le Meriden, New Delhi.


Apr 19, 2012

MCL won Gold Award

Minda Corporation Ltd. won Gold Award in the category of ‘Development’ from our esteemed customer India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd.This prestigious award was presented on the occasion of Annual Vendor Meet held at J P Greens, Greater Noida on 19th April 2012.


Apr 16, 2012

MCL has been granted first patent by Indian Patent Office

MCL has been granted first patent by Indian Patent Office,

Minda Corporation Ltd. has been granted first patent by Indian Patent office. MCL is the first company in Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group which has been granted a patent.
This patent is for Magnetic Lock which is already in production for Yamaha. The patent was granted on 16th April 2012. It is a protective device with Cover rotation type mechanism for 2 – Wheeler Ignition lock to restrict unauthorized access to Ignition Lock keyhole.

The Major benefits of granted patent are:-

 

  • MCL has exclusive commercial rights to use and license the invention.
  • MCL can take Legal action against anyone who tries to use the invention without MCL’s consent.
  • MCL can sell the patent like any tangible asset.

 


Apr 11, 2012

MCL – Pantnagar has received the prestigious BAL TPM Excellence & BAL “Q” Platinum Awards

Minda Corporation Ltd. – Pantnagar has received the prestigious BAL TPM Excellence & BAL “Q” Platinum Awards from our esteemed customer ‘BAJAJ AUTO LTD.’ The award was given on 11th April 2012 at the Vendor Meet held at Pune. The convention was graced by the presence of all suppliers, delegates and BAL senior officials.


Apr 11, 2012

MCL – Security Division, Greater Noida organized an awareness programme on Health Hazards & Preventive Healthcare

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MCL Security Division, Greater Noida has organized an Awareness programme on Health Hazards & Preventive Healthcare training on 11th April 2012 by Mr. Sankalp Bansal, COO-Preventive Health Care, Kailash Hospital & Heart Institute, Noida covering topics on General Physical Health, Preventive Healthcare, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Balanced Diet and What to do, if you are alone and suffered a Sudden Heart Attack.


Mar 04, 2012

FOUNDER DAY CELEBRATED AT MOGA DEVI MINDA MEMORIAL SCHOOL, HISSAR

Moga Devi Minda Memorial School celebrated its First Founder Day on 4th March 2012 at the school premises. Mr. M.K. Bansal I.A.S. (Retd. Commissioner) was the Chief Guest. Sh. Amardeep Jain HCS, SDM Hisar was the Guest of Honor on the occasion. The programme commenced with paying floral tribute to the school founder Late. Sh. ShadiLalMinda. The guests were welcomed at the gate by the School Vice Chairman Sh. Ashok Minda, Trustees Sh. Rajesh Bansal, Mrs. Rekha Bansal & Mrs. Sarika Minda, Director Mr. M.C Joshi and the Principal Mr. Mathew Varghese. The captains of four houses gave a guard of honor to the Chief Guest. On this special day there was a huge gathering. The cultural programme commenced with Saraswati Vandana of grade VI girls followed by captivating dances of tiny tots of L.K.G. the Hindi skit presented by Class VII on the theme “Save Trees” awakened the audience. The message to protect the trees was very clearly depicted by the students. Nidhi of Class V welcomed the august gathering. Mr. Mathew Varghese principal presented the school report highlighting various school activities & projects and achievements in the academic session 2011-2012. The Chief Guest gave away the cash awards and certificates to the winners of S.L. Minda Inter School Painting Competition and the students who toped in previous year annual examination. Smt. Savitri Minda presented mementoes to the students who won prizes in 100% Attendance. Sh. Rajesh Bansal gave away the prizes to the winners of Math’s Olympiad. The Chief Guest Sh. M.K. Bansal in his address advised the parents to be responsible and give valuable time for the overall developments of their children. He congratulated the school staff and management. After the prize distributions, there was a gala cultural programme in which students of U.K.G presented a western dance “Barbie Girl, Grade II presented Rajasthani Dance, Grade VII a Marathi Dance and Grade VI a Bhangra which kept the audience spell bound. The Choreography on the song “Yeh Des HaiMera” made everyone feel proud of one rich culture & heritage. The students had displayed professionalism in all the events. School Vice Chairman Sh. Ashok Minda in his thanks giving speech congratulated the parents, staff & students for their outstanding performance. He advised the staff to work hard to fulfill Babuji’s dream of providing holistic education to the students. The function came to an end with a vote of thanks.


Jan 27, 2012

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group’s 2nd Annual Long Term Strategy Meet at Dubai

The Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group held it’s 2nd Annual Long Term Strategy meeting from the 26th to 27th Feb, 2012 at Hotel Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai. The meeting was attended by the GCEO, Members of the Supervisory Board & BG Heads & Corporate Heads.The Annual LTS meet is hosted by Corporate Strategy Department. It is a forum for the senior management to discuss & debate matters of long term interest for the Group. Mr. Sanjay Thapar, Group Chief Strategy Officer in his welcome speech said that there is a great deal of similarity between Dubai city symbolic of the best in class in terms of wealth & infrastructure & our ambition of being the best / largest Auto Component Manufacturer in India.The meeting commenced with the address of the GCEO, Mr. Ashok Minda. He was fairly satisfied with the overall sales of the Group which exceeded the projections prepared last year. He was also appreciative of the various initiatives taken at Group level including the CSR, TQM and Strategy reviews. His major concerns were the profitability & the availability of free cash within the Group. He also impressed upon the relevance of team bonding to ensure successful accomplishments of our long term objectives.Next on the agenda were Strategy presentations of the Business Group & the corporate function wherein they provided an update on the last year performance and the strategic roadmap for the future. The presentations of the Business Group indicated their sales, marketing, operational & financial plan, broad action plans and their contribution to the Vision / Mission of the Group. The Corporate presentations largely focused on how they will support the Business Groups & their role in realization of our long term vision.The meeting ended with a stock taking session wherein the participants debated on the learning’s from the long term objectives set in the last year’s LTS meet at Goa & the actual performance of the Group. It was unanimously agreed that the inorganic projections set for the future were not realistic and needed corrections keeping in mind the financials & the management bandwidth of the Group.In the concluding remarks the GCEO & the Supervisory board members said team building is extremely critical for our success. The BGs & the Corporate should function as a team and not work in isolation. Employees should identify with the Vision & Mission of the Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. IR function needs extra attention. A core team was also formed to review the structure & content of Future meetings to further enhance effectiveness.


Jan 05, 2012

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group’s participation in 11th Auto Expo 2012

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group participated in 11th Auto Expo 2012, the largest Automotive Show of Asia. The event was held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 5th to 11th January 2012. The event started with the stall inauguration on 5th January by Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO & Mrs. Sarika Minda. The ceremony was also enlightened by the presence of Mr. Aakash Minda. On this much awaited event, our Group’s Corporate A/V, Signature Tune and Corporate Brochure were also unveiled by Mr. Ashok Minda. The occasion was also graced by the presence of Mr. T. K. Banerjee, ED & CEO, Minda Autocare Ltd. Our stall was situated at a prominent location of the venue, at the Helipad (heart of Auto Expo). All our Business Group Companies participated in it and the complete range of our group products were showcased in the stall spreading over 235 sq. mtrs of the allocated area. The area was designated intro three product lines – Safety Security & Restraint System; Driver Information & Telematics System and Interior System. Along with our existing products, also displayed were our new technology products. A special lounge was created on the mezzanine to address the key people of the industry. A Large wall with the World Map was created to show our Global Presence and footprints. Our products from Minda Silca Engineering Ltd., aftermarket products, Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and activities of our Group Business Excellence Team were also displayed on the ramp adjacent to our stall. Opposite to our stall was the ACMA’s ‘Asli Nakli’ stall which also showcased our product differentiation between Asli & Nakli (genuine & spurious). The first two days of the Expo were exclusively for the media and the special invitees. From 7th January, the Expo was open to the general public. This participation of our Group was under the new Group name- Spark Minda and our new baseline- Powered by Passion. This was the first event post the unveiling of the new logo. It was an ideal platform to communicate our new Group Corporate Identity. During the Expo, our corporate A/V and corporate song were continuously played on the screen mounted above the reception area in the stall. Promotional material was also designed for this event. These included- Caps, T-shirts, key rings, wrist bands, note pads and pens. As our stall was on the Helipad, branding was also done on the exterior of the stall with big size hoardings. In addition to this, the Group Corporate advertisement, especially designed for the Auto Expo was also printed in the January, 2012 issue of Trade Magazines, like Auto Guide, etc. During the exhibition, there were many visitors at the stall who were given special assistance for product information. There were representatives from each Business Group taking care of their respective product sections and also were catering to the needs of the visitors. A great source of support was the continuous presence of BG Heads throughout the event. They were also present to assist the specially invited customers. A special thanks goes to the teams who made this event successful: Group Corporate Marketing, Group Corporate Communication, Group Corporate Administration and special effort by Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal, Mr. Jayant A. Tiwari and Mr. Vivek Kumar Sharma.Some of the dignitaries who visited our stall were from: Maruti Suzuki India Ltd; Suzuki Japan; Mahindra Rise; Renault Nissan; TVS Motor Company; Hero MotoCorp Ltd.; Hero Electric, International Cars and Motor Ltd., JCB, Triumph, Royal Enfield, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd., Tata Motors, Ashok Layland, Lohia Auto Industries, Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. and many more.Asia’s largest and complete automotive show, the Auto Expo conceived in the year 1985, had its debut showcasing in 1986. From providing a platform to the Indian automotive industry, to see and learn new technologies being used by the developed world, today a Quarter century later, it provides a platform to the Indian Automotive Industry to showcase its expertise as a sourcing hub and the global industry to launch itself in the Indian market. The first Auto Expo was organized in January 1986 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM) and Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). This year, 2012 even amidst Delhi’s winter chills, the largest automotive show in India picked up mighty steam and in its week long rundown from the 5th to the 11th of January, there were over 1,500 participants from over 23 countries. This show pulled the attraction of more than 7 Lakh visitors this year.


Dec 28, 2011

New Group Logo and Brand Identity

Over the last fifty odd years, the name ‘MINDA’ has been regarded as a committed name for service to its clients, partners, employees and stakeholders. Late Sh. S L Minda started the Minda Group, with the singular intent of entering India’s automotive industry, an industry that had just taken birth at that time. The original form of the existing ‘MINDA’ logo was instituted in 1958 and both the brothers have been using this logo. Since then, both Groups have seen many changes and transformations to their present state. Today, as they stand on the brink of a global churn and rapidly evolving market realities, the two Groups have decided to adopt new brand identities; to pursue opportunities in similar and diversified businesses, and carve their own niches. The introduction of new corporate brand identities is aimed to clearly express this transformation, as well as to further strengthen their respective corporate images. This decision was a functional split with no conflict of interest between the two Groups. This mutual decision is in the overall interest of long term growth of both the groups. The most important objective of this was to distill, define and express the Ashok Minda Group’s Brand Identity & help key stakeholders relate with it. To put into practice the decision taken, a committee was formed. After undertaking several procedures a common conclusion was arrived to renaming our Group Corporate Identity from MINDA to SPARK MINDA. While on the other hand, N.K Minda Group has transformed to be known as UNO MINDA. Spark represents energy and symbolizes passion; Spark is all about vibration and speed. It builds up an attitude to do things aggressively and with enthusiasm. The word gives us a distinct identity that will boost our inner confidence and our efforts towards building a globally recognized brand. It will help us to move towards our target of becoming India’s largest automotive component supplier in the World. We should accomplish it with great zeal, competency and willingness while nurturing individual talent making SPARKMINDA a happy, inspiring and a proud place to work. The modified ‘A’ in the logo takes the form of the tip of an arrow and is indicative of our intention and ambitions to grow, to achieve and to be the best. With a new corporate logo, we have only one mission- to be an automotive System Solution provider and Build a Brand recognized by vehicle manufacturers progressively all over the world, as an organization providing products and systems Unparalleled in Quality and Price’. We have been “on the move” till now but to achieve our new audacious goal of becoming India’s largest automotive component supplier, we are “powered by passion”. It is an idea represented through our vision statement – “To be a Dynamic, Innovative and Profitable global automotive organization for emerging as the Preferred Supplier and Employer to create value for all Stakeholders.” Our new baseline- ‘POWERED BY PASSION’ not only captures the new Group name but also reflects the personality of our group members. Passion is the common and most vital ingredient in every endeavor of the group, for we truly believe that ‘If there is no passion, it’s not worth it’. Red in the logo is indicative of action energy. Red is passion, aggression, dynamism and the maverick streak of the group. Blue is intellectual energy, Blue is knowledge, depth, diligence, intelligence and stability. In its entirety, the new group logo is reflective of continuity with dynamism. It combines the strength of the past with the ambition and drive of the present Ashok Minda Group. To communicate this change to the various audiences as planned, it was done in different modes of communication. These have been carried out by all business groups respectively. This identity change in the DEALERS will take effect from April 1st, 2012. In January, the 11th Auto Expo 2012, Ashok Minda Group had participated under the new identity of SPARK MINDA, Ashok Minda Group.


Oct 03, 2011

Ashok Minda Group is pleased to announce the naming of a Road

The naming of a Road or a Park is done in honour of a person who has made demonstrable social contributions during his lifetime as this may serve as a beacon and inspire other members of the society to follow his footprints. Rightly so, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) agreed to the draft preamble for the road naming ceremony and the Mayor of Delhi, Dr. Rajani Abbi announced the naming of the Road at Block D-81 to 128 as ‘Shadi Lal Minda Marg’, Kamla Nagar, New Delhi on 3rd October 2011. Like all successful events this event too was successfully organised due to the collective effort of many individuals. The planning of the event started as early as July 2011. Shri Chandra Bhushan (Bhushan Traders) mooted the idea to Mr. Nitin Gupta husband of Mrs. Renu Gupta, Councillor-Kamla Nagar, New Delhi who all are good friends of the Minda Family and idea began to take shape. Our beloved Babuji, started his business and social activities from D-81, Kamla Nagar and therefore it was befitting that the road in front of the Minda Industries office may be named as Shadi Lal Minda Marg. The idea was immediately accepted by Mr Nirmal Minda and Mr Ashok Minda. The work of organising and solemnising the event was then entrusted to Moga Devi Minda Charitable Trust (MDMCT) team headed by Mr. M C Joshi. For the past 3-4 decades Babuji was closely associated with business and socio-cultural activities of Delhi particularly Kamla Nagar and Ashok Vihar area. Babuji was actively involved with number of social organisations like, Antar Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad – an organisation that is committed to felicitate Non Resident Indian businessmen, professionals and social workers. Like a visionary he promoted quality education for children, health care facilities for the needy and encouraged the growth of socio-cultural activities. He devoted his life for social development and was involved with social organisations like Maharaja Agarsen Institute of Technology, Maharaja Agarsen Medical Education and Scientific Research Society, Nishkam Seva Trust, Tirth Vikas Trust, Maharaja Agarsen Ashram Trust, Agroha Vikas Trust, Haryana Maitri Trust, Agarawal Welfare Society, Agarsen Public School- Ashok Vihar, Maharaja Agarsen Hospital- Ashok Vihar and Maharaja Agarsen Dharamshala-Ashok Vihar, to name a few. He worked tirelessly for the upliftment of poor, needy and destitute children and started Minda Bal Gram – a home for destitute children. He also started Moga Devi Minda Memorial School and Minda Seva Kendra, now renamed as S. L. Minda Seva Kendra, for providing education and vocational training to rural youth, especially women. At the Government level, the role of the Kamla Nagar Councillor was pivotal as she guided that a representation for the naming of road is to be sent from the various socio-cultural organisations that Babuji was involved with, to the Mayor of Delhi, who incidentally heads the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Recommendatory Letters highlighting the noble works of Babuji in the various organisations were collected from the organisations and forwarded to Dr. Rajani Abbi, Mayor of Delhi via Ms. Renu Gupta, Councillor-Kamla Nagar. A covering letter sent by the Kamla Nagar Councillor indicating and requesting the Mayor to consider and permit the naming of the road in front of Block D, House No. 81 to 128 as ‘Shadi Lal Minda Marg’. On the appointed day a number of close friends, associates and relatives of Babuji were invited to participate in the ceremony and to immortalise the contributions made by him in the society. On the occasion Shri Nand Kishore Garg requested the Mayor to dedicate a Park at Ashok Vihar in the memory of Late Shri Shadi Lal Minda. Dr. Rajani Abbi agreed and announced that a Park at Ashok Vihar will soon be dedicated to recognise the social contributions of Late Shri Shadi Lal Minda and to his fond remembrance. The proposal is under process.


Aug 29, 2011

5th Maintenance Conference of Ashok Minda Group

The 5th Maintenance Conference of Ashok Minda Group was conducted by Group Business Excellence Department (GBE) on 29th & 30th August’ 2011 at MCL- Pant Nagar. In this event the units participated were: MCL (all units), MSL-GN, MSEL, MFEPL, DORSET, MSIL, MVSSPL, Mayank Auto – GN 1st day: The event was inaugurated by welcome speech of Dr. P Elangovan, Mr. Ashim Vohra & Mr. Anup Gupta (Champion of Maintenance conference), Mr. A.L. Dandavate from M/s. Bajaj Auto Ltd. Participants gave presentations on current status of Machines, OEE, Trend charts & MTBF & MTTR data. They also shared the Autonomous maintenance status at their plants & benefits achieved. Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd got the 1st position for their presentation, Minda Corporation Ltd. – Pant Nagar got 2nd Position for presentation and Minda Corporation Ltd. – SS – Pune got 3rd Position for presentation. 2nd day: Our BAL awarded companies, MCL-Pant Nagar, MCL-SS-Pune & MSIL-Pune, shared their Methodology for TPM implementation, Road map for implementation, shining example of “KOBETSU Kaizens” & benefits achieved.


Aug 11, 2011

MBEM Award 2010-11

Minda Business Excellence Model Award Ceremony was organized by our Group Business Excellence Department on Thursday, 11th Aug. 2011 at Hotel LEELA-Gurgaon. With this the Group Business Excellence Team at the Ashok Minda Group has taken its first step, yet very significant initiative towards journey to excellence. The event was organized after completion of the assessment of eleven applicant Business Group Companies who have challenged the MBEM (Minda Business Excellence Model) Award 2010-11. Considering the outcome of the assessment, the Jury Panel has recommended to the steering committee for the award and recognitions as per the MBEM system. The Chief Guest of this event was Mr. Ashok Minda and Guest of Honor was Mrs Sarika Minda. The event started with Lamp lighting and welcome address by Dr. P. Elangovan. A formal address to the gathering was given by Mr. Ashim Vohra and Mr. Sanjay Thapar, Chairman, Jury panel. Dr Elangovan also gave an overview of MBEM Award Ceremony 2010-11. A small memento was presented to following members for their contribution in MBEM process. Mr. Sanjay Thapar (Chairman – Jury Panel), Mr Ashim Vohra (Member – Jury panel), Mr. M. B. Kulkarni (Member – Jury panel, TATA Motors), Mr. C. V. Subrahmanyam (Senior assessor MBEM from CII) and Mr. T. R. Prasad (Senior assessor MBEM & Champion assessor for CII-EXIM Award), Dr. P. Elangovan (MBEM Secretariat) & Mr. Apoorv Garg (MBEM Secretariat). The Certified MBEM Assessors who were involved in assessment process were also recognized. The members were: Mr. D.S. Mehra, Mr. Anil Kumar, Mr. P.K. Dhawan, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. M.R. Jadhav, Mr. R. A. Pandian, Mr. Deepak Manocha, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Mr. Arun Wadhwa, Mr. R. Ranganathan, Mr. Rahul Bhutani, Mr. Satish Ghildiyal, Mr. M. Balasubramani, Mr. H. K. Sharma, Mr. Nitin Jain, Mr. Sanjay Rawat, Mr. B. S. Bora, and Mr. Apoorv Garg At the end of the event, our Hon’ble Chief Guest Mr. Ashok Minda, GCEO addressed the gathering and presented the Bronze Award to MCL-Pantnagar, MSIL-Pune and MCL-Noida. Awards & Recognition to all 11 applicants are as follows: o Bronze Award: MCL-Pantnagar, MSIL-Pune and MCL-Noida o Commendation for significant achievement: MCL(DC)-Greater Noida, MSL-Greater Noida, MARS-Gurgaon, MCL(SS)-Pune, MVSSPL-Pune and MSEL-Greater Noida. o Commendation for strong commitment: MCL(DC) – Pune and MCL(Plastics)-Pune


Apr 29, 2011

4th Kaizen Mela

The 4th Kaizen Mela of Ashok Minda Group was held on 29th April 2011 at Minda Corporation Ltd. – Noida. It was a group level competition for participation of best ‘ Kaizens’ from Ashok Minda Group. Selected Kaizens from units of group companies were shared in three categories i.e. Associate, Team & Office Kaizen. In this Kaizen Mela units from Europe also participated in the competition and presented their Kaizens through Webex. Event started with opening address by Mr. Ashim Vohra & Dr. P. Elangovan followed by Lamp Lighting with Ganesh Vandana. Four European Units also participated in the competition. The event was concluded with the National Anthem. Evaluations of Kaizens were done by a panel including 2 external judges – Mr. Anirudha Kaushik and Mr. Rajasekaran from QCFI. Associate Kaizen Winners: PLATINUM AWARD: Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. – Greater Noida. GOLD AWARD: Minda Schenk Plastic Solutions – Hemhofen, Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions – Pirna, Minda Schenk Plastic Solution – Liberec. SILVER AWARD: Minda Schenk Plastic Solutions – Esslingen, MARS Industries Pvt. Ltd., Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. – Bawal, Minda Corporation Ltd. – Noida. BRONZE AWARD: Minda Sai Ltd. – Murbad, Mayank Auto Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Minda Corporation Ltd. – Pantnagar, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting Div.) – Greater Noida, Dorset Kaba Pvt. Ltd., Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting Div.) – Pune, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Surface Finishing Div.) – Greater Noida, Minda Valeo Security Systems Pvt. Ltd., Minda Sai Ltd. – Greater Noida, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Security Systems Div.) – Pune, Minda Sai Ltd. -Kakkalur & Minda Corporation Ltd. (Plastic Div.) – Pune. Team Kaizen Winners: PLATINUM AWARD: Minda Silca Engineering Ltd.-Greater Noida. GOLD AWARD: Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. – Bawal, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Security Systems Div.) – Pune, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting Div.)-Greater Noida. SILVER AWARD: Minda Corporation Ltd (Die Casting Div.) – Pune, Minda Corporation Ltd. – Noida, Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd. – Pune, MARS Industries Pvt. Ltd. BRONZE AWARD: Minda Valeo Security Systems Pvt. Ltd. – Pune, Minda Sai Ltd. – Greater Noida, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Plastic Div.) – Pune, Minda Sai Ltd. – Murbad, Dorset Kaba Pvt. Ltd., Minda Corporation Ltd. -Pantnagar, Minda Sai Ltd. – Kakkalur. Office Kaizen Winners: PLATINUM AWARD: Minda Schenk Plastic Solutions – Esslingen. GOLD AWARD: MARS Industries Pvt. Ltd., Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd. – Pune. SILVER AWARD: Minda Schenk Plastic Solutions – Librec, Minda Silca Engineering Ltd. – Greater Noida, Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions – Pirna. BRONZE AWARD: Minda Valeo Security Systems Pvt. Ltd. – Pune, Minda Corporation Ltd. – Noida, Minda Corporation Ltd. (Security System) – Pune, Minda Sai Ltd. – Murbad, Minda Corporation Ltd. – Pantnagar.


Apr 28, 2011

7th Quality Circle Convention

The 7th Quality Circle Convention of Ashok Minda Group was held on 28th April 2011 at Minda Corporation Ltd.-Noida. It was a group level competition for participation of best ‘Quality Circles’ from different units of Group Companies. Event started with opening address by Mr. Ashim Vohra & Dr. P. Elangovan followed by Lamp Lighting with Ganesh Vandana. Event was graced by the presence of Mr. Anil Maheshwari, Mr. Deepak Manocha, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Mr. S Doseja, Mr. Anup Gupta, Mr. Ashwani Rathore and Mr. K.D. Singh. In this year competition, Quality Circles from all 17 plants (North & West) had participated. Evaluation of case studies was done by a panel including 2 external judges – Mr. Anirudha Kaushik and Mr. Rajasekaran from QCFI. The awards were given in 4 categories – Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze based on the scores achieved. Trophies, Certificates & Small Memento of gift were given to every participant as an appreciation of the work done by them. During the convention a Quiz Competition was also organized where in after initial screening test; top three qualifying teams played the final quiz contest. The event was concluded with the National Anthem. Quality Circle. Winners: PLATINUM AWARD – Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting Div.) – Greater Noida (Ekta QC). GOLD AWARD – Minda Corporation Ltd – Noida (Nischay QC), Minda Silca Engineering Ltd.- Greater Noida (Parivartan QC), Minda Corporation Ltd. -Pantnagar (Swayam QC). SILVER AWARD – Minda Corporation Ltd. (Plastic Div.) – Pune (Vijeta QC), Minda Corporation Ltd. (Security Systems Div.) – Pune (Gati QC), MARS Industries Pvt. Ltd. (Utsah QC), Minda Sai Ltd. – Kakkalur (Tiger QC) BRONZE AWARD – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd. – Pune (Pragati), Minda Sai Ltd. – Greater Noida (Uddeshya), Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting Div.) – Pune (Jagruti), Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. (Shapath) – Bawal, Mayank Auto Engineers Pvt. Ltd. (Prayas), Dorset Kaba Pvt. Ltd. (Saarthak), Minda Sai Ltd. – Murbad (Pragati), Minda Valeo Security Systems Pvt. Ltd. (Google) & Minda Corporation Ltd. (Surface Finishing Div.) – Greater Noida (Parivartan). Quiz Competition Winners: Winner: Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd – Bawal, 1st Runner up: Minda Sai Ltd. – Greater Noida, 2nd Runner up: Minda Corporation Ltd. – Security Systems – Pune. The 7th Quality Circle Convention of Ashok Minda Group was held on 28th April 2011 at Minda Corporation Ltd.-Noida. It was a group level competition for participation of best ‘Quality Circles’ from different units of Group Companies. Event started with opening address by Mr. Ashim Vohra & Dr. P. Elangovan followed by Lamp Lighting with Ganesh Vandana. Event was graced by the presence of Mr. Anil Maheshwari, Mr. Deepak Manocha, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Mr. S Doseja, Mr. Anup Gupta, Mr. Ashwani Rathore and Mr. K.D. Singh. In this year competition, Quality Circles from all 17 plants (North & West) had participated. Evaluation of case studies was done by a panel including 2 external judges – Mr. Anirudha Kaushik and Mr. Rajasekaran from QCFI. The awards were given in 4 categories – Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze based on the scores achieved. Trophies, Certificates & Small Memento of gift were given to every participant as an appreciation of the work done by them. During the convention a Quiz Competition was also organized where in after initial screening test; top three qualifying teams played the final quiz contest. The event was concluded with the National Anthem. Quality Circle Winners: PLATINUM AWARD – Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting Div.) – Greater Noida (Ekta QC) GOLD AWARD – Minda Corporation Ltd – Noida (Nischay QC), Minda Silca Engineering Ltd.- Greater Noida (Parivartan QC), Minda Corporation Ltd. -Pantnagar (Swayam QC) SILVER AWARD – Minda Corporation Ltd. (Plastic Div.) – Pune (Vijeta QC), Minda Corporation Ltd. (Security Systems Div.) – Pune (Gati QC), MARS Industries Pvt. Ltd. (Utsah QC), Minda Sai Ltd. – Kakkalur (Tiger QC) BRONZE AWARD – Minda Stoneridge Instruments Ltd. – Pune (Pragati), Minda Sai Ltd. – Greater Noida (Uddeshya), Minda Corporation Ltd. (Die Casting Div.) – Pune (Jagruti), Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd. (Shapath) – Bawal, Mayank Auto Engineers Pvt. Ltd. (Prayas), Dorset Kaba Pvt. Ltd. (Saarthak), Minda Sai Ltd. – Murbad (Pragati), Minda Valeo Security Systems Pvt. Ltd. (Google) & Minda Corporation Ltd. (Surface Finishing Div.) – Greater Noida (Parivartan) Quiz Competition Winners: Winner: Minda Furukawa Electric Pvt. Ltd – Bawal 1st Runner up: Minda Sai Ltd. – Greater Noida 2nd Runner up: Minda Corporation Ltd. – Security Systems – Pune.


Apr 14, 2011

First Business Excellence Review at Minda Europe

The First Business Excellence Review of Minda Europe took place at the Corporate Office of Minda Schenk Plastic Solutions, Esslingen (Stuttgart) on April 14, 2011. It was for the first time when all Unit Heads of Minda European Operations were together to present and share the best practices going on at each location in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Thierry Lè Heno, Unit Head – MSPS Esslingen Plant where he welcomed all colleagues and shared his views about the Business Excellence Activities. This was followed by the presentation on the Business Excellence Road Map & Review process for year 2011 by Mr. Sandeep Batra, Head – Business Excellence, Minda Europe. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Paul Dominik Czarnecki, President – Minda Europe. In his welcome note Mr. Czarnecki emphasized on the importance of these activities in the current business scenario. The meeting was graced by the presence of Mr. Ashim Vohra, Head – Group Corporate Business Excellence who was also present in Germany. All Unit Heads of ME along with their Business Excellence Coordinator shared about the progress on business excellence activities in their units. Mr. Czarnecki mentioned his view points and areas of focussed improvements for each company. Mr. Vohra also added his expert comments to each presentation. All participants visited MSPS-Esslingen Plant and had a closer view of the improvements made in last months. They also shared the new ideas gathered during the Plant visit and also mentioned the areas of further improvements at MSPS – Esslingen Plant.


Apr 01, 2011

Successful Implementation of SAP in MCL

SAP ERP has been successfully implemented across all units of Minda Corporation Limited, effective 1st April 2011. The name of the Project is GATI, which ensures the implementation of the Global Best Business Practices in the Automobile Sector. It will provide users with the timely information and will also help them in taking better decisions. System Application Program is an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution used by all the renowned manufacturing organizations. It is an Information System which integrates all Business functions online. Bristlecone (a part of Mahindra Group) is the implementation Partner for the project. Subsequently, the project will be rolled in Minda Stoneridge & Minda Valeo in FY 2011-12 and in all manufacturing units of Minda Europe in FY 2012-13 followed by Minda SAI in FY 2013-14.


Mar 24, 2011

Technology Show at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd

Ashok Minda Group Organized a Technology Show at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Gurgaon on Thursday, 24th March 2011. The objective of the event was to showcase our current and potential technologies across various vehicle segments. The event was graced with the presence of several dignitaries from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. The inauguration was done by Mr. Ohashi and lamp lighting was done by Mr. Maitra, Mr. Ayabe, Mr. Kalsi, Mr. Ohashi, Mr. M.M. Singh, Mr. Mahendroo, Mr. Sethi, Mr. Arvind Arora and Mr. D.N. Dave. On exhibit were products from various categories: Safety, Security & Restraint System, Driver Information & Telematics System and Interiors. The exhibition provided an excellent platform for the presentation of the latest concepts in design, manufacturing & testing of products. The group presentation was given by Mr. N.K. Taneja followed by the sessions by experts from India, JV partners spreading over one day of activity; which provided insights into the depth of automotive technology information. The key issues relating to the queries of our patrons were also addressed.


Mar 15, 2011

Vendor Meet of Yamaha

Ashok Minda Group participated at a Vendor Meet organized by Yamaha at Hotel Radisson; Noida on February 15, 2011.The purpose of the meet was to showcase our various ranges of products. The different units participated were MCL, Minda Sai and Minda Stoneridge. MCL displayed its product ranges like: Die-Casting, Surface Finishing, Locks, and Plastics; Minda Stoneridge displayed Instrument Clusters and Minda Sai displayed the Wiring Harness. Our Group was represented by Mr. N.K. Taneja, Head Corporate Marketing, who gave the Group Presentation. The other members from MCL present were Mr. Jeevan Mahaldar – Managing Director, Mr. Sandeep Aggarwal – Head Strategy & Marketing, Mr. P.K .Dhawan – Head Business Development, and Mr. Deepak Sharma – Group Leader Marketing, Mr. Amit Goyal – Group Leader-Electronics, Mr. Saurabh Ahuja – Member Marketing. The member from YMC / IYM team comprised of Mr. Hideshima San – Head Global Procurement – YMC, Mr. Suzuki San -MD & CEO –IYM, Mr. Kawashima San – COO – IYM, Mr. Ikeya San – Operation Head – IYM, Mr. Ozawa San – Deptt Head CDC – IYM, Mr. Ando San – Deptt Head Purchase – IYM, Mr. Paul San – Group Head – Pur – IYM, Mr.Yogi San- Divn Head Pur – IYM, Mr. Manchanda San- Deptt Head Pur – IYM.


Feb 25, 2011

6th Tooling Conference of Ashok Minda Group

The 6th Tooling Conference of Ashok Minda Group was held on 24th & 25th February 2011 at Hotel Sayaji, Pune. The Conference was attended by employees of Tool room from different units; MCL-Noida & Pune; MCL- DC – Pune & GN; MCL – Pant Nagar; Mars Industries, MSEL – GN; Mayank Auto; MVSSPL – Pune; MSIL Pune and MSPS – Europe & KTSN (through WebEx). The conference was Chaired by Mr. Ashim Vohra & Dr. P Elangovan from MMSL and the event was graced with the presence of Mr. J.K. Tomar from MCL & Mr. Victor from Valeo. Day 1: The Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Ashim Vohra, Dr. P. Elangovan and Mr. J.K. Tomar. During the session, all the participants presented their learning from previous conferences and about the New Initiatives being taken in Tooling. The Training & Workshop on SMED was conducted by Mr. Ashim Vohra. At the end, Mr. Victor & Mr. Markus (MSPS-Esslingen) gave their feedback and the 1st day program came to an end with dinner hosted by GBE. Day 2: The Participants visited the MCL- Plastics Plant- Pune, where they made their observations, shared their learning’s & also gave their feedback. The Session was followed with a Presentation by Mr. Markus, MSPS- Esslingen, MSPS – Poland & KTSN. The Functional Team Presentation on Die Casting Manual was presented by Mr. Sachin & Mr. Prashant from MCL- Noida and Mr. VSR of MVSSPL also shared his presentation on Bio Circle Surface Cleaning Technology. The event concluded with distribution of Certificates & Trophies to the Participants. First Prize for Team Presentation was received by MSIL Team. Second Prize for Team Presentation was received by MVSSPL Team. Third Prize for Team Presentation was received by Minda KTSN Team.


Feb 18, 2011

Mega final of 1st Shri S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament 2010-11

In fond remembrance of our revered ‘Babuji’, the 1st Shri S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament 2010-11 was organized by the Group Sports Committee of Ashok Minda Group. The Tournament was inaugurated on 17th January 2011 and different sports like Cricket, Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis and Carrom were played over a month by all the units of our Group at both the North and West regions. It was a time of great celebration for all the employees of Ashok Minda Group. The response was enormous and participants exhibited the spirit of true sportsmanship. The event was a grand success with the constant support and guidance of Hon’ Advisory Board Members: Mr. Jeevan Mahaldar, Mr. N.K. Taneja, Mr. D.C. Sharma, Mr. N.K. Modi, and consistent efforts & supervision of our Group Sports Committee Members: Mr. Ajay Sancheti, Mr. Sanjay Garg, Mr. Sumit Doseja, Mr. Anil Batra, Mr. Ravindra Behera, Mr. Amit Jalan, Mr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Mr. P.S. Baghel, Mr. Dheeraj Malik, Mr. P.S. Das, Mr. Kalyan Pawar, Mr. Mahadev Patil, Mr. Amol Pagare, Mr. Sudeep Verma, Mr. Vijendra Singh and whole heartedly involvement of each and every player. Today, 18th February 2011 marked the closure of 1st Shri S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament 2010-11 with a commitment to carry forward the Legacy thereby maintaining the virtue of Pride, Personal Excellence, Respect, Bonding, Inspiration, Determination and Courage & Equality.


Jan 17, 2011

Inauguration of 1st Shri S.L. Minda Memorial Sports Tournament 2010-11

In memory and fond remembrance of our revered “Babuji”, the 1st S.L Minda Memorial Sports Tournament was organized by Ashok Minda Group. This tournament was inaugurated today (17th January 2011) by our Hon’ble GCEO, Shri. Ashok Minda at Mohan Meakin Ground, Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad at 9:30am. Every year, Group Sports Tournaments are being organized by our Group Sports Committee in both West Zone and North Zone in the name of Ashok Minda Group Sports Meet. But from this year onwards it is being organized in the name of our beloved “Babuji”. In the morning, our respected Chief Guest was welcomed by all Central Committee Members comprising of Mr. Sanjay Garg, Mr. Sumit Doseja and Mr. Ajay Sancheti. Children of Minda Balgram offered Sradhanjali to Babuji, followed by Ganesh Vandana and Bhajan. Mr. N. K. Taneja, Head Marketing gave a short speech about the brief background and objective of the tournament and Mr Minda encouraged all the players by his inspirational speech. Colorful balloons were released by our guests followed by the Toss which was held in presence of Shri Ashok Minda, Mrs. Minda and Mr. Rajesh Bansal, MD, Dorset and the tournament started. The other dignitaries present were: Mr Praveen Gupta, MD- Minda Sai; Mr Pramode, MD-Minda Silca, Mr. K.D.Singh, Joint President- Minda Furukawa; Mr. Asim Vohra, Head-Group Business Excellence; Mr. T.K. Banerjee, MD- Minda Auto Care; Mr Sandeep Aggarwal and Mr Harjeet Singh Arora of MCL, Mr. Ajay Sancheti, Head Group Corporate Finance and Legal and all Unit Heads. The 1st Sport of this tournament was a cricket match between MCL Pant Nagar vs Dorset Kaba Securities Ltd. The tournament will continue till 19th Feb 2011 where the North & West Zone teams will compete in Grand Finale.


Dec 18, 2010

Ashok Minda Group’s Annual Long Term Strategy Meet at Goa

Our Group organized its First Long Term Strategy Annual Meet on the 17th and 18th Dec 2010 at Goa. Needless to say, it was a grand initiative taken by our Group and its importance became more profound now that we have become a USD 550 million enterprise. The participants included the GCEO, all BG Heads & Corporate Heads and the Members of the Supervisory Board. The objective of this meet was to mobilize all the Business Groups & Departmental Heads along with the members of the Supervisory Board and offer them a platform to understand the Long Term Strategy of our Group Companies. Another dimension desired from this meet was to bring unanimity among the members present on the overall strategic direction of the Ashok Minda Group. The meet commenced with the ribbon cutting ceremony wherein our Long Term Strategy Document was released by our GCEO. This was followed by a reality check presentation on our Group Vision by Mr. N K Taneja. This presentation in particular was quite thought provoking since our Vision Statement was observed from a Quantifiable and Qualitative viewpoint. The endeavor was to understand where we stand today and how prepared we are in achieving our Long Term aspirations. The next presentation was made by Mr. Jeevan Mahaldar, Mr. Praveen Gupta and Mr. N K Modi on the 2 things that went right and the two things that went wrong for us in the last financial year. This presentation clearly highlighted the areas of improvements for us and how to address the challenges we face. Then we had individual presentations from various Business Groups and the Corporate Heads on their Long Term Strategy Plan. Each presentation lucidly spoke about their present status in terms of overall Sales, Profitability, Market Share, Technology Strength etc and their objectives for the future. The BGs and the Corporate Heads also talked about strategies to achieve their Long Term objectives. All Members brainstormed on the feasibility of the Long Term plans and to determine the alignment of BGs and the Corporate Plan with the Long Term Vision of the Group. The Supervisory Board in particular was all praise for each presentation prepared by various members & were of the strong opinion that the action points emerged for BGs, Corporate and the Group should receive adequate and immediate attention to ensure that we don’t falter on our Long Term Vision. It was also decided that we would continue this forum in future also. Overall the event was a grand success.


Oct 05, 2010

Group Acquires Aksys, Plant Koengen

Minda Group, today announced the completion of acquisition of Aksys, Koengen in Germany. Aksys, Koengen is one of Germany’s leading specialist composite moulding manufacturer and one of the major supplier of components to Daimler, VW Group, Renault, PSA, GM etc. The Group has acquired 100% of Aksys, Plant Koengen through an asset deal & the Company has now been rechristened as Minda Schenk Plastic Solutions GmbH, Plant Koengen. This is the fourth major acquisition by the Group in Germany and the sixth acquisition in Europe.

Commenting on the acquisition, Mr. Ashok Minda, Chairman of the Ashok Minda Group said, “The acquisition of Aksys, Koengen is a major step in our strategy to become an important player and to consolidate our position in the Global Auto Component Industry. Aksys technical leadership & Minda’s management competence and presence in Europe & in India will offer tremendous advantage to our existing and new customers in Europe & Worldwide. This will also consolidate our Group’s presence in the European market. Our strategy is to position Ashok Minda Group as a major global player in the auto component business & towards this objective, we are looking for various strategic opportunities in other parts of the World.”


Aug 27, 2010

Minda Corporation wins ACMA TECHNOLOGY AWARD for 2009-10

Minda Corporation Limited has received the prestigious “ ACMA’s GOLD TROPHY FOR TECHNOLOGY ” for the year 2009-10. It is a great achievement for the New Technology Team at MCL’s Engineering Department. The award is the result of the great efforts put in by the New Technology Cell, lead by Mr. Vikram Puri, the entire Engineering Department Lead by Mr. D S Mehra and Corporate R&D lead by Mr. Hardeep Singh Arora. Dr. P. Elangovan of TQM Department provided his valuable inputs in preparing the presentation for the award. The Jury Members who selected MCL for Gold award were:- Mr. Michael Boneham, Ford India MD & President (Chairman of the Jury) Dr. Krishan Kumar – Director of Maruti Automotive Center of Excellence Mr. John Edwin- Sr. Vice President – TAFE Mr. R. Bhaskar – Plant Head – Tata Motors Limited Mr. Vikram Kasbekar – Head Operations & Supply Chain – Hero Honda Motors Ltd. Mr. Shrikant Marathe – Director ARAI The achievement will act as great motivating factor for the entire team to strive for further higher goals and to win INTERNATIONAL AWARDS IN TECHNOLOGY.


Aug 21, 2010

Technology Day at Tata Motors, Pune

To offer the visitor a complete spectrum of technology & products, Ashok Minda Group organized a technology day at the premises of Tata Motors, Pune on Saturday, 21st August 10. The event was graced with the presence of several dignitaries from Tata Motors. The lamp lighting and inauguration was done by Mr Ambardekar, Chief-Truck Plant, Tata Motors. On exhibit were products from various categories; Safety, security & restraint, Driver Information and Telematics and Automotive interiors. The exhibition provided an excellent platform for the presentation of the latest concepts in design, manufacturing & testing of products. The technical seminars were conducted by experts from India, JV partners spreading over one day of activity; which provided insights into the depth of automotive technology information. The key issues relating to the queries of our patrons were also addressed. Said Mr Ashok Minda, GCEO, Ashok Minda Group, “ The exhibition was a great platform for Ashok Minda Group to showcase its product range. India is a key market for us and the exhibition gives us a good opportunity to share our experience with our customers.”


Aug 11, 2010

MCL marching ahead!Leveraging SAP solutions for manufacturing excellence

SAP ERP is being implemented in all units of Minda Corporation Limited starting August 11th 2010. The project will be known by the name of GATI, which means ‘Speed’. Project GATI will ensure the implementation of the global best business practices in the automobile sector. It will provide users with the timely information and will also help us in taking better decisions. SAP (System Application Program) is the world’s leading ERP system used by all the renowned manufacturing organizations. It is an Information system which integrates all business functions online. The project which is to be completed by 31st March 2011 becomes effective from 1st April 2011.


Aug 01, 2010

Kawad Sewa

Ashok Minda Group has sponsored a Kawad Sewa in Gazipur, Delhi near UP-Delhi border. Kawadias who are bringing holy water from Haridwar, travels an estimated distance of about 200 kms on foot. Unlimited supply of fruit juices, food and beds for rest are being served to them. The Kawad Sewa was inaugurated by Mr Akash & Ms Megha (children of Mr Ashok Minda), Mr Ashim Vohra, Head-Group Corporate Business Excellence and Mr Ajay Sancheti, Head-Group Finance & Legal. As usual, Minda Group representative Mr Jagdish Kumar of MCL-Noida is continuously monitoring the sewa, thereby ensuring that it is conducted well.


Jul 15, 2010

VW Board Member Visits MCL Plastic Division,Pune

Minda Corporation Limited,Plastic Division, Pune was visited by Dr F.J Garcia Sanz, Member of Board of Management on 15th July, 2010 for review of the project and to see the working of the plant. The team members were represented by Dr. Bernd Martens, Corporate Executive Director – Purchasing New Products Launches, Mr. T. Brand, Head of Purchasing New Projects, Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, Executive Director – Corporate Purchase, Mr. Ralf Lorenz, Head – Purchasing Production Materials, Mr.Thomas Engel, General Manager – Purchasing Project Management, Mr. Shirish Joshi, Mr. Dhaval Deuskar and Mr. Manoj Patil amongst others. A technology showcase covering complete spectrum of AKM Group products were also displayed inside the plant. The visiting dignitaries took keen interest in the proceedings and planted trees on the occasion. Dr Garcia also shared his experience on different strategies. Minda Group was represented by the GCEO-Mr Ashok Minda, MD-Mr Jeevan Mahaldar and Unit Head- Mr Pandian. The key issues related to the queries of our patrons were also addressed.


Apr 17, 2010

The founder of the Minda Group, Mr. Shadilal Minda, passes away.

Set the foundation for the Country’s finest auto components groups: the NK Minda Group and AK Minda Group Mr. Shadi Lal Minda, popularly known as Babuji, the founder of the Minda Group, passed away on April 17, 2010 at New Delhi. Born on March 08, 1930, Mr. Shadi Lal Minda was a distinguished business leader and philanthropist. Apart from founding the Minda Group in 1958, he was personally involved in many social development projects. Minda Group began as a small auto parts trading firm from Kolkata and Siliguri. It later took shape as National Industries in 1958 when Mr. Shadi Lal Minda chose to get into manufacturing of locks and switches for cars and scooters, from Delhi’s Kamla Nagar area. Soon it had customers like Bajaj Auto and Hindustan Motors and opened a manufacturing unit in the Wazirpur Industrial Area, New Delhi. The Minda Group was later handed over to the two sons, with the switches business going to the elder son, Mr.Nirmal K Minda and the locks business to the younger son, Mr. Ashok Minda. Today, the Minda Group (comprising of the NK Minda Group and AK Minda Group) is the recognized leader in the auto component arena and has a combined turnover of around Rs.3,000 crores. Right from the start, in the 1950s, Mr. Shadi Lal Minda strongly felt the need for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an inherent component of the manufacturing business. The Moga Devi Minda Charitable Trust (MDMCT), the body that handles all CSR projects in India, under his guidance setup projects that continue to benefit the underprivileged, directly or indirectly. Minda Balgram, an initiative for homeless children set up by Mr. Shadi Lal Minda is recognized as one of the finest children homes in the country. As a model Minda Balgram operates on self-reliance. It has its own agricultural land, own dairy farm etc that caters to the needs of the children even while minimizing the dependence on the market. In addition, Mr. Shadi Lal Minda was associated with several charities and social initiatives. Mr. Shadi Lal Minda is survived by two sons, Mr. Nirmal Kumar Minda, CMD, NK Minda Group, Mr. Ashok Kumar Minda, CMD of AK Minda Group and a daughter, Mrs. Rekha Bansal married to Shri Rajesh Bansal, who is the CMD for Mars Industries Private Limited and Dorset Kaba.


Mar 10, 2010

MCL Pant nagar achieves Rs 100 Cr turn-over.

Minda Corporation Limited-Pant Nagar achieved a milestone of Rs 100 Cr Sales turn-over on 10th March, 2010 during the financial year 2009-10.


Feb 21, 2010

Historic Day for MSIL

Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited achieved a milestone of Rs 100 crores on 21st feb, 2010 by raising an invoice on Tata Motors, Pune. The target was set 5 years ago in 2004.