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Title: Doing It Right The Turnaround of Indian Manufacturing
Product features: 150 pages
Released On: Jan 2005

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Brief: Indian manufacturing has made great strides in the since mid-90s. From a time when its very survival was questioned, it is now reached a stage where Indian companies want to compete for the global market.Is this turnaround for real? If so, whats driving it? Find out from this product, prepared from detailed meetings with dozens of manufacturing companies and independent exports.

 
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1. Introduction: Manufacturing’s Makeover Movement……………………………………....13 
Services may be in, but manufacturing is certainly not out. Though the services sector has grown much ahead of both agriculture and industry, plain cost cutting, higher shop-floor productivity and better quality are changing the face of India’s manufacturing. Manufacturing companies are carrying out the biggest transformation Indian business has seen - the movement from a protected environment to free global competition in a period of less than 10 year. In fact, the services sector may have a lot to learn from the experiments of the manufacturing sector

2. Manufacturing Financials……………………………………………………………………14 
For the first time in the history of corporate India, a serious movement is on to cut costs. While companies have taken costs out from areas like material costs, power and fuel and administration costs, they have not touched areas that help build for the future, like marketing expenses. The real strength of this movement may have picked up only in the last year or so, but the results are already there to see-- operating profits have improved and margins are showing tremendous growth

3. Industrial Automation ………………………………………………………………………12 
Talk automation and angry images of labour protests pop up promptly. But automation does not have to mean a redundant workforce or mind-numbing capital expenditure. Indian companies are already working on and trying out innovative solutions to strike that fine balance. Companies are going in for new, improved ideas of automating the shop floor that don't cost much. Here, workers don't need to be replaced with expensive robots or pneumatic-controlled machines to achieve higher speed, consistency and maintain that vital competitive advantage in the global market

4. Quality: Signs of Perfection ……………………………………………………………..….22 
Quality is the buzzword for manufacturing in India today. Companies across industries are realizing that the way into the global markets is to produce and service better than the rest of the pack. In their quest for quality, companies are adopting a range of techniques and tools, from six sigma to ISO. The leading companies are also challenging themselves to go in for internationally recognized awards like the Deming Prize and Malcolm Balridge awards, in the process raising the level of their interactions with their employees as well as the environment.

5 Case Studies: Seasons Of Change……………………………………………………..……..28 
Companies in India are ambitiously pursuing innovative technologies and processes to become competitive and cost effective. It’s been a long and arduous process but results are already beginning to show

6. Innovatins in Manufacturing; Subaltern Solutions……………………………………...12 
Today’s manufacturing revival strategy may well be drafted in the boardrooms, but it is the almost unseen shop floor personnel who are leading the charge as they come up with practical ways of dealing with issues relating to innovation. In India many companies lack the scale required to step up investment in expensive automation and IT and it is here that an eclectic mix of indigenous and imported approaches is doing wonders

7: IT in Manufacturing: The power pack……………………………………………….…..9 
Intro: Product focus is passé; supply chain is where the competition lies. Manufacturing companies in India have cracked the code by innovatively linking ERP with SCM. The potent combination is helping companies slash costs, manage inventory and optimise scheduling

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