In September 2005, Pudumje, chairperson of Thermax, received a Rs 1-crore bonus cheque from Madras Cements, CMD, R Rajah for the timely completion of the 36 MW fast track captive power plant by Thermax. This cheque indicates that strong commitment to the customer continues at Thermax.
Making profits out of efficiency and making Thermax a productive, process driven, well oiled and reliable organisation is Pudumjes goal. For this, Project Evergreen will be implemented. We need to make profits within the compound, she says.
As she steers the company towards its global ambitions, she realises that the company will have to get its act together on the parameters of cost, quality, delivery, reliability, innovation and lean manufacturing. We are competing against the Chinese whether it is in absorption chillers or our cogen business, she says.
Thermax has to crank up its productivity across the company and remove wastage, she says. Thermax has already made its breakthrough in the Chinese market when it bagged its first order against tough competition from Chinese companies.
Another top priority for Pudumjee this year will be talent management at the company. The company has a number of people retiring in the next couple of years so giving younger people the responsibility, to hone their skills and preparing them for larger responsibilities is high priority for Pudumjee.