07 August 2020

Manufacturing - Kirloskar Brothers Limited

Women power



Kirloskar Brothers Limited’s all-women Coimbatore plant bags ‘Best Organisation for Women Talent Development’ at Africa-India Partnership Summit.



Global fluid management major Kirloskar Brothers has been conferred with the ‘Best Organisation for Women Talent Development’ award for its Coimbatore plant, by the 3rd Africa Women Leadership Awards held at Mauritius. The Awards were organised by the Africa India Partnership Summit to identify and celebrate outstanding leadership and achievements demonstrated by women leaders in various private and public sectors.


KBL is the only engineering company in India which operates with 100 per cent female associates in the manufacturing process. The Women Leadership Award is recognition to the efforts made by KBL’s all women Coimbatore plant that was established in 2011.


The plant which is equipped with state of the art facility manufactures different models of domestic pumps and has 62 women between the age group of 19 to 30 employed on the shop floor. KBL provides an intense industrial training of two months to all the women recruited at the plant.


The award ceremony was attended by several leaders and decision makers, bureaucrats from various participating countries and numerous senior professionals across industries.


In 2011, the workers at the plant took 60 seconds to assemble a pump. The female associates have significantly reduced this time to 20 seconds in April 2013, which has tripled the plant’s production to 34,000 pumps per line per month. Around 500,000 high quality pumps are manufactured in this facility per year with an extremely negligible rejection rate of less than 0.005 per cent.


Dr RV Raj Kumar, Divisional Head of KBL’s Coimbatore plant said, “The Women Leadership Award highlights the achievements and capabilities of our female employees to perform any task with complete diligence, and we are very proud of our workforce at the Coimbatore facility. This platform provides inspiration to young women by urging them to assume leadership positions and to compete in the corporate and labor market. It also draws attention of senior leaders of various institutions towards the role of women in the development of society and compels them to support this cause by building constructive ideas.”


The India–Africa Forum Summit is the official platform for the African-Indian relations. It was first held from April 4 to 8, 2008 in New Delhi. The Summit is intended to reinforce the multidimensional relations existing between Africa and India, and share benefit from the rich historical background as well as natural resources of both Africa and India. The objective behind the awards is to showcase the best women employing organizations, talent and women professionals from different parts of GCC and Asia. The Jury constitutes of professionals from different parts of the world. These professionals are notable experts from the industrial fraternity as well as experts from local and international blue-chips.


Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) is the flagship company of the $ 2.1 billion Kirloskar group. KBL is a global fluid management solutions provider and the largest manufacturer and exporter of centrifugal pumps and valves from India. The core businesses of KBL are large infrastructure projects (Water Supply, Power Plants, and Irrigation), Project and Engineered Pumps, Industrial Pumps, Agriculture and Domestic Pumps, Valves, Motors and Hydro turbines.



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