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Survival of an experienced kind

In 1979, Mr. Revankar founded Bipin Engineers Pvt Ltd. In these 37 years, the journey of Bipin Engineers could be called as a chapter of perseverance, leadership and family’s support and teamwork. Mrs. Nanda has taken up the responsibility of implementing new management technique of Lean Management and 5S program.

Cleanliness and tidiness is what you see when you enter Bipin Engineers factory on Pune-Satara road. Blackened machineries, oil spilled stains on floor, trash and dirty cloths laying in all the corners of the room, is a lay man’s basic idea about a shop floor. But this factory’s scenario is an absolute contrast. Everything is organised and disciplined here. Just like an efficient home maker keeps her home. One shouldn’t be astonished, because currently ‘Lean Management’ program is going in Bipin Engineers and Mrs. Nanda Revankar is looking after the program. She is Mr. Hemant Revankar’s wife and company’s Director too.                                                        

In 1979, Mr. Revankar founded Bipin Engineers Pvt Ltd. In these 37 years, the journey of Bipin Engineers could be called as a chapter of perseverance, leadership and family’s support and teamwork. Mrs. Nanda has taken up the responsibility of implementing new management technique of Lean Management and 5S program.  

Revankar family properly belongs to Karwar village in Karnataka.  His father, Sadashivrao’s financial status was low, but he was very diligent and active. He did many businesses, from carrying package of sarees on a shoulder and sell them in nearby villages to running a grocery store. At one point he also owned and managed an open air theatre.  Ultimately, after taking experiences from many businesses he settled in the business of goldsmith. Meanwhile, approximately in 1940 he settled in Solapur from Karwar.

Hemant Revankar was born in Solapur and also completed his academics there. After passing in 10th grade with technical subject he opted for commerce stream for his further studies. He was an active player and a captain too in games like Kho-Kho and hopscotch (langdi).  In his vacations he would regularly help his elder brother and father in their store. His duty was to carefully pack the ready to-be-delivered ornaments in brown and thin pink paper. In his college days too, he would enthusiastically go to their workshop in his blue uniform to help in making basic or raw designs for ornaments. He was so busy, that the base for qualities like leadership, meticulous and spotless working was establishing and it went unnoticed. On the basis of these qualities he built his business empire completely in a different field and this could be observed from the growing success graph of Bipin Engineers.

In 1975, after finishing studies, Hemant Revankar came to Pune to help his elder brother in his business. Workshop was in a 200 sq. ft area of Naik’s place which was earlier used to keep horse carriages. After 5 years they shifted in a larger place. Mr. Revankar got an experience related to engineering in this workshop. He learnt to develop and manufacture a part for a machine as per customer’s needs, to meet deadline as promised and to recover money.

That time, Armament Research and Development Establishment, a government organization in Pune was Revankar Brother’s chief client. Parts required for developing cannon and other armaments at this organization was ordered from Revankar Brothers. Forgings of parts would be imported from Russia and would get machined at Revankar’s. Cannonballs were also manufactured in the workshop. Government work was in continuum, earning was also regular but maximum work was of development. Work was less for working capital. As a solution to this problem, Revankar Brothers decided to get business from private companies. 

Many engineering companies were on Mumbai-Pune highway. From a well-wisher they got their first contract from Vulcan Laval (now Alfa Laval). Their success in manufacturing hoppers for the company gave them regular works. They mastered in manufacturing huge silos used for storing grains and heat exchangers as per company’s requirements. And now employee number had increased from 20 to 50 and workshop was running in two shifts. After that, Mather and Platt-a company in food-processing, Telco company-manufacturing automobiles, Thermax- energy and environment engineering company, and more such companies became clients of Revankar’s. 

This period proved very helpful and important for Hemant Revankar. He was learning business, meeting intellectuals and was getting efficient and capable for taking up challenges. He had learnt to get the work done from workers, if required was also ready to work by himself and was getting habitual to work from dawn to dusk to complete it.

In this procedure, he always tried to imbibe as much knowledge as he can. Once, Mr. Raipurkar from Telco Company had taken a tough job and had decided to get requirements from Revenkar’s. Challenge was greater. But, under the guidance of Mr. Raipurkar they completed their work efficiently and also received huge appreciation. Today also he looks up to Mr. Raipurkar as his idol for his management skills. Many such incidents prospered Hemant Revankar’s experiential life. Meanwhile, workload had increased at workshop and under the leardership of Hemant Revankar, workers and staff had also become accomplished. His team could take-up responsibilities and complete them efficiently, this was a great success. Clients would be guaranteed with their excellence in work. Revankar’s had gained a faith from a company like Telco who were taking parts from Revankar’s every alternate day and would begin assembling without testing those.  

While flourishing the business, Hemant Revankar was also aware about happenings around. An official at Alfa Laval and well-wishers suggested him stepping in the field of Solar Energy. Traditional energy sources and fuel inefficiency was gradually growing around the world and was a matter of concern in future. Various energy sources were developing as alternatives amongst which solar energy/power was in real sense esta Read More

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