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Indian Fiberglass Industry: Trends & Challenges

This blog takes a look into some of the recent trends in the fiberglass sector in India and existing challenges.
The Indian market is right now in a medium phase of growth, with various sectors slowly incorporating FRP composites in their applications. Although looking from a global perspective, its imports account to a mere share of 2% of the world total, India still features amongst the top 15 importing nations, making its presence felt in the global market.
One startling fact is that, with all this growth, India fares low in terms of per capita consumption of fiberglass. With close to a meagre .24 Kg when compared to markets like US (10 Kg) and China (2 Kg), it is evident that there has been limited penetration in most of the sectors. One factor that this can be attributed to is the lack of awareness about the advantages of GFRP composites. Barring a few sectors like wind energy, electrical & electronics (uses fiberglass as a standard material for wind blades & nacelles and P…

TPM Chapter 2 - TPM in Theory

In my previous blog I talked about TPM being a culture and it is rightly so but unless you start practicing you won’t realize it. But it has a definition and there is a systematic step by step procedure to implement it in an organization. In this blog I’ll be giving you a brief about TPM and how did it start.

TPM, Total Productive Maintenance, is primarily a maintenance program where operators and maintenance people work together as a team to solve machine related problems. TPM says that operators look after routine activities like Cleaning, Lubricating, Inspection & Tightening (CLIT) and the maintenance people look after upgrading the machine to improve its life.

Before I explain the meaning in detail, let’s look at the history of TPM. TPM was started in the factories of Japan in 1970s. Some say it was Toyota some say it was developed from the Productive Maintenance concept of USA which was adopted by Japanese factories. Whatever the truth may be the full-fledged concept of TPM wa…