Saturday, May 23, 2009

Meka Dredging–Amma Lines consortium bags contract at Cochin Shipyard

A Meka Dredging – Amma Lines Joint Venture (JV) (Meka Vijay Papa Rao - Chairman, Meka Group and Amma lines) was recently awarded the annual maintanence dredging contract at Cochin Shipyard Ltd, Kochi from 2009 – 2012. The shipyard, which is currently building India’s indigenous aircraft carrier, awarded the consortium the contract after a tender process which involved several dredging contractors participating.

“It is a very prestigious project especially with the construction of the first indigenous Aircraft carrier being constructed at CSL, which is close to every Indian’s heart”, says Dr Meka Vijay Paparao, Chairman of the Meka Group.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lakshmi Mills chairman G.K. Sundaram dead

Coimbatore, May 18 For Mr G.K. Sundaram (affectionately known as GKS among friends and admirers), May 17 was no different from others though it happened to be his last. The 96-year-old doyen of the Indian textile industry performed his usual chores, had lunch with grand children, played bridge at the Cosmopolitan Club before returning home for dinner. Around 10 p.m., he is said to have complained of discomfort and was taken to a private hospital, where he breathed his last.

“He has led a historic life. He was a great visionary and a perfect and righteous person. He had, over the last couple of years, become very affectionate towards his grandchildren (three grandsons and a granddaughter), always challenging them with his thoughts. He used to discuss Vedanta with his daughter, and talk about the sugar industry and politics with me,” says Ms Rajshree Pathy, Managing Director of Rajshree Sugars, fondly remembering her nonagenarian father-in-law.

Mr Sundaram, Chairman and Managing Director of the Lakshmi Mills Company, joined the family-run company as manager in 1938, after completing a course in Textile Technology at Bolton in the UK. Started initially for ginning of cotton, Lakshmi Mills grew into a composite mill producing both yarn and cloth. It recently forayed into manufacture of garment as well, to cover the entire textile chain.

The symbolic logo of Goddess Lakshmi has been associated with the Lakshmi Group. “Mr GKS evolved it as early as 1964 and the patent was in his name. It has since been assigned to the Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Trust,” the Chairman and Managing Director of Lakshmi Machine Works, Mr D. Jayavarthanavelu, said.Multi-faceted
GKS had a multifaceted personality. He participated in the freedom struggle and served considerable periods in prison, was a member of the Rajya Sabha (1968-74), was the founder President of various associations such as the South India Cotton Association, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, South India Textile Research Association, Wind Power Producers Organisation, Coimbatore Management Association, Kamban Kazhagam (Coimbatore Chapter), Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan and so on.

His friends recall how he used to relentlessly expose the rules and regulations that hindered the working of the textile industry without fear and would never give up his pursuit.

Navayuga Engineering Company completes Khor Fakkan Port expansion project

Navayuga Engineering Company (NEC), (Chinta Visveswara Rao, chairman and Managing Director) the Abu Dhabi-based infrastructure development and construction company, has completed the Khor Fakkan Port Expansion Project for Berth 6, contracted from Athena SA, as per schedule.

The complex work involved the installation of bored pile foundation with piles extending to depths of up to 25 metres in deep sea. The successful on-schedule completion of the project marks NEC's competencies in undertaking marine projects that involve deep-sea backfilling work.

With a successful track-record of on-schedule delivery of mega infrastructure projects in the UAE, Navayuga is on the road to attain its growth targets set for the year, said Mr Antony A David, General Manager, NEC. 'When we commenced operations in the UAE last year, our goal was to highlight our strengths in complex infrastructure projects.

The Khor Fakkan Port Expansion Project is a testament to our capabilities, and we will leverage this experience for future expansion.' Mr. David said that NEC will continue to focus on the emerging markets in the Middle East region in the coming months. 'Infrastructure development continues to be a priority for the region, and we will partner in the public and private sector initiatives to contribute to supporting regional projects with world-class technology and manpower support.' For the Khor Fakkan project, NEC laid 159 numbers of 900 mm diameter bored in-site piles.

The pile testing procedures, including static load test, dynamic test and non-destructive integrity testing, were carried out in accordance with the specifications for piling by the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. Two heavy duty piling rigs, two cranes of 50 and 80 tonnes and two vibro hammers were employed on site. Twenty technical staff-members supervised and executed the scope of the contract.

With its headquarters in Abu Dhabi and a branch office in Dubai, NEC has a team of over 500 professionals and skilled workers in the country. The company aims to become one of the top ten piling companies in the UAE and has accordingly mobilized a large fleet of equipment.