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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent over 90% of enterprises in most countries, worldwide. They are the driving force behind a large number of innovations and contribute to the growth of the national economy through employment creation, investments and exports.

More than seventy five percent of IEEMA membership comprises of Small and Medium scale enterprises. While general concerns and interests are discussed on a regular basis during Division and Executive Council meetings, however it was felt that issues pertaining to the SME Sector escaped due attention in the absence of a division dedicated to look at the segment holistically. Creation of a SME Division was therefore approved by the Executive Council. The SME Division has commenced functioning under the Chairmanship of Mr. J.G. Kulkarni, Past President. Mr. Vinod Bhatia, Managing Director, Powercap Capacitors Pvt. Ltd. has been nominated as the Vice Chairman for the division.

IEEMA has collated concern areas of its SME members by seeking feedback. Based on the feedback received, two division meetings have been held with the aim to analyse ground situations and arrive at prioritization of action areas. It has been decided that the division will actively pursue practical and achievable resolution mechanism including representation at appropriate levels in the government.

During the meetings it emerged that considerable value addition would happen if workshops on relevant subjects are conducted. The first such workshop on Awareness Building and Interactive Session was held in coordination with MSME on 7th August 2015. The following topics were covered:

  • Development Commissioner Schemes (DC-MSME)for Micro, Small & Medium Sector Enterprises, Mr. R. B. Gupte, Director, MSME Development Institute
  • Electrical Testing & Certification services, Mr.Vijay Kumar Sonkar, Addl.Indl.Advisor, MSME Testing Centre, Mumbai
  • Lean Manufacturing Cluster
    Mr. Abhay P Daptardar, Asst Director (Mech),MSME Development Institute, Mumbai
  • Calibration of Electrical Measuring Instruments
    Mr. Nishant Pawaskar & Mr. Anirudha Ambolkar, Institute for Design of Electrical Measuring,Instruments (IDEMI), Division of MSME
  • Wind of change in Industrial R&D in India & Role of DSIR in promoting R&D
    Mr. Dr. Suman Mazumdar, Scientist-‘C’ Department of Scientific & Industrial Research – Ministry of Science & Technology
  • RoHS Compliance
    Mr. Mukti Upadhyaya ,SGS India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Introduction to Safety Testing & Certification
    Mr. Vinod Suryavanshi,SGS India Pvt. Ltd.

The Worshop / Semainar on Finance, Cluster formation also planned.

In order to give members an exposure to clusters and their management, the next meeting would be scheduled at Nashik Engineering Cluster( NEC), Nashik, so that members can visit their testing facilities.


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