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Lean Kaizen Mela is an exclusive opportunity for participants to become familiar with the pillars of Operational Excellence. The Mela is a melting pot of various industries coming together and participating in the Case Study Competition and Guided Factory Tour to showcase their best practices and pillars of excellence. The key objective of this Mela is to share, learn and grow together.


Over the last decade the Indian economy has witnessed a surge in the demand of adopting business excellence practices across sectors. The market is emerging like never before. Business houses are trying to boost their brands at both the home and the overseas. Private as well as public sector is hugely impacted by the “Make In India” campaign. The need of standardized practices, and excellence framework has risen beyond the manufacturing sector to impact even the construction, healthcare and services sector. 

However the business challenges are achieving higher efficiency and enhanced profitability with the same resources. For Indian Companies, a lot of ground needs to be covered to become truly competitive in the global market. The customers will pay for the real “value-added” and not for the wasteful processes, like rework, overprocessing or so. This can be achieved by building a culture of continual improvements and adopting sustainable business practices. The onus lies with the leaders in the industry to produce right products and services at all times and live up to the global standards. 


Improving by learning from the leaders…

In a rapidly changing environment the organisations look for processes and systems that have already been developed to meet robust customer requirements. Yet, only the most flexible reach the end of the journey.

E.g. in 2001 the Indian tractor industry was hit by a downturn, Mahindra and Mahindra set out a R&D endeavor by setting up global benchmarks and adopted best practices to improve dynamically in areas like operational efficiency, supply chain, sales and inventory. Fourteen years down the line, they have become number one in sales in India and also have become the largest tractor manufacturers in the world.

Benchmarking with global organizations will impart a thorough understanding of the strengths of the organization. The only way to improve performance is by constantly identifying, understanding and adapting the Best Practices of the industry.

Here are a few Indian companies that stood out in their journey towards business excellence. 

Indian Companies leading the change with Business Excellence


Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors, Sundaram-Clayton Limited, Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Forge, Godrej & Boyce, Ballarpur Industries etc


Thermax Limited, Suzlon, Reliance Industries, Asian Paints, Arvind Mills and Raymond Limited, Cummins India, BHEL, SAIL etc

Lean Six Sigma

Mumbai’s Dabbawala’s, ITC, Wipro, Taj Hotels, Fleetguard, Liberty Shoes, Westside, TELCO/TISCO, Infosys, etc

Lean Construction

Shapoorji Pallonji, Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, Godrej Properties, Larsen & Toubro Construction, URC Construction Pvt Ltd etc

Theory of Constraints

Tata Steel, Hindalco, Elecon Engineering Company, Ring Plus Aqua, L&T Heavy Engineering, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Pidilite Industries, Marico Ltd etc

Features of Lean Kaizen Mela

The Lean Kaizen Mela is 2 day event where organisations are invited to share their best manufacturing practices through Keynote Sessions, Panel Discussions, Kaizen Case Studies, Guided factory Tours, Classroom sessions and Workshops

Cash Prizes for the Case Study Competition Winners

If you do not have a Case Study to present, you can still attend and keep learning!

Who can attend....?


CEOs, COOs, Plant Head, Production, Operations, Planning, Purchase, Quality, Maintenance, Industrial Engineering, Process Excellence, Supply Chain, Suppliers, Managers, Supervisors Executives, Continuous Improvement Leaders, Value Stream Managers and all Change Agents…

Chemicals, Construction, Apparels, Electronics, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Power, Telecommunications, Services, Public Sector Companies etc.


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XII Lean Kaizen Mela (2016)

Theme: The Building Blocks of Inventory

Keynote Speaker: Raghavendra Deolankar, VP Operations, Mahle Behr India, Pune

Panel Discussion on “Reinvent your inventory”

  • Vipen Malhotra, President & CEO, Syntel Telecom – Arvind Ltd,
  • Raman Nanda, Director; Gestamp Automation;
  • Dr Santosh Gopinathan, Business Head, JCB India Ltd;
  • Aman Sinha; GM – Supply Chain, Mahle Behr

Case Study Competition: 16 Case Studies

Winner: Mukand Ltd, Mumbai

Runner Up: Sandvik Asia, Pune & Syntel Telecom

Guided Factory Tours: Alfa Laval, Bharat Forge, Foseco, Mahle Behr, Seco Tools, Sandvik

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XI Lean Kaizen Mela (2015)

Theme: Learning from the Leaders

Keynote Speaker: Mr Mallavarapu Apparao, CMD Centum Electronics

Plenary Sessions:

  • Gandhian Servant Leadrship by DK Somaiya;
  • Social Engineering by Sirish Patel

Case Study Competition: 24 Case Studies

Winner RSB Transmissions, Pune

Runner Up: Haier Appliances & Godrej & Boyce Electricals and Electronic Division

Guided Factory Tours: Burckhardt Compression, Bharat Forge, Mahle Behr, RSB Transmissions Tranter, Volkswagen

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X Lean Kaizen Mela (2014)

Theme: Lean – the Indian Way

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shrinivas Gondhalekar, Dean Operations, Welingkar Institute of Management; Director, Kanzen Institute

Plenary Session:

  • Shirish Nagarkar, Plant Head, RSB Transmissions;
  • Lean Leadership – the Indian Way by DK Somaiya & Sirish Patel

Case Study Competition: 22 Case Studies

Winner : Virgo Valves, Pune (Emerson)

Runner Up: RSB Transmissions & Praj Industries

Guided Factory Tours: John Deere; RSB Transmissions, Tranter India, Suzlon Excellence Academy, Mahle BEHR India,

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IX Lean Kaizen Mela (2013)

Theme: Lean Leadership through – Principles, Purpose, Process and People

Keynote Speaker: Narayana Guruji

  • Guruji Narayana, Spiritual Motivator
  • Dr. Shrinivas Gondhalekar, Dean Operations, Welingkar Institute of Management;
  • Ms. Niloofer Giri, Vedanta Practitioner
  • Prof. M.S. Pillai, Celebrated Academician SCMLD; former Dean SCHMRD, SIBM

Case Study Competition: 22 Case Studies

Winner TNQ Books & Journals, Chennai &

Runner Up: RSB Transmission & 3M India

Guided Factory Tours: Alfa Laval India Pvt. Ltd.; Volkswagen India, Praj Industries, Foseco India Ltd.

RSB Transmissions Pvt. Ltd., Suzlon India

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VIII Lean Kaizen Mela (2012)

Theme: Power through Principles, Process and People

Keynote Speaker:

  • Mr. Pradeep Kumar, CEO, Suzlon Energy Ltd.
  • Mr. Shankara Narayana, COO, RSB Transmissions
  • Mr Sandeep Ghosh, CEO, Sahney Kirkwood Pvt Ltd

Plenary Session:

  • Lean in Construction by Amit Almal
  • Gandhian Leadership foe Lean Leders by Laxman Gole

Case Study Competition: 22 Case Studies

Winner: Sahney Kirkwood Pvt. Ltd., Nashik

Runner Up: 3M India & Syntel Telecom Ltd.

Guided Factory Tours: Suzlon Learning Centre “One Earth”; RSB Transmission; Alfa Laval India; Gestamp Automation India; Mahle Behr India

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VII Lean Kaizen Mela (2011)

Theme: Lean Ledership

Keynote Speaker: RB Madhekar,

Plenary Sessions:

  • Strategic Deployment (Hoshin Kanri) by Sirish Patel
  • Maruti Production System -Scaling up for vendors by Mr. R B Madhekar
  • Personal Leadership through Values of Dasbodha by Vishwas Fadtare/Laxman Gole
  • Information Security Management System by Ms. Parvin Tarafdar
  • Lean Sales & Marketing by Mr. Vipen Malhotra
  • Getting the right things done by Mr. Sanjiv Dange
  • People Factor in Lean Journey by Satish Kalokhe
  • Sustaining Kaizen by Mr. Vipen Malhotra
  • 8 Principles of QMS by Ms. Parvin Tarafdar
  • Lean Accounting by Mr. Ravi Kapoor
  • Lean in Hospital by Col R L Sharma
  • Lean in Construction by Mr. Amit Almal

Case Study Competition: 13 Case Studies

Winner: Praj Industries

Runner Up: RSB Transmissions & Forbes Marshall Welfare Centre,

Guided Factory Tours: Syntel Telecom, Pune; Alfa Laval India, Pune; Praj Industries, Pune,

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VI Lean Kaizen Mela (2010)

Theme: Leading the Holistic Way

Keynote Speaker:

Plenary Session:

  • Lean in IT - Mr. Shrikrishna Tiwari, Alfa Laval
  • Developing the right culture for Lean - Mr. K B Gorane, Alfa Laval
  • Lean in Hospital - Col. R. Sharma, Ex Administrator, Grant Medical Foundation
  • A3 Thinking - Mr. A. Gandhi, Thermax
  • 5"S" Philosophy in Practice @ Linea Leather - Mr. Shirish Patel, CEO, MAS Linea Leather
  • The Toyota Way - How Toyota does it in holistic manner - Mr. A Parasharami, Tata Motors
  • Dasbodha- Holistic Self-Transformation Tool/Process - Mr. S Rairikar, MCCIA
  • Blue Ocean Strategy - Mr. Vipen Malhotra, Syntel
  • Structured Implementation of Lean - Mr. Satish Kalokhe, GKN Sinter
  • Lean Layout - Mr. Ajaykumar, Vedzen Institute


Case Study Competition: 15 Case Studies

Winner: Syntel Telecom

Runner Up: Virgo Valves, Pune & Alfa Laval India,

Guided Factory Tours: Alfa Laval India Limited, Dapodi, Pune; Syntel Telecom, Pisoli; Lunch

Premium Energy Transmission Limited, Chinchwad, Pune; Mahle BEHR India, Pune

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