One-On-One

Toshiba JSW’s exports to hit 30% by 2020

Yoshiaki Inayama, Managing Director, Toshiba JSW Power Systems

We are determined to continue to deliver excellent products under our commitment to the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.
Yoshiaki Inayama, Managing Director, Toshiba JSW Power Systems Pvt Ltd (TJPS)
In August, Toshiba JSW Power Systems Pvt Ltd (TJPS) created a milestone by shipping its first ‘Made in India’ 800MW steam turbine generator. Now the company has drawn up plans to expand its export contribution from a single digit to 30 per cent by 2020. On the sidelines of a select media tour of TJPS’s factory near Chennai, Zaid Lakdawala speaks to the company’s Managing Director Yoshiaki Inayama. Excerpts:
Could you discuss on the future roadmap of Toshiba JSW Power Systems?Toshiba JSW Power Systems Pvt Ltd (TJPS), with its state-of-the-art facility at Chennai to manufacture subcritical, supercritical and ultra supercritical turbine and generator with unit capacities in the range of 250 MW to 1,000 MW, has already established itself as a dominant player in the supercritical steam turbines and generators (STG) in the 800 MW category in India, having won orders for ten sets.
We aim to become World No. 1 Engineering, Manufacturing, Procurement, Construction and Services (EMPCS) company. We are moving in this direction by offering a one-stop solutions for establishing the power plants with indigenously sourced or manufactured products including all services for continued efficient operation, enhancing the life of plant covering renovation and modernisation.
In line with our vision to develop India as an export base, we want to expand our export contribution from a single digit to 30 per cent by 2020. Currently, we export key components of steam turbines and generators to North America, Japan and South-East Asian markets. In the coming years, plans are on to export the complete steam turbine generator sets to the world markets.
How would you like to expand your manufacturing base?Toshiba JSW began commercial operations in 2012 with a capacity to produce steam turbines and generators of 3,000 MW a year for thermal power plants. Based on the demand from the domestic and export markets, TJPS would enhance its production capacity. We are also developing a strong vendor base where TJPS can outsource some of the machining operations to other parties. This will also help us to consolidate our utilisation capacity.
TJPS recently shipped its first ‘Made-in-India’ Super-critical Steam Turbine Generator from the Chennai factory. Would you like to share more information on that?On 19th August, TJPS marked a significant milestone in its endeavour to offer customers state-of-the-art power generations solutions with shipment of its first ‘Made-in-India’ steam turbine generator. The 800-MW steam turbine generator (STG) for Unit 2 of the Kudgi Ultra Super-critical Thermal Power Station in Karnataka was Toshiba’s first large-scale generation system to be manufactured and assembled with locally procured parts and systems, and tested in India. With this shipment we embarked on our local manufacturing – from procurement to testing and shipping, for customers in India and the neighbouring countries.
We are determined to continue to deliver excellent products under our commitment to the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. With the manufacturing and supply of turbines and generators, we will continue to contribute to the growth of industries ‘for the next India’.
What are the cost advantages of the equipment when you export it from Chennai to other countries?TJPS Chennai factory is Toshiba’s only factory for steam turbines and generators manufacturing outside of Japan. We can enjoy cost advantage of indigenous raw materials and parts in case, when we make proper quality assessment and supplier management of suppliers. Quality is absolute prerequisite for our products and we have been developing suppliers which can meet our quality requirement. Our well-trained engineers and operators are one of most important factors of quality of our products.  What’s the volume of business comes from export?Currently, we export key components of steam turbines and generators to North America, Japan and South-East Asian markets. In the coming years, plans are on to export the entire steam turbine generator sets to the world markets. In the last financial year, the contribution of exports to the sales revenue is in single digits and we aim to achieve about 30 per cent by 2020.
How green is your facility?In order to realise no water emission concept, TJPS factory has wastewater treatment plant and treated water is recycled in the factory. We also have rainwater harvesting pond and use the water for landscaping to reduce water consumption. Our factory building roofs and walls have skylight and factory building walls are sandwich panel which enable to reduce electric consumption for lighting and air conditioning. Toshiba JSW is very keen about environmental conservation activities such as lake cleaning camp near our factory and biodiversity monitoring in our factory.
What all measures are undertaken to ensure the safety of over 1000 employees at TJPS?In line with our “Commitment to People”, we place the top priority to human life, safety and legal compliance, and support employees’ occupational health and safety. Toshiba aims to provide a work environment where employees can create value and raise productivity while being free from risks and concerns. TJPS has certificate of OHSAS 18001, occupational health and safety assessment series, and is implementing safety management based on OHSAS 18001requirement.
To ensure the safety of all our employees at TJPS, stringent safeguards have been put in place by providing appropriate training for proper operation and safety awareness and disseminating information to enable all employees to appreciate risks, accept individual responsibility for environment, health and safety, implement best practices and work in partnership to create a culture of continual improvement for prevention of occupational injuries and ill health/illness.  We have also introduced safety risk reduction activities, which is commonly used in Japanese factories and construction sites, called Kiken Yochi Katsudo (KYK) which means Hazard Prediction Activity at each and every shop floor. Before starting each shift operation, KYK is conducted under all members’ participation to find out the safety risks of the operation and give instruction about proper operation and PPEs. If the risk is significant, improvement action of facilities or process will be done before starting of operation.
In addition, we have a medical room with an in-house certified medical practitioner at all times and an ambulance ready to attend to any emergency on the factory floor. The factory premises also house many common assemble areas for evacuation from the factory floor and office building at a time of any emergency. Periodic safety drills are conducted to ensure everyone vacates the premises and joins the assembly area within a stipulated timeframe.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Most Popular

To Top