Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee

Global Spotlight focuses on employees from the Mitsubishi Companies who are excelling in their respective fields around the world. In each issue we will get to know different employees, who will tell us about their hometowns, businesses, culture, and pastimes.

The forest gTeutoburger Waldh is in a low mountain range in the center of Germany. In the year 9 AD, the gTeutoh became historically significant due to the so-called Varus battle in this region, where the Romans suffered a disastrous defeat against the Germanic hordes. Today, the Teutoburger Wald is very popular for holiday and leisure activities. Picturesque landscapes with idyllic lakes and bizarre rock formations invite visitors to enjoy extended trekking and mountain bike trips. The worldfs biggest gliding airfield is located on the southern slope of the Teuto. A combination of forest and sandy soil offers perfect conditions for gliding - enthusiastic pilots come from abroad. Bielefeld, with its 330.000 inhabitants, is located on the edge of the forest.

Sparrenburg Castle

In the past Bielefeld was well known for the production of linen so itfs no wonder that the paper industry settled there. The paper mill in Bielefeld was established in 1799 and is nowadays one of the leading manufacturers of specialty papers worldwide. Today our product portfolio consists of thermal papers, carbonless papers, inkjet papers, cast-coated label papers and barrier papers. I started my training as a papermaker at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper in Bielefeld in 1989. Now I am jointly responsible for occupational health & safety and industrial education.

The medieval festival

     To introduce the profession of paper technologist and to get young people interested in the job, we participated in a medieval market in Bielefeld for the first time. Some of our trainees presented the craft of papermaking as practiced centuries ago. All devices, the tent and even the clothes were in the traditional medieval style and were made mostly by our trainees themselves. The medieval market takes place every year at Bielefeldfs landmark Sparrenburg, an old castle constructed in the 13th century. With its high tower, stone walls and underground basement vaults, the Sparrenburg is a perfect place to bring the past back to life. Every year the medieval festival is a great event - and with about 35.000 visitors it is one of the biggest events in the region. So, we are very proud that our presentation was so attractive and interesting that we received inquiries from other markets in our area, as well, to show the old craft of papermaking.
     Compared to other festivals a medieval market has a very special atmosphere. Not only the exhibitors but also the visitors are often dressed in the traditional style, speak an old German language and eat traditional food - so organizing and attending the markets is a real pleasure for me and I am looking forward to them again next year.

Dasara procession

Sandalwood handicraft

The rare Bengal tiger

Situated in a land of history and rich culture, with a plethora of historical monuments, is the city of Mysore - the home of MVDE!
     Cosmopolitan yet rich in heritage, the city celebrates its cultural unity, pomp and grandeur during the Dasara Festival every year, drawing lots of tourists from all over the world. The fortnight-long festival commemorates the victory of good over evil, with the entire city decorated in colourful lights, with traditional dance and folk arts with music performances, culminating with a procession of elephants carrying gGoddess Chamundih seated in a golden canopy.
     The city has also gained a reputation for its unique handwoven silk garments and sandalwood artifacts. Not far away, in the Nilgiri Forest Reserve surrounding Mysore, sightings of Bengal tigers, Asiatic elephants, Indian bisons and many species of birds are common and so it offers a real treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts.

Celebrating MVDEfs 10th Anniversary

My company gMitsubishi Heavy Industries - VST Diesel Engines Private Ltd.h (MVDE) is a joint venture conceived from the visions of our parent companies, to marry evergreen Japanese technology with Indian manufacturing capability. I joined MVDE at its inception in 2007 and being a greenfield project it proved the most challenging part of my career, to have set up and established this company brick by brick.
     My 30 years of rich experience in operations and the world famous Japanese manufacturing system have both helped me to carve out some of the best shop floor practices at MVDE, to make it a worldclass manufacturing base within Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group today.
     MVDEfs growth was slow initially, with our products struggling to gain a foothold in the highly competitive domestic market. But it soon turned around as we started exports to MHIfs worldwide customer base, supplying diesel engines made in India and assured with Mitsubishi quality. As MVDE celebrates its 10th anniversary, I am indeed proud and happy to see the transformation of the company over the years and I further look forward to mentoring my team members to stride ahead and taking MVDE to greater heights in the future.