Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mr. Anil Gupta of HIC International Co Inc, New Delhi

Anil Gupta, a renowned industrialist & a dynamic entrepreneur in his own right installed Rubber Belt Manufacturing Plant in 1988. Established a high brand image in a span of 1 ½ year in tough competition with giants like Fenner, Dunlop, Goodyear & others . Also, earned respectable Indian brand image in quality dictating European countries. Had have satisfactory bank transactions with Corporation Bank & Indian Overseas Bank.

Since inception in 1988, “Universal” has fostered creativity – with proven track record of performance. Challenging spirit propels “Universal” to make unmatched quality. No concept is too unique, too arduous for HIC International Co. to tackle. Had won Gold Medal & Excellence Award in Exports to quality dictating European countries in 1997.

Give me brief introduction of HIC International Co
Since inception in 1988, commitment to excellence, perfection to the minutest degree, latest know-how had been the hall-marks in manufacturing activities. Total Quality Management principles are followed that accounted for repeated orders from different satisfied customers. Won Gold Medal & Excellence Award during 1997 for Exports. “Universal” had been instrumental in Providing Master Solutions to Cement, Paper, Fertilizer, Minings, Sugar & other industries in India & abroad.

What are the range of products manufactured by HIC? 
“Universal” make Rubber & Engineering Products range includes:- 

• Conveyor Belting - For successful material handling 
• Idler (Roller) – For operational success of belt conveyor 
• Pulley(Conveyor) – For continuous operation of belt conveyor. 
• V Belt – For motor to pulley power transmissions. 
• Transmission Belting – For Pulley to pulley power transmissions 
• Nylon Sandwich Belt – For high speed power transmissions. 
• Pulley (V Belt) - For better mileage from V belt drive. 
• Pulley (Timing Belt) – for noiseless & no slippage operation 
• Coupling(Star) – For quick & easy installation. 
• Coupling (Tyre) – For high torque transmissions. 
• Coupling (Pin Bush) – For high torque transmissions at high speeds. 
• Coupling (Flexible Geared) – For trouble-free high torque transmissions. 
• Coupling (Quick Release) – For instant, positive & leak proof connections. 
• Rubber Hose – For burst proof conveying 
• Rubber Sheet – For jointing needs. 
• Rubber Electric Mat – For shock-proof floor covering 
• Valve (Ball) – For unrestricted straight through flow. 
• Valve (Needle) – For easy installation on fluid line connections. 
• Camlock – For line pressure with no separation.

What is the Key-factor behind growth & success of HIC?
Challenging spirit. Accumulated study of various materials and years of hard and intelligent work led to proven knowledge base. This accounted for rapid growth in the form of repeated orders from various customers on regular basis.

What kind of customers HIC is serving? 
Major giants like ACC Cement, Chambal Fertilizers, Hindustan Newsprint, Indian Oil, Hindalco, Birla Corp., Bharat Coking Coal, Paradip Port, U.P. State Sugar, Lafarge Cement, Holcim, Goa Dockyards & various others.

Do HIC export also? What is the percentage to domestic? 
Aggressively pursued activities from International standpoint. “Universal” products are exported to quality dictating European countries. About 30-40% to domestic sales accounts for exports.

What is the technological up-gradation in the range of HIC’s Rubber Products & Engineering Machined Steel Goods? 
In-house R&D – various rubber and engineering products as per drawings are developed combining best technology for longer life and economy for industrial use as well as agricultural applications.

How different are HIC’s Material Handling Conveyor, Power Transmission Drive, Hydraulic Pneumatic & Safety Rubber Products when compared with your competitors? 
Strong QC and stringent Quality Assurance systems ensures “Universal” brand leadership.

What kind of quality standards HIC’s “Universal” branded industrial products adhere to?
Manufactured to Relevant I.S. standards, DIN, IEC, SANS, ASTM standard specifications & supersedes the test requirements laid down. Strong QC helps in achieving our endeavor.

Has the recession in the present market affected your industry? How? 
Yes, please. Plant expansions activity and several projects have been either postponed or shelved out & thus demand have been affected. Customers or investors are adopting ‘wait & watch policy’.

Do Govt. Policies influence the growth of your Rubber & Engineering Manufacturing Industry? Yes, please. Excise duty rate increase or reduction & exemption waiver together with sales tax. Complicated procedures hinder growth. Higher electricity tariffs together with poor electric supply & Improper Labour laws adversely affect production.

Do you have facility to provide 3rd Party Inspections if desired by buyers?
Though Test Certificate of our Lab, wherever applicable, are forwarded along-with the supply in HIC’s modern in-house testing facility. However, are fully geared up to offer Third Party Inspections by DNV, EIL, RITES, etc. as well.

Any other point you would like to make? 
Lot of export potential exists. But higher input costs viz. electricity & fuel, unfavorable labor environment, unfavorable export incentives coerce to tap huge exports in competition with China, Taiwan, etc. Govt. should provide incentives for achieving higher production, employing more labor in the interest of upliftment of country & the entrepreneur and are hopeful to look forward to Govt.’s positive approach in this direction.

HIC INTERNATIONAL CO INC D-136, Shankar Road, New Delhi – 110060, India Tel: +91 11 2874 5120, Fax: 91-11-2573 2791 E-mail:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Interview with Matthew C. Martino

Matthew C. Martino is Author/Film Producer from the UK. We have conducted an interview with him.

Which do you enjoy more? Being an author or film producer?
I enjoy being a film producer more, its like more stressful but its also more exciting. No one day in film production is the same as another and you get to meet loads of people all with different characters and who just want to get on and make a good film. I do like writing but the life of an author always contains some depressing moments where you hit a block it sets you back a few a days and you don’t often work with anyone when you are writing a book and its too much research.

How do you craft the characters in your books? Do you really know 'them'? 
I often craft them through research. Both my books have been self driven so I wrote based on my experience so I had to really dig deep and know the inner me and the struggles I faced then put them on pen and paper. When I write scripts for films I often craft characters and roles by researching how a real life person would react in a situation then I craft the character based on a real life example.

As a film producer, what do you think are the essentials skills set or personalities? Which is your favourite film? 
I believe every producer must be flexible, honest and patient. As a producer you don’t really get recognised and when things go wrong you need to keep moral up and obviously sort things out so that other crew don’t get demoralised. My favourite film so far has been ‘The Wolf OF Wall Street’ it was packaged very well and a very great performance from the cast.

If you can have it your way, name one female and one male actor whom you would aspire/want to work with?
In a dream world I would like to produce a piece with Jason Statham and Kate Winslet, I think they are both exceptional talent and would make a good movie. Jason inspires me due to how he has gone from strength to strength with his action roles and he does most of his stunts himself which is really impressive. Kate carries a diverse range of talent including comedy, emotion and some dramatic sequences.

You are also the founder of 'Let's Fly Academy', how did the recent MH370 mystery affect you? 
Yes, Lets Fly Academy looks to educate and assist pilots of tomorrow and we are actively seeking new routes to be able to support people with fear of flight and those that are unsure about flying for a living. The MH370 mystery hasn’t affected us too badly but we’ve had enquiries from people who are frightened of flying and we’ve had some people we’ve been coaching through to do their pilot license courses and they have since dropped out. Events like those always leave the public scared due to the way the press reports it.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dog Doo-Hickey

Gregg Huberty and his business partner is Marc Rumaner are avid inventors from Illinois. They have created a patent pending dog product that is on the kickstarter site. We have conducted an interview with them.

What is your story? Can you tell us more about yourselves and how did you and your partner come up with this business idea for the dog product? 
M&G Ideas, Inc. was started by 2 friends, Marc Rumaner and Gregg Huberty, who enjoy inventing and product design and have several licensed products currently on the market. Marc and Gregg are constantly thinking up new product ideas and finally decided it was time to try producing and manufacturing their own. Being dog owners they decided to focus on the pet market. Their first product, the Dog Doo-Hickey, solves a problem they both have when walking their dogs as do many other dog owners so it seemed like a natural for their first product launch.

What other methods have you use other than kickstarter for your fund raising? 
At this point Kickstarter is our first attempt to raise funding for the Dog Doo-Hickey.

How has Kickstarter helped you so far? 
Kickstarter has been enormously helpful in understanding everything that goes into crowdfunding and what to do to get a project off the ground.

What are your goals for the first five years? 
Our first five year goals are to try and bring the Dog Doo-Hickey to market quickly followed by two more products with the goal of having distributors place these products in stores nationwide and to build a small product design company.

Why should people buy your product? Where can they find you? 
At this point in time the only place to buy or rather “back” the Dog Doo-Hickey is on Kickstarter. We intend to launch an e-commerce website once we have the funding in place.

The Asian Entrepreneur Magazine

Melvin Poh is the founder of The Asian Entrepreneur Magazine. This is the first prominent business magazine that solely focuses on, interviews and features entrepreneurs and startups based in Asia. We have conducted an interview with him.

In 60 seconds, can you summarize and tell us what The Asian Entrepreneur is all about?

Admittedly, that's a rather difficult challenge because I personally believe to truly understand the work we do and what The Asian Entrepreneur represents; one would have to intricately examine many aspects of our organization and particularly, the values that underlie them. However in short, I would say The Asian Entrepreneur is a magazine that seeks to supplement and facilitate entrepreneurship in Asia by enabling a direct and raw exchange of entrepreneurial insights. This is achieved through the active profiling of different entrepreneurs and businesses, that we encounter in Asia. With that being said, The Asian Entrepreneur represents not only a platform for Asian entrepreneurs to have their voices heard but also a codex of invaluable wisdom for the aspiring entrepreneur.

What is the reason for starting The Asian Entrepreneur?

I've been an entrepreneur my entire life. The major problem that I've encountered early on in my trials as an entrepreneur was an experential limit. There was never an actual manual on what to do; specifically, how to succeed as an entrepreneur. This is a problem that I believe, not only I face, but also a problem that I believe is faced by many entrepreneurstoday. So there was always a need for an actual solution that would address this. To me it was all really formless until 2012, when I started pursuing my studies in business at Harvard University. There I was all of a sudden introduced to a learning method quite unlike any I've seen before and that was the- business school method. Essentially, we, students, were regularly encouraged to contribute, share and exchange our own actual business insights and experience in open discussions. With that, I began to see that the very platform and method built by Harvard Business School, was in essence an effective key to overcoming the experential limits that I spoke of. It was the business school advantage and for me it was entirely unfair that it was something limited to top academic institutions of the world.

It was this realization and the associated sentiments that drove me to start working on a platform that was widely available and accessible to all. I decided to base and limit the main coverage of that platform to Asia because most of Asia is a comparatively young, economically speaking and not surprisingly, the startup scene is even younger. As such, Asia is an exciting place to cover because although developments are happening, the lack of established startup frameworks and cultures literally means that these entrepreneurs are faced with even more obstacles than those that we'd face in the West. This means that they would no doubt have incredibly worthy stories to tell. I strongly believed, as I still believe now, there is something to be learnt from Asian entrepreneurs.

What is your proudest moment in the life of The Asian Entrepreneur?

This is a very tough question because I am proud of everything my team has done today. The life of The Asian Entrepreneur is filled with proud moments, after proud moments for me. I remember the earliest celebration we had was surviving our first issue, then later on towards the successful launch of our website, the growth of the website, securing better distributing networks, securing big entrepreneurs, securing equity partners, launching our private equities programme, to name a few. Truly, I celebrate everything we've been blessed with so far and the hard work the men and women at The Asian Entrepreneur has put in.

Along your journey, what was a major challenge that you faced?

I think the major challenge that I faced at The Asian Entrepreneur was figuratively speaking, meeting the crossroad between choosing whether to go 'all-in' into what we were doing or maintaining the same level of consistency and approach, we've had at that point. The Asian Entrepreneur started as a project that I managed to get a few friends interested in. We were incredibly "zen" about it, it was truly a passion, but really a side project. Partly, because at that time, I was involved in and managing a demanding startup private equity company. It was not until we were getting the adequate reception for The Asian Entrepreneur that I began to realize that we really needed to take it to the next level, or it would have been doomed to be a pet project with its true potential forever unrealized. It was a tough decision to make, because it required substantial capital investments in business resources that we did not have at the time, but also substantial investments in time. Fortunately, we made the move but transitioning into an actual enterprise from what began as a personal project was the hardest challenge that I believe we faced.

To the aspiring entrepreneur out there, what is your advice to him?

The only advice I would give is a personal motto of mine, "difficulty does not equate to impossibility and persistence is the key to excellence." It is that we should realize that we are truly powerful in this life, and that any obstacles we encounter is never insurmountable unless we allow it to be. I truly believe if you persist hard enough in the face of difficulties and failures with a tenacious spirit, you will truly excel in anything you do.

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