With over 17 years of experience in the automobile industry in the area of production planning control, Krishnan joined KIPL in 2006 as the first national employee in the Planning & Coordination Department. Since then he has been responsible for HANSEI (sales and production planning) as well as cost and inventory controls. He was also involved in the green field plant start-up of dump trucks, and most recently in the smooth transfer of the production of hydraulic excavators from LTCEL, a subsidiary of Larsen & Tourbro Limited (L&T), to KIPL's new plant which began operation in Chennai in May 2015.
This transfer project began in April 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2016. In India, under the partnership with L&T, Komatsu engaged in production, sales and service of hydraulic excavators over the years. Since April 2013, KIPL has become responsible for production and L&T for sales and service, in order to ensure further growth by capitalizing on each other's strengths. This transfer involves 5 models, ranging from 6-ton to 20-ton classes.
In the course of the transfer, he recalls, “It was a challenging task to meet market demand and achieve monthly sales and production targets, while keeping a 50-to-50 balance of the volume of production between KIPL and LTCEL.” In the same period, KIPL has also launched the production of the PC210-8M0 model, designed exclusively to respond to local market needs, and has begun installation of KOMTRAX in all excavator models.