10.04.2012

A 2 hours bus drive through the countryside of Maharashtra just outside Mumbai headed us to the new and modern building of one of the leading company of tapes. The company was originally founded in 1927 as the industrial products division of the health care giant Johnson & Johnson and taken over by the Premchand Group (PRS) in 1999.

We were warmly welcomed by the general Manager and his people with a traditionally Chai-the, coffee and even a fresh coconut for each of us. After a short introduction of PRS given by the general Manger and the head of the Marketing Division, we were shown a movie of the historical trading background of Bombay (now Mumbai). For a more enhancing plant visit, we were divided into for groups according to our interests and major of studies. Especially we were given a more detailed introduction into the R&D, Production and the Quality Management Division. During the company visit we realised the importance of safety regulations. The raw materials are highly flammable and those have to be fought with CO2. Therefore, PRS fire prevention measures are very sophisticated and even include own educated fire fighters. The visit ended with a delicious and traditional lunch offered by PRS. As a give away we received a biography of Premchand Roychand, one of the wealthiest and most prominent citizen of Bombay, also known as the “Cotton King” or the “Bullion King”.

Coming back to the hotel, our day ended white a visit of the “Crawford Market” in the city of Mumbai, which was very impressive.

Stefanie Fehr, Lukas Wyss

10.04.2012