The Melting Pot of India - Wacker Chemie AG


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The Melting Pot of India

The team at Wacker House in Mumbai is young. Very young. Many employees come fresh from university. Most of them haven’t been abroad as yet. Nevertheless, they think globally.

Raman Trikala makes an effort to create a pleasant and productive atmosphere at Wacker House in Mumbai.

Raman Trikala is clearly proud of his team. When the head of WACKER’s Indian subsidiary goes through the offices, he sees many youthful faces. Around 50 men and women belonging to Wacker Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. and the joint venture Wacker Metroark Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. work at Wacker House in a suburb of Mumbai. “Perhaps they haven’t traveled much. But nonetheless they are globally oriented and extremely ambitious,” says Trikala.

The team puts a lot of emphasis on promoting the intercultural skills of young colleagues. This includes organizing courses on living and working in Germany. “These courses help colleagues understand the differences between both cultures. For example, in India, being late for a meeting is acceptable, whereas in Germany, it is not,” says Trikala.

On the other hand, birthdays are celebrated very conscientiously. Each employee is presented with a cake on their special day. A big investment is made in the workforce in other ways, too. Happy employees mean higher motivation levels and increased productivity at work. Family Days and joint celebrations are firmly entrenched in the schedule. For Trikala, it is an incentive “to see a lot of happy faces in the offices.”

Happy faces - working together for successful business: Pritesh Martins, Braviya D'mello, Priyanka Kumar und Dr. Nihar Kundu (from left).

Even so, the Indian market is tough. The polymer business has indeed doubled in the last four years, reports managing director Raman Trikala. But despite the enormous economic boom of recent years, markets are still very fragmented. “We need to exert ourselves tremendously to reach every nook, cranny and market of our vast country,” says Trikala. “And our Indian business partners are formidable negotiators. Every detail is addressed – right down to the question of who pays the postage,” he adds and laughs.

Raman Trikala worked for WACKER in Australia and the United States for many years. In 2009, the manager returned to his native India. “It was hard for my kids. In California they were out and about a lot of the time, but it’s a different matter in Mumbai with its 20 million inhabitants,” relates Trikala.

Personally, he likes the fact that Mumbai has become so multicultural in the past few years: “A melting pot, just like New York.” In the area where he lives with his family, there are many small Italian, French and Thai restaurants. “Especially after midnight Mumbai is very beautiful,” he says.

The only thing that really bothers Raman Trikala in the dynamic city is the traffic. “I’ll do anything to escape the traffic jams,” he says. Unfortunately, Trikala’s most urgent wish for the future: a flying car for a congestion-free commute to the office, is wishful thinking.