Mr. Senthil Kumar has great passion for design and he continuously strives to learn and improve. It is this passion that has propelled a local entrepreneur from a small town to a level where his company is successfully competing with multinational giants with decades of experience and billion-dollar revenues.
Mr. Senthilkumar was born in 1966 in Coimbatore. He did his schooling in Kadiri Mill School – Coimbatore. He graduated from R.V college of Engineering in the year 1989, majoring in Industrial and Production Engineering.
Right from school days it was his dream to one day manufacture huge, complex machines. In his teens his science teacher was a big influence, encouraging his curious questions. His grandfather motivated him to dream big.
Mr. Senthilkumar is the Managing Director of Oriental Plants and Equipments Pvt. Ltd (OPEL) and Propel Industries Pvt. Ltd.
OPEL is a component manufacturing company supplying components to multinational engineering companies like GE, Marzoli, Oliver, Caterpillar, Komatsu, L&T Kobelco, Ashok Leyland etc.
Propel Industries incorporated in the year 2009 manufactures Crushing and Screening machinery for construction and mining industries. Propel’s products include Jaw crusher, Cone crusher, Vertical Shaft Impactor, Sand washer and screens. Wheel and track mounted crushers are a recent addition to the product range. Propel is the first CE certified company among crusher manufacturers in India.
M-sand plants which produce sand from rock (Better for environment than mining of river sand) is a major success for Propel. Their plants produce sand of excellent quality as attested by their customers.
Exceptional design and quality standards are the keys to Propel’s success. All machines go through rigorous quality checks and erection and commissioning is done by experienced project teams.
Customer complaints are addressed immediately by the service team. Propel has 730 customers in all parts of India and abroad and customer retention rate is exceptionally high. Apart from a strong pan India presence Propel has customers in several countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Africa.
Propel Industries Private Limited started in the year 2009 is continuously growing to a considerable extent year by year. The growth pattern of Propel is in 2014-15, it had achieved 48% over the last year, in 2015-16 – 51%, in 2016-17 – 62% and now in the current financial year 2017-18 – it is expected to achieve about 143% growth than the last year.
Propel Industries Private Limited has recently has started its Unit-II to facilitate speedy delivery to the customers in the rural area of Coimbatore. It is also having local office and warehousing at Haryana & Karnataka to meet customers immediate needs of spare parts. OPEL & Propel have about 1250 employees in all their units.
The most important attribute for a successful businessman is persistence and guts to face the enormous challenges of running a business successfully.
Mr. Senthil Kumar believes his passion to understand the finer details is the basic reason behind Propel’s success. Becoming a process-based company by designing proper Work Management system, has also contributed to success of the company.
Mr. Senthilkumar is passionate about developing a more practical curriculum for school children. As a first step, Propel is sponsoring summer camps and weekend programs in government schools in Coimbatore. Here experts in various fields handle personality development, science workshops, spoken English etc., to prepare students for their career and life.
Mr. Senthilkumar is a weekend golfer. He also likes to go on short treks.
“Where is the CAPA? “ is the question most frequently asked by Mr. Senthilkumar. CAPA – Corrective and Preventive Action – is an important tool for improvement and setting strict standards for flawless performance.
The value we create for society is the most rewarding aspect of an entrepreneur’s job. Seeing our associates growing and prospering gives immense joy.
Persistence and courage are the keys for success in any sphere of life.