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Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited December 09 www. bus- ex. com 141 20 per cent of the company's total turnover of just over Rs280 million was raised through the sale of products and systems developed by way of its in- house research and development efforts. Success breeds success; during the year, BHEL's spend on research and development increased by roughly 46 per cent from the year before. This accounted for reinvestment in the region of 2.4 per cent of turnover and is among the highest in India for the type of business that BHEL is involved in. The company is also regarded mid- way among the top 1,000 spenders on research and development in the world. And it is that focus on developing new technologies and products within its research and development facilities that saw BHEL announce the successful development of the country's first high- temperature superconducting ( HTSC) transformer in December 2009. India's first 1.0 MVA, three- phase 33/ 6.6 kV HTSC transformer, the product was developed, manufactured and tested entirely via in- house know- how, using bismuth- based HTSC wire instead of the conventional copper, enabling the conduction of 100 times more current than the normal copper conductors permit. Significantly, the availability of bismuth- based HTSC wire commercially has opened new opportunities for manufacturers of power system equipment the world over; and BHEL hopes that this particular development will herald a new era of applying superconductivity in the area of transformer development- something currently exclusive to a small handful of countries. The development of the HTSC transformer will open up new markets and opportunities in the area of efficient transmission and distribution of power but will also provide large- scale reduction in the loss of energy, resulting in safer, more environmentally- friendly technologies. And so India's reputation for innovation, enterprise and technology is further enhanced through the many endeavours and successes of BHEL. - Editorial research by Matt Syder corporate and unit level quality structure that enables requisite planning, control and implementation of a company- wide policy which is linked to its vision statement. BHEL's processes have seen it attain ISO 9001 accreditation while its environmental management systems are ISO 14001 accredited. At the same time, a stringent health and safety programme saw the company awarded OHSAS 18001 certification. To help support its quality control, the company has furthered its advancement towards business excellence by adopting the European Foundation for Quality Management ( EFQM) model, conducting annual self- assessment and implementing continuous improvement in all its operations. The company is clearly well on its way to accomplishing its vision of becoming a world- class engineering enterprise committed to enhancing stakeholder value. It is a view shared by a workforce that today numbers in the region of 42,600 employees. The company firmly believes in providing every worker with equal opportunities and has a special focus on personal development and career planning, achieved through extensive training and retraining. Product quality and reliability can be attributed to BHEL's significant focus on design and research and development. Its engineering and manufacturing services are supported by world class technology developed both externally and in-house. The company's calibration and testing laboratories are accredited under the National Accreditation Board for Calibration and Testing Laboratories scheme of Laboratory Accreditation, which has mutual recognition with Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. The emphasis ( and investment) on quality and technology has very much enhanced the company's international reputation, resulting in product certification from various international bodies, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. BHEL's reliance on research and development is unquestionable. During the fiscal year 2008- 09, almost Strukton Rolling Stock, part of Strukton Rail, is a specialist in the field of train technology for the complete lifecycle. The company has a long-term cooperation with BHEL. The cooperation includes traction systems, auxiliary converters and monitoring systems in ACEMU, ACDEMU and Locs. Knowledge transfer is a vital component of the long- term cooperation. Strukton Rolling Stock