Many students at The University of Akron recognize the Timken name from the company’s presence nearby in the Canton area. Some of those students now equate the Timken name with a location thousands of miles and continents away.
Five students from the university toured the Bangalore campus in India this summer as part of a program aimed at demonstrating international business operations.
“I thought it would be good for them to see how a U.S. company can do business in India and the benefits and challenges of having an operation in India,” explained B. S. Vijayaraman, professor of management and information systems at the university and the organizer of the program. “I have been taking students to India since 2008, and we have been visiting the Timken office in Bangalore every year.”
Sakthivel C., general manager of manufacturing advancement and Bangalore site leader, welcomed the students. Various Timken leaders from the technology, marketing and communications departments presented quick overviews of the businesses. Sanjay Koul, managing director of India, also spoke with the students, who toured the research laboratory and got an overall idea about the testing procedures for bearings and their operations.
Students also learned of the challenges for Bangalore associates in the Information Technology department. “They work 24/7 to be able to serve people around the world in different time zones,” student Robert Sheeks commented. “It was interesting to talk to someone who worked the night shift to see how their life differed from family members who were on a more normal 9-to-5 time.”
The experience pays off for students in many ways. “It’s a great learning experience for the students and also helps them gain independence and confidence in the long run. These young students could be brand ambassadors for Timken tomorrow and we encourage such visits at our campus,” said Sakthivel C.