Industrial Visit to Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited (KSDL), Bengaluru
Industrial Visit is essential for students pursuing MBA Program. It assists in bridging the gap between academia and Industry. The MBA department of New Horizon College of Engineering has organized an Industrial Visit to Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited (KSDL), Bengaluru on 30.12.2022. The third semester MBA students along with the faculty coordinator were taken out for the Industrial Visit. The Journey towards the KSDL started by 9:30 AM and reached the factory by 10:45 AM.
The visit started with briefing about the introduction of KSDL was given to the students by the R&D Head Mr. Balakrishna. He started the session by introducing the official emblem of the company “SHARABHA”. Sharabha is a mythological creation from the puranas. It is illustrated in an unusual form – the body of a lion with the head of an elephant. It embodies the combined virtues of wisdom, courage and strength. He highlighted that the sandal wood soaps manufactured by KSDL contains vegetable oils, natural sandalwood oil along with skin care conditioners and moisturizers. Sandalwood oil is nature’s gift, emulates a lingering fragrance that rejuvenates the mind, body and soul and it is also considered as liquid gold. He further highlighted that all other competitor brand which is available in the market contains synthetic sandalwood oil which creates lots of skin related problems. So, KSDL is a monopoly in manufacturing sandalwood soaps with natural sandalwood oil.
Mysore Sandalwood Oil and Mysore Sandal Soap are accredited with Geographical Indication Registry on January 30, 2006 as Intellectual Property India. The company is accredited with ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System and ISO14001:2004 for Environmental Management System. The company is also accredited with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).
After the briefing, students were taken to visit the plant were soap is manufactured. It all starts with soap noodles mixed with natural sandalwood oil and the mixture is sent through conveyor belt for converting into various shapes and size. Then they check for the quality of the soaps and if the quality is good, then it is sent for packing. After the final packing, the soaps are arranged in cartoons and then it is moved to the warehouse. Finally the visit ended with the question answer session where students clarified their doubts and the students were very happy about the visit to KSDL. Overall it was a good learning experience for the students to visit the factory and get exposure regarding Operations management, Warehousing, Human resource management, Funds management and Marketing of Sandalwood Soaps.