R.K. Behera – An Influential Business Leader

RSB Group | R.K. Behera - Business Leader

Mr. R.K. Behera is the Chairman and Founder of the RSB Group

Technology is at its peak all over the world. new inventions and constant development in every single sector is due to the upgradation of technologies and the constant demand for simple and time-saving equipment. Fields like Automobiles, Farming, etc have developed rapidly in the last few decades as a result uprising of new entrepreneurs is unstoppable. The business sector and a number of entrepreneurs have a key role in India’s rising GDP. Expansion of the engineering sector made a huge difference in development over all the other same-linked fields. Over a period of time, manual things got changed into equipment and gradually leading to a world full of robotics and operational engineering equipment. 

Mr. R.K. Behera – RSB Group

Mr. R.K. Behera is one of young Indian entrepreneur from the hometown of the world-famous Tata group. R.K. Behera and his brother S.K. Behera together were very inspired by the Tata group and used to see their future in them. Both the brothers established RSB Group in 1975 and today the small start-up is a global company owning two branches in USA and Mexico-like countries. 

Featuring for The Enterprise World’s this issue of The Most Successful Business Leaders to Watch Out is Mr. R.K. Behera, who has set out an example of hard work and determination togetherly pay off.

RSB Group is a global engineering institution, founded in 1975 by two bubbling and enterprising young brothers, Mr. R.K. Behera and Mr. SK Behera, from Jamshedpur, hailing from a humble middle-class background, with a passion and dedication to doing something different, to traverse a path hitherto untraveled. They dreamt only realities. Their start-up venture had very little finance of Rs 15,000/- borrowed from his father, but with lots of family support and human values imbibed by their parents. 

Growing up in Jamshedpur in the midst of successful Tata industries and value system, the brothers were deeply influenced and inspired by the entrepreneurship of Tata and their ethical values to people, society and the environment. Their upbringing echoes in all that they have accomplished so far and all that they dreamt to create.

Journeying through the rough terrain of volatile business swings, brothers withstood storms to accomplish what they dreamt.  With an initial seed capital of mere Rs 15,000, RSB Group today in a span of more than four decades, carved a niche in the global arena. Presently, it has 13 manufacturing plants spread over 7 locations in India, namely Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Pune (Maharashtra), Dharwad (Karnataka), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), Cuttack (Orissa) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh); and one each in Homer (USA), and Silao (Mexico). Now not only do the brothers stand vindicated and delighted, the society at large also stands to benefit. One plant is under commissioning at Sri City, Telangana.

RSB Group operates in two verticals, namely Automotive and CMI (Construction, Mining & Infrastructure) Equipments & Aggregates.

In the Automotive Vertical, RSB Group is a leading global manufacturer of Propeller Shaft/ Steering Systems & Components, an array of Axles including Front Axle, Trailer Axle, Tractor Axle, Dummy Axle & Axle Beam, Fully Finished Gears, Shafts, Hubs & Sleeves and passenger car steering systems, viz Manual/Power Steering Gears, Steering Rack & Pinion, Tie Rod, Hydraulic/Aluminum Pumps, Transmission Components like Differential Cases, Yokes and Carriers for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, passenger cars, tractors, and light commercial vehicles.

In the CMI segment, it is a leading manufacturer of heavy fabrications and aggregates like Frames, Arms, Booms, and Buckets for excavators, backhoe loaders, and front-end loaders. 

All plants of RSB Group are certified for ISO-9000/IATF-16949 for Quality, ISO 14001 (Environment), and ISO 45001(Health & Safety).

RSB Group’s Indian and overseas customers are leading Indian and global OEMs like Tata Motors, Tata Hitachi, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra, John Deere, Fiat, Ford, Allison Transmissions, American Axle, Eaton, Magna, GKN, Daimler, Renault Nissan, Kamaz, Caterpillar, Terex, JCB, Kobelco,, Komatsu and GE, Volkswagen,  PSA Peugeot Citroen, etc amongst others.

In 2006, RSB Group made its first foray overseas and acquired Miller Brothers in Michigan, USA. It further expanded its global footprint by setting up a greenfield project in Mexico in 2011.  

In Nov 2013, RSB joined the select band of elite global quality corporate after having been conferred with one of the world’s highest awards in TQM(Total Quality Management), the Deming Prize – one amongst few Indian automotive companies to get this award – by JUSE(Union of Japanese Scientists & Engineers) at Tokyo, Japan, for achieving all-round business excellence – a globally accredited mandate for highest product quality and service.

In Dec 2019, Four Manufacturing Plants of RSB Group Transmissions (I) Ltd, , Unit I, II, III & 5WC at Jamshedpur, were conferred with the TPM(Total Productive Maintenance) Excellence Award, Category A,  one of the highest global awards in Productive Maintenance, by  JAPAN INSTITUTE OF PLANT MAINTENANCE(JIPM), Japan.  RSB Group has thus joined the select band of elite global corporate in quality & productive maintenance. It is the only one in the Eastern Zone of India to bag these two awards with Tata Steel. 

Serving with humility was in the DNA of R.K.Behera brothers, inherited from their father. They believed right from inception that true happiness comes when good fortune is shared with those who are not as fortunate as we are. Therefore, they made CSR an essential fabric of business life with the humble endeavor to think not just from the head, but also from the heart.

They believed business of business is not about making money, but creating social values and doing public good – an obligation beyond the requirement of law to pursue long-term business goals that are good and bring about a positive impact on society. Brothers served the underprivileged society in Education, Health Care, Sports, Environment Green Initiatives, and Woman Empowerment with all humility and discreet silence. They dedicated the RSB Foundation to the service of society and humanity to rise to higher levels in the pursuit of their rich tradition. 

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