Interview with Vivek Dhaka

Please introduce yourself briefly!

I’m 23 years old and hail from Jhunjhunu, a town located in the western part of India. After high school, I qualified the engineering aptitude exam, IIT-JEE and decided to pursue Bachelors in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Besides work, I like to play chess, enjoy nature, and listen to classical jazz.

You have started your KROENERT career with an internship in 2014. Please tell us more about your motivation to move from India to Germany and particularly to join KROENERT.

After the second year at the university, I got an opportunity to spend a summer in Thailand at Chulalongkorn University as an intern, which gave me firsthand account of joys and struggles of research. It was such an exhilarating experience that I decided to look for a research internship at the end of pre-final year, during which I got in touch with Dr. Daniel Eggerath, former head of process technology at KROENERT. He proposed to work on ‘Winding’, a topic about which I had no prior knowledge. It sounded quite challenging, which is exactly what I was looking for.

Explain your role and your responsibility within the organization / the department.

As a part of team at Technology Center, my role is to develop, implement and validate theoretical models for various processes (coating, drying, winding etc.) and techniques encountered in converting technology.

Which goals do you want to achieve as a process engineer?  What does it mean in detail and why are those goals so important?

Our goal is to improve process ‘know-how’ and my task is to generate tangible results in each project. It will broaden our understanding and lead to overall growth of the company, because then KROENERT will be able to sell processes and identify itself as more than just a coating machinery manufacturer.

How does the work culture differ from India?

Although work culture in India is immensely diverse and region specific, there are some features which can be easily scrutinized on a broader scale. For instance, when it comes to adapting to new situations, Indians are quite flexible in nature while Germans are more structured and like to plan in advance. I also noticed that in Germany there’s a clear distinction between weekday and weekend. Indians on the other hand draw a very thin, imperceptible line here.  In regard to working style, Indians follow a hierarchical structure with indirect communication instead of being straightforward which creates unnecessary delays.

Why are intercultural differences important in business?

Having spent some time in Thailand and almost a year now in Germany, I can firmly establish that working across multicultural environments is always an eye-opener and plays a key role in one’s own development.  It opens up mutual learning opportunities, fosters a global mindset, and eliminates the possibility of missing out on alternative perspectives of a particular scenario.

What is your life motto?

Always Be Closing.