Women Entrepreneur Award to Hemalatha Annamalai, CEO, Ampere Vehicles
April 06, 2017, Chennai
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Chennai, April 06 : The Rotary Club of Madras East, today honoured Ms. Hemalatha Annamalai, CEO, Ampere Vehicles with ‘Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award’. Mr Ponnuswamy, CMD, Pon Pure Chemicals and Vice Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu did the honours.
Ms Hemalatha said, “ I had no prior experience in the manufacturing arena, but my eternal passion to do something is what has lead me here today.
As far as electric vehicles are concerned, with technology and new ideas, it is making its way in India and I believe, with the support of government it can be well established all over.”
Rtn. K. Ananth, President, RCME said, “It makes me feel extremely happy to see women doing excellent work in every chosen field, thereby contributing to themselves, family and society. I wish and hope that, women in India continue to do the good work and grow in large numbers.”
Mr. Ponnuswamy, CMD, Pon Pure Chemicals said, “Being an entrepreneur is not an easy task. One needs to implement his/her ideas effectively to achieve desired results. Passion, hard work and determination is the key to success and we are seeing an example today in front of us, in the form of Ms. Hemalatha.”
About the Awardee:
Hemalatha Annamalai, CEO of Coimbatore-based Ampere Vehicles.
Founded in 2008, Ampere Vehicles is in the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution in India. Ampere Vehicles manufactures electric cycles, scooters and three-wheelers as well as specially designed vehicles for the differently-abled.
Hemalatha chose to come back to her roots, leaving behind a lucrative business and a comfortable lifestyle in Singapore, to set up a business from scratch, in which she had no prior experience. She was entering a new arena, in setting up a manufacturing facility, buther deep-rooted passion to make a difference was a strong driving force and getting out of her comfort zone second nature to her.
The company has since grown from strength to strength and now sells over22,000vehicles in a year, enhancing livelihoods of people in our villages and towns, while contributing to a better tomorrow with clean energy solutions.
Ampere Vehicles also leads the way in women empowerment in the local community by training women in jobs in the manufacturing sector. One in every 4 employees at Ampere is a woman and Hemalatha hopes to increase this further. A visionary, she chose to invest in R&D early on and today Ampere makes its own motors, chargers and controllers, aligning closely with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ Policy.
She is a role model to thousands of young women who fight every day to break boundaries and pursue their dreams despite insurmountable challenges. Her ethos and commitment to give back to society and contribute to rural livelihoods makes every Indian proud and is worthy of emulation.
About the Award:
This award of the Rotary Club of Madras East is sponsored by Smt. K Rajalakshmi and her family, year on year. Smt. Rajalakshmi, now 82 years old, is a doyen and inspiration for all women. Her life story as brought out by her children, reads like a story out of a movie. Connected to the movie industry she was, as part of her venture to keep the family afloat during difficult times. But what stands apart was that she turned an entrepreneur at the age of 13, not out of compulsion, but was triggered by observing the scene around her during war torn times.
About the Chief Guest:
Mr. Ponnuswamy, CMD of Pon Pure Chemicals and the Vice Chairman of CII Tamilnadu. He started his entrepreneurial venture at the age of 27 to tide over financial crisis and sustain a decent living. The story of his life is how he nurtured a business from scratch to a Rs.2000 Cr turnover business.