The former Managing Director of the company is the founder of the enterprise, Siepmann’s Card Systems Pvt. Ltd. Viswanatha Bhas had started his career in a tool room as an apprentice to learn the operations of a tool room machineries. Even with limited academic qualifications, Mr. Bhas went on to establish India’s first smart card manufacturing plant. Mr. Bhas has never been too proud for any kind of work he came across. He has been a tool room apprentice, an office assistant, a magazine salesman, and even a second-hand equipments sales person.
Siepmann’s was a one man operation with a peon, clerk, accountant, service Engineer and Proprietor all rolled into Mr. Bhas. In 1988 SCSPL was established with P. V. Bhas heading the flagship. Some major clientele he has procured over a period of time includes SBI, Voltas, Mahindra & Mahindra, Johnson & Johnson and other subsideries of SBI.
The “never say die” attitude carried Mr. Bhas over many a tides. The man and the company have come a long way from importing and selling plastic cards to manufacturing plastic cards to manufacturing smart cards – where he is a pioneer in India at each level.
Ask him what got him where he is today and Mr. Bhas will say that he’s always been a salesman at heart with great ideas, gave importance in maintaining people relations – let that be client or supplier with the patience for surveillance and learning. What he lacked in education, he made it up with a vision for expansion, hardwork, loyalty and commitment to his family, friends and employees.
Mr Bhas passed away in June 2012, after a sudden respiratory attack. Though he is physically no longer present in the company, his soul and essence can be felt in every nook and corner.
He is deeply missed by his family-at home and at work.