The quiet and unassuming product designer, Sudhir Kumar always had the fire to create. This quality, coupled with his love for machines, has kept him steadfastly involved and rooted in product design and development.
An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, Sudhir moved back to Ranchi, his home town, after passing out and joined the Research and Development Cell of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). As part of their in-house design team, the designer contributed actively to the design and development of more than five marketable products that replaced expensive imported equipment. SAIL subsequently went on and patented these designs.
Sudhir is also the recipient of the ‘The Hindi-Hitachi Scholarship in Product Design offered by the Japanese firm Hitachi. This offered him an opportunity to undergo a six months training in advanced studies in Product Design at DEKEN, Hitachi’s Home Appliances Center, Japan. This exposure proved influential to help focus on the design and development of medical instrumentation/equipment.
After his return, he worked for the next few years as a product designer in Desmania, a Delhi-based Design consulting firm, where he developed a biogas mask for The Energy Research Institute (TERI), his first in the domain of medical products developed indigenously.
Gaining experience and self-confidence, the designer has established his own Product Consulting studio SKM Design Studios Ltd. His firm specializes extensively in the design and development of medical and surgical items - very tactfully offering services ranging from concept design to design for assembly, a niche design service that meets the needs of replacing very high-end imported instruments.
Today, as Director of SKM Design Studio, Sudhir has steered his design services into research-related fields of Healthcare where he has to his credit 30 professional product design and development assignments that have been taken up for manufacture by small and medium enterprises. His professional portfolio includes designs for Non-Conventional Energy & Environment, Defence-related organizations, and Design of Instrumentation and medical Equipment. His clients, from the small and medium sectors of Indian Industries, speak highly of the competitive benefits their organizations have gained through investments in design and vouch for Sudhir’s contribution to their success story. Sudhir has actively extended his services to grass root level innovators to help develop their raw inventions into a salable products, reflecting professionalism with a humane touch.
His impressive list of clientele includes DRDO Labs, TERI, BARC, NIF, DSIR, GIAN, RDCIS, REMI, Labotron, RDCIS/SAIL, MECON, and COAL India to name a few.