Sundram Fasteners Ltd (SFL), which is part of the USD 7.2 billion TVS group, revealed that it has won the Deming Prize for all of the company’s 17 factories located across India. This is definitely a noteworthy achievement. The TQM initiative at SFL was undertaken under the supervision of its managing director, Arathi Krishna.
The Deming Prize is a renowned award for quality that is given by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) to recognize those companies which have achieved breakthrough results through the use of TQM.
SFL decided to implement the principles of TQM (Total Quality Management) in a unified and systematic manner across all its plants after it witnessed the distinctive performance benchmarks being created by TQM.
Speaking about this commendable achievement, Arathi Krishna said that it was highly gratifying that SFL managed to win the Deming Prize at one go for all its 17 different plants which deal with a wide range of technologies from casting to forging and products and customer segments including aerospace, commercial vehicles, cars and windmills. All this was achieved in a short span of just six years.
She added that winning the award attested to the use of the right practices at all of the company’s plants and highlighted SFL’s persistent drive towards quality and its goal of becoming one of the best companies on the global scene.
She also commended the total employee involvement in the TQM journey and said, “The cooperation of the people and their singular focus to succeed has helped SFL make quick and successful strides in reaching our goal.”
SFL has already been recognized for being a pioneer in TPM, as it won the TPM Excellence Award from JIPM, Japan in 1998 and was the first company in the engineering industry to get this recognition. The company will formally get the Deming Prize on November 14, 2018 in Tokyo.
Sundram Fasteners has facilities across three countries and a diversified product line. It is now considered to be a supplier of choice to many leading companies in the automotive field.
Sundaram’s products include high-tensile fasteners, powder metal components, cold extruded parts, hot forged components, radiator caps, automotive pumps, gear shifters, gears and couplings, hubs and shafts, tappets and iron powder. The company is known for its expertise related to fields like forging, metal forming, close-tolerance machining, heat treatment, surface finishing and assembly.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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