SRINAGAR: Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group on Monday received the prestigious 2017 Deming Prize for its Hosur Unit II manufacturing facility, an official press note read.
The Deming Prize is one of the highest awards on Total Quality Management. It is a global award which is the oldest and most widely recognised award in the world, given to companies that have established customer oriented business objectives and strategies, and implemented Total Quality Management (TQM) to achieve them.
In 2016, Ashok Leyland Pantnagar plant had become the first truck and bus plant in the world and also the only CV manufacturer outside of Japan to win this coveted award. With the Hosur unit II plant winning this year, Ashok Leyland became the only CV manufacturer outside of Japan to achieve this feat consecutively.
According to the press note, Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, “Winning the Deming Prize consecutively for our second unit is a testimony to our efforts and our belief.”
Terming it a very proud moment to have achieved this, Dasari said Ashok Leyland brand stands for quality. Its endeavour is to achieve the best quality in everything that it does.
“Delivering quality has been an integral part of our brand promise of ‘AapkiJeet, HamariJeet’ and we will continue to raise the bar for ourselves and the industry, he added.
According to R. Sivanesan, Senior Vice President – Quality, Sourcing and Supply Chain, Ashok Leyland, “Following Pantnagar, our Hosur plant has now secured the highest recognition in TQM which no other CV manufacturer, outside Japan, has achieved.
Although the plant was established over two decades ago, it is replete with ‘state-of-the-art’ finishing and assembling facilities including paint shops and press shops, the press note read.
Harihar P, Senior Vice President – Manufacturing and Project Planning, Ashok Leyland said, “Our attention to all processes while maintaining a world-class quality is what has helped us win this prize.”
He said the focus was to showcase the effective quality management methods, established structures for implementation and how these methods are put into practice.
“If we continue to excel in achieving quality in everything that we do, our stakeholders will continue to reward us with their loyalty and trust,” he asserted.