SFL’s 17 In­dian plants win Dem­ing Prize

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Sun­dram Fas­ten­ers Lim­ited (SFL), part of $7.2 bn TVS group, has won the pres­ti­gious Dem­ing Prize for all its 17 plants in In­dia. The TQM ini­tia­tive at SFL was driven by its Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Arathi Krishna. The Dem­ing Prize is a highly ac­claimed qual­ity award pre­sented by the Union of Ja­panese Sci­en­tists and En­gi­neers (JUSE) to com­pa­nies that have achieved break­through re­sults by the ap­pli­ca­tion of TQM.

SFL ex­pe­ri­enced dis­tinc­tive per­for­mance bench­marks be­ing cre­ated by TQM and de­cided to im­ple­ment TQM in a sys­temised and uni­fied man­ner across its plants. Arathi Krishna, the first woman MD ever to re­ceive the award said, “It is es­pe­cially grat­i­fy­ing that SFL has man­aged to si­mul­ta­ne­ously win the Dem­ing Prize for all its 17 dif­fer­ent plants which cover a range of tech­nolo­gies from cast­ing to forg­ing and prod­ucts and cus­tomer seg­ments from Aerospace to com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles to cars and wind-mills in a short span of 6 years.”

She fur­ther added, “Win­ning this award is a con­fir­ma­tion of the prac­tices that we have been im­ple­ment­ing at all our plants. It is a tes­ti­mony to our per­sis­tent drive to­wards qual­ity and cat­a­pults us to be among the best com­pa­nies glob­ally.” 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 won in­ter­na­tional ac­claim in qual­ity by be­ing a pi­o­neer in TPM, hav­ing won the TPM Ex­cel­lence Award from JIPM, Ja­pan in 1998 the first in the en­gi­neer­ing in­dus­try to get this recog­ni­tion. The Dem­ing Prize will be for­mally pre­sented to SFL on Novem­ber 14, 2018 in Tokyo.

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