TOKYO — Apollo Tyres Ltd.'s Chennai, India, plant has been awarded the Deming Prize, one of the highest honors for organizations practicing Total Quality Management (TQM).
The plant was awarded for "achieving outstanding performance by practicing Total Quality Management, utilizing statistical concepts and methodologies based on the company's excellent business philosophy and leadership," Apollo said.
C. Thomas Mathew, unit head of the Chennai Plant, received the award from the Deming Prize Committee in Tokyo Nov. 14.
"We are honored to receive the prestigious Deming Prize," Satish Sharma, Apollo's president, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, said. "In keeping with our resolve towards customer centricity and business excellence, we committed to the TQM journey more than a decade ago.
"The Deming Prize is a testimony of our relentless effort and ability to deliver the best in terms of quality and experience to our customers," he added.
The Chennai plant, located on more than 128 acres in Eastern India's Tamil Nadu state, is highly automated and equipped with advanced manufacturing products. The plant products high-end radial tires for passenger cars and commercial vehicles and serves numerous Indian and overseas OEMs. It has the capacity to produce around 850 metric tons of tires per day.
The Deming Prize, named for W. Edwards Deming, was founded in 1951 and is sponsored by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.