Apollo Tyres’ Chennai Plant, amongst the largest manufacturing facilities in Asia, was awarded the coveted Deming Prize, which is one of the highest awards on Total Quality Management (TQM). C Thomas Mathew, Unit Head, Chennai Plant, Apollo Tyres Ltd received the award from the Deming Prize Committee in Tokyo, Japan on Monday, November 14.
The Deming Prize, considered to be a gold standard of quality, was bestowed upon Apollo Tyres’ Chennai Plant for achieving outstanding performance by practicing Total Quality Management (TQM), utilising statistical concepts and methodologies based on the company’s excellent business philosophy and leadership.
Commenting on winning the Deming Prize, Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA), Apollo Tyres Ltd, said “We are honored to receive the prestigious Deming Prize. 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.”
Deming Prize is the oldest and most widely recognised award given to organisations that have established customer-oriented business objectives and strategies and implemented TQM to achieve them. These awards are sponsored by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers, and since 1951, when it was instituted, is the gold standard all around the world.
Highly automated and equipped with advanced manufacturing practices, Apollo Tyres’ Chennai Plant is servicing multiple Indian and global OEMs. The facility is built over 128 acres and has the capacity to produce around 850 metric tonnes of tyres per day. This plant has seen an investment to the tune of Rs 5000 crores till date and produces high end radial tyres for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.