Apollo Tyres’ Chennai Unit, in the southern part of India, won the Platinum (first) Prize in the large size category of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Quality Systems Awards for Manufacturing 2012. The award was presented to Apollo Tyres by Saurabh Chandra, Secretary, Department of
Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India.
Satish Agarwal, Chief, Corporate Manufacturing, Apollo Tyres Ltd, who received the award, along with John Devadason, Unit Head, Chennai, Apollo Tyres, said
“While planning this manufacturing facility, we have ‘questioned’ existing practices, studied benchmarked systems within Apollo and outside with a desire to create aniconic manufacturing facility. Recognition like FICCI Quality Systems Award strengthens our resolve towards further improving our quality systems across manufacturing locations.”
FICCI Quality System Awards have been institutionalised to recognise the robustness of quality systems inorganisations. Companies that display high performance quality systems, leading to systematic improvement in their performance, are felicitated. Quality Council of India is the knowledge partner for these awards.
Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay Bhatia, Jury Member and Chairman, FICCI Manufacturing Committee, said, “Apollo Tyres’ Chennai Plant is a state-of-the-art facility, with very high standards and consistent quality systems.
We would be keen to share the best practices of Apollo Tyres with other applicants and also with the industry at large, which would act as a catalyst to encourage other manufacturers to adopt robust quality systems and thereby face competition in the global market.”
This year 79 companies representing Automotive, Cement, Steel, Engineering, Electronics, Chemicals, FMCG, Tyres, Paper, Refinery, Food and Textiles sectors applied for these awards. Jury members comprised:
Apollo Tyres’ Chennai Manufacturing Unit has been built over 128 acres with an investment of Rs 2100 crores. This all radial plant has the capacity to produce 16000 passenger car tyres and 6000 truck-bus tyres per day.