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 an iconic 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 in organisations. 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.
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:
· Mr Surendra Singh, Former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India
· Mr Gaurav Dave, Joint Secretary, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council
· Mr B Venkataram, Secretary General, Quality Council of India
· Mr Sanjay Bhatia, Managing Director, Hindustan Tin Works Ltd
· Mr Rohit Relan, Managing Director, Bharat Seats Ltd
· Mr Shyam Bang, Executive Director, Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd
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.