Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland has won the 2016 Deming Prize for Pantnagar manufacturing plant.
With this award, the Pantnagar production facility becomes the first truck and bus plant in the world and also the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to win this award outside Japan.
The Deming Prize is awarded to those companies that have established Total Quality Management (TQM) in their business operations.
The Deming Prize was established in 1951 by Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) to honor W. Edwards Deming. Deming has contributed greatly towards Japanese proliferation of statistical quality control after World War II.
Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, Vinod K. Dasari said, "Housing the latest technology and processes, our Pantnagar plant is a fully-integrated plant capable of manufacturing all future-ready products across trucks and buses."
He added, "Consistent quality, technology, innovation and robust processes are the pillars which have helped us garner international recognition, and customer satisfaction."
Senior Vice President - Quality, Sourcing and Supply Chain, Ashok Leyland, R Sivanesan said, "With large and strategic investments in technology and quality, and a young and energetic workforce, the establishment of the Pantnagar plant was an important step in our ambition to become a world-leader in the global commercial vehicle industry."
He added, "Being the youngest plant of Ashok Leyland, it is a great pleasure for us to be recognized with the prestigious Deming Prize 2016 for excellence in TQM."
Watch Mr. Vinod Dasari talk about winning the Deming Prize.