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ACMA Centre Of Technology Organizes First Ever Six Sigma Competition In India Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Thursday, 10 July 2008
New Delhi – The Automotive Component Manufacturers' Association of India (ACMA) took the pioneering initiative to organize the first ever ACT Six Sigma National Competition.

ACT undertook a unique initiative of launching the Six Sigma Club last year at the ACMA Annual Session. The objective was to bring Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt holders together by providing them a platform wherein they can exchange views, share experience and enhance their knowledge in implementing several Six Sigma Projects in their respective organizations.

ACMA took yet another step forward in improving operational excellence amongst membership

The formation if this club, senior executives at ACMA believed would help the Indian Auto Component Manufacturers meet the ever-growing challenges of Quality, Cost and Delivery (QCD) from their customers.

To commemorate the successful completion of a year since the formation of the ACT Six Sigma Club, ACMA organized a National level competition. 13 participating teams made presentations on the Six Sigma projects completed in their respective organizations. The best projects were awarded 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions and presented with the prestigious ACT Six Sigma Club Trophy.

Dr. Arun Jaura, Group Chief Technology Officer, Mahindra & Mahindra was the Chief Guest at the event and gave away the prizes. The jury members consisted of eminent personalities belonging to the Indian Manufacturing Industry, such as, Mr. Ram Narayan, World Class Manufacturing Solutions (WCMS), Mr. Hitesh Kakkar, AGM – Quality, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd and Mr. D. Ravindran, Manager, Six Sigma Deployment, Vestas Wind Technology India Private Ltd.

The result of the 1st ACT National Competition on Six Sigma were as follows:
Winner – Quick Silver Team – Bosch Limited – Bangalore
1st Runner – Sunrise Team – Pricol Limited – Manesar, Gurgaon
2nd Runner – Supreme Team – Talbros Automotive Components Limited – Faridabad

Six-Sigma Initiative by ACMA

6 Sigma is a tool for data based objectives and decision making, and are applicable not only to manufacturing but to all other functions.

ACMA initiated the Six Sigma Black and Green Belt programme in 2003.  Since then, more than 20 batches of this programme have been completed in various regions with more than 300 Six Sigma Black Belt holders amongst ACMA membership who have completed more than 500 projects.  The ACMA Six Sigma programme consists of 5 modules spread over 6 months. The unique features of the ACMA 6 Sigma Black Belt programme are:

1. No fancy Jargons and Statistics. Process Improvement tools are taught in a very simple and effective manner for real Gemba (shop floor) application.

2. A compilation of the case studies from the Indian Auto industry is given as part of the course material for easy understanding of the tools.

3. Each participant is required to complete "Two" process Improvement Projects using the tools taught. There is a 2day review and presentation module at the end, in which the Projects are reviewed and decision taken on the BB certification. The Participants are provided support by the faculty.

4. There is a very exhaustive Objective type written test that at the end of 5th Module to ensure that the participants have understood all the tools.

These 6 Sigma Black belt programmes have accrued huge benefits (both tangible and intangible) to the participating companies as many of the chronic problems have been solved using the 6 sigma techniques.

With more than 300 Six Sigma Black Belt holders, there was a need to keep up the Six Sigma Momentum and spread the culture. This gave birth to the ACMA Six Sigma Club last year. The objective is to keep the momentum alive and expand its scope with more companies by way of exchanging ideas among Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt holders.

Six Sigma Club is organized and managed by its Executive Committee, consisting of representatives from ACMA members having Black / Green Belt status. Coordination is done by ACMA/ACT secretariat at New Delhi.

Six Sigma Club provides an environment & enables participants to use & share their knowledge through actual implementation of the projects. The Club organizes seminars and conventions and provides a platform to its members to share different Six Sigma Projects implemented with the help of this website. Making it possible for the members to interact with each other's views and help in creating "Six Sigma Environment" in their respective organizations.

Any ACMA member company who is keen in bringing change in their organization through six-sigma approach can become a member of Six Sigma Club and nominate its personnel.

About ACMA

The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) is the nodal agency for the Indian Auto Component Industry.

Its active involvement in trade promotion, technology up-gradation, quality enhancement and collection and dissemination of information has made it a vital catalyst for this industry's development. Its other activities include participation in international trade fairs, taking trade delegations overseas and bringing out publications on various subjects related to the automotive industry.

ACMA is represented on a number of panels, committees and councils of the Government of India through which it helps in the formulation of policies pertaining to the Indian automotive industry.

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