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Written by Arjun   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008
Bangalore : Frost & Sullivan, the global growth partnership company, hosted the India Manufacturing Excellence Awards (IMEA) 2008 during the "India Manufacturing Summit" at Hotel Leela Palace in Bangalore. The IMEA awards aim to highlight India's world-class manufacturing capabilities and acknowledge the best facilities that have sustained manufacturing excellence through a balanced mix of diligence, perseverance, foresight and dedication required to develop a successful manufacturing organization.

Raghavendra Rao, Director, Manufacturing and Process Consulting Practice, Frost & Sullivan, South Asia and Middle EastHighlighting the key findings from IMEA, Raghavendra Rao, Director, Manufacturing and Process Consulting Practice, Frost & Sullivan, South Asia and Middle East, said, "This year saw a more uniform participation of companies (post short listing) across all sectors. It is interesting this time to plot the strategic abilities of companies against their implementation performance with respect to supply chain and manufacturing excellence."
At the IMEA 2008 both Large and Emerging Enterprises (defined as SMEs or companies with turnover less than INR 100 Crore) were presented the Corporate Platinum Award and Corporate Gold Award across sectors such as Automotive, Automotive Ancillaries, Engineering, Chemicals, Healthcare, Metals and Process.

Frost & Sullivan received an over-whelming 173 requests for IMEA 2008 assessments. Applicants were asked to assess themselves on a 30-point checklist and send in 50 key matrices, which define their business performance. Based on the self-assessed checklist and matrices, facilities were short-listed for site visits. During these site visits, facilities were assessed on 14 factors (12 quantitative and 2 qualitative) such as Layout and MHS, Focus on Customers, Safety and Environment, Supply Chain, Quality Systems, Operational Flexibility, amongst others. These factors are globally known to reflect facilities' progress towards flexibility and leanness and are associated with manufacturing excellence. Scoring was on a maximum of 1200 points. A stringent evaluation process based on the above model was followed to select award recipients.
The IMEA 2008 Super Platinum Awards were won by Sterlite industries (India) Limited, Tuticorin, Balasore Alloys, Balasore, Sterlite Industries (India) Limited, Silvassa and IP Rings Limited, Maraimalai Nagar, Chennai.
Platinum Awards were won by  Essar Steel Limited, Hazira, Godrej Consumer Products Limited, Gwalior, Larsen & Toubro Limited, Powai, Larsen and Toubro Limited, Ahmednagar, Birla White, Jhodpur , Piramal Healthcare Limited, Pithampur and Napino Auto & Electronics Limited, Manesar.
Gold Award recipients are TATA Motors Ltd, Lucknow, GREEVES COTTON Limited, Ranipet, Minda Stoneridge Instruments Limited, Chakan and Minda Industries, Pune.
IMEA 2008 was preceded by the 'India Manufacturing Summit', which focused on sharing best practices observed during the assessment of facilities. Covering topics such as Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence, Leveraging Lean Concepts towards Operational Excellence, Safety Practices, Integrating IT to leverage manufacturing systems control, amongst others, this summit provided an ideal platform for knowledge exchange and business networking.

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