Engine valve manufacturer Rane Engine Valves Limited,
which was recently awarded the Deming Quality Medal, is
keeping its options open on setting up a new 100 per cent
export oriented unit (EOU).
company had earlier announced its intention of putting
up a new plant, estimated to to be at an investment of
Rs30 crore in Visakhapatanam. The company had also announced
a Rs20-crore expansion to increase its existing capacity
by 8-million units to 38-millon units.
to managing director and the Rane group vice chairman
L Ganesh, the company has yet to finalise the location
of its new plant. Meanwhile he expressed satisfaction
with the company''s first half performance. According to
him the domestic market for passenger cars, heavy commercial
vehicles and light commercial vehicles - excluding the
Tata Ace- has softened a bit.
he is slightly perturbed by the imports of wheels and
some engine components from China, the free trade agreement
(FTA) with Thailand has not impacted the domestic auto
about the Deming medals won by Rane Engine Valves and
Rane TRW Steering Systems Limited, Ganesh said that the
TQM journey that started in 1999 in the group has reached
a major milestone in the form of Deming medal. (See: )
to him the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers
(JUSE) has advised the two companies to track the cost
of new product developments at the time of awarding the
asked by journalists he too wondered why not many Japanese
companies were taking up the Deming challenge these days.
He, however, reiterated that the TQM process had helped
the group immensely.
customer returns in the case of Rane Engine Valves measured
in parts per million (PPM) has come down to 139 in 2004-05
from 1,524 in 1999-2000 the pre TQM period. In the case
of Rane TRW Steering Systems, the customer line rejections
has come down to 171 PPM in 2004-05 from 1,766 in 2000-01."
This coupled with other aspects like reduction in scrap,
machine down time, product change time has resulted in
cutting costs in a major way.
command and control management style, we have now consultative
and participative work culture. This has resulted more
involvement in the goal setting and its achievement on
the part of workers," he remarked.
S Srinivasan, president, "The implementation of TQM
showed the difference between our perception of where
we stood vis a vis the actual status."