Conference on Building World Class Manufacturing

·     Given the demographic dividend, focus on manufacturing sector coupled with impact on jobs due to higher wages in the currently established manufacturing hubs, India is at an inflection point in its history and if we are able to get our act together, we can reach our rightful place as soon as in next 5-10years, said Mr Ajay Shankar, Member Secretary, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, at the CII conference on Building World Class Manufacturing with Zero Effect and Zero Defect held on 3rd December 2014.  He also underlined the importance of employees being partners in progress and the dream of Zero Effect and Zero Defect being elusive, till all employees participate.  Sharing his views at Inaugural Session, he further added that India is now focusing on Manufacturing Sector growth which should have been done much earlier.  The Domestic investment will attract foreign investment and hence the ecosystem should be such that it encourages setting up of plants which can employ upto 40-50 thousand employees. This will give boost to manufacturing sector. 

·       Mr Ashwath Ram, Vice President, Tata Cummins India, shared with the participants of his company’s philosophy of setting ambitious targets and then achieve them with employee participation. He stressed on the focus on Quality by the company and shared how being a Green Belt in Six Sigma became a qualifying criteria for senior positions.  His presentation also highlighted how the installed capacity was higher than their targets set, on various excellence systems put in place.  Leadership pipeline at all levels was the key takeaway from Mr Ram’s presentation. Investment in Quality helps companies achieve cost leadership and which makes it sustainable in the long run.

·      Industry sentiment has become more positive since the new government has taken over and is appreciative of the steps being taken, though steps like GST etc will further propel the growth, felt Mr Sameer Gupta, Vice Chairman, CII Uttar Pradesh State Council and Managing Director, Jakson Group.  He also said how creating jobs is critical to India reaping its demographic advantage. Mr Gupta did stress on the need for industry to make investments in Research & Development and how these investments positively impact the business.  He also agreed with Mr Shankar that “people” or employees were key to deployment of the Quality initiatives in a company.

·       While delivering his vote of thanks, Mr Mayank Ajay Gupta, Past Chairman, CII Western UP Council and CEO & Director, Olympic Zippers Ltd, reemphasized the importance of having employees as the partners in zero effect & zero defect.

·         The conference had speakers of eminence from companies such as Maruti Suzuki, Accenture, Bosch Ltd, SMC Pneumatics, Rane Brake Lining, NTPC, Saint Gobain Glass India, Jakson Engineers etc.


The competitive pressures on the Manufacturing Industry, in terms of productivity, quality, delivery and safety call for a strategic and holistic approach that the industry needs to adopt to make their operations “World Class”.

There is a constant effort to achieve zero-defect and zero-waste and zero rejections through initiatives such as smart design and by applying various TPM & TQM techniques. To achieve these goals there needs to be a constant effort in creating processes that react rapidly to unanticipated problems both internal and external. With effect of which manufacturing today focuses on mass customization and adaptability by applying innovative methods and constantly taking an effort to reduce cost of production to be globally competitive.

Against this backdrop, CII organized Conference on Building World Class Manufacturing: With Zero Effect and Zero Defect on 3rd December 2014 in Delhi.


Conference Focus Areas were:

  • Low Cost Manufacturing
  • Automation, Lean Manufacturing, Toyota Production System, Operation Excellence
  • Zero Waste
  • Future of Manufacturing
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Driving Innovation for tomorrow’s World

The participation was from the functional heads, middle & senior level managers in production, operations, planning, purchase, quality, maintenance, industrial engineering, process engineering etc.   Plant head, factory managers, supervisors, research engineers and all others related to the given functional areas.

Knowledge Resources
You will get access to following Knowledge Resources by subscribing to the Digital Library of this event.
Operations Excellence and its role in achieving Zero Defect with Zero Effect
People Involvement in Achieving High Quality & High Efficiency - A Perspective by Rane Brake Lining Ltd
People Involvement in Achieving High Quality & High Efficiency - A Perspective by NTPC Ltd
Manufacturing Excellence through People Involvement
Future of Robotics LBR IIWA
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