| Regional Activity
CHALLENGES IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM: 17-18 NOVEMBER,
Interaction in Bangalore
Chennai: V President Mr L Ganesh to the left of
ACMA President Mr. V K Mehta, brings "A Touch
The 'millennium bug' chased world-wide
before it leapt into the 21st Century, was vigorously
pursued with ACMA (SR) organising a series of seminars
in three days, in three locations -Hyderabad on 16th
November, Bangalore and Chennai -on "Challenges
in the New Millennium". The Speakers were, Mr C
Narasimhan: Chairman ACMA (SR), Mr V K Mehta: President
ACMA and Mr L Ganesh : Vice President ACMA.
In 2000, the Indian Industry was expected
to face challenges to further test its patience and
in turn test the strengths of the automotive sector.
It was essential the Association address these challenges
beforehand and collectively face and solve 'worry areas'
to the extent possible. To this end, the Regional Secretaries
of ACMA, had conducted seminars on specific issues.
Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai, Mr
Narasimhan made presentations on the last two years'
activities with focus on Quality, Productivity and Export,
followed by the Work-plan for the new year. These programmes,
creditably, covered all floors of Organisations - from
the CEO, through the Management to the shop-floor and
Operator Levels. Additional focus of the Association
has been the Supply Chain Restructuring, Building New
Relationships with Customers and the WTO.
WTO and its present agreements, Mr
V K Mehta said, would make the MOU Policy with Multi-National
Vehicle Manufacturers redundant; would bring down the
import duty on components to, perhaps, lower than the
ASEAN levels of duty. ACMA was recommending that Government
negotiate for more time before removing the local content
rules. Support of the 'localising' policy would be necessary
for catalysing the future development of the Industry
and stress would be on "value addition". In
the long run, the only WTO compatible incentive would
be the subsidy on R & D. Finally, Mr Mehta stressed
the importance of R & D, to avail of any incentives
the Government may offer, as in imports.
WORKSHOP ON FMEA & MSA:
22-23 DECEMBER 1999
ACMA (SR) Board-room, equalled with ACMA (WR)
when it hosted its first Workshop, over two days
on FMEA and MSA, requirements of QS 9000. Inaugurating
a full-house, Mr C Narasimhan, Chairman ACMA (SR),
stressed the need for continuous improvement and
ingraining TQM culture in organizations.There
were systems and practices, the adoption of which
would lead to cut in costs through enhanced quality
levels and improved productivity.
He requested participants to take
the utmost advantage of the "know-how" of
such stalwarts as Professors C Y Krishna Murti and V
V lyer who had guided organizations with their 30 years
of experience in the line-Failure Mode Effects Analysis
(FMEA) and Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA). Procedures
for developing and implementing new or revised designs
FMEA was a diary for design, process and services while
MSA helped in the decision to adjust manufacturing processes.
DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS: 1-3
In an effort to train and educate the work force in
the auto component industry, ACMA (SR) continues to
organise workshops and training programmes in the Region.
Continuing the series, a 3 day Workshop on Design of
Experiments (DOE) was organized from 1st to 3rd February
2000 in the Southern Region office of ACMA.
Design of Experiments is a valuable
tool to optimize product and process design to accelerate
the development cycle and to reduce development costs.
Today, DOE is viewed as a Quality Technology to achieve
product excellence at the lowest possible overall cost.
It is also a tool used for continuous improvement and
variability reduction, which are the forcal points of
QS 9000. The programme was once again conducted by Prof
C Y Krishna Murti and Prof V V lyer. The Workshop received
excellent response and once again saw full house.
Mr C Narasimhan, Chairman, ACMA (SR),
while inaugurating the Workshop, emphasized the need
for constant training and development to keep up the
stringent requirements of the customer and stay in the
competitive business environment. Advising the delegates
the Chairman suggested that they take active part in
the 3-day programme and make their praticipatioin useful
to their respective organisations.