Automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv South Africa (SA) has been awarded the coveted Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) Total Plant Maintenance (TPM) Excellence Award for 2017.
Autoliv SA is the first company in the South African automotive sector to receive the award.
The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) partnered with Autoliv SA in 2013 to enable the company to form a part of the AIDC TPM cluster. The partners underwent facilitator training and started applying TPM methodologies in December 2014.
Autoliv SA, in partnership with AIDC, applied for the JIPM TPM Excellence Award in January 2016 and passed the first stage assessments in July 2016. Throughout this process, the AIDC played a prominent role in training, educating and implementing TPM in the plant.
The AIDC has been pivotal in Autoliv SA’s success story, which makes the AIDC the first company to have the knowledge and capability to present training in and support the implementation of TPM in a company to take it to this level of excellence.
The TPM Excellence Award has stringent requirements, as since 1964, it has been a globally recognised award for manufacturing. The JIPM’s own observations have been that implementation of the strategies takes no less than three years.
The award seeks to recognise true excellence at all levels in manufacturing companies. It focuses on implementing methodologies throughout the entire company, from lowest-level worker up to top executives, of which everyone must be actively involved in the TPM activities.
The implementation of TPM methodologies in manufacturing plants must reflect concrete and measurable results. The award represents commitment to efficiency and teamwork, along with bottom-line results to show for it.
Autoliv SA representatives will travel to Kyoto, in Japan, to attend the JIPM awards ceremony on March 23.
The ceremony is an opportunity to demonstrate to international industries that South Africa is not merely a low-cost manufacturing environment, but rather one that is and has the capability to be on par with global best practices and offers incomparable value to original-equipment manufacturers.