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Kaizen initiatives help improve auto industry:

Karachi: the auto industry, especially Indus Motor Company (IMC), has done a commendable job to improve its business processes through Kaizen initiatives and activities and this practice should spread to other industries paving the way for accelerated economic development of our country, said an official. Pir Haider Ali Shah (MNA), parliamentary secretary for industries, said this at the 19th Annual Kaizen Convention recently organised by IMC in Karachi, said a press statement. He said that growth and excellence lies in the adoption of Quality Control Circle (QCC) approach and Kaizen, which have enabled auto firms to improve their development processes, taking it to new heights. He appreciated the efforts of IMC for contribution in the development of the automobile industry in Pakistan as a prime source of job creation, skill development and technology transfer. “I have great appreciation for the industry and the investment made and its contribution to national interest,” he added. Shah said the country needs consistent long-term policies for further expansion of auto sector whereas the policy of used car should be reviewed for the betterment of local industry and its contribution to national economy. Rauf Siddiqui, minister of Industries and Commerce, Sindh government, discussed his vision to promote local industry at a faster pace for generation of skilled employments as against maximum facilitation to the companies. He further said the government should rethink its policy on used cars as it does not serve the national interest and continue to cause loss of foreign exchange, tax generation and business activities. Earlier, Parvez Ghias, CEO, IMC, in his welcome address, highlighted the positive role of Kaizen at IMC and its dealer and vendor family. He said: “Throughout, we were challenged to provide innovative responses and solutions to the economic and social dilemmas facing the country and ensure uninterrupted supplies in the value chain affected by natural calamities at home and abroad. “In addition, we were impacted by high inflationary pressures driving up the cost of production and coupled with a liberalised used car import policy of the government of Pakistan." “Through Kaizen in our systems, we are offsetting some of the impact of these challenges and that is why we have put so much emphasis on this concept,” he added. However, he expressed hope that the government will work closely with the auto industry and develop stable policies to encourage growth of the local auto industry, which made healthy contribution to the national exchequer, created thousands of jobs, enabled technology transfer for localization, provided affordable mobility to people and businesses and above all, contributed heavily to economic prosperity of the country. The Indus Kaizen Convention is an annual feature with the aim of recognizing the efforts of the Kaizen teams of Indus, its vendors and dealers. This year 12 presentations were made by various Kaizen teams including those from IMC vendors and dealers. The first prize in the IMC competition went to the team, “Evaluators” from assembly shop for improvement in quality and enhanced production in chassis line. In the dealer’s category, Toyota Central Motors team got the first prize for their Kaizen activities in enhancing customer satisfaction while in the vendors category, Procon engineering team got the first prize.