Eighteen finalist teams from manufacturing companies, who competed for the 9th North-West QualTech Awards have added Rs. 6 crores to their bottom-line just by implementing various Total Quality Management (TQM) practices.

The north-west region’s most prestigious quality awards were presented at the annual North-West QualTech Convention held at CII here today.

Instituted by PTU’s Gian Jyoti School of TQM & Entrepreneurship, the first School of Excellence of Punjab Technical University, the school has been driving the transformation of industry in the region for last nine years by introducing systematic world-class quality practices.

Mr. K C Mehra, Chairman, National Board for Quality Promotion, Quality Council of India in his keynote address complimented the participating companies, and implored the participants of the Convention to join hands with Quality Council of India to achieve its mission of “Quality for National Well Being”.

During the day-long convention, 21 project presentations (including 3 from service sector) were made by teams from various companies from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, both from manufacturing and service sectors, who had reached the final round of the competition.

Mr. Manish Trehan, CEO of the School, said that the School has been spearheading the quality movement in this region, and it is a matter of great satisfaction that the finalist teams, who presented their projects at the Convention, have been able to achieve extraordinary results for their companies through structured quality improvement initiatives.

Padmashri Chandra Mohan, Chairman of the School’s Governing Council, said that he was elated to see the overwhelming response of industry to the North-West QualTech Awards. “It is also a testimony to the universal applicability of the practices of Total Quality Management and heralds a bright future for the manufacturing and service industries in this region”, he said.

The inaugural session was chaired by Mr. Sachit Jain, Managing Director, Vardhman Special Steels Limited. A unique feature of this year’s Convention was the panel discussion on “Achieving Competitive Advantage through Quality”, which was chaired by Mr. R P Sehgal, Director Works, SML Isuzu Ltd.

The convention concluded with Mr. J S Bedi, member of the Governing Council of the School complimenting the participating teams for sharing their best practices and congratulating the winners.