Maruti Udyog, India’s largest car manufacturer, has committed INR100 million (€1.9 million) towards setting up a centre of excellence for its suppliers. The new centre is aimed at upgrading MUL’s suppliers to world-class levels.

The centre will provide consultancy and training support to Maruti’s suppliers and sales network to enable them to achieve world-class standards in quality, cost, service and technology orientation. The centre will work closely with Maruti Udyog’s partners to implement world-class practices like TQM, TPM and TOPS (Team Oriented Problem Solving) techniques.

The centre will also train Maruti employees in quality related issues.

Maruti has contributed INR100 million towards the centre and some suppliers are partners in the project. The centre is registered as a “not for profit” society.

The supplier industry in India owes a lot to Maruti as it was only with the entry of MUL in 1983 that the supplier industry took off. The supplier belt in and around the National Capital Region (NCR) mainly feeds on Maruti and MUL even has equity participation in a few supplier companies. Some of the bigger suppliers to MUL have already achieved global quality certifications like ISO 9000, but there are still others who have not achieved these levels. The centre will aim at helping such suppliers to upgrade.

Maruti Udyog Limited managing director Jagdish Khattar said: “The centre will support our partners in this regard, including smaller units which may not be exposed to world class quality practices”.

While the centre of excellence has already started work, a dedicated building and office is planned.

Deepesh Rathore / Tilak Swarup