Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority – Japan International Cooperation Agency Industry Support Program gives Wonderful results

Lahore, June 28, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Industry Support Program being conducted by Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Auto Vendor Industry has revealed wonderful results in plants efficiency by reducing the defect rate up to 80%.

It was reported in concluding presentation of the 83rd project of the program made by Mr. Kiyoshi Yoshida, a seasoned Japanese Automotive Expert today at National Automotive Components, Muridkey along with SMEDA team. Mr. Alamgir Chaudhry, General Manager Outreach and Mr. Fayyaz Riaz, Head Industry Support Program of SMEDA also attended the presentation.

The Layout of Assembly section at “National Automotive Components, Muridkey” has been redesigned by the Japanese Automotive Expert Mr. Kiyoshi Yoshida along with SMEDA team which on operation is witnessing 46% reduction in travel distance, 50% reduction in work-in-process inventory and 80% reduction in defect rate, hence improving the overall productivity to an optimal level.

Mr. Muhammad Saleem, Chairman National Automotive Components appreciated the efforts of SMEDA and JICA in upgrading the Automotive Vendors in Pakistan for quality and productivity improvement with reduction of the production cost.

He said that his company had committed to disseminate this improvement activity to other sections of the factory as well as to rest of the industry. He was of the view that such programmes can change the working culture and thinking pattern of the industry stakeholders and workers.

This is notable that SMEDA and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) are working together to support the Automotive Vendor Industry of Pakistan since April 2006. JICA has placed the Japanese Automotive Experts at SMEDA in the field of Production Management who provide technical consultancy to Automotive Components Manufacturers on voluntary basis. So far 83 Auto Vendor Units have been provided with support under SMEDA-JICA joint program

For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA)
6th floor, LDA Plaza, Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: 111-111-456
Fax: (042) 6304926

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