India has decided to follow its US parent Ford Motor Company''s
policy of sourcing components from Q1 certified vendors.
However the company has not fixed any time limit within
which the vendors must get the Q1 certification.
India sources 90 per cent of the component for its Ikon
models from 97 vendors. "Out of these 20 are Q1
certified," says Arvind Mathew, vice president
and executive director-India, programs implementation
and supply. Ten vendors had complied with the company''s
Q1 norms in 2003.
to David E Friedman, managing director and president:
"The Q1 certified component vendors get a head
start over others while bidding for Ford Motor''s global
the Deming award winner, Rane Brake Linings (See
) a Ford India supplier, does not
figure in the Q1 list. "There is no relationship
between the Deming Award and our Q1 quality process,"
says Mathew , and adds, "Rane Brake Linings is
in the process of complying with some of our metrics
and once that is done, the company will figure in the
Q1 is a collaborative approach between the Ford and
its vendors. The Q1 certification consists of a set
of fundamental quality and manufacturing disciplines
that ensure a supplier''s success through continuous
improvement. Ford India applies the vital metrics to
determine which suppliers qualify for the quality tag.
The measurements will also continue to determine the
vendor''s Q1 retention ability.
to Mathew the key metrics that decide the Q1 certification
are (1) getting the QS 9000/TS 16949, ISO 14001 and
MS-9000/MMOG certifications (2) maintaining the rejections
within certain limits (3) strictly sticking to the delivery
schedules and (4) taking corrective actions in the case
per Ford Motor Company''s norms, every Q1 certified plant
starts with 1,000 points and should continue to improve
on this. However the plants should maintain at least
800 points to retain the quality ticket.
asked how the company could measure the plant level
component rejections (generally measured as parts per
million) when its own production is just around 50,000
units per year, Mathew answers: "Even though our
volumes are less than a million, through statistical
models we can extrapolate the results achieved by our
about Ford India''s plans, Friedman says a new model
will be launched this year, though refused elaborate
further. "We hope to sell around 170 Endeavours,
the sports utility vehicle, per month,"
he said nd added thatthe company expected a 20 per cent
growth of over the 18,000 units sold last year, depending
on factors like low inflation, healthy stock market,
good monsoon ,etc.