Ashok Sharma, Chief Executive Agri and Allied Businesses accepting the prestigious Deming prize awarded to Mahindra Powerol by JUSE
Mahindra Powerol, the Mahindra Group’s off grid power generation and energy solutions business, was awarded the prestigious Deming Prize at a glittering ceremony held in Tokyo. Mahindra Powerol was the only company from India to be awarded this global distinction this year.
The Deming Prize is a global quality award instituted by the Japanese Union for Scientists & Engineers (JUSE) that recognizes both individuals for their contributions to the field of Total Quality Management (TQM) and businesses that have successfully implemented TQM. It is the oldest and most widely recognized quality award in the world. Prior illustrious recipients include Toyota Motor company, Tata Steel, the Mahindra Tractor Division (2003), and the Mahindra Swaraj Division (2012).
Speaking on receiving the award, Ashok Sharma, Chief Executive, Agri & Allied Businesses said, “We are greatly honoured to have received this prestigious International award. The Deming Prize bears testimony to a long journey in Customer Centricity, Quality Focus and Change Management at Powerol. We have faced several business challenges since inception and have been able to convert these adversities into opportunities by promoting the TQM approach across our organization and for our business partners.”
P. Palaniappan, Senior Vice President, Powerol said, “The Deming Prize is a testament to Powerol’s agility and ability to respond quickly to the dynamic market scenario. It also highlights Powerol’s highly successful ‘Lean Asset Model’ of manufacturing and vindicates the Total Quality Management principles that the business has been practising since 2007.”
Mahindra’s Powerol division was established in 2002 and provides a wide range of off grid energy products and energy management solutions. With over 270,000 Diesel generator sets across the world ranging from 5kVA to 500kVA, Powerol is the market leader, powering over 60% of India’s telecom towers and establishing a strong presence in the retail segment in the past few years. It is also the largest Telecom
Infrastructure Maintenance Company with more than 13,000 towers under its management. Powerol also recently ventured into Energy Management Solutions and has quickly established a leadership position in this segment. Powerol is also known for its innovative product designs and service initiatives.
The company has also been recognized as a Power Brand 2011 and a Master Brand 2012. Mahindra Powerol products are presently available in over 20 countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
In 2014, Mahindra Powerol achieved the No. 1 position in the Customer Satisfaction Index, surpassing more established players and its success story has recently been taken up as a case study at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.