In a bid to increase levels of global competitiveness, component manufacturers in the automotive hub of Nelson Mandela Bay have spent a week engaging with one of the world’s leading proponents of Total Productive Maintenance.
The Eastern Cape Automotive Cluster, which is pioneering the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) approach to manufacturing in South Africa, has been undergoing intensive training with Automotive Industry Development Centre engineers and TPM expert Rajesh Parim, Principal Counsellor of the Confederation of Indian Industries and head of the Institute of Quality in India.
The programme which is the cornerstone of the burgeoning India and Japanese automotive industries is expected to bring substantial cost and production efficiencies to the South African sector and certify suppliers in TPM, one of the most highly regarded qualifications with global OEM’s currently.
Speaking to suppliers in Port Elizabeth this week Parim said TPM was an essential part of automotive sector efficiency.
He said like India, South Africa had to “deal with rising production and manpower costs” and that TPM was a strategic approach to addressing that.
Parim said traditionally 60-70% of the manufacturing workforce operates machinery but has little or no influence or ownership in the production system.
“What TPM develops is a thinking organisation where machine operators are able to do Kaizens and grow knowledge capital for their organisations which has clear and sustainable financial and production benefits.
“It is these benefits, created through total employee involvement in the production, not just supervisors, that has led to an increasing number of