Venu Srinivasan, Chairman of TVS Motor Company, which makes two-and three-wheelers and Sundaram Clayton, a manufacturer of auto parts, has been conferred with the prestigious Deming ‘Distinguished Service Award For Dissemination and Promotion Overseas’.

Srinivasan becomes the first industrialist from India to be bestowed this award for his contributions in the field of total quality management (TQM). The award, which is sponsored by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE), was presented at a ceremony held in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday, according to a statement.

“I am truly honoured by the recognition conferred upon me by the prestigious Deming committee and JUSE. This stands as a testament for me and all my colleagues & associates who have worked hard to implement TQM at Sundaram-Clayton and TVS Motor Company since 1989. Today, our products and processes are synonymous with quality in over 60 countries across the globe,” said Venu Srinivasan.

“I would like to express my gratitude by dedicating this honour to Prof Kurahara, Prof Washio, and Prof Tsuda for their active mentoring, our customers, partners and our employees for their commitment towards this long journey,” he added.

As the past President of CII and Chairman of the National Committee for Quality, Srinivasan played an active role in accelerating TQM promotion in India. More than 100,000 practicing managers were trained on TQM methods, and since the year 2000, Indian companies have won the maximum Deming Prize (28) followed by Japan (19), Thailand (12), China (3) and others.