Maruti Suzuki MD Kenichi Ayukawa (Photo: PTI)
Maruti Suzuki MD Kenichi Ayukawa (Photo: PTI)

Maruti urges tier-1 component makers to focus on capacity, ‘zero-defect’ product

  • MD Kenichi Ayukawa urged the manufacturers to focus on making ‘zero-defect’ components and emphasize on quality
  • 'The next big challenge is developing capabilities of your suppliers,' Ayukawa told the suppliers

New Delhi: As the automobile industry undergoes structural changes with emergence of hybrid and electric vehicles, Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, on Friday urged the company’s 400 plus tier-1 component manufacturers to focus on building their capacities and making ‘zero-defect’ components with emphasis on quality.

“The next big challenge is developing capabilities of your suppliers. I think, it is important that you take ownership to develop the capability and quality of your suppliers. You will remember the hand holding that you got from vehicle manufacturers. Please carry the same process in the same spirit to your suppliers," Ayukawa said, while speaking at the 59th Annual General session of Automotive Component Manufactures Association of India (ACMA).

On Thursday, during the annual session of Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (Siam), Ayukawa urged the government to form a common platform for making policies related to the auto industry.

As of now more than five ministries – Ministry of Heavy Industries, Road Transport and Highways, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Environment, Science and Urban Development – are responsible for policy making related to different aspects of the automobile sector.

According to Ayukawa, carbon monoxide emission in a car is regulated by one ministry but carbon dioxide emission is regulated by another ministry. While, the fuel that goes into the car is regulated by a third ministry. In addition, there are many courts and judicial bodies.

He said, “In the future, with more technologies and regulation, the complexity will grow manifold. How to navigate through these multiple bodies and ensure that there is alignment?"

Taking a cue, Siam president, Rajan Wadhera, also urged the government to form only one nodal ministry for the auto industry.