Supermax Corp Bhd and Secret Recipe Cakes and Café Sdn Bhd were the toast of the recent 13th Industry Excellence Award 2003, garnering two awards each.
Global glove manufacturer and exporter Supermax won the Export Excellence Award in Merchandise and the Product Excellence Award, both under the category for companies with annual sales exceeding RM25mil.
Secret Recipe bagged the Special Award for Product Excellence (Innovative Product) and the Special Award for Product Excellence (Design) for its entrepreneurial café culture in the Malaysian food & beverage scene.
There were 189 companies vying for awards based on efforts in producing high quality products and services, distinction in organisational development and incessant consciousness of quality achievement.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said that starting 2005, winners of the Export Excellence Award would be granted tax exemption on increased export of up to 70% of the statutory income for the year the award was granted.
Supermax group managing director Stanley Thai said: “It is a remarkable achievement for the company, and we feel very proud as it symbolizes acknowledgment of our efforts by MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry) and the awards council committee.”
Thai added that the company's focus was to expand its production capacity to meet increased demand from the overseas market.
In the open category, major construction and property development player IJM Corp Bhd won the Export Excellence Award for Services.
Said IJM managing director Datuk Krishnan Tan Boon Seng: “We are indeed deeply honoured to be accorded this recognition by MITI. It will certainly give a boost to our people who are out there competing in the international markets that the country recognises what we have done quietly all this while.”
Tan attributed the company's success to forward planning and management style. Prominence is given to risk management and corporate governance policies, and its professional management team is strongly supported by an independent board of directors.
“Our performance can have an impact on the name of the country and other Malaysian companies who aspire to follow our footsteps. It is important that we perform, and meet our contractual obligations,” he added.
National car manufacturer and exporter Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd (Proton) took the Quality Management Excellence award for companies with annual sales exceeding RM25mil.
Proton Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Tan Sri Dr Mahaleel Tengku Ariff at the awards presentation said: “This is a reward for a quality improvement journey that we have embarked on since 1996. And we have reached the internationally accepted benchmark in the number of defects per car.”
Each Proton car now has only six defects compared with about 20 back in 1996. The international standard is between five and eight.
Proton implemented a 120-point check before delivery, as well as a “morning market,” where each production line is thoroughly checked and faults rectified before the day's work starts.
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