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Alcoa Wheel & Forged Products' European Plant Wins Hungary Quality Award
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 4, 2003--Alcoa Inc. is pleased
to announce that the Hungarian wheels plant of its Alcoa Wheel &
Forged Products (AWFP) business unit has been awarded the 2003
IIASA-Shiba Award. Located in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, the plant
received this award for total quality management. The IIASA-Shiba
Award was created by the International Institute for Applied System
Analysis based in Austria and by Professor Shoji Shiba, who introduced
TQM to industry in Hungary. This award is mirrored after the U.S.
Malcolm Baldridge and the European Foundation for Quality Management
"We are honored that Alcoa has been recognized for its
manufacturing and business excellence, and we are delighted that the
Institute has acknowledged the value Alcoa brings to Hungary in
exhibiting quality and excellence in our core activity: manufacturing
performance," says Laszlo Veres, plant manager of Alcoa's wheel &
forged products plant in Hungary. "The processes built on thoroughly
planned and executed quality system elements, and the results of the
Alcoa Business System implementation clearly distinguished AWFP from
the other applicants."
Those qualifying for the IIASA-Shiba award must exhibit
significant results in the implementation of total quality management
systems related to business processes and systems integration. In
addition, companies must undergo rigorous on-site audits aligned with
the criteria for the European Foundation for Quality Management and
finalists must present their results to a jury of quality management
experts before a decision is made.
Alcoa Wheel & Forged Products is the world's leading producer of
forged aluminum wheels for the commercial transportation, market. AWFP
serves commercial transportation, automotive, aerospace and industrial
markets with forged aluminum, titanium and nickel-based alloy parts.
Alcoa Inc. has more than 5,000 employees in Hungary at five plants.
These facilities produce extrusions and rolling ingots, flat rolled
products, automotive structures, truck bodies, plastic closures, wire
harnesses, and wheels for trucks, trailers and buses. Alcoa is the
world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and
alumina. It has 127,000 employees in 41 countries.
About Professor Shoji Shiba - Professor Shoji Shiba is the
Visiting Professor at the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at the
Sloane School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. He is the recipient of the 2002 Deming prize for
Individuals, one of the highest awards for Total Quality Management in
the world. He was honored with the award because of his dedication to
developing the globalization of TQM. He was instrumental in
introducing TQM to industry in Hungary. The IIASA-Shiba awards program
was initiated in 1987 when Professor Shoji Shiba studied quality
control in Europe while working as an IIASA researcher.
About IIASA - The International Institute for Applied Systems
Analysis (IIASA) is a non-governmental research organization located
in Austria. The institute conducts inter-disciplinary scientific
studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in
the context of human dimensions of global change.