Hazira, India: Essar Steel has been awarded the 'Platinum Award', the highest award in the category by Caterpillar's 'Supplier Quality Excellence Program'.
Essar Steel had previously won the bronze award in 2008 followed by the Gold Award for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010, it finally bagged the Platinum Award – the highest award in the category.
Caterpillar's SQEP certification recognizes Essar Steel's performance as a strategic supplier of steel plates globally to Caterpillar, for achieving the highest level of excellence. Essar Steel has been supplying steel plates to Caterpillar since 2001. The award also validates Essar Steel's usage of 6 Sigma methodologies for continuous and sustainable improvements through the initiatives of Essar Manufacturing Excellence.
Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, awards its vendors for their performance
Commenting on the Award, Dilip Oommen, CEO & MD, Essar Steel India, said, "This recognition is result of our continuous efforts and sustainable improvements to provide quality products to our customers through Essar's Manufacturing Excellence initiatives. This is also reflection of the capability to Essar Steel to meet stringent quality standards of global leaders".
Essar Steel has been approved to supply plates to all the manufacturing plants of caterpillar across the globe. Essar Steel has been supplying steel plates to caterpillar over a decade. With the setting up of 5 mtr wide state of the art of plate mill, Essar Steel is now in a position to supply plates for high end applications.
Earlier in this year, Essar Steel won the Gold Award, in the large scale category, at the FICCI Quality System Excellence Awards 2011, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
About Essar Steel
Essar Steel, a 14 MTPA global producer of steel, is a fully integrated flat carbon steel manufacturer—with presence in Canada, USA, India and Indonesia. It is the most versatile flat steel producer with integrated facilities. It maks pipes and extra wide plates, as well as hot rolled, cold rolled, galvanized and colour coated steel. It has an integrated distribution business with Service Centres and Steel Hypermarts. It operates seven Service Centre's in India and Indonesia with an aggregate capacity of over 4 million tonnes. Essar has the largest retail distribution network. Its products find wide acceptance in highly discerning consumer sectors, such as automotive, white goods, construction, engineering and shipbuilding.
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