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WABCO Holdings Inc.

January 28, 2010 07:00 ET

WABCO-TVS Factory in Chennai Wins India's Top Manufacturing Excellence Award

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - January 28, 2010) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) [], a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, today announced that WABCO-TVS, the company's Indian subsidiary, has won the India Manufacturing Excellence Award (IMEA) with "Super Platinum" distinction. Presented by The Economic Times in partnership with Frost & Sullivan, it is India's largest on-site audit of manufacturing practices benchmarked against global standards.

At yesterday's awards ceremony in Mumbai, The Economic Times (ET) and Frost & Sullivan's jury named the WABCO-TVS manufacturing facility located in Chennai, India, as the overall winner in 2009 by honoring the company's Chennai site as "Super Platinum" in recognition of the site's highest score among all other winners in 2009.

ET-IMEA's assessment comprises 12 categories of manufacturing practices, including customer focus, supply chain management and quality systems, among other operational and business measurements. All award submissions are evaluated by global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan whose expert team also conducts further assessment during a site audit among a short list of candidates.

"Everyone at WABCO-TVS takes great pride in being selected for this prestigious national award, particularly because ET-IMEA in partnership with Frost & Sullivan acknowledges the best facilities in India that have achieved and sustained manufacturing excellence," said P. Kaniappan, Managing Director, WABCO-TVS (India) Ltd. "We are further delighted that the ET-IMEA and Frost & Sullivan judges have honored our Chennai facility as 'Super Platinum,' the highest possible award and a superlative mark of our manufacturing capabilities and global competitiveness."

"We are proud of WABCO-TVS for winning top honors in this highly acclaimed industry award," said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The Economic Times and Frost & Sullivan's judges look for diligence, perseverance, foresight, and dedication to sustain successful lean manufacturing and continuous learning. Our facility in Chennai, India, has accomplished yet another extraordinary achievement and further recognition of its manufacturing excellence as it continues to demonstrate an outstanding level of capabilities."

In September 2009, WABCO-TVS was honored with the 2009 Gold Award for Manufacturing Excellence from the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), a leading industry group. ACMA's Gold Award recognizes world-class quality systems, best practices and excellent production performance. WABCO-TVS, formerly known as Sundaram-Clayton Limited, Brakes Division, previously won a Deming Prize for total quality management; a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Excellence Award from the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance; and a Japan Quality Medal, the first awarded to a company in India.

For more information about The Economic Times-India Manufacturing Excellence Awards in partnership with Frost & Sullivan, visit


WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.6 billion in 2008, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit

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