December 20, 2012 06:30 ET

New Holland Fiat India Achieves Important Safety Milestone

LUGANO, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) -  New Holland Fiat India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of CNH Global NV, has completed five million consecutive hours worked without a single lost time incident at its New Holland manufacturing base in Greater Noida, setting a new record in safety excellence as the first plant in CNH to reach such a milestone. The five million hours represent around 600 days of work over the past two years.

In recognition of this achievement, a special certificate signed by Richard Tobin, Chief Operating Officer of Fiat Industrial and CEO and President of CNH, and Franco Fusignani, New Holland Agriculture Brand Leader and Fiat Industrial COO of the Asia Pacific region, was presented today during an official ceremony held at the Greater Noida facility that was attended by all employees.

Rakesh Malhotra, Head of New Holland Fiat India operations, said, "We have reached an important milestone. This accomplishment will encourage us to continue to look for improvements and drive us forward as we strive to achieve our growth objectives responsibly and safely. We believe that putting the safety of workers first is the hallmark of a true industry leader. New Holland Fiat India's outstanding safety record is proof of the high standards that have been set. This has been possible with the engagement of all our employees and with the company's commitment to meeting the most stringent international quality and safety standards."

New Holland Fiat India's Greater Noida facility boasts the highest quality standards in the country's tractor industry and is among the best in the world for worker safety and environmental protection practices. The record-breaking milestone of five million hours is the result of the engagement of the entire organization, sound leadership and effective teamwork across all the facility's departments, as well as the dedication of the safety team who carried out a robust safety program.

The plant's participation in CNH's World Class Manufacturing program is an important factor in the facility's high safety standards. Launched in 2009, it actively involves all employees in eliminating risks in the workplace through clearly defined metrics, regular audits and a systematic approach to identifying potential accidents. World Class Manufacturing principles have now become integral to the way Greater Noida's employees approach their work.

With more than 1,300 employees and featuring a number of advanced manufacturing technologies, New Holland Fiat India produces tractors up to 75 hp, engines, transmissions, axles and PTOs, and fully controls all of its production processes and components. It exports products and components worldwide, with approximately 25% of its tractors sold in about 50 countries, primarily in Africa, the Middle East and North America. In addition, it supplies engines, transmissions, PTOs and four wheel drive front axles for agricultural and construction equipment to CNH plants around the world.

CNH Global N.V. is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses. Supported by approximately 11,300 dealers in approximately 170 countries, CNH brings together the knowledge and heritage of its Case and New Holland brand families with the strength and resources of its worldwide commercial, industrial, product support and finance organizations. CNH Global N.V., whose stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNH), is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (FI.MI). More information about CNH and its Case and New Holland products can be found online at

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