Productivity puts SAR ahead of competition

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 November, 1997, 12:00am

MESSAGE The Hong Kong Productivity Council believes high value-added productivity is the key for Hong Kong business to remain competitive and meet local and global challenges.

The 1997 policy address of the Hong Kong SAR Government shares the same view.

The council is proud and pleased to be associated with the Hong Kong Awards for Industry by administering the Productivity Category since 1990.

The awards in the category aim to encourage, promote and recognise local enterprises that have attained a competitive advantage through well-planned and well-executed productivity programmes on a continuous basis.

This year, the category received 21 applications - the greatest number of entries submitted in the last eight years.

After the preliminary screening, 16 participants were chosen to enter the assessment stage.

These companies came from a wide spectrum of industries and were judged according to four criteria: productivity drive, value creation, resources optimisation, and productivity results.

Many of the participating companies have invested in machinery upgrading and introduced mechanisation and automation for higher productivity.

As companies tend to design, develop and produce their own products, Hong Kong industries are gradually outgrowing the bounds of original equipment manufacture operations.

On the other hand, a number of contestants were striving for improvement in process benchmarking.

The number of repeat participants demonstrating significant improvement provides the reason for the existence of the award.

I am pleased to announce that Sylva Industries has been chosen as the winner of the top award - the 1997 Hong Kong Award for Industry: Productivity.

The company has demonstrated great effort and outstanding performance in its pursuit for productivity excellence.

Four companies have been selected for the HKPC Productivity Award: Astec International (AECL), C & K Systems (Hong Kong), Dunwell Petro-Chemical, and Yau Lee Construction.

The HKPC Certificates of Merit in Productivity have been awarded to eight companies: Confi Metal Finishing, Continental Holdings, Creative Master, Crystal International, Heraeus, Hi-tech Mold Manufacturing, May Cheong Toy Products, and Wutung Engineering.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the panel of judges, chaired by Antony Leung. They have generously contributed their time and worked extremely hard in the selection process.

Special thanks also go to the HKPC assessment team, including our external assessors, Yasushi Fukuda and Noriyuki Murata, for their invaluable contribution in making this year's award scheme a success.

Most of all, I would like to congratulate the winning companies on their outstanding achievements.

KENNETH FANG Chairman Hong Kong Productivity Council