productivity grand award Fook Tin Technologies Health product manufacturer Fook Tin Technologies has proved it is possible to improve production efficiency without cost to the environment. In doing so, the company has scooped two top awards at the 2003 Hong Kong Awards for Industry. This year the company will walk away with the Productivity Grand award sponsored by the Hong Kong Productivity Council, as well as the Environmental Performance Grand award sponsored by the Business Environmental Council. 'We view the establishment of the environmental management system as our engagement in a long-term commitment to environmental conservation and protection,' says John Chai, executive director. 'As awareness grows of the legal, social and cultural aspects of the environment, we are prepared to be at the forefront to manage our services and products to meet the coming challenges.' The Environmental Performance award is given to companies that work to promote a wider appreciation of environmental protection among Hong Kong's manufacturing and related service enterprises, and to recognise and reward companies that have improved their environment performance. Entrants in this category must show progress in minimising their environmental impact in the prevention of air, water and noise pollution; the reuse, recycling and good management of waste; the efficient use of energy, water and other raw materials; and protection of the ecosystem. Entrants must also demonstrate environmental commitment through the adoption of a policy and a statement; staff involvement and awareness; the setting and review of goals and initiatives, and the implementation of green procurement. The Productivity award, on the other hand, recognises companies with a proven record of continued production efficiency. The ability to improve efficiency while maintaining, and in some instances improving on, environmental parameters is what helped Fook Tin winn the two top prizes. 'The company's policy commits employees to maximise growth in products and services by utilising resources effectively and innovatively, optimising operational processes while maintaining health, safety and environmental controls,' Dr Chai says. This year's productivity improvement projects include assembly process re-engineering; spray-painting and powder coating facility and production process innovations; and product and accessory materials design optimisation. Fook Tin attributes its success to a management team with vision and strategic thinking; employees with shared values and work culture; realisation of the need for growth in products and services; and, commitment to workplace health, safety and the environment. Fook Tin employs about 2,000 staff in Shenzhen where it manufactures consumer, commercial and industrial weighing scales and other healthcare products. The company employs 40 staff in Hong Kong whose functions involve sales and marketing, research and development and management.