ASQ recognizes companies for creative and innovative solutions that save money, improve quality

ASQ Recognizes Companies for Creative and Innovative Solutions that Save Money, Improve Quality

For Immediate Release

Milwaukee, Wis., May 9, 2013 — Argentina’s Telefonica de Argentina and Thailand’s Pruksa Real Estate Public Company Limited-QCI Team were awarded silver-level status on Wednesday as part of the ASQ International Team Excellence Awards for increasing quality and financial savings.

ASQ announced the silver-award winners — in addition to three companies that reached bronze-level status — at its World Conference on Quality and Improvement at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. In its 28th year, 32 teams from 10 countries competed for gold, silver and bronze status.

Gold, silver and bronze awards are awarded to teams that achieve minimum scores in each awards level. Teams are judged in part in Quality Impact Sessions at ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement, at which teams demonstrate real-life applications of quality.

No teams in this year’s awards process earned gold-level status.

Telefonica de Argentina’s Connected on Time team, based in Buenos Aires, used Lean Six Sigma to achieve annual savings of $425,000 USD, reduce installation times from 78 days to 44, and improve the image of the company.

“It’s an honor for us to be recognized,” said Daniel Remondegui, champion of the Connected on Time project. “We have been using quality for many years to improve many aspects of the organization.”

Pruksa Real Estate Public Company Limited’s QCI Team used Lean Six Sigma to reduce by 80 percent residential construction quality issues, providing potential savings of $4.6 million by reducing rework.

“We’re very excited to be recognized by this international award,” said Surapong Jiem-on, champion of the QCI Team project.

Teams that reached bronze-level status included:

  • Continental Guadalajara, of Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco, Mexico – Continental Guadalajara’s Commercial Vehicles Continuous Improvement Team solved a commercial vehicle gauge issue that has resulted in annual savings of more than $400,000 in increased inventory output.
  • Oshkosh Defense, of Oshkosh, Wis., USA – Oshkosh Defense’s Logistics Vehicle System Replacement, or LVSR, Leak Reduction Team used problem solving to address multiple root causes to identify tightening standards on hoses and fittings that were causing oil leaks on vehicles.
  • Pruksa Real Estate Public Company Limited, of Bangkok, Thailand – Pruksa’s Valuable Engineer Team used Lean Six Sigma tools to improve house delivery time from 329 days to 148 days, providing potential cost savings of nearly $1 million USD per year.

Since 1985, more than 1,050 teams from Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, India, United Arab Emirates, the United States and more have participated in this team recognition process — the only one of its kind in the United States. Organizations such as 3M; Alcoa; Bayer; Boeing; Humana; Reliance Industries Ltd., the largest business enterprise in India; and Telefonica, a major cell phone operator in Argentina, have all showcased proven results with long-term implications, resulting in cost savings of millions of dollars.

Next year’s International Team Excellence Award Process Final Round will be held at ASQ’s 2014 World Conference on Quality and Improvement May 5–7, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. Intent to submit forms for the 2013-14 award cycle are due July 1 and entry materials are due Sept. 9.

For information on how to participate in the 2013–2014 International Team Excellence Award Process, visit or email

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