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Sri Lanka’s ACL Cables wins Asia Pacific Quality Award

ACL Cables Plc, the largest cable manufacturer in Sri Lanka, has won a World Class Award in the International Asia Pacific Quality Award (IAPQA) competition –2008 in Large Manufacturing category.
The winners were announced by the Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO) last week. “We are pleased to announce that four organizations from Asia and the Pacific Rim are being recognized as exemplary companies of world class quality performance. They have achieved the International Asia Pacific Quality Award modeled after the U.S. Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Award,” said Charles Aubrey, Chairman of APQO and the International Asia Pacific Quality Award Executive Committee, in a statement issued by the organization.

The winners of World Class Award are:
Large Manufacturing: ACL Cables Plc, Colombo, Sri Lanka;
Large Service: Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd; Chennai, India;
Small Service Organization: Citigroup Trade Services: Penang, Malaysia;
Education: Carmel Junior College; Jharkhand State, India;
In 2007-08, ACL Cables exported orders worth US$13 million, sharply up from $7.8 million in the earlier year. ACL exports AB Cables and Enameled wire to India in a big way. Exports to Maldives have taken an upward trend in recent years and the company plans to capture 70% of the Maldivian market this year.

The awards will be presented at the APQO/ International Conference of Quality Managers in Tehran, Iran on August 23-25, 2008. The APQO was founded and organized by National Quality Organizations in Asian and Pacific Rim countries including the American Society for Quality and was incorporated in the Philippines in 1985.

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