Hendy Power is celebrating news that FPT Industrial’s engine plant in Bourbon-Lancy, France, is the first of its world major factories to acquire the Gold Level certification in the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) program.

Hendy Power director Andy Smith said that the award recognises achievements in the areas of quality, machining maintenance and karakuri system.

“We are thrilled that the engines we supply to the UK come from such a highly regarded production facility,” he said.

“World Class Manufacturing is an international methodology for the organisation of the manufacturing process and has been adopted, on a world-wide basis, by the most important companies in every kind of business, from automotive to services, from consumer goods to industrial tools,” said Andy.

WCM has the goal of continuously improving production performance and gradually eliminating waste, which helps to ensure product quality and maximum flexibility in responding to customer requests. All this is achieved through a structured and integrated production system that encompasses all the plant’s processes, from safety to the environment, from maintenance to logistics and quality, as well as the involvement and motivation of the personnel working in the factory. WCM activities are formally audited at regular intervals and each production plant is assigned a score and the appropriate prizes and medals (Bronze, Silver, Gold).

With a production capacity of around 80,000 engines a year, and employing more than 1,200 people, the factory specialises in the production of Cursor C8, C9, C10, C11, C13 and C16 series engines, with 77 technical types and with more than 5,700 options available.

The site represents a top-quality centre in the world of both diesel and natural gas engines, providing a wide range of customers with the best solutions, tailor made on the specific needs of the various applications from on and off-road vehicles to marine and power generation.

The gold medal follows bronze certification in 2008 and silver in 2010. Plant manager Luc Bernardi said this was an incredible achievement which rewards the hard work of the whole plant team.