Windsor, ChryslerCanada ­– The vehicle-maker’s assembly site in Ontario has been awarded silver status after implementing the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) strategy which is designed to increase productivity, reduce waste and improve quality and safety. Chrysler says this is the highest ranking of any of its North American manufacturing facilities.

WCM was adopted at Windsor four years ago after a three-day audit. Silver status is achieved by earning a minimum of 60 points in ten technical and ten managerial ‘pillars’ of competence; a score of 100 indicates world-class level.

“Accomplishing silver is a significant achievement as it demonstrates a deeper understanding of the WCM methodology,” commented Mauro Pino, vice-president and head of Manufacturing/WCM, Chrysler.

WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler as part of the OEMs’ alliance in June 2009; since then the company has saved $1billion in controllable manufacturing costs.