LAHORE - The Industry Support Programme, being conducted by Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Auto Vendor Industry, has revealed wonderful results in plants efficiency by reducing the defect rate up to 80%. It was reported in concluding presentation of the 83rd project of the program made by Kiyoshi Yoshida, a seasoned Japanese Automotive Expert at National Automotive Components, Muridkey along with SMEDA team. Alamgir Chaudhry, General Manager Outreach and Fayyaz Riaz, Head Industry Support Program of SMEDA also attended the presentation.The Layout of Assembly section at “National Automotive Components, Muridkey” has been redesigned by the Japanese Automotive Expert Kiyoshi Yoshida along with SMEDA team which on operation is witnessing 46% reduction in travel distance, 50% reduction in work-in-process inventory and 80% reduction in defect rate, hence improving the overall productivity to an optimal level.Muhammad Saleem, Chairman National Automotive Components appreciated the efforts of SMEDA and JICA in upgrading the Automotive Vendors in Pakistan for quality and productivity improvement with reduction of the production cost. He said that his company had committed to disseminate this improvement activity to other sections of the factory as well as to rest of the industry. He was of the view that such programmes can change the working culture and thinking pattern of the industry stakeholders and workers.