The AME Jim Watkins was the driving force behind the establishment of the AME (Australia), and without his vision and early enthusiasm, there is no doubt we would not be where we are today.
Sadly, Jim passed away unexpectedly in late December 2002 and did not witness the result of his hard work, particularly the first International AME Conference to be held outside North America - in May 2004.
To ensure that Jim's outstanding contributions to manufacturing excellence are remembered, the AME (Australia) created the Jim Watkins Award, to be presented as appropriate to any individual or company determined to have made a significant contribution to the manufacturing industry.
The AME Excellence Award recognises a single plant or operating unit, including “maintenance, repair and overhaul” operations or a hospital in either the public or private sector. The AME Excellence Award criteria details a lean systems model for enterprise excellence. The primary focus of the award is to acknowledge continuous improvement, best practices, creativity and innovation. This award supports AME’s mission of inspiring commitment to enterprise excellence by identifying “Pearls of Excellence” or best practices to share with other AME members.