EOQ Congress 2017

6th February 2018

Video montage from the EOQ Congress 2017

Project summary:

The largest international meeting on quality and excellence in Europe was held in Slovenia for the first time. The congress, which has been under the auspices of European Quality Organization (EOQ) since 1956, is organised by the national quality organisations and this year was co-organised by the Slovenian Association for Quality and Excellence. The President of the Organising Committee, Janez Benčina, emphasised that: “This year’s congress puts Slovenia on the world map for quality,” adding that quality in the business world needs investment as it enables quality of life for everyone and enables individuals, companies, organisations and also countries to be more internationally competitive.

How Europe will respond to China’s decision to increase investment in quality improvement was one of the key challenges highlighted at the 61st International EOQ Congress. More than 400 participants from 46 countries gathered in Bled at the beginning of October to debate this and other challenges. The honorary sponsor of the congress was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Miro Cerar and prominent lecturers included Dong Mingzhu, Chairperson and President of Gree Electric Appliances Inc., who is among the most influential managers in China, the ‘Chinese Iron Lady’ according to Forbes. Ms Mingzhu highlighted that China wants to move away from the consumer perception that Chinese products are cheap and of low quality.

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