The Proton Vendors Association (PVA) are moving towards consolidation as part of efforts to increase competitiveness, increase economies of scale and reduce wastage as well as optimum utilisation of investment.

Currently over 260 vendors supply parts and components to Proton, and 150-160 are PVA members.

Apparently there is currently about 20-30% wastage because of flaws in design with the component manufacturing, specially with components which involve metal stamping. Even with 20-30% rejected, somehow bad QC components still make it to the production line. It’s hoped that with consolidation, it would be easier for vendors to meet QC standards.

Proton managing director Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohd Tahir said Proton would be forced to terminate the contracts of vendors which fail quality standards consistently.