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Ford Honors Top Suppliers Around the Globe for Excellence in 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., May 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Forty-seven of Ford's top-performing suppliers received World Excellence Awards for 2012
  • A special honor was given to 35 suppliers who demonstrated the Go Further mindset and continuous pursuit of excellence in the face of unforeseen business challenges
  • Ford's supplier partners are recognized for achieving the highest level of excellence in key areas including quality, cost performance and delivery

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) hosted its 15th annual World Excellence Awards (WEA) ceremony Thursday evening to celebrate 47 of its top-performing global suppliers in 2012.

Tony Brown, group vice president, global purchasing, thanked the suppliers for their contribution to delivering high-quality products to Ford customers.

"Our partnership with our suppliers played a pivotal role in the progress we made on the One Ford plan in 2012," said Brown. "Our WEA winners have shown a dedication to excellence. Thank you for helping Ford serve customers with the best vehicles in the world."

The WEA honors production and nonproduction suppliers. The award-winning suppliers represent thousands of employees across the globe who bring diverse cultures, values and ideas to Ford Motor Company.

There are three types of awards to recognize these top suppliers:

  • Gold is awarded to the top 5 percent of qualifying suppliers who demonstrated superior quality, delivery and cost performance
  • Silver recognizes the top 10 percent of qualifying suppliers who excelled in quality, cost and delivery
  • Recognition of Achievement is given to suppliers who improve customer satisfaction by providing significant contributions in key areas – New Consumer-Focused Technology, Consumer-Driven 6-Sigma, Durability and Reliability Performance, Corporate Responsibility, Supplier Diversity Development and Community Service

This year Ford recognized 35 additional suppliers with a special Go Further award for their contributions to the Evonik fire recovery, emergency resourcing actions, and extraordinary plant and equipment launch support. The tireless work and assistance of these suppliers helped to minimize production disruptions, and even more importantly, they exhibited courage, strength and leadership during a time of hardship.

Mark Fields, Ford chief operating officer, thanked the supplier partners for continuing to embrace the Go Further mindset in the face of adversity.

"We want to recognize those suppliers who have demonstrated excellence despite the unforeseen challenges that have happened over the past year," said Fields. "Thanks to your unwavering commitment, we are closer than ever to reaching our goal of delivering profitable growth for all."

This year, 14 Gold, 21 Silver and 12 Recognition of Achievement honors were awarded along with the 35 Go Further honors.

The 2012 winners are:


  • Acciona Facility Services, Barcelona, Spain; Facility Management
  • BASF, Capital Federal, Argentina; Paint
  • Devon Industrial Group, Detroit; Demolition and Decommissioning Management
  • F. Segura, Burjassot, Valencia, Spain; Stampings
  • Flex-N-Gate – Ventra, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Metal Bumpers
  • Hulsbeck & Furst – Huf Espana, El Burgo De Osma, Soria, Spain; Door Handles
  • Kunshan Macauto Automotive Parts Industry, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China; Luggage Covers
  • Mahle Engine Components, Morristown, Tenn.; Pistons
  • Minacs Marketing Solutions, Farmington Hills, Mich.; Marketing Programs
  • Ogura, Chesterfield Township, Mich.; Differentials
  • Summit Plastics, Jiangning, Nanjing, China; IP Finish Panels
  • Tenneco Automotive, Gliwice, Poland; Shock Absorbers
  • Transportistas Unidos Mexicanos Division Norte, Tlalnepantla, Mexico; Truckload Carriers
  • Warn Industries, Milwaukie, Ore.; Axles


  • Acumuladores Moura, Belo Jardim, Brazil; Batteries
  • Autoneum Poland, Katowice, Poland; NVH Insulation
  • Delphi Delco France, Saint Aubain du Cormier, France, Security Systems
  • Fanuc Robotics America, Rochester Hills, Mich.; Body Shop and Paint Robots
  • Federal-Mogul, South Bend, Ind.; Pistons
  • Flextronics – Saturn Electronics and Engineering, Juarez, Mexico; Wiring
  • Gil Mar Manufacturing – PGI Far East Precision Products, Shanghai, China; Iron Engine Castings
  • Husco Automotive Technologies, Whitewater, Wis.; Variable Valve Timing
  • Inalfa SSI Roof Systems, Warren, Mich.; Sliding Roofs
  • Inteva Products, Saint Die, France; Door Latches
  • Iochpe-Maxion – Hayes Lemmerz, Konigswinter, Germany; Wheels
  • Mark IV Industries – Dayco Europe, Chieti Scalo, Italy; Fead Systems
  • Morpace, Farmington Hills, Mich.; Market Research
  • MRF, Puducherry, India; Tires
  • MSX International, Colchester, Essex, U.K.; Agency Labor
  • NYK Group, Tokyo, Japan; Transportation
  • Pratt Industries, Conyers, Ga.; Corrugated Packaging Material
  • Progress-Werk Oberkirch, Oberkirch, Germany; IP Cross Car Beam
  • Shanghai GKN Driveshaft, Zhoupu Pudong, Shanghai, China; Driveshafts
  • Tower Automotive, Bellevue, Ohio; Frames
  • Umicore Brasil, Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Catalytic Converter Internals

Recognition of Achievement

  • Dakkota Integrated Systems, Holt, Mich.; Supplier Diversity Development, Diverse Supplier of the Year
  • Flex-N-Gate, Urbana, Ill.; ABF Principles
  • Flextronics International, San Jose, Calif.; Corporate Responsibility
  • Gentex, Zeeland, Mich.; New Consumer-Focused Technology
  • GKN Driveline, Newton, N.C.; New Consumer-Focused Technology
  • Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, Calif.; Corporate Responsibility
  • IBM, Armonk, N.Y.; Supplier Diversity Development, Corporation of the Year
  • Muhr und Bender, Attendorn, Germany; ABF Principles
  • TDK Yurihonjo, Yurihonjo, Akita, Japan; Durability and Reliability
  • Tenneco – Walker Manufacturing, Ligonier, Ind.; Warranty Improvement
  • The Diez Group – Delaco Steel, Detroit; Community Service
  • Tomkins – Gates, Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Consumer-Driven 6-Sigma

Go Further

  • Autoliv
  • Betz Industries
  • Continental
  • Cooper Standard
  • Delphi
  • Denso
  • Dytech Automotive
  • Easton Fluid Power
  • Eberspacher
  • Evonik Industries
  • Facil
  • FTE Automotive
  • GKN
  • Inergy Automotive Systems
  • Ji Chyuan Enterprise
  • Lesco Design and Manufacturing
  • LuK-Schaeffler
  • Magna-Cosma
  • Mahle Metal Leve
  • Martinrea International
  • MGI Coutier-Avon Automotive
  • Nemak Dillingen
  • Norma Group Mexico
  • Orda Otomotiv-Nobel Plastiques and Nobel Rocket
  • Pass
  • Robert Bosch
  • Spectra Premium Industries
  • Taiwan Sanoh Electric
  • Textron-Kautex
  • TI Automotive
  • Troy Design and Manufacturing
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Valeo Lighting
  • Voss Automotive
  • Yapp Automotive Parts

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit


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