Ford Gives First World Excellence Awards To 47 Global

Suppliers for 1998 Performance Dearborn, Mich. (ots-PRNewswire) - The Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) awarded its highest recognition -- the World Excellence Award -- to 47 suppliers for their superior performance in respective categories in 1998. World Excellence Awards are a new, annual recognition based on quality, cost and delivery metrics that were jointly developed by Ford and its suppliers. The 47 suppliers from seven countries won 65 awards in various categories. "These suppliers are world-class -- an exclusive club of Ford's top partners. They made extraordinary contributions to Ford that helped make 1998 a very successful year and helped deliver high quality and value to our customers," said Carlos Mazzorin, Group Vice President of Purchasing and Ford of Mexico. "Performance like this deserves to be recognized." The awards were presented at a special dinner last night honoring the winners and attended by about 125 of Ford's largest production and non- production suppliers from around the world. There are four different types of World Excellence Awards. The Platinum Award is for the parent company of suppliers with multiple businesses that excel in all target areas -- quality, cost and delivery -- in all of its units. The Gold Award is given to the business units of suppliers that excel in all three areas; five supplier business units won the Gold Award. The Silver Award is given to the business units of suppliers that stand out in one or two of those three areas; 35 supplier business units won the Silver award. A final category -- Recognition of Achievement -- is given to suppliers for special accomplishments, such as Outstanding Supply Performance, participation in the Warranty Reduction Program pilot or Minority Supplier Development; Recognition of Achievements were given to 25 supplier sites or businesses. Winners of the Gold Award are: Durr Industries, paint systems Hadley Auto Transport, haulaway carrier J.M. Olson Corp., general contractors Special Projects, engineering services Walbridge Aldinger, general contractors, site management, North America Winners of the Silver Award are: Quality: AMP Inc., connectors Hayes-Lemmerz International, formerly CMI International, steering and suspension Dana Corp., Victor Reinz Division, seals and gaskets DuPont Herberts Automotive Systems, formerly DuPont De Nemours, paint and fluids Eaton Corp., Controls and Hydraulics, fasteners Eaton Corp., Fluid Power Division, fan-viscous clutches GNB Inc., batteries J.A. Krause Inc., assembly systems LDM Technologies, exterior moldings Mannesmann AG, Mannesmann Hoesch GmbH, tubing Matsushita Electric, Panasonic, radio speakers Michelin North American, tires Michelin Reifenwerke KGaA, tires NGK Spark Plug Co., sensors NTN Corp., Driveshaft Inc., halfshafts Schuler Pressen, OEM machine parts Toledo Molding & Die Inc., plastic parts United Technologies Automotive, Europe, electronic components Wescast Industries, Wingham, Castings Cost: DuPont Herberts Automotive Systems, formerly DuPont De Nemours, paint and fluids INA Waelzlager Schaeffler OHG, bearings International Paper, packaging materials J.A. Krause Inc., assembly systems Pass-Gummiwerke GmbH & Co. KG, hoses and elastometric Schuler Pressen, OEM machine parts Sommer Allibert Industrie, interior soft trim Wescast Industries, Wingham, castings Delivery: Dofasco Inc., steel DuPont Herberts Automotive Systems, formerly Herberts GmbH, paint Goodyear Tire & Rubber, European region, tires Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Transportation Products Group, hoses and belts International Paper, packaging materials Krupp Fabco, stampings Mannesmann AG, Mannesmann Sachs, North America, shock absorbers Mannesmann AG, Mannesmann Hoesch GmbH, tubing Winners of the Recognition of Achievements are: Supply Performance: Dortec Industries, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada East Penn Manufacturing Co., Lyon Station, Pennsylvania Navistar International Transportation Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana Robert Bosch Corp., Bosch Bomoro, Wuppertal, Germany Ryobi Die Casting USA Corp., Shelbyville, Tennessee Uni Boring Co., Detroit, Michigan Ventra Seeburn Metal Products Ltd., Tottenham, Ontario, Canada Visteon, Fuel Injectors, Rawsonville, Michigan Minority Supplier Development TRW Inc., TRW Occupant Restraints, airbags Dayco Europe S.p.A., Grupo Antolin, overhead system Johnson Controls Inc., overhead system Warranty Reduction Program Alcoa Fujikura Ltd., electrical systems Continental General Tire, Continental-Teves, brake modules Eaton Corp., switches LucasVarity, brake modules Motorola, modules Robert Bosch, brake systems TRW Inc., switches United Technologies Automotive, electrical systems Yazaki North America, electrical distribution systems Quality Improvement: ZF Group, North American Operations, Lemforder Corp, Hebron, Kentucky Warranty Reduction: Motorola, Elmira, New York Cost Improvement: Motorola, Seguin, Texas Innovative Cost Savings Idea: RS Electronics Efforts During a Natural Disaster: Crowley Maritime Corp. ots Original Text Service: Ford Motor Company Internet: Contact: Ron Iori of Ford, (USA) 313-317-4234 Web site:

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