DEARBORN - Business or personal, finding the perfect match is an essential part of any relationship. In an effort to spark a connection between some of Israel’s leading automotive suppliers and Ford’s Tier 1 suppliers, Ford hosted its second Matchmaking Summit at the Product Development Center in Dearborn, Mich.
The objective of the forum was to provide Ford’s Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) an opportunity to meet with Israeli suppliers to establish a liaison that could lead to long term ventures.
Burt Jordan, newly appointed vice president, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing & Supplier Diversity, gave the opening remarks. Jordan told the more than 120 suppliers and guests in attendance that Ford is expanding globally, especially in emerging markets, to serve a new generation of customers and further grow as part of the next big global phase of the industry. “Globally, our team recognizes the importance of our supplier network in the success and growth of our company,” said Jordan.
The matchmaking portion of the event afforded Ford and Tier 1 suppliers the opportunity to learn about specific contracting and subcontracting opportunities and to have face-to-face meetings with prime Israeli businesses in 15-minute intervals.
HUSCO Automotive, one of the 24 invited Ford and Tier 1 suppliers, was represented at the event. The Wisconsin-based company offers applications ranging from high performance suspension systems to engine management controls. Their products are comprised primarily of hydraulic or pneumatic solenoid valves and actuators used in a wide range of mediums.
“HUSCO is a minority-owned company and we embrace supplier diversity. If we can find a match with a supplier from Israel that would be great,” said Todd Dickrell, director of purchasing, HUSCO Automotive.
Uri Pachter, director, International Projects, Tenders & Automotive Industry Department, highlighted how his organization is committed to bringing together vehicle manufacturers and OEM suppliers with Israeli manufacturers during his presentation, ‘Israel’s Automotive Industry: Making the Right Move.'
Today’s event was amazing and it exceeded my expectations. To have Ford’s Tier 1 suppliers and our suppliers together, is like a dream come true for us,” said Pachter.
Burt Jordan, vice president, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing & Supplier Diversity and Uri Pachter, director, International Projects, Tenders & Automotive Industry Department.