22nd World Excellence Awards Honor our Top Global Suppliers

[Editor's Note: The following article is from Hau Thai-Tang's Faster Horses Blog]

Suppliers play a key role in bringing our products to life.  And we recognized those that have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest levels of excellence in technology and delivery performance globally at the recent 22nd annual World Excellence Awards ceremony. The celebration was held virtually from Ford Field in Detroit and hosted by Detroit television anchor Rhonda Walker.

The awards were designed to recognize supplier efforts in 2019, but before the start of the formal presentation, we took time to thank the suppliers who helped us do some extraordinary things earlier this year in 2020.

When we pivoted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through our Project Apollo initiative, a group of our Ford suppliers – together with our UAW partners – stepped up to help, providing blower fans for our respirators, weather stripping for face shields and transportation and logistics to ship PPE throughout the country.  Between face shields, medical gowns, face masks, ventilators and respirators, we were able to provide 85 million pieces of PPE.

And when a tornado ripped through the BorgWarner plant in South Carolina – where critical parts are made for all of our full-size trucks, full-size SUVs, Transit, Explorer and Aviator – BorgWarner and two other suppliers, Walbridge and Dell, worked swiftly to get the plant back up and running in 21 days.

My heartfelt thanks to all the suppliers who contributed to these efforts.

And now on to the 22nd World Excellence Awards.  My sincere congratulations to all the winners.

Brand Pillars Awards
Winning Portfolio
Recognizes companies that helped us strengthen our ICE and electric vehicle (EV) plans, grow our mix in utilities and trucks and build out product initiatives in hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EV tech; increasing connectivity and digital services; expanding driver-assist technologies; developing model derivatives and building global alliances

  • Magna
  • Denso
  • Farform
  • Systrand Manufacturing Corporation

Autonomous Technologies – Recognizes companies that deliver driverless transportation solutions and network optimization; develop relationships with leading companies in adjacent industries to generate demand for Ford products; and drive business through connectivity, business services, content and advertising

  • Mando
  • Tokai Rika
  • Continental AG
  • Mobileye

Propulsion Choices – Recognizes companies that helped move Ford toward a net-zero carbon future, bringing forward new ways to power our lineup; and suppliers of connected technologies that impact the customer user experience – like large, interactive displays – as well as systems that enable over-the-air product updates

  • Hitachi
  • Schaeffler Group

Connected Services – Recognizes companies that help Ford develop new mobility businesses that improve our products and eventually lead to reduced roadway congestion; build out new data-driven services that delight existing Ford customers and attract new ones via their connectivity, business services, content and advertising

  • Elektrobit
  • Denso

Gold and Silver Quality Awards
Gold Quality –
To receive a gold-level quality award, companies must maintain Q1 status throughout 2019; demonstrate process capabilities; be cost competitive and recognized as a major volume supplier as a percentage of our annual buy.  They must also be ranked by global Ford Purchasing Directors in the Top 5% of qualifying suppliers

  • Kautex (Craiova)
  • Magna International, Inc, (Mexico)
  • Robert Bosch Automotive Technologies (Thailand)
  • CITIC Dicastal (China)
  • Yazaki Corporation (South America)

Silver Quality – To receive a silver-level quality award, companies must maintain Q1 status throughout 2019; demonstrate process capabilities; be cost competitive and recognized as a major volume supplier as a percentage of our annual buy.  They must also be ranked by global Ford Purchasing Directors in the next 10% of performance

  • Metaldyne (Spanish operations)
  • Linamar (Canada)
  •  Flextronics Technologies (India)

Gold and Silver Indirect Site Awards

Gold Indirect Site – To receive a gold-level award, companies must have been in the top tier of all suppliers and maintained a commitment to excellence in all facets of their business; met all commercial expectations for cost, sustainability objectives, transparency, diversity plus health-and-safety; delivered their products with quality; kept the customer at the center of our business and supported Ford by proactively driving simplification of our supplier-related business process

  • Martin Transportation Systems
  • XPO Logistics

Silver Indirect Site – To receive a silver-level award, companies must have been in the next-to-the-top tier of all suppliers and maintained a commitment to excellence in all facets of their business; met all commercial expectations for cost, sustainability objectives, transparency, diversity plus health-and-safety; delivered their products with quality; kept the customer at the center of our business and supported Ford by proactively driving simplification of our supplier-related business process

  • Joseph Productions, Inc
  • Astral Automotive Systems Transport Logistics

Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) Gold and Silver Awards

Gold FCSD – Recognizes companies that help FCSD consistently deliver the best for our dealers, fleet and retail customers.  Suppliers must have maintained Q1 status for all eligible commodities or the appropriate quality metrics for non-Q1 items for 2019; were cost competitive; and did not have any branding violations at the Parent level over the last 18 months

  • Carlex Glass America

Silver FCSD – Recognizes companies that help FCSD consistently deliver the best for our dealers, fleet and retail customers.  Suppliers must have maintained Q1 status for all eligible commodities or the appropriate quality metrics for non-Q1 items for 2019; were cost competitive; and did not have any branding violations at the Parent level over the last 18 months

  • Creative Data Incorporated

Fitness Awards

Product – Recognizes companies that keep the customer at the center of what they do; embody simplicity with blueprint-enabled demand management and near complexity reduction; operate with speed, agility, efficiency and accountability

  • CITIC Dicastal
  • Montaplast
  • Windsor Machine
  • Piston Automotive
  • Superior Industries

Indirect – Recognizes companies that are critically important to Ford design, development and manufacturing processes

  • Grob-Werke
  • FedEx

Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Development, Sustainability Awards

Corporation of the Year – Recognizes companies that have demonstrated an established supplier diversity development program expansion that includes year-over-year spending growth; actions that have demonstrated impact relating to the supplier’s people, community and supply chain; and must have met or exceeded diverse-sourcing goals set by Ford

  • Mahle
  • Walbridge Aldinger

Diversity Supplier of the YearRecognizes a company that excelled in integrating diversity into their organization and business process

  • Piston Automotive

Sustainability Supplier of the YearRecognizes a company that excelled in creating a more positive business environment aligned to our sustainability standards and principles

  • Cheng Shin Rubber (Taiwan)
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