Ford Awards Its Suppliers

American manufacturer Ford posted remarkable financial figures for last year, proving, once again, that the One Ford strategy set a while back was the right choice. But, as it is usually the case with an organization so large, the credits should not be Ford's alone.

Throughout the years, auto makers have made a habit out of awarding the best performing suppliers. The tradition, emanating from Germany, expanded to the US as well. It is there, perhaps, that the suppliers, so battered during the 2009 crisis, deserve most of the recognition.

Ford announced today a long list of global suppliers that are worth at least a mention for the efforts they've made in 2010. The list, presented during the Ford World Excellence Awards ceremony, includes the names of 47 suppliers from 16 countries.

As it has happened for some time now, the awards were given to those suppliers that have come close to achieving the business philosophy currently running things at Ford. That means those who have proven excellence in quality, cost and delivery on the one hand, and values and operating practices on the other.

“We made tremendous progress on the One Ford plan in 2010 and the partnership with our suppliers was absolutely critical in making that happen,” said Alan Mulally, Ford CEO. “Thanks to all of our World Excellence Award winners for the work you are doing to contribute to our mutual success and serve our global customers with the very best cars and trucks.”

The winners of this year's Ford awards include Autoliv, Denso, Penske Logistics, Robert Bosch, Sumitomo or ZF Getriebe.
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