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Awards for the best suppliers of the Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen Group Awards 2007 presented in Majorca

The 25 best suppliers of the Volkswagen Group were presented with the “Volkswagen Group Award” in Majorca yesterday evening. The winners received their awards from Professor Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, and Francisco J. Garcia Sanz, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for “Procurement”.

"Last year, the Volkswagen Group delivered more vehicles to all major markets worldwide than ever before. This success reflects the efforts we jointly made with our partners last year," said Dr. Winterkorn, welcoming 250 invited guests. "Our thanks go to all representatives of our award winners present here this evening, and in particular to all employees at sites around the world for their extraordinary dedication," Winterkorn added.

At the same time, he announced the further expansion of successful cooperation in future: "Shoulder to shoulder with our partners, we will bring Volkswagen even further forward as regards content and technology. We will take our orientation from the highest quality benchmarks, excellent products and, above all, from the wishes of our customers," Winterkorn said.
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"For us, cooperation based on partnership means developing solutions together with our partners and giving special support to those suppliers who show a strong commitment," Francisco J. Garcia Sanz, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, stressed in the presence of representatives from the award winning suppliers.

He emphasized that companies bringing concrete solutions to support Volkswagen in its efforts to enhance competitiveness could simultaneously further strengthen, or even expand, their position as a business partner for Volkswagen.

Since October 2005, Volkswagen has been developing new approaches to optimize costs and improve quality in cooperation with suppliers. Millions have so far been saved through joint optimization efforts at so-called "suppliers conventions". At the beginning of 2006, Volkswagen invited suppliers to a "Suppliers Quality Forum" aimed at achieving a sustained reduction in production process failures. The objective of the "Innovation Forum" is to jointly integrate forward-looking fields of innovation in the production process at Volkswagen.

The Group Award is presented in five categories which play a crucial role in relations with suppliers: excellence in development, product quality, logistics, environmental awareness and entrepreneurial performance.

The excellence in development category reflects attributes such as innovative capabilities, technical equipment and the quality of cooperation. Product quality includes an assessment of production site quality performance with regard to series-production supplies. In the logistics category, criteria focus on compliance with delivery deadlines and quantities, delivery flexibility and communication behaviour. The award for environmental awareness is based on compliance with the Volkswagen criteria for sustainable environmental management and vehicle-related environmental innovation competence. Exceptional entrepreneurial performance is measured by flexibility with respect to series start-ups and innovation capabilities in terms of cost optimization and process improvements.

The 25 winners of the "Volkswagen Group Award 2007" and their winning sites are listed below:

1st category: Excellence in development

  • Visteon Deutschland GmbH, Berlin / D

  • Georg Fischer AG, Mettmann / D

  • DENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH, Eching / D

  • Cadence Innovation k.s., Liberec / Czech Republic

  • ETO Magnetic KG, Stockach / D

2nd category: Logistics

  • Aisin AW Co. Ltd., Okazaki / Japan

  • MB Abrera, Barcelona / Spain

  • Aksys Insonit S.A., Barcelona / Spain

  • SAINT-GOBAIN SEKURIT INTERNATIONAL, Hořovice / Czech Republic

  • Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH, Salzgitter / D

3rd category: Product quality

  • Grupo Antolin Navarra S.A., Arazur / Spain

  • Car Trim GmbH, Plauen / D

  • Ronal Ibérica, S.A.U., Teruel / Spain

  • GKN Driveline Trier GmbH, Trier / D

  • Barum Continental spol. s.r.o., Otrokovice / Czech Republic

4th category: Environmental awareness

  • MS Design Auto Tuning GmbH, Roppen / D

5th category: Entrepreneurial performance

  • Fredenhagen GmbH & Co. KG, Offenbach / D

  • Werkzeugbau Fahrzeuge Marke Volkswagen Pkw, Wolfsburg / D

  • Grob-Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Mindelheim / D BP/Castrol, Hamburg / D

  • POSCO, Kwangyang / South Korea

  • Veritas AG, Donakilitti / Hungary

  • Maflow S.p.A., Tychy / Poland

  • AUTOLIV B.V. & Co. KG, Braunschweig / D

  • Suzhou Sonavox Electronics Co. Ltd., Ayuanhe

All Photos: Volkswagen

(May 16, 2007)


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