THE Volkswagen Group has recognised its best suppliers with the Volkswagen Group Award 2017.
The 19 winners were honoured at a ceremony in the Motorwerk Berlin on Wednesday in front of an audience of some 270 guests from 25 countries, where Matthias Müller, chief executive of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, and Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, group board of management member with responsibility for procurement, handed over the awards.
Müller talked about partnership and the transformation of the automotive industry in his speech, saying: ‘We must make further progress together and become better and better. Never before have not only the pressure but also the opportunities been as great as they are today. If we are willing to change, we can successfully master the transformation in our industry.’
And he underlined that e-mobility and battery technology, autonomous driving, digitalisation throughout the value chain, and new mobility services were not passing trends. ‘That is the future of our industry – our common future. Thank you for your willingness to explore new pathways with us.’
Garcia Sanz said: ‘A strong and uncomplicated partnership network based on a level playing field where information is exchanged almost in real time is essential to our success. And this must above all be a network that stands for transparency, openness and courage.’
This is the 15th time that the VW Group has honoured its best suppliers of the previous year for their innovative strength, product quality, development competence, sustainability, and professional project management.
‘On behalf of the Volkswagen Group, I would like to thank you and especially your employees for your commitment and performance last year,’ Garcia Sanz added.
The winners of the Volkswagen Group Award 2017 (supplier; country; category):
Aisin AW Co, Ltd; Japan; Innovation & Technology
Aleris Switzerland GmbH; Switzerland; Sustainability
Allgaier Automotive GmbH; Germany; Capacity
Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH; Germany; Innovation & Technology
Bridgestone Corporation; Japan; Innovation & Technology
Bürener Maschinenfabrik GmbH; Germany; Capacity
Dr Schneider Holding GmbH; Germany; Innovation & Technology
Dürr Aktiengesellschaft; Germany; Global Champion
Fritz Dräxlmaier GmbH & Co.; Germany; New Mobility Solutions
Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG; Germany; Global Champion
LG Electronics Inc; South Korea; Innovation & Technology
Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co KG; Germany; New Mobility Solutions
Muelles y Ballestas Hispano-Alemanas SA; Spain; Local Champion
Nucor Corporation; USA; Local Champion
Pino Components SL; Spain; Global Champion
Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd; India; Innovation & Technology
Thyssenkrupp AG; Germany; Global Champion
Visteon Corporation; USA; Innovation & Technology
Witzenmann GmbH; Germany; Capacity
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