Jaguar Land Rover honours supply chain firms
VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has recognised its top ten direct suppliers at its inaugural Supplier Excellence Awards.
Companies from Corby to Cairo were presented with trophies by actress Joanna Lumley, at a ceremony held in the West Midlands, close to the heart of the company’s UK operations.
Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover Director of Human Resources and Purchasing, said the awards had been instigated to recognise the role supply chain firms played in helping the company achieve its goals.
A total of 10 trophies were presented for performance in 2014: two gold, four silver and four bronze. The awards went to individual plants or facilities, rewarding on-time delivery, continuous quality, accreditation to international and Jaguar Land Rover standards and flexibility to meet the company’s developing needs.
In the West Midlands, Solihull-based ZF Lemforder, which supplies axle sub-assemblies to JLR for use on the Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover and Ranger Rover Sport, was recognised with a silver award, while Denso Manufacturing, from Telford, which supplies heating, ventilation and air conditioning units for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles as well as the latest range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, won bronze.
Pointing to the fact that over the past five years, JLR has doubled sales and employment, tripled turnover, and invested over £10bn in new product creation and capital expenditure, Harnett said: “Jaguar Land Rover is gearing up for the future and we need our suppliers to do the same, enabling us to deliver class-leading vehicles to our customer base across the globe.
“The 10 facilities recognised through our first annual Excellence Awards are the leading examples of how our strong supply base is stepping up to the mark.”
The winners of the Jaguar Land Rover 2015 Supplier Excellence Awards were:
Continental Automotive Systems Slovakia (brake callipers for the Jaguar XF, XJ and F-Type).
Brembo Poland (brake discs for the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Discovery and Defender).
Autoliv BKI at La Pobla De Vallbona, Spain (part of the Swedish Autoliv Group, the world’s largest automotive safety supplier, which supplies airbags, seat belts and both passive and active safety systems).
ZF Lemforder UK at Solihull (corner assemblies, including suspension, driveshaft and brake assemblies for many Land Rover models).
Trelleborg Forsheda, Sweden (mass dampers for all JLR vehicles and lines, part of the Trelleborg Vibracoustic Group, a strategic supplier to JLR for engine mounts).
Maxion Wheels Italia, (alloy wheels for many JLR vehicles, including Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar XF. Part of the Lochpe Maxion Group, headquartered in Brazil.)
Leoni Wiring Systems Egypt (wiring harnesses for Discovery, Defender and Jaguar F-TYPE vehicles. Part of the Leoni group, headquartered in Germany, which produces technically sophisticated products, from single-core automotive cables through to complete wiring systems with integrated electronics).
Denso Manufacturing UK, Telford (heating, ventilation and air conditioning units for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles as well as the latest range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles from its lightweight aluminium architecture).
Robert Bosch, Germany (part of Bosch’s Automotive Electronics business division, the Ansbach plant is the global lead for the production of restraint control electronics).
Benteler Automotive UK at Corby (part of the Benteler International Group, the Corby site supplies steel sub-frames, control arms and selected chassis components).