Jaguar Land Rover has recognised its top ten direct production suppliers at the company’s inaugural Supplier Excellence Awards. Companies from Corby to Cairo were presented with trophies by British actress, Joanna Lumley, at a ceremony held in the West Midlands, the heart of the company’s UK operations.
Explaining the rationale for the new award programme, Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover Director of Human Resources and Purchasing, said: “These awards recognise the role that our supply chain plays in meeting our business objectives and celebrate the achievements of companies that have excelled on quality, delivery, cost and absolute certainty of supply. We are also saying a special thank you to those supplier facilities that have shown “Above and Beyond” flexibility, or have worked quickly to meet production or design challenges.”
A total of ten 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.
Over the past five years, Jaguar Land Rover has doubled sales and employment, tripled turnover, and invested over £10 billion in new product creation and capital expenditure. In 2014 it opened its first major overseas manufacturing site in China and laid the foundation stone for its new Brazilian plant, which will open next year. The company’s innovation is continuous, with 50 major new and model-year upgrade product launches planned for the next five years, offering increased opportunity for its supply base.
Ian Harnett continued: “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 ten facilities recognised through our first annual Excellence Awards are the leading examples of how our strong supply base is stepping up to the mark.”
Jaguar Land Rover chose to award individual supplier locations, rather than overall groups, in recognition of the importance of a close working relationship with each facility, founded on principles of integrity, honesty and trust. As a reflection of its approach to supplier relations, Jaguar Land Rover was named most trustworthy OEM in a recent study conducted by global information and analytics provider, IHS Automotive.
The winners of the Jaguar Land Rover 2015 Supplier Excellence Awards were:
Continental Automotive Systems Slovakia s.r.o. at Zvolen (brake calipers for the Jaguar XF, XJ and F TYPE).
Brembo Poland Sp.z.o.o. at Dabrowa Gornicza (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 Ltd at Solihull (corner assemblies, including suspension, driveshaft and brake assemblies for many Land Rover models).
Trelleborg Forsheda AB, Sweden (mass dampers for all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles and lines, part of the Trelleborg Vibracoustic Group, a strategic supplier to Jaguar Land Rover for engine mounts).
Maxion Wheels Italia, S.r.l., at Dello near Brescia (alloy wheels for many Jaguar Land Rover 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 S.A.E. in Cairo (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 plant (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 our lightweight aluminium architecture).
Robert Bosch GmbH at Ansbach, 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 Ltd at Corby (part of the Benteler International Group, the Corby site supplies steel sub-frames, control arms and selected chassis components).