Delphi Earns Highest Toyota Supplier Quality Honor
Delphi earns three awards from TEMA, including highest “superior” honor for thermal products
Delphi also earns “Excellent” honors for electrical/electronic architecture systems.
TROY, Mich. - Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., (TEMA) has named Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) one of its top suppliers for outstanding performance during 2006.
During its Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony, held in Erlanger, Ky., on March 27, TEMA presented Delphi with three awards.
Among them included the automaker’s highest supplier honor -- the Superior Quality Performance award, for the supply of thermal systems and components, including HVAC modules, condensers and radiators.
Delphi’s thermal products have earned consistent recognition from TEMA. This year’s honor represents Delphi’s sixth consecutive Quality Award and fourth consecutive Superior Quality Performance Award from TEMA for thermal-related products.
Delphi thermal products additionally won a second award, for “Excellent Value Improvement.” This award considers cost-competitiveness, along with quality and delivery. Delphi’s award-winning thermal content is featured on the Toyota Tacoma Pickup and the Pontiac Vibe, a product of a joint venture between TEMA and General Motors.
“It’s very important to us to make sure that Toyota is pleased with Delphi’s performance,” said Ron Pirtle, president, Delphi Thermal Systems. “Achieving this recognition from an esteemed customer like Toyota is truly an honor and offers further acknowledgment of Delphi’s on-going commitment to excellence. It also reflects the consistent, outstanding work that our team is doing and our ability to meet the highest standards in the industry.”
“I am very proud that Toyota has once again presented us with their highest grade of Quality recognition,” said Marshall Andrews, product business unit director, Delphi Thermal automotive systems. “It takes great consistency and teamwork to perform at this high of a level, day-in and day-out.”
TEMA also recognizes Delphi for electrical/electronic distribution systems
Delphi also received TEMA’s “Excellent” Quality Award for electrical/electronic distributions systems supply.
“This is tremendous recognition from one of our most important customers,” Doug Gruber, product business unit director, Delphi Electrical/Electronic Distribution Systems North America. “So much of a vehicle’s performance and reliability depends on having an exceptional E/E systems architecture, and we’re proud to be able to provide Toyota with the level of quality they expect. We are continuing to work hard to deserve their continued confidence.”
The Excellent Quality Award is based on Delphi’s 2006 performance at NUMMI, TMMC, and TMMBC for Corolla, Matrix, Vibe and Tacoma wiring packages.
TEMA announced the awards at the company’s Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony, which brings together the automaker’s approximately 500 North American suppliers to share expectations for the coming business year and to recognize outstanding performance among suppliers.
“Thanks to our suppliers’ focus on quality, delivery, diversity, technology and development and value improvements, they have been a key part of Toyota’s success in North America,” said Atsushi Kume, senior vice president of TEMA. “Toyota’s success here is linked to the success of our suppliers.”
Delphi’s relationship with Toyota
Delphi has supported Toyota for more than 20 years. Delphi’s technology -- ranging from air conditioning systems, steering columns, sensors, electrical/electronics distribution systems, and more -- is currently featured on 14 Toyota vehicles, including the popular Corolla, Camry and Avalon.
Delphi has also expanded its global footprint to better serve Toyota -- including the opening of a new sales office in Toyota-city last December, and the opening of the new Delphi Furukawa Customer Service Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., last July.
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