Big Three 'quality trifecta' in 2013 for BASF Cellasto
Business recognized by General Motors, Chrysler and Ford for excellence in supplier quality
WYANDOTTE, MI, October 8, 2013 -- On Tuesday, October 1, BASF Corporation's Cellasto® team was presented with the 2013 Supplier Quality Excellence Award from General Motors. This is the third supplier quality recognition earned by Cellasto this year. Cellasto was also recognized by Ford Motor Company with the Q1 Preferred Quality Award and by the Chrysler Group with the Supplier of the Year and Perfect Quality performance status earlier this year.
The General Motors 2013 Supplier Quality Excellence Award is awarded to suppliers who demonstrate the highest levels of quality and performance, including zero plant disruptions and no late deliveries or quality issues over the past 12 months. Only 8% of GM's suppliers were recognized in 2013.
Earlier this year, Chrysler Group held its third annual supplier awards ceremony where BASF was named Supplier of the Year for extraordinary performance in the sustainability and diversity supplier development categories. BASF Cellasto achieved Perfect Quality performance at Chrysler, with a quality score of 100% for all 12 months in 2012.
In addition, BASF Cellasto was awarded the Ford Q1 Preferred Quality Award which recognizes superior quality and delivery as well as the supplier's ongoing implementation of an effective quality system. Suppliers must initially achieve, and then maintain, a performance score of >800 points. BASF's Cellasto plant maintains a >1300 point status, positioning them as one of Ford's top suppliers.
"Recognition of outstanding supplier quality from General Motors, Chrysler and Ford is a "quality trifecta" for Cellasto," said David Grimes, BASF Performance Materials Business Director. "The team has done a lot to improve quality systems and operations over the past several years. The best recognition that we can ever expect is from our customers, and these awards are validation that we are making significant progress."
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Suggested caption: The BASF Cellasto team is recognized by General Motors with the 2013 Supplier Quality Excellence Award. From left are Katherine Worthen, Executive Director Global Product Purchasing – Chassis Systems, GM; Beverly Gaskin, Executive Director Global Thermal Systems and Global Business Processes, GM; Sheri Hickok, Executive Director Global Supplier Quality, GM; Vic Di Virgilio, Cellasto GM Regional Account Manager, BASF; and Jim Miller, Cellasto Quality Manager, BASF.
Suggested caption: Pictured onstage during the Chrysler Supplier Awards Ceremony, (left to right) Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC; Bill Hall, Director, Sustainability, Chrysler Group LLC; Rui Goerck, Senior Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalyst, BASF; Dan Steinmetz, Manager, Product Stewardship & Sustainability Programs, BASF; Megan Mahoney Account Manager, Mobile Emissions Catalysts, BASF; Charlene Wall-Warren, Director of Sustainability, BASF; Vilmar Fistarol, Head of Group Purchasing, Fiat S.p.A.; and Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President, Purchasing and Supplier Quality, Chrysler Group LLC.
Suggested caption: Ford Motor Company recognized the BASF Cellasto team with its Q1 Award. From left are Dan Dickson, Sales/Technical Manager, BASF; Tom St. Henry, Senior Marketing Specialist, BASF; David Grimes, Business Director, BASF; Jim Miller, Cellasto Quality Manager, BASF; Veronica Braker, Manufacturing Manager, BASF; Saadat Hameed, Supplier Quality Engineer, Ford Motor Company; Norman Kreuzer, North American Chasis Site Manager, Ford Motor Company; and Greg Pflum, Vice President, Wyandotte Site, BASF.
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