PLYMOUTH, Mich. (June 20) — Freudenberg-NOK G.P. has received a "Recognition of Achievement" award from Ford Motor Co. for its consumer-driven Six Sigma accomplishments, the automotive seals supplier announced.
The award is part of the automaker´s World Excellence Awards program, which recognizes suppliers who not only achieve the highest levels of cost, quality and delivery, but who also embrace the vision to build Ford´s legacy and drive innovation to new heights.
The Recognition of Achievement award, earned by only nine suppliers in 2005, honors suppliers who impact customer satisfaction by providing significant contributions in key designated areas including, environmental leadership, consumer-focused technology and consumer-driven Six Sigma, Freudenberg-NOK said.
The company´s Advanced Vibration and Acoustics group was charged with optimizing the sealing isolation system and the noise, vibration and harshness characteristics for a cam cover design. The AVA group has developed techniques to synergize sealing and NVH, which are typically opposing phenomena. Utilizing Six Sigma techniques, the Freudenberg-NOK engineering team improved the product pre-production, also optimizing cost savings and increasing customer value.
"We are delighted to be recognized for our Six Sigma achievements and our commitment to quality," said Theodore G. Duclos, Freudenberg-NOK vice president, operations and technology. "We will continue our dedication to customer satisfaction and exceeding our client´s needs, while striving to be an outstanding global partner with Ford."