ROME, Ga. (Dec. 15) — Ford Motor Co. has awarded Pirelli Tire North America Inc.´s Rome factory its Q1 Accreditation for the operational excellence and exceptional customer commitment.
Q1 Accreditation is a set of fundamental quality and manufacturing disciplines that guide cooperation between Ford and its suppliers for superior quality execution. Pirelli Tire said it has met or exceeded each challenging criteria in every Q1 category as a Ford supplier.
This process involved all staff at every level throughout Pirelli Tire North America by applying understandable metrics to drive high quality. Suppliers are expected to attain a specific mark, to put tools in place to maintain excellence and to improve overtime.
Pirelli supplies Ford with tires for the Mustang, Focus, Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Car, Ford Excursion SUV and Super Duty F-250 and F-350 pickups from the Rome plant — which uses the company´s ultra-flexible Modular Integrated Robotized System technology — and from plants in Brazil.