NECEDAH, Wis.—Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies GmbH & Co.'s Necedah gasket facility has received a Q1 supplier quality award from Ford Motor Co.
The award highlights supplier achievement in a number of areas, mainly quality, delivery, service and continuous improvement programs, Freudenberg said.
Necedah produces transmission and engine components for a variety of Ford vehicles, including the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks and the E Series vans. “We've got a lot of Ford business, and it's great to be recognized by Ford for this kind of achievement,” said John Batchik, Freudenberg-NOK vice president of quality.
With the certification, Necedah becomes the 10th Freudenberg plant to receive the award, the firm said. Ford said there are about 3,500 Q1 supplier sites worldwide—or 70 percent of its base.
“Our suppliers tell us it's a huge pride point for them,” said Ford's Purchasing Chief Hau Thai-Tang. “They typically fly the Q1 flag proudly in front of their plants. It demonstrates a level of excellence.”
Freudenberg said the designation gives it certain advantages when dealing with the automobile manufacturer. Daniel Hillebrand, Necedah's lead center manager, stamped gaskets, said Q1 is necessary for plants looking to quote new parts for Ford because it establishes a level of trust.
“It's a real time-saver,” Batchik said. “It allows us to submit information with a lower level of documentation and to receive favorable consideration for future business.”