Friedrichshafen, Katowice (Poland). In all, seven companies were honored in 2016 with the annual ZF Supplier Award. On December 6, 2016, within the context of the ZF Global Supplier Summit in Katowice (Poland), the awards ceremony recognized the performance of ZF suppliers in four categories: Global, Innovation, Production Materials and Non-Production Materials.
Wilhelm Rehm, member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and responsible, among other things, for Corporate Materials Management, emphasized the importance of suppliers for the ZF 2025 strategy: “At least two of our five strategic goals – namely globally balanced market penetration as well as innovation and cost leadership – are difficult to achieve without the commensurate performance of our suppliers. It makes me very happy to report that the majority of our suppliers are already aware of and support our strategic directions. Those being honored today are ‘merely’ the summit of this movement.”
Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. took the prize in the category “Innovation.” 2016 marks the second consecutive year in which the Japanese company is bestowed the Supplier Award. Murata supplies ZF's E-Mobility as well as Active & Passive Safety Technology (ZF TRW) Divisions with electronic components such as capacitors and sensors. The E-Mobility Division was able to draw on constant development support from Murata, in particular during volume production development of the electric axle drive for passenger cars.
TDK was presented the ZF Supplier Award in der category “Global Award.” The global electronics corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, supplies ZF on Europe, Asia and South America with electronic components and is characterized by consistently high quality, professional management of subcontractors and a high level of cost efficiency.
ZF determined three companies to be praiseworthy in the “Production Materials” category: Dutch DSM Engineering Plastics B.V., which supplies the ZF Car Chassis Technology and Active & Passive Safety Technology (ZF TRW) Divisions with plastics know-how and plastic components in the strategically essential area of lightweight construction; German Baumann GmbH, whose innovative spring technology is implemented in nearly all ZF divisions, as well as Oechsler AG, headquartered in Ansbach, which furnishes ZF TRW with actuators for electronic parking brakes (EPB actuators).
In the category “Non-Production Materials,” two companies that are active for all ZF divisions deserved particular commendation: ZITEC Industrietechnik GmbH, located in Plattling near Munich, because of their flexibility as spare parts supplier, as well as the U.S.-based FedEx Corporation, as logistics partner providing a high level of performance at attractive pricing.