Automotive Purchasing Weekly 20 October 2014 - page 5

20 October 2014
automotive purchasing
Oct 20, 2014 | General
Volvo Group celebrates the 12 companies that receive the 2014 Volvo Group Purchasing
Supplier Award for their commitment to performance excellence and continuous
The awards were presented to the
suppliers during a ceremony in connection
to the International Motor Show IAA in
Hannover, Germany.
“At the IAAwe show our state of the art new
ranges of trucks and buses from Volvo and
Renault Trucks, says Patrik Lundblad, Senior
Vice President Volvo Group Purchasing.
“Without the strong co-operation with our
suppliers, these products would not have
been as successful as they are today.”
The awards are bestowed across six
different categories: Cost, Fuel Efficiency
and Innovation, Project Delivery, Delivery,
Aftermarket, and Total Value Management
Excellence. These categories are chosen
as they represent our Volvo Group Truck
key focus areas and strategic objectives
to pioneer products that support our vision
towards becoming the world leader in
sustainable transport solutions.
High value and strong commitment
“Even though the awarded suppliers
work in different areas of our business, they
all share some characteristics that are of
high value for the Volvo Group,” continues
Lundblad. “They do understand ours and our
customer’s needs, they are innovative, they
are both pro-active and responsive and they
all show a strong commitment to what we
want to achieve together.”
And the winners of the 2014 Volvo Group
Supplier Awards are:
Cost Excellence
Tru-flex LLC
, West Lebanon, Indiana, USA,
(Decoupling flexible hoses).
Denso Corporation
, Aichi, Japan (Fuel
Injection Equipment, injectors, common rails,
high pressure pumps).
Alps Electric Co. Ltd
, Tokyo, Japan
(Human Machine Interface).
, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA
(Schock Absorbers).
All four suppliers are awarded for their
exceptional contribution and cooperation,
as well as for their proven commitment and
contribution of unique and breakthrough
ideas and initiatives to meet the Material
Cost saving target by end of December 2015.
Fuel Efficiency and Innovation Excellence
Ilsenburg, Germany.
Awarded for the new assembled camshaft
with significantly lower weight of about 40
percent, that improved the fuel consumption
and lowered the emission levels.
Project Delivery Excellence
, Samut Prakarn,Thailand.
Awarded for outstanding performance in
the Quester project in Asia Pacific for a great
execution in short time with a mindset to see
opportunities andmaking the Quester a success.
ZKW (Zizala)
, Wieselburg, Austria
Awarded for meeting all the project
milestones for the new Volvo FH/FM range
in Europe within the lighting segment
through high level of responsiveness, strong
customer focus and utilising all Volvo Group
Trucks quality tools in a pro-active way.
Delivery Excellence
, Herrljunga, Sweden.
Awarded for outstanding delivery
precision of lower bunks from Sweden to our
Volvo plants in Europe.
Aftermarket Excellence
, Bloomington, Minnesota, USA.
Awarded for the development and
technical capabilities in all filtration areas the
well-functioning global coordination team
has offered Volvo Construction Equipment,
UD Truck and Renault Trucks.
, Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Awarded for the great dedication, high
quality and delivery standards in supplying
various filters for many years for the Volvo
Group Trucks.
Total Value Management Excellence
, Göteborg, Sweden.
Awarded for excellent pro-activeness in
proposing and implementing several Total
Cost Ownership (TCO) improvements for
the Volvo Group within the Engineering
Consultant Services area.
, Paris, France
Award for successful contribution and
coordination of the new Renault Truck range
reveal event “R/Evolution”.
Representatives from 12 companies received the Volvo Group Supplier Awards 2014 in
connection with the IAA in Hannover.
talentsen route toFormula 1
Oct 20, 2014 | General
With the weekend’s wrapping up of the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg finale,
the 2014 season of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is over. Fans of the
popular feeder series were treated to action-packed duels and top class motor racing.
The talented young race drivers received support on their path to Formula 1 from
the premium manufacturer Hankook, who again provided safety, consistency and
performance in 2014.
After a very exciting year, with a total of
33 races, Frenchman Esteban Ocon has
claimed the championship title. Ocon, who
clinched the championship title in his very
first Formula 3 season, will take part in F1
testing in October. As he stated: “I don’t
quite know what to say. Before the season
took off I would never have thought I’d
experience such a year. For us drivers, it’s
imperative that we can rely on the tyres,
and Hankook made sure this happened this
Convincing performance
Max Verstappen also put in a convincing
performance on his maiden season to
clinch third overall. The Dutchman, who will
compete in Formula One in 2015, said: “I’ve
already completed 200 laps of testing in
Formula One and found that the difference
to Formula 3 isn’t that large. Above all, the
handling of the vehicle in the corners is
similar, but of course we have a lot more
power at our disposal in F1.
“With Hankook’s race tyres we could
push hard and really attack right to the flag
in F3 and the tyres didn’t deteriorate. That
enables us to make the decisive move
at the end of the race with the Hankook
Christoph Hewer, the series manager of
the FIA Formula 3 European Championship,
also looks back on an extremely successful
season, saying: “We’ve experienced a great
year and once again it underlines that the
Formula 3 is a good career launching pad.”
Highly consistent
Hewer is more than happy with the tyres
from premium manufacturer Hankook,
which proved highly consistent even under
heavy stresses: “Each race weekend our
drivers are out on the track for about four
hours,” said Hewer. “This is an unbelievable
amount of driving time and puts an
enormous stress on the material. But the
Hankook tyres withstand these stresses
without any problems. Our pilots are
enthusiastic with the performance because
they can really race without having to
conserve the tyres.”
Compared to many other race series,
the talented young race drivers in Formula
3 can make many changes to their vehicle
setup. In this way they learn the basics of
racing and gain vital experience. Hankook
supports this comprehensive learning
opportunity with high-quality race tyres
that offer the young hotshots the necessary
safety and consistency and provides a
chance to learn a great deal.
For Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook’s
Motorsport Director in Europe, supporting
the learning process of young pilots is
something he values highly. “The series is the
perfect foundation and an extremely high-
level platform for young race drivers,” states
Sandbichler. “We are pleased to support
these talented youngsters on their career
paths and I’m thrilled that they could benefit
from the performance of our tyres.”
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