Lear Honored with Ford's 2003 World Excellence Awards
Southfield, Mich., May 3, 2004 – Lear Corporation [NYSE: LEA]
received four Ford Motor Company World Excellence Awards for its
superior performance in 2003.
The World Excellence Awards provide annual recognition based on
quality, cost and delivery performance. Forty-two suppliers from 16
countries won awards in various categories. Lear was the only supplier
to win four awards.
“For achieving the highest level of performance, we gratefully
recognize Lear Corporation for its exceptional contributions and
efforts," said Tony Brown, Ford vice president, Global Purchasing.
Bob Rossiter, Lear chairman and chief executive officer, responded:
“I am very proud of what we have achieved in this last year with a lot
of team effort. Improved quality is the bedrock of our strategy to move
our company forward. Achieving quality improvement is not easy and I
truly appreciate the efforts that made this honor, as well as other
quality recognition, possible."
There are three types of World Excellence Awards – Gold, Silver and
Recognition of Achievement. The Gold and Silver Awards are given to
suppliers that excel in quality, delivery and cost; 12 suppliers won the
Gold Award, and 24 suppliers won the Silver Award. A Recognition of
Achievement Award is given to suppliers who impact customer satisfaction
by providing significant contributions in key areas: Environmental
Leadership, Consumer Focused Technology and Consumer Drive 6-Sigma
Supplier Achievement. Recognition of Achievement Awards went to eight
Lear received three Gold Awards for excellence in quality, cost and
delivery for interior soft trim produced at our Hermosillo, Mexico
facility; seats from our Atlanta, Ga. facility; and textiles from Lear
in Sheboygan, Wis. Additionally, Lear won a Recognition of Achievement
for consumer-driven Six Sigma efforts improvements in headrest
production. The Six Sigma recognition of Achievement is awarded to
suppliers that had a Black Belt lead a project that had a direct impact
on Ford customer satisfaction.
Lear Corporation, a FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in Southfield,
Michigan, USA, focuses on integrating complete automotive interiors,
including seat systems, interior trim and electrical systems. With
annual net sales of $15.75 billion in 2003, Lear is the world's largest
automotive interior systems supplier. The Company's world-class
products are designed, engineered and manufactured by more than 110,000
employees. At December 31, 2003, Lear had 289 facilities located in 34
countries. Further information about Lear and its products is available
on the Internet at www.lear.com.
Posted on 5/3/2004