Continental Recognized by Ford with World Excellence Gold Award

Apr 29, 2008

Company recognized for superior innovation, technological advancement and manufacturing expertise in prestigious ceremonies

DEARBORN, Mich., USA / Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Ford Motor Company recently honored Continental as one of its top global suppliers with a World Excellence Gold Award in ceremonies. The award recognized Continental for its contributions to Ford’s efforts to produce world-class vehicles for global customers.

“It is an honor to be recognized by one of our largest customers worldwide and we are committed to helping our customers keep and expand their customer base by creating and manufacturing superior products that enhance the safety, comfort, sustainability and affordability of driving,” said Bill Kozyra, president and CEO Continental North America, in accepting the award.

The World Excellence Gold Award specifically recognized Continental’s Silao, Mexico sensorics plant for outstanding achievements in 2007 for manufacturing quality and delivery. The Silao plant began production in 2001 and produces wheel speed sensors that are an integral part of electronic brake systems that add to the safety of driving. It is one of many Continental plants around the globe to achieve low single-digit parts-per-million quality marks, a sure sign of high quality production. The plant employs approximately 750 and produces 14 million sensors a year. It is part of Continental’s Chassis and Safety Division, Sensorics Business Unit.

“Our employees in Silao are justifiably proud of this achievement,” said Kozyra. “The Silao plant, as well as Continental’s other manufacturing operations, has received numerous awards over the years for their adherence to quality, productivity and on-time delivery. This latest award is validation of our commitment to ensuring our plants are among the best in the world.”

First distributed in 1998, the World Excellence Awards were jointly developed by Ford and its suppliers. There are three levels of awards: Gold, Silver and Recognition of Achievement. The gold and silver awards are presented to Ford's top production and non-production suppliers that consistently demonstrate superior quality, delivery and cost performance. The Recognition of Achievement, is given to suppliers that improve customer satisfaction by leading key initiatives.

"This marks the tenth year we have honored world-class suppliers for extraordinary contributions that directly impact Ford's ability to deliver high quality vehicles and customer satisfaction," said Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing. "This commitment to excellence is coming through in the latest quality data, which show Ford's initial quality in North America is now equal to the best in the industry. These successes belong not just to Ford – but our suppliers as well."

"It is a pleasure to recognize the technical excellence of our supplier partners," said Ford president and CEO Alan Mulally. "As we work to deliver the products and services people really want and value, we are more fully integrating our suppliers into our processes.  It is by working together that we will be able to deliver profitable growth for all involved with the Ford enterprise."

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Nicole Geissler

External Communications

Continental

Division Chassis & Safety

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Phone: +49 69 7603-8492

Fax: +49 69 7603-3945

E-Mail: nicole.geissler@continental-corporation.com