REDDITCH, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 06/12/13 -- GKN Driveline has received three awards at Ford's 15th annual World Excellence Awards, Ford's highest recognition for suppliers around the globe. The World Excellence Awards recognize suppliers who not only achieve the highest level of cost competitiveness, quality and delivery, but also acknowledge the diverse cultures, values and ideas of the thousands of individuals they employ. GKN was the only company honored with three awards at the ceremony, which was held at Ford's Global Headquarters in Dearborn Michigan and attended by executives from Ford Motor Company and their top suppliers.
Two GKN Driveline plants were honoured with World Excellence Awards, GKN Driveline Newton and Shanghai GKN (SDS). GKN Driveline Newton received the 'New Consumer Focused Technology' award for its on-going work with Ford on the development and global roll-out of a new size-optimized, highly efficient power transfer unit (PTU) program. This PTU is fitted on a wide variety of Ford models across the globe to transform a front-wheel drive based vehicle into all-wheel drive. Shanghai GKN (SDS) ranked in the top ten percent of qualified suppliers and received a Silver award for its contribution to Ford in China.
GKN also received a special award, called 'Go Further,' that recognizes suppliers who demonstrate a mindset and continuous pursuit of excellence in the face of unforeseen business challenges.
Andrew Reynolds-Smith, CEO of GKN Automotive, commented: "GKN and Ford have partnered globally for many years and we are extremely proud to receive this recognition. As Ford continues to grow around the world, especially in all-wheel drive, GKN is poised to grow with them."
GKN is uniquely positioned as a global supplier of advanced driveline solutions. GKN's focus on efficiency, weight reduction, performance and system integration of the complete driveline is unrivalled in the industry.
GKN plc (LSE: GKN) is a global engineering group -- our technologies and products are at the heart of vehicles and aircraft produced by the world's leading manufacturers. GKN operates four divisions: GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy, GKN Aerospace and GKN Land Systems. Approximately 50,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. We harness our considerable technology and manufacturing resources to supply the highest quality systems, structures, components and services.
GKN Driveline is the world's leading supplier of automotive driveline components and systems. As a global company serving the world's leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline components -- for use in the smallest ultra low-cost car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle demanding the most complex driving dynamics.
GKN Driveline is a leading global producer of CVJ Systems, AWD Systems, Trans Axle Solutions and eDrive Systems and operates in 23 countries at 57 locations employing approximately 22,000 people.
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