Group Award 2018: Volkswagen Group honors international top suppliers

Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess thanked the suppliers for their commitment and collaboration last year and talked about partnership and the transformation of the automotive industry: “We need strong and reliable partners at our side because the transformation of our industry is gathering speed. In future, agility, innovative strength and entrepreneurial courage will be even …

Group CEO Dr. Herbert Diess thanked the suppliers for their commitment and collaboration last year and talked about partnership and the transformation of the automotive industry: “We need strong and reliable partners at our side because the transformation of our industry is gathering speed. In future, agility, innovative strength and entrepreneurial courage will be even more important. That is why we are now laying the groundwork for becoming faster and more efficient – in decision-making and in implementation.” Diess explained the significance of the new Group structure signed off in mid-April and underscored the importance of a healthy corporate culture for lasting economic success: “We also expect our suppliers to set and live up to high standards.”

In his speech, the Board Member for Procurement for Volkswagen passenger cars, Ralf Brandstätter, said: “Digitalization, along with e-mobility and autonomous driving, will fundamentally change our business. And at the same time increase complexity and the demands placed on sustainable action.” He outlined the framework for fundamental changes in collaboration with suppliers. Going forward, a sustainability rating will be one of the factors for assessing suppliers in terms of sustainability standards. “We want to solve problems together with our partners and to work on a sustainable supply chain”, Brandstätter said.

This is already the 16th time that the Volkswagen Group has honored its best suppliers of the previous year for their outstanding commitment and innovative strength. This year’s event featured several innovations, reflecting the Company’s realignment:

As ‘category sponsors’, high-ranking representatives from the Volkswagen Group presented the awards. Another new feature was the introduction of three additional award categories – “E-mobility”, “Intelligent Driving“ and the “Launch of the Year” special award. All seven categories of this year’s awards revolve around the transformation of the automotive industry and mirror relevant future topics.

The 19 winners of the Volkswagen Group Award 2018 are:

Award winner Country Category Category sponsor
DENSO Corporation Japan Global Performance Champion Andreas Renschler, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus
Faurecia S.A. France
Teklas Kauçuk Sanayii ve Ticaret A.S. Turkey
Friedrich Boysen GmbH & Co. KG Germany Local Performance Champion Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Board Member for Technical Development
KÜSTER Holding GmbH Germany
REHAU Polymer (Pty) Ltd. Germany
Shanghai Tongling Automotive Technologies, Inc. China
Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH Germany Launch of the Year (special award) Oliver Blume, Board Member for Group Production and Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG
Fritz Dräxlmaier GmbH & Co. Germany Sustainability Oliver Blume, Board Member for Group Production and Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG
Airtemp de México S.A de C.V Mexico Value Innovation Prof. Rupert Stadler, Board Member for Group Sales and Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
Continental AG Germany
Fanuc Corporation Japan
Innolux Corporation Taiwan
LG Chem, Ltd. South Korea E-Mobility Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Board Member for Technical Development
Mennekes Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG Germany
Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. South Korea
Siemens AG Germany
Cubic Telecom Ltd. Ireland Intelligent Driving Prof. Rupert Stadler, Board Member for Group Sales and Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
Vodafone Group UK
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