GKN Sinter Metals has been recognized by Jatco with the Regional Quality Award for efforts in the supplier’s Japanese business. Each year, Jatco awards companies that produce over a 15 month period with a defect rate of zero parts per million (PPM). GKN’s 2017 Quality Award is the first of its recognition from Jatco. Jatco, a tier-one automotive supplier and manufacturer of automotive transmissions, has partnered with GKN since 2009.
Awards from customers, business partners and other organisations we work with are highly valued at GKN and we take great pride in these achievements.
The award highlights the excellent quality and delivery performance from different GKN plants as well as the good development partnership on new projects.
GKN Sinter Metals has been recognized by Nexteer Automotive with a Perfect Quality Award. Nexteer acknowledges companies that supply products with zero defects over a 12 month period. This is the first recognition from Nexteer for GKN's Salem location.
GKN Sinter Metals has received the Best Supplier Award for its quality performance by Somfy, the global market leader in automatic awnings and shutters for buildings. Over recent years, GKN has been a key supplier for Somfy's manufactured shutters. The award recognizes the outstanding performance of GKN Sinter Metals' site in Bruneck, Italy which manufactures high-class planetary gears and components for Somfy´s electrical shutter motors. Since 2014, GKN Sinter Metals Bruneck has shipped over 75 million parts and components with a defective rate of below 10 ppm, which highlights the precision, reliability and cost effectiveness achieved with sinter metal technology in industrial applications.
Receiving this award for sustained high quality and delivery reliabilty marks the positive outcome of a demanding supply situation. Over the past 4 year,s GKN´s business with ThyssenKrupp Bilstein grew in an unexpected way by more than 60% and required a dedicated management to ensure both, meeting high quality standards and reliable delivery.
The award recognizes GKN Sinter Metals' capability to act as a strong engineering partner. Together with the customer, GKN engineers developed a new generation of Pistons and Base Valves for shock absorbers that required the capability to manufacture at extremely close tolerances that haven´t been realised before.
GKN Sinter Metals' locations in Gallipolis, Ohio and Germantown, Wisconsin were recognized by GM with the 2016 Supplier Quality Excellence Award. GM chose GKN Sinter Metals for the recognition due to a strong commitment in quality excellence.