Company recognised as preferred supplier
07 June 2010
Laird Technologies has received the Ford Motor Company's Q1 Award.
The designer and supplier of customised performance-critical components and systems for electronics and wireless products have received the award for being a supplier of telematics products.
Their technical expertise, superior product quality and delivery performance, superior customer support, and excellent problem solving were all noted. This honour marks the first time Laird Technologies has won this award.
“Laird Technologies is deeply honoured to receive the Ford Motor Company’s Q1 Award,” said Randy Andreen, Laird Technologies Vice President and General Manager, Telematics and Wireless M2M. “Ford’s Q1 Award is recognised by automobile manufacturers around the world as a benchmark for supplier performance. We are very proud to have achieved this milestone and see it as an important step in growing our strategic relationship with Ford Motor Company”.
Laird Technologies provides Ford with telematics products including AM/FM In-Glass antenna systems, satellite/GPS antenna systems, AM/FM/SDARS antenna systems, and suppression capacitors.
The Ford Q1 quality system uses several key elements to assess a supplier’s capability:
• Assessment and validation of system capabilities to insure quality and customer satisfaction
• Customer endorsements which reflect the effectiveness of a company’s efforts
• Ongoing monitoring of quality and delivery performance
• Continuous improvement activities within the company
Suppliers needed 800 points to receive Q1 certification, and Laird Technologies achieved a score of 1350; placing them into the upper echelon of the car maker’s top suppliers.
A contract manufacturer of Laird Technologies – Jebsee Electronics – located in Shenzhen, China, was also acknowledged at the awards ceremony.
Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company
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