The Volkswagen Group has presented the Volkswagen Group Award 2012 to its best suppliers.

Chairman Martin Winterkorn and procurement head Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz presented the awards to 18 premium suppliers during an event in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This year’s ceremony was held during the event in Copenhagen marking the launch of the new Audi A3, the first group model based on the new modular transverse toolkit (MQB).

Winterkorn praised the contribution made by all the award winners in implementing the new strategy: “Many of you have played a big part in getting the MQB up and running in the Volkswagen Group. I would like to thank you all for the successful and constructive cooperation in putting our modular toolkit strategy into practice.”

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Volkswagen Group honors its best suppliers

· Group Award 2012 presented to 18 premium partners worldwide

· Successful cooperation in implementing the modular toolkit strategy

Wolfsburg / Copenhagen, July 18, 2012 – The Volkswagen Group today presented the Volkswagen Group Award 2012 to its best suppliers. Prof. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, and Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Member of the Group Board of Management with responsibility for Procurement, presented the awards to a total of 18 premium suppliers during an event in Copenhagen, Denmark. The award ceremony was attended by some 200 guests.

This year’s ceremony was held during the event in Copenhagen marking the launch of the new Audi A3, the first Group model based on the new modular transverse toolkit (MQB).

Winterkorn praised the contribution made by all the award winners in implementing the new strategy: “Many of you have played a big part in getting the MQB up and running in the Volkswagen Group. I would like to thank you all for the successful and constructive cooperation in putting our modular toolkit strategy into practice.”

Addressing the guests, Garcia Sanz set the scene for the upcoming challenges: “With the introduction of the modular toolkit strategy throughout the Group, your products will in future not only be used at different sites and in different brands, but will at the same time be fitted in several of the Group’s vehicle classes around the world. Going forward, mastering this complexity and the associated growth will be crucial to our success.”

The Volkswagen Group honors its best suppliers for their overall entrepreneurial performance with the Volkswagen Group Award. The award-winning companies excel in particular with regard to innovative strength, product quality, development expertise and competent project management. Initiatives to improve efficiency and environmental compatibility also rank as one of the main criteria in the selection process.

In total, 18 companies received the Volkswagen Group Award this year. AISIN AW CO., LTD. and Renesas Electronics Corporation, two companies from Japan, received a joint award.

The major earthquake in Japan in March 2011 severely damaged production facilities at both firms. Thanks to joint efforts and transparent communications, the two companies nevertheless succeeded in meeting all delivery deadlines with the highest reliability.

The 18 winners of the Volkswagen Group Award 2012 are as follows:

GILDEMEISTER Aktiengesellschaft Bielefeld Germany

ASSMANN PLANEN + BERATEN GmbH Brunswick Germany

AISIN AW CO., LTD. Anjo City Japan

Renesas Electronics Corporation Tokyo Japan

Albert Handtmann Holding GmbH & Co. KG Biberach a.d. Riß Germany

ZF Friedrichshafen AG Friedrichshafen Germany

Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems GmbH & Co. KG Stuttgart Germany

ThyssenKrupp AG Essen Germany

Gonvarri Steel Industries Madrid Spain

Fonderia di Tobole S.p.A. Torbole Casaglia Italy

Kirchhoff Automotive GmbH Attendorn Germany

Fujikura Ltd. Tokyo Japan

TechniSat Digital GmbH Daun Germany

Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. Lippstadt Germany

Gentex Corporation Zeeland USA

ASAHI GLASS Co., Ltd. Chiyoda Japan

Industrialesud S.p.A. Rome Italy

Novem Car Interior GmbH Vorbach Germany

Original source: Volkswagen Group

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