Oil and lubricant specialist Fuchs Petrolub is one of 14 recipients of ZFs Supplier Awards in different categories

Oil and lubricant specialist Fuchs Petrolub is one of 14 recipients of ZF's Supplier Awards in different categories

ZF has unveiled its Supplier Awards to 14 component producers in several categories in a joint ceremony with its recently-acquired TRW division.

Award winners' origins in the "Production Materials" category "reflect ZF's global orientation," notes the German supplier.

The eight award-winning companies are headquartered in seven countries: MAT Foundry Group (UK), Staamp (Italy), Murata Manufacturing (Japan), Sunil M Tech (South Korea), Grüner Systemtechnik, UTT Technische Textilien (both Germany), WR Controls (Sweden), and Taigene Electric Machinery (Taiwan). 

Winners in the "Non-Production Materials" category include Balluff, which has supplied ZF with sensors and systems for assembly lines, as well as Kontane Logistics, a partner from the US South West.

Esslingen-based, family-owned and operated company Festo has been supporting ZF for decades with factory and process automation solutions, while Turin-based specialised machine manufacturer Vigel, which recently equipped the new ZF TRW plant in Zhangjiagang with processing centres, were also among award recipients in this category.

Fuchs Petrolub earned a special award as the 2015 Global Supplier of the Year. The company has supplied 21,000t tons of oil and lubricants to ZF in the past year.

E. Winkemann emerged from a multi-stage process as the winner of the Innovation" category. For more than 20 years, the company from Plettenberg has been supplying ZF with precision punching parts which are installed, for example, in every one of the company's 8-speed automatic transmissions, including the thrust washers, which absorb axial loads during a rotating movement.

"In order to remain a global benchmark, we are striving to be the leader in both innovation and cost efficiency," said ZF corporate materials management board member, Wilhelm Rehm.

"In this regard, our suppliers' contribution is substantial."