Issue: Apr 2006


Toyota Recognizes Johnson Controls and Its Trim Masters Joint Venture for Outstanding Quality, Deliv



Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America has recognized automotive interior supplier Johnson Controls -- and one of its U.S. joint-venture operations -- for outstanding performance during 2005

by Nick Palmen

Toyota honored its best suppliers in North America for their 2005 achievements during its annual supplier business meeting and awards ceremony in Erlanger, Kentucky. The awards acknowledge those suppliers who have met Toyota's highest standards in quality, delivery, diversity and value improvement for parts and materials. Approximately 500 North American suppliers met to hear Toyota's expectations for the coming year and for recognition of outstanding performance among the firm's supply base.

Johnson Controls and its Trim Masters Inc. joint venture gained six awards from Toyota for outstanding performance during the past year. Trim Masters is a joint venture between Johnson Controls, Toyota Boshoku and Toyota Tsusho that is based in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

At the recent event, Johnson Controls gained a Superior Award in the Supplier Diversity category. Toyota's presentation of awards in the area of Supplier Diversity recognized those supply firms that put forth outstanding efforts on minority business development initiatives and help Toyota meet its minority procurement targets. In November 2005, Toyota officials announced that it exceeded its target of spending $1 billion with minority tier-one businesses one year ahead of schedule.

In addition, Johnson Controls' Georgetown, Kentucky seat-manufacturing plant was recognized with Excellent Quality and Excellent Delivery Awards. The facility supplies seat systems and interior components for Toyota models.

Toyota honored the Trim Masters plant in Bardstown, Kentucky with an Excellent Delivery Award. And Trim Masters' seat-manufacturing facility in Nicholasville, Kentucky was presented with Excellent Quality and Excellent Delivery Awards. The Bardstown plant manufactures interior trim for Toyota models, and the Nicholasville facility produces seat systems and components.

Keith Wandell, president of the Automotive Group and executive vice president of Johnson Controls, said that the company and its Trim Masters joint venture have a record of providing outstanding products and services for Toyota. "We are pleased to receive this recognition, which is a wonderful tribute to the dedicated people working at our facilities as well as those of our suppliers."

Among the performance measures that enabled Johnson Controls and its affiliate to win Toyota honors was meeting the automaker's highest standards for quality; 100 percent on-time delivery; supplier diversity; and overall excellence for work done during 2005, in supplying various automotive interior products.

"Toyota views our suppliers as business partners and together, we have improved our efforts in quality, delivery and value," said Osamu Nagata, Toyota's vice president of purchasing. "Thanks to their outstanding focus for the past 20 years, Toyota has had growth and success in North America."

Johnson Controls is a global leader in interior experience, building efficiency and power solutions. The company provides innovative automotive interiors that help make driving more comfortable, safe and enjoyable. For buildings, it offers products and services that optimize energy use and improve comfort and security. Johnson Controls also provides batteries for automobiles and hybrid electric vehicles, along with systems engineering and service expertise. Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) has 136,000 employees in more than 1,000 locations serving customers in 125 countries. Founded in 1885, the company is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/ .


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