Issue: Aug 2006


Dana Corporation Earns TRITEC Supplier of Year Awards for Second Consecutive Year



by Rob White

Dana Corporation has announced that for the second consecutive year three of its product groups have been honored with the TRITEC Supplier of the Year Award.

Dana's sealing systems, piston rings, and pump products operations each earned the award, presented by TRITEC Motors, a joint venture between BMW and DaimlerChrysler based in Brazil. TRITEC manufactures engines for the BMW Mini, made in the United Kingdom; DaimlerChrysler's PT Cruiser, assembled in Mexico; and the Chery A15, produced in China.

Throughout 2005, supplier performance was evaluated in logistics, sales, and quality. Awards were conferred upon those suppliers that presented a performance rate of at least 92 percent in each of the criteria.

The piston rings product group obtained the gold award for excellence in all fields - quality, logistics, and sales. The pump products group was recognized with the silver award for its outstanding performance on quality and logistics. And the sealing systems group won the bronze award for excellence in quality requirements, which include PPM levels and the minimizing of downtime.

"Dana is again honored to be acknowledged by such an important partner, with whom it has maintained a close relationship since its inception. In addition to designing the water, oil, and power steering pumps for this engine, Dana assisted in the development of the entire sealing system," said Dana's vice president of operations for South America, Jader Hilzendeger. "Earning the TRITEC Supplier of the Year award for the second consecutive year acknowledges the importance of our partnership and our commitment to providing top-quality products and service."

Dana developed the integrated water-power steering pump, a unique product that was designed specifically for TRITEC. Dana also designed and manufactured the thermoplastic oil-pan gaskets, cylinder-head gaskets, exhaust gaskets, thermoplastic cylinder-head covers, oil seals, sealing rings, and caps for the engine.

Dana is a leading supplier of drivetrain, chassis, structural, and engine technologies. Our people design and manufacture products for every major vehicle and engine producer in the world. Based in Toledo, Ohio, with operations throughout the world, we are focused on being an essential partner to automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicle customers, which collectively produce more than 60 million vehicles annually. Our continuing operations reported sales of $8.6 billion in 2005. Dana's Internet address is www.dana.com.


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