Issue: Jun 2007


American Axle & Manufacturing's Richard E. Dauch Receives Quality Leader Award from ASQ Automotive D



by Rob White

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Richard E. Dauch received the American Society for Quality, Automotive Division, 2007 Quality Leader of the Year Award in recognition for his long-time leadership, commitment and contributions to quality in the automotive manufacturing industry.

The award was presented during the ASQ Automotive Division 2007 Award Event held at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, Mich. on June 12, 2007.

The Quality Leader of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have successfully demonstrated a clear vision, customer-focused, quality philosophy. The Quality Leader Award recipient's vision includes making quality a global priority, an organizational imperative and a personal ethic.

"I am truly honored to accept this award, on behalf of all the men and women I have been fortunate to work with during my 43-year career in the automotive manufacturing industry," said Dauch, in accepting the award from Carol Malone, from Macomb Community College.

"Providing our customers with exceptional quality products is a top priority at American Axle & Manufacturing. Since AAM was founded in 1994, we have emphasized continuous improvement in our operations utilizing Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and Total Quality Management Systems. Today, we are proud to say that we have achieved an industry-leading 9 PPM as measured by our largest customer."

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is the world's leading authority on quality. With more than 100,000 individual and organizational members, this professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide.

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