Issue: Nov 2005


Group Certificate of Excellence and Supplier of the Year Award



by Michael Stewart

Cooper-Standard Automotive’s Torreon, Mexico, Fluid Systems Facility Wins MANN+HUMMEL Group Certificate of Excellence and Supplier of the Year Awards

Novi, Mich. – November 14, 2005 – Cooper-Standard Automotive’s Torreon, Mexico, facility received the Certificate of Excellence and Supplier of the Year awards from the MANN+HUMMEL Group. The facility is part of Cooper-Standard’s Global Fluid Systems business and produces fluid handling systems for the automotive industry.

The awards were presented at MANN+HUMMEL’s facilities in Portage, Mich., on September 16, 2005. Jose Luis Hernandez, business unit manager, Torreon, Mexico, and Bill Boughner, applications engineer, Auburn Hills, Mich., accepted the awards on behalf of Cooper-Standard Automotive.

The MANN+HUMMEL Group Certificate of Excellence is awarded on an annual basis to suppliers that maintain 100 percent quality, delivery, quantity, and service and support performance throughout the year.

The MANN+HUMMEL Group Supplier of the Year award is presented annually at the company’s supplier forum to suppliers that not only have perfect performance, but meet or exceed its requirements in terms of quality, delivery, quantity, service and support, research and development, cost savings, collaborative team efforts, etc. Working closely with the MANN+HUMMEL Group, Cooper-Standard Automotive’s Torreon, Mexico, facility improved part quality (achieved zero PPM’s), completed an improvement program (that included error-proofing, multi-skilled operators, visual management, and the use of robust equipment), and maintained perfect performance for over one year with no quality or delivery concerns (achieved zero PPM’s and a 100 percent delivery rating). Cooper-Standard Automotive was the only company to receive the MANN+HUMMEL Group Supplier of the Year award this year.

“On behalf of our Torreon employees, we are pleased to receive these awards from the MANN+HUMMEL Group,” said Juan R. Greene, general manager, Fluid Systems Mexico Division. “It is always an honor to be recognized by our customers as being exceptional in our service efforts.”

About Cooper-Standard Automotive

Cooper-Standard Automotive, Inc., headquartered in Novi, Mich., is a leading global automotive supplier specializing in the manufacture and marketing of systems and components for the transportation industry. Products include body sealing systems, fluid handling systems, and NVH control systems. Cooper-Standard Automotive, Inc. employs more than 13,000 people across 47 facilities in 14 countries. For more information, visit the company's Web site at: www.cooperstandard.com

Barry Von Lanken
Cooper-Standard Automotive
260/927-3314
bgvonlanken@cooperstandard.com



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