Vari-Form, one of the world’s largest producers of hydroformed structural components for the automotive industry, received the distinguished Henry Ford Technology Award from Ford Motor Company at an event hosted in Dearborn, Michigan on September 18th, 2007. Vari-Form was honored along with a team of Ford product and research and development engineers. The award is in recognition of Vari-Form’s role in the development of hydroformed structures for Ford vehicles.
The Henry Ford Technology Award program recognizes Ford’s highest honor for technical achievement. Ford established the award in 1981 as part of its effort to provide greater management attention to, and recognition of, exceptional technical contributions by employees and suppliers.
Stephen Dow, Vari-Form’s President stated, “This recognition is extremely motivating for us and it reinforces the strong collaboration that has lead to this and other breakthroughs.” The team was formed in 2005, and the resulting successes of the collaboration are attributed to a high level of teamwork and shared expertise between the Vari-Form and Ford engineers in developing hydroforming process applications.
Vari-Form’s patented Pressure Sequence Hydroforming (PSH) process has produced over 50 million parts worldwide since 1990, including front-end structures, roof rails, and other components. Vari-Form’s process out-performs traditional stamping and conventional hydroforming in many applications where part design is complex. Fewer component sections to assemble, reduced part weight with improved structural integrity, and better dimensional control are among the benefits.
Vari-Form has won numerous consecutive-year contracts and awards for supplier excellence from its OEM and Tier One customers. The company operates sales offices in Michigan and Japan, and manufacturing facilities in Strathroy, Ontario and Reynosa, Mexico. For additional information about Vari- Form, see www.vari-form.com.