Ford Q1 certification for GKN Sinter Metals

May 1, 2013

The GKN Sinter Metals plant based in Milan, Italy, has been awarded Ford’s prestigious Q1 certification for supplier excellence.


The Q1 award indicates that a supplier’s facility is identified as a preferred supplier to the Ford Motor Company and recognises excellence in four areas: capable systems, continuous improvement, ongoing performance and customer satisfaction.

“We are very proud to have received this award which recognises the continued focus of GKN Sinter Metals on serving its customers and will present exciting new opportunities in the future. We are looking forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Ford,” stated Gianni Ronchi, Plant Manager.

Q1 suppliers are given priority in supplying certain products to Ford over other. This strong business relationship, states GKN, has helped the Milan plant to win more than €3 million of new business from Ford since 2010.

Ford is GKN Sinter Metals’ largest customer as well as being the third largest customer to the whole GKN group. GKN Sinter Metals supplies Ford with conventional Powder Metallurgy components that are predominantly integrated into transmission and engine systems. 

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