GKN Sinter Metals receives Johnson Controls Performance Award

November 4, 2015

November 4, 2015


From left to right: Byron Foster, Group Vice President and

General Manager, Product Group Complete Seat and

Strategy (JCI), Thomas Jeworrek (GKN Sinter Metals),

Timothy Laughlin (GKN Sinter Metals), Kelly Bysouth,

Group Vice President Global Purchasing,

Automotive Seating (JCI)

Powder Metallurgy parts maker GKN Sinter Metals’ facility in Bonn, Germany, has received a Silver Performance Award 2015 from Johnson Controls (JCI), one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. The award was for suppling PM components used in the manufacture of car seats.

Timothy Laughlin, RPPC Engineering Director and Thomas Jeworrek, Key Account Manager, accepted the award during the Global Automotive Seating Supplier Awards and Expectations Day on September 30 in Plymouth, Maine, USA on GKN Sinter Metals’ behalf. The award is presented to suppliers who excel in key business areas such as quality, logistics, technology and service.

JCI is one of GKN Sinter Metals’ top ten customers in Bonn. The plant has shared a long-term customer relationship with Keiper, which become a subsidiary of JCI in 2011, having already received Keiper Supplier Award in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. It also received a JCI Silver Performance Award in 2011.


Keiper Supplier Awards from 2006 to 2010

Since 2000, GKN Sinter Metals Bonn has supplied Keiper with metal wedges that enable seats to recline. By 2014 GKN Sinter Metals had produced one billion wedges at Bonn, all made without any defects (read the full story).

Matthias Voss, plant manager of the Bonn plant, stated, “We are delighted to receive this award from our valued customer Johnson Controls. It validates all the hard work by our employees to produce quality products, and our commitment to our customers to be partners in creating innovative solutions.

November 4, 2015

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