Somfy names GKN Sinter Metals ‘Best Supplier’ for PM gears and components

July 3, 2017

Somfy names GKN Sinter Metals ‘Best Supplier’ for PM gears and components

GKN Sinter Metals receives its award at Somfy’s Suppliers Event 2017 (Courtesy GKN Sinter Metals)


Somfy, a leading manufacturer of automatic awning and shutter systems, has awarded GKN Sinter Metals ‘Best Supplier’ for its quality performance. Over recent years, GKN has been a key supplier of Powder Metallurgy planetary gears and other components for Somfy’s electrical shutter motors, the company reports.

According to Somfy, the award recognises the outstanding performance of GKN Sinter Metals’ site in Bruneck, Italy, which produces the parts.  Since 2014, GKN Sinter Metals Bruneck has reportedly shipped over 75 million parts and components with a defective rate of below 10 ppm.

GKN accepted the award at a global supplier conference in Krakow, Poland. Leonhard Kuenig, Sales Director and representative of GKN Sinter Metals at the award ceremony, stated, “This is a great recognition of our efforts working as a team, both internally as well as together with our customers, not only to provide excellent quality but also dedicated customer support.”

“I would like to dedicate this award to all our employees who contributed to this,” he added. “It has been a challenge to get where we are and this award is the best motivation to maintain our competitive edge with Somfy in all aspects of a value-adding partnership.”

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