Chrysler Lauds JCI, Gentex


    West Michigan companies Gentex Corp. and Johnson Controls Inc. were two of three North American automotive suppliers to be honored recently as a part of DaimlerChrysler’s Global Supplier Awards program.

    The suppliers are measured in four categories — quality, technology, cost and delivery — and chosen by the executives of the procurement and supply division of DaimlerChrysler, which also takes into account special achievements and outstanding results.

    “These suppliers who get the award are really the best of the best,” said Markus Mainka, spokesman for DaimlerChrysler procurement and supply.

    Debra Lacey, communications manager for Johnson Controls, said the company was pleased to receive the award.

    “To be awarded as the best of the best in interiors, it was truly an honor for Johnson Controls,” she said. “We are always working to provide innovative products to Chrysler and all of our clients globally.”

    Mainka said Johnson Controls of Holland set itself apart with the contributions that the company made over that last year.

    “They really grew their business with us significantly,” Mainka said. “They really performed with innovative products.”

    Mainka said Gentex, which won the award for a second time, meets the company’s challenges head on and comes up with “out of the box” ideas.

    “Some suppliers, like Gentex, not only deliver on the four measurements but they also react to our challenges,” Mainka said.

    Gentex is based in Zeeland.

    This is the third year the award has been given, always in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

    “We wanted to do something unique regarding collaboration,” Mainka said. “We see suppliers as essential partners in our work; we can’t achieve realistically our goals to be one of the best car companies without the contribution of our suppliers. They are a very important part of our business, and we want to recognize this.”

    Other award recipients were Dell Inc. of the United States, Marposs of Italy, Mubea of Germany, and three Japanese firms: Yazaki Corp., NYK Line, and Denso Corp, which has a significant presence in Battle Creek.    

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