PLYMOUTH, Mich. Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Freudenberg-NOK) celebrated the winners of its 2017 Supplier Excellence Achievement Level (SEAL) Awards this week. Freudenberg-NOK runs the business operations for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies in the Americas and is a leading global specialist in sealing applications across multiple industries.
Now in its 11th year, Freudenberg-NOK’s SEAL Awards recognize raw material and metal fabrication partners who have consistently maintained excellent standards in areas like quality, delivery, cost management, technology and customer service. This year, the company also included a SEAL Award for excellent customer service. That honor went to Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC., (West Deptford, NJ) and Solvay employee Joe Martin (Executive Account Manager).
“Joe Martin of Solvay Specialty Polymers is being recognized for the 2017 Customer Service SEAL Award for consistently providing outstanding service and support to Freudenberg-NOK” said Michael Miller, Vice President, Americas, Strategic Sourcing / Purchasing, Freudenberg-NOK. “We are happy to recognize such outstanding cooperation with this award.”
SEAL Awards for raw material and metal fabrication partners are presented at three levels of recognition – Gold, Silver and Bronze – to its top-performing suppliers.
Metal and metal fabrication suppliers who were recognized include:
- Gold: Combined Metals of Chicago / Elgiloy Specialty Metals (Belwood, Ill., Elgin, Ill., Hampshire, Ill.)
- Silver: Trimline Division of Varbros, LLC (LaGrange, Ohio)
- Bronze: Production Tube Cutting (Dayton, Ohio)
Chemical raw material suppliers who were honored with a 2017 SEAL Award include:
- Gold: The Chemours Company FC, LLC. (Wilmington, Del.)
- Silver: Gujarat Fluorochemicals (Rockdale, Texas)
- Bronze: Accudyn Products, Inc. (Erie, Pa.)
“Freudenberg-NOK focuses on innovation, engineering excellence, quality, and value for our customers,” Miller said. “Our supply base is crucial in helping us achieve and maintain this level of service. The SEAL Award winners for 2017 set a benchmark for partnership collaboration and business success. We congratulate them for their achievements.”
Suppliers supporting Freudenberg-NOK’s business operations in the Americas are ranked against an annual performance scorecard to identify top achievers and to encourage adoption of continuous improvement and lean operations. Freudenberg-NOK’s internal continuous improvement and lean program, Growtth (Get Rid of Waste Through Team Harmony), is a manufacturing benchmark in the industry and incorporates lean supply chain practices as part of its foundation.