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Ford Honors NGK Spark Plugs

NGK Spark Plugs honored by Ford Motor Company with a Smart Brand Pillar World Excellence Award.


DNGK Spark Plugs was recognized as a top-performing global supplier at the 21st annual Ford World Excellence Awards. NGK was presented with a Smart Brand Pillar Award by Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer and Linda Cash, Ford vice president, quality and new model programs. 

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From left: Hau Thai-Tang (Ford), Michael Schwab (NGK) and Linda Cash (Ford).

“This is quite an accomplishment, and it is an honor to be recognized by Ford for exceeding expectations for quality, cost and performance,” stated Michael Schwab, President and CEO of NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) Inc. “Ford’s annual World Excellence Awards recognize our top-performing suppliers for their contributions to our success,” said Thai-Tang. “Suppliers like NGK play an instrumental role in helping us achieve our vision of being the most trusted mobility company.”

Honorees were recognized for achieving the highest levels of global excellence in 10 categories, including:

·       Quality, sustainability, safe and smart categories for suppliers that demonstrate leadership in Ford’s primary brand pillars


·       Aligned business framework for suppliers that most exemplify the framework’s principles, with an emphasis on quality, value and innovation

·       Special recognition for suppliers that delivered results exceeding expectations

·       Diverse supplier of the year and supplier diversity development corporation of the year to honor suppliers that excel in integrating diversity into their organization and business process

·       Gold and silver for supplier manufacturing sites demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance throughout the year


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