NSK Europe is celebrating a double scoop at the prestigious Toyota Motor Europe (TME) awards: a Certificate of Recognition (in the Supply category) and a Superior Performance Award (in the Quality category). TME typically presents the awards at its showpiece Annual Business Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, in front of several hundreds of industry dignitaries. However, with the pandemic still a concern, the company instead organised a virtual live presentation.

TME reviews the performance of its suppliers over the previous financial year in a range of different categories. The Certificate of Recognition in the Supply category is given to the suppliers with outstanding delivery performance. In the shared aim to deliver continuous improvement, TME acknowledges the critical role of suppliers via its annual awards programme. 

To judge the winners, TME assesses a range of KPIs (key performance indicators) that include overall delivery performance, encompassing service parts and accessories with a Certificate of Recognition, which for 2022 (covering the 2021 financial year period) includes NSK Europe. 

NSK Europe is also celebrating a Superior Performance Award in the Quality category. Just a solitary supplier each year is successful in securing this illustrious accolade. Quality is a major priority at TME, where PPM is a common measure of the number of defects that occur in a million parts. Warranty claims and response to quality issues are among additional supplier criteria appraised for this award. 

Rashmi Shah, Head of TME Purchasing, presented both of the awards and their accompanying certificates to Franck Keiffer, Managing Director of NSK’s European Automotive Business Unit (EABU) at NSK France in Guyancourt, where the team responsible for TME is located. 

NSK’s EABU supplies several different products to TME engine and transmission plants in Poland and the UK, including ball bearings, tapered roller bearings and rocker arms. The products arrive at TME from NSK manufacturing facilities that include Kielce (Poland), Peterlee (UK), Takasaki (Japan) and Saitama (Japan). In addition, NSK delivers wheel bearings to TME car assembly factories in France, the Czech Republic, Turkey and South Africa. 

About NSK Europe 

NSK Europe Ltd. is the European organisation of the Tokyo-based bearing manufacturer NSK, which was founded in Japan in 1916 and today employs nearly 30,580 people in its worldwide operations. The products and solutions provided by the industrial and automotive supplier can be found wherever things move. In addition to nearly all types of rolling bearings, the company’s portfolio includes housed bearings, linear technology, wheel bearing units, transmission and engine bearings and steering systems. The company is oriented to perfection in all of its business activities. Its aim is quality leadership in its industry, which it strives for through a continuous process of improvement, excellent product development, optimised production processes and customer-oriented service processes. In fiscal year 2021, the more than 4,250 employees of NSK Europe Ltd. generated sales of over € 818 million. 

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