NSK wins two Toyota supplier awards

Proudly holding the awards outside the Guyancourt facility of NSK in France (from left to
right): Sébastien Blanchard, Product Unit Manager – PowerTrain, European Automotive
Business Unit (EABU), NSK; Adrien Le Berre, Account Manager, EABU, NSK; and Maxime
Marsala, Project Engineer, EABU, NSK

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has bestowed two awards upon NSK Europe: a
Certificate of Recognition (in the Supply category) and an Achievement Award (in the Quality category). In normal circumstances, TME presents the awards at its showpiece Annual Business Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, with around 200 people in attendance. This year, however, the company organised a virtual live presentation, subsequently posting the award and certificate to NSK France where the responsible EABU (European Automotive Business Unit) team for TME is located.

On an annual basis, TME takes a look back at the performance of its suppliers over the previous financial year. The Certificate of Recognition in the Supply category, for instance, supports the company’s aim to ensure every Toyota customer is entirely satisfied with his or her vehicle. TME recognises the vital role of suppliers in the mutual quest to achieve
continuous improvement.

KPIs (key performance indicators), such as overall delivery performance (including service parts and accessories), form an integral part of the judging process. TME awards 10 suppliers in the Supply category with a Certificate of Recognition, which for 2020 (covering the 2019 financial year period) includes NSK Europe.

The company also secured an Achievement Award in the Quality category; only 3-5 suppliers each year are successful in winning this accolade. Quality represents both the backbone and DNA of TME. Many OEMs use PPM to measure the number of defects that occur in a million parts. Warranty claims and response to quality issues are among further supplier criteria scrutinised for the award.

NSK’s EABU delivers various products to TME’s engine and transmission plants in the UK and Poland. These include ball bearings, tapered roller bearings and rocker arms from NSK manufacturing facilities in Kielce (Poland) and Peterlee (UK), as well as from Saitama and Takasaki in Japan. NSK also delivers wheel bearings to TME car assembly plants in France, Turkey and South Africa, and soon to the Czech Republic.

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 31,000 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 2019, the more than 4,400 employees of NSK Europe Ltd. generated sales of over € 920 million.