Schaeffler plants honored by General Motors for their outstanding quality

General Motors Presents its "Supplier Quality Excellence Award 2012" to Schaeffler's Plants in Lahr and Elfershausen

Herzogenaurach, (PresseBox) - Schaeffler's plants in Lahr and Elfershausen have received the "Supplier Quality Excellence Award 2012" from General Motors. The prize is awarded by General Motors to suppliers who qualify to receive it through the implementation of very strict quality criteria within a 12-month period, and singles out individual manufacturing locations rather than whole companies for special recognition. Prof. Peter Pleus, Member of the Executive Board for Schaeffler AG's Automotive Division, had this to say: "Receiving the Supplier Quality Excellence Award from GM is recognition of our performance in terms of quality and, above all, of the performance of our employees at Schaeffler's plants in Lahr and Elfershausen. It is to them that I would like to express my particular gratitude".

The award was presented to Schaeffler's Lahr plant for the pivot element product range and to its Elfershausen plant for the strut bearing product range. Both of these ranges are components that General Motors is using in its latest vehicle ranges. Pleus continues: "There's always the next prize to think about, so of course we're now all the more highly motivated and we intend to do everything we can to ensure that we get this award again in 12 months' time."

The presentation of the awards took place on November 13 at the headquarters of Opel/Vauxhall in Rüsselsheim. Mr. Wendelin Backes, Global Key Account Manager for GM, and Mr. Renato Krappmann, QA Director at the Elfershausen plant, accept-ed the awards on behalf of Schaeffler.

Schaeffler AG

Schaeffler with its product brands INA, LuK and FAG is a leading provider of rolling bearing and plain bearing solutions and of linear and direct drive technology, as well as a renowned supplier to the automotive industry of high-precision products and systems for engines, transmissions, and chassis applications. The globally active group of companies generated sales of approximately 10.7 billion euros in 2011. With approximately 76,000 employees worldwide, Schaeffler is one of the largest German and European industrial companies in family ownership. With 180 locations in over 50 countries, Schaeffler has a worldwide network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities, sales companies, engineering offices, and training centers.

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