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Supplier of the Year Award

Schaeffler Group is "Supplier of the Year 2009" for Ford in South America

(PresseBox) (Herzogenaurach, ) Ford has designated the Schaeffler Group as its "Supplier of the Year 2009" in the "Powertrain" sector in South America. The award was presented during a supplier event organized by Ford in Sao Bernardo do Campo in Brazil.

The award is divided into several categories to do justice to the complexity of modern vehicles and the associated wide range of products and services the supplier industry provides. According to a statement by Ford Brazil, the Schaeffler Group qualified for the "Supplier of the Year 2009" award because of the company's quality, logistics, innovative ability, technical support and firstrate customer relations.

"This award recognizes our successful efforts to not only meet our customers' requirements but to always surprise our customers with excellent new solutions and exceed their expectations," said Ricardo Reimer, Managing Director of the Schaeffler Group South America.

Schaeffler AG

Around 1,250 patent applications annually make the Schaeffler Group one of Germany's leading innovators. With its INA, LuK and FAG brands, the Group is one of the world's leading rolling bearing manufacturers and a renowned supplier to the automotive industry. Roughly 66,000 employees generated sales of 8.9 billion euros in 2008. The automotive industry is its major group of customers, accounting for around 60 percent of all sales. To this industry, the Schaeffler Group is a recognized development partner with systems expertise for the complete power train. The Schaeffler Group's precision products for engines, transmissions and chassis help reduce energy consumption and pollutants while increasing driving comfort and safety. The transmission systems division offers its classics, "manual transmissions" and "automatic transmissions" as well as automated manual transmissions, doubleclutch transmissions and CVTs. Applications for alternative drive concepts, such as hybrid drives, round off the transmission range of the future. Schaeffler's Automotive Aftermarket supplies dealerships and independent repair shops with replacement parts and services.