FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Starter Motors & Generators division of Robert Bosch LLC has earned recognition as a Partner-level Supplier for 2012 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company's highest supplier rating. Bosch, based in Stuttgart, Germany, was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Scott Dahl, regional president of Starter Motors & Generators North America for Robert Bosch LLC, accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held recently in Davenport, Iowa.
Bosch is a supplier of starter motors and alternators to John Deere's operations in Waterloo, Iowa; Torreon, Mexico; and Orleans, France.
"Bosch's focus on quality and continuous improvement helps us develop strong relationships with our customers," said Dahl. "We are pleased to receive this honor and look forward to even stronger cooperation with John Deere."
Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence Program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.
Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its sales came to 30.9 billion euros ($39.7 billion USD), or 59 percent of total group sales, in fiscal 2012. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. Worldwide, some 171,000 Automotive Technology associates work in seven areas of business: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, powertrain peripherals, alternative drive concepts, active and passive safety systems, assistance and comfort functions, in-car information and communication, as well as services and technology for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services, active in the fields of automotive technology, energy and building technology, industrial technology, and consumer goods. According to preliminary figures, more than 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.3 billion euros ($67.2 billion) in 2012. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.5 billion euros ($5.8 billion) for research and development in 2012, and applied for over 4,700 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is "Invented for life." More information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.
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