Freudenberg-NOK Names Batchik Vice President of Quality

Aug 16, 2006, 01:00 ET from Freudenberg-NOK

    PLYMOUTH, Mich., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Freudenberg-NOK has named John
 A. Batchik as vice president of quality. The announcement was made by Dr.
 Theodore G. Duclos, Freudenberg-NOK's vice president of technology and
     In this position, Batchik will direct the central quality functions
 within the organization, establish quality performance standards and
 develop and improve operating metrics. In addition, he will provide
 executive representation for key customers and trade organizations, as well
 as establish and maintain required ISO, QS, TS and other certifications.
     "John's prior accomplishments and experience in quality, lean
 manufacturing and manufacturing engineering for global organizations make
 him the ideal candidate for the position," Duclos said. "We are pleased
 that he has joined Freudenberg-NOK and we are confident that he will play
 an instrumental role in helping us reach our quality goals."
     Most recently, Batchik served as vice president of operational
 excellence for LSG Sky Chefs located in Irving, Texas. In this role, he
 directed quality, lean manufacturing, product development and facilities
 and environmental engineering. Prior, he served as the vice president of
 quality management, where he was responsible for all aspects of product
 quality, problem solving and vehicle fleet safety.
     Earlier, Batchik spent more than 20 years at GM Powertrain in various
 roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as divisional
 manager of competitive manufacturing implementation in Pontiac, Mich. In
 this position, he directed lean manufacturing resources supporting 21
 plants in the United States and Canada.
     Prior, he worked at the Romulus, Mich. facility as a quality systems
 manager, where he directed quality engineering, supplier quality
 management, customer support, audit and ISO/QS-9000 activities. He also
 served as superintendent of manufacturing engineering, superintendent of
 industrial engineering and senior supplier development manager while at GM
     Batchik earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial and
 operations engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a
 master of science degree in manufacturing management from the Rensselaer
 Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. In addition, he is a certified QS-9000
 Lead Auditor.
     Founded in 1989, Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership is a joint venture
 between Freudenberg & Co. of Germany and NOK Corp. of Japan.
     Freudenberg-NOK is a leader in automotive sealing and noise, vibration
 and harshness (NVH) products and is a supplier to all automakers producing
 in North America, as well as all major tier one chassis and drivetrain
 suppliers. The company's headquarters and technical center in Plymouth,
 Mich. houses the most extensive supplier-operated sealing and noise and
 vibration testing facility in North America.
     Freudenberg-NOK offers its automotive customers globally integrated
 products, including sealing packages for transmissions, engines, brakes,
 axles and steering, NVH components and packages, and all rubber, plastic
 and PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) components for suspension, electrical
 and fuel systems.
     The company also offers an extensive portfolio of special precision
 seals for the aerospace, appliance, business machine, fluid power, marine,
 medical, off-highway equipment and recreational vehicle markets. For more
 information, visit the Freudenberg-NOK website at

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