Culture Of Continuous Improvement Helps TRW Earn Top Quality Honors

Apr 16, 2014, 09:42 ET from TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

LIVONIA, Mich., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) earned the number one quality ranking among all North American companies and its braking facility in Fowlerville, Michigan was recently named the 2014 Plant of the Year in North America – both honors were bestowed by Quality magazine.

The Fowlerville plant, which is closely supported by its sister plant in Fenton, Michigan was awarded the distinction based on its impressive commitment to quality, safety and continuous improvement. Both Fowlerville and Fenton manufacture slip control braking systems for global OEM automakers and share the same management team, including plant manager Bob Holman and quality manager Donnie Pressley.

"These awards are a testament to the exceptional processes and procedures in place across TRW.  In the case of the Fowlerville plant, it highlights the outstanding commitment of its employees," said Bryce Currie, vice president of quality, program management and business excellence, TRW.  "The team at Fowlerville exceeds expectations when it comes to producing quality products, achieving top delivery performance due to its dedication to continuous improvement."

Built in 1995 and employing approximately 250 people, the Fowlerville plant utilizes several best practices, including the practice of sharing ideas and success stories with the Fenton plant. Sharing among plants is a company-wide practice at TRW manufacturing sites around the world.

The plant was further recognized for its use of a visual management system which is common at TRW locations. The system tracks 24 hours of production using green and red indicators to represent processes that are on track or need attention. Color-coded boards in the production control room display safety, quality and order status for projects.

The management at Fowlerville also credits the B2B program – which involves combing through data from processes – for improving its quality strength by helping to pinpoint variation before it becomes an issue.

"We say that the data talks to us and tells us if things are drifting or varying. We monitor that closely," said Bob Holman. "We've been monitoring our processes for variation for a long time, but the B2B system initiative shortened the time intervals that we look at the process. Instead of a day or week, it's more hour by hour."

The plant was additionally evaluated in areas such as the average number of hours of quality training the employees undergo, scrap and rework percentage, warranty costs and achievement of standards such as ISO 9001.

About TRW

With 2013 sales of $17.4 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 24 countries and employs approximately 65,000 people worldwide.  TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.  All references to "TRW Automotive", "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated.  TRW Automotive news is available on the internet at  

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