Freudenberg-NOK Wins Hino Award for Product Quality

May 05, 2009, 13:25 ET from Freudenberg-NOK

Exceptional Manufacturing Excellence Honor Awarded To Two Georgia Sites

PLYMOUTH, Mich., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of its outstanding performance in product quality, Freudenberg-NOK's LaGrange and Cleveland Georgia facilities recently received a quality award from Hino Motor Manufacturing USA, Inc, a part of the Toyota group of companies, at Hino's annual Quality Excellent Recognition event on April 23.

"It's a great honor to be recognized by leading truck manufacturer, Hino, for our dedication to manufacturing excellence," said Gary VanWambeke and Alban Silarbi, General Managers for Freudenberg-NOK's Georgia facilities. "At our facilities, we strive to offer high quality, technical solutions that exceed our customers' requirements."

According to VanWambeke, "The award is based on the number of parts per million defect as well as on-time delivery." Parts per million is commonly referred to as ppm in the industry and serves as a measurement of good to bad product.

Silarbi, who oversees the LaGrange operation added, "Quality is not just a word without actions. We ensure superior quality is at the forefront of all our activities and inherent in our processes."

Freudenberg-NOK's Georgia facilities, which manufactures elastomer products for several industries ranging from automotive to aerospace, has supplied seals to Hino for 3 years. These oil seal and o-rings used by Hino ultimately are placed in the Toyota Tundra.

Certified to the ISO 9000, QS 9000/2000, TS 16949, AS 9100 standards, Freudenberg-NOK's Georgia facilities ensures product quality and customer satisfaction are top priorities and is dedicated to finding and addressing any issues prior to delivery. Operating with a combined floor space of over 230,000 square feet, extensive raw material testing is performed on all rubber products. Additionally, Freudenberg-NOK associates conduct rigorous inspections, which include tests for physical defects and dimensional checks to drawings.

About Freudenberg-NOK

Founded in 1989, Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership based in Plymouth, Michigan, is known as the world-leading manufacturer of precision-manufactured products for a variety of markets, including automotive, aerospace, appliance, diesel engine, agriculture and construction, marine, healthcare and medical, off-highway equipment, oil and gas, recreational vehicles and semiconductor markets.

Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership is the Americas joint venture between Freudenberg and Company in Germany and NOK Corporation in Japan. Together, Freudenberg and NOK Group Companies make up the world's largest producer of elastomeric seals and custom molded products. Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership has annual revenues approaching $1 billion.

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