Stadco, a supplier of body-in-white services and facilities for the global automotive industry, has announced that its Castle Bromwich facility has achieved Ford’s Q1 quality status.
Ford Q1 status is one of the highest possible accolades given by the Ford Motor Company to suppliers who have demonstrated excellence in key areas of supply including ongoing performance, site action planning, customer endorsement and continuous improvement.
Body-in-white is the stage in automotive design in which just the car body sheet metal has been assembled without other components. Stadco’s Castle Bromwich plant supplies Ford with aluminium skin panels for various Land Rover and Jaguar models. To qualify for the award, Stadco has had to fulfil a stringent set of criteria.
John Harland, plant director at Stadco Castle Bromwich, said: ‘Ford, like other OEM customers, has exacting demands and therefore sets the very highest standards for their suppliers. Achieving Q1 status is recognition of all the hard work and investment at our Castle Bromwich facility and underlines our drive to offer customers the highest levels of quality.’
Stadco’s Castle Bromwich facility is the largest independent press facility in the UK. Stadco has continually invested in the site since it opened on the former Dunlop site in March 2004, which the company said has allowed it to engineer the facility so that it is fully compatible with the largest press shops of the major vehicle manufacturers.