Schaeffler UK recognised for quality excellence

Schaeffler (UK) Ltd’s automotive component manufacturing plant in South Wales has received a Wales Quality Award for the plant’sachievements in manufacturing quality.

Schaeffler (UK) Ltd’s manufacturing plant in Llanelli, South Wales has received a national award that demonstrates the company’s excellence in manufacturing quality.

At the WalesQuality Awards 2009, Schaeffler UK received top honours in the Manufacturing Prize category. Donna Williams-Bevan, Training Officer at Schaeffler UK, and Process Manager Derrick Lewis, accepted the award on behalf of the company at the annual awards ceremony held at the City Hall, Cardiff on 3 December 2009.

The Wales Quality Award is an annual competition based on the EFQM European Excellence Model. The awards are open to all companies based in Wales, including manufacturers, financial organisations, service providers, hospitals, educational establishments and local councils.

Winning a Wales Quality Award is an accolade for any business. The judging and assessment process, which is carried out by a panel of independent industry experts from the private and public sectors, has grown to become one of the most popular awards in Europe. Many organisations that take part in the awards process do so year after year, as they use the process as a fundamental part of their company’s planning process to drive business improvement.

Vincent Kane, Chairman of the Wales Quality Centre, the organisation responsible for the Wales Quality Awards, commented: “I think the Schaeffler plant at Llanelli is now a role model in Wales of what a medium-sized manufacturing plant should be. Areas of excellence include leadership and constancy of purpose, as well as people development and involvement.”

“Some of the results presented in the submission this year [2009] were described by the assessors as world class. Schaeffler has shrugged off the difficult times which the automotive sector has endured during the recession, but I believe the plant is now in a strong position for the recovery.”

Established in 1955, the Llanelli plant manufactures high precision engine components for the automotive market. The plant currently employs 260 people and is an autonomous subsidiary of the multi-national German-owned Schaeffler Group.

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