GKN Automotive's Roxboro, N.C., plant has earned Ford Motor Co.'s Q1 certification. GKN Automotive is based in Birmingham, England, and Lohmar, Germany. It makes driveline systems.
Ford Motor Co. has honored three of its top minority suppliers. They are:
Wallace Tsuha, CEO of Saturn Electronics & Engineering of Auburn Hills, Mich. He received the Entrepreneurial Role Model award, which is given to a minority supplier who accepts personal risk and overcomes difficulties to establish a viable business.
Carmen Munoz, chairman of GSC/Munoz Machine Products of Livonia, Mich. Munoz received the Community Service award, which honors a supplier who acts as a catalyst for change in the minority community.
ITT Automotive of Auburn Hills, Mich., which received the Corporate Citizenship award. The award recognizes a Tier 1 supplier that has established its own successful minority supplier development program.
Federal-Mogul Corp.'s Frankfort, Ind., seal manufacturing plant has received the 1997 Governor's Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention in Indiana The Frankfort team developed a water-based adhesive for its surface coating operation, converting from two solvent-based adhesives. As a result, volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants were reduced by more than 200 tons.
Detroit-based Focus: HOPE's Center for Advanced Technologies was awarded a $2.6 million two-year research contract with the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command to improve the way advanced materials are used in military diesel engines. The goal is to improve the fuel economy and performance.
Cork and rubber engine seal supplier Southland Technologies Inc. of Chesapeake, Va., has acquired Mold-Ex Rubber Co. of Milton, Fla. Mold-Ex supplies steering components and assemblies, spark plug boots and fuel line hoses. It will operate as a division of Southland.
Lear Corp. of Southfield, Mich., and Jiangling Motors Co. of Nanchang, China, have formed Lear-Jiangling Interior System Inc., a 50-50 joint venture in Nanchang. It will supply seats and interior trim for Ford Motor Co. transit vans and Isuzu light trucks. The new company will provide seats for 150,000 vehicles annually.
Lucas SEI Electronics LLC opened a plant in Rushford, Minn. The company is a joint venture between LucasVarity PLC and Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. The plant produces electronic control units for antilock braking systems made by LucasVarity and Sumitomo's other joint venture, Lucas Sumitomo Brakes Inc. of Lebanon, Ohio.