By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone tyres has been awarded the Volkswagen Group Award 2009 in recognition of its performance as a supplier to the vehicle manufacturer.
The award is an annual honour bestowed to a supplier for in appreciation of its over overall entrepreneurial performance.
Award winners have to prove exceptionally successful in meeting Volkswagen’s requirements in terms of innovation, product quality, project management and development competence, as well as achieving a working partnership for greater efficiency and environmental compatibility.
Bridgestone was singled out for its special entrepreneurial performance – the award certificate cites the tyre maker for its “flexible readiness to deliver and exemplary partnership approach which enables Volkswagen to respond quickly and competently to highly-fluctuating customer needs – and to do so at the highest possible standards of quality.”
The award was presented by Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, member of the Volkswagen AG Board of Management, and received by Y. Ryuto, Bridgestone vice president and officer for OE tyre sales.
Mr Ryuto said: “Bridgestone is deeply honoured to receive this highly esteemed Volkswagen Group Award 2009 and it is a great achievement for our company.
“Our long lasting and premium partnership with Volkswagen is the first of its kind for a tyre manufacturer in the history of Volkswagen. We look forward to continuing on this shared road to success in the future.”