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Honda Honors its Top North American Suppliers

Apr 26, 2019 – COLUMBUS In the year in which Honda is celebrating the 60th anniversary of starting sales in the U.S. and the 40th...

In the year in which Honda is celebrating the 60th anniversary of starting sales in the U.S. and the 40th anniversary of building products in America, the company honored 85 North American suppliers for achievements in supplying parts and materials at the 35th annual Honda Supplier Conference. Representatives from more than 600 original equipment suppliers and more than 400 service parts suppliers attended the event, April 24-25 in Columbus, Ohio.

Honda's main emphasis at the two-day conference was the importance of working collaboratively to lead change and the value of innovation to strengthen future business.

"The value of our suppliers and what they contribute to Honda is critical to our success and our effort to drive innovation into our products and production processes toward the future," said Pam Heminger, vice president for Purchasing, Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Honda honored suppliers in two areas – those supplying parts and materials for mass production products and companies supplying service parts that serve the needs of customers after they have purchased Honda and Acura products.

"Honda is focused on leading change to ensure that we achieve the highest quality, value and delivery of service parts for Honda and Acura customers of today and tomorrow," said Mark Wiles, assistant vice president for the Parts Division at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We see the path to this effort as heightened collaboration, speed and cost competitiveness."

Honda purchased a record $33.6 billion in parts and materials for mass production from North American suppliers in 2018. This supported sales of more than 1.6 million Honda and Acura passenger vehicles last year in North America as the company continued a strong cadence of new product introductions with five completely new or refreshed models in 2018. Honda also purchased more than $1 billion in parts from its Service Parts suppliers in North America last year.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Supplier Awards
Honda recognized 45 OEM parts suppliers, those serving the company with parts and components for mass production, for their performance excellence in two categories – quality & delivery and value. Honda honored four suppliers for achieving excellence across both award categories.

In addition, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. presented its Excellence in Innovation Award to Visteon Corporation, of Van Buren Township, Michigan. This award honors suppliers that achieve truly innovative results through their breakthrough ideas.

The Supplier Sustainability Award went to Madison Precision Products of Madison, Indiana for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to social responsibility.

Honda has more than 700 (OEM) suppliers that provide parts to 16 Honda plants in North America that produce Honda and Acura automobiles and light trucks and the engines and transmissions that power them.

Honda Service Parts Suppliers Awards
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. honored 40 suppliers for outstanding performance in supplying service parts that serve the needs of customers after they have purchased Honda and Acura vehicles.

A special recognition award went to Mitsui Kinzoku ACT Mexicana of Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico for their efforts during the flood at Honda de Mexico in Celaya.

Honda Service Parts suppliers also were rated on their performance in quality, cost and delivery. The Service Parts Awards are distinct from the OEM supplier awards and are based on overall scores reflecting combined performance in all three categories. Working with nearly 1,200 Service Parts suppliers in North America, American Honda provides service and accessory parts for the more than 20 million Honda and Acura automobiles in operation in the United States.

American Honda manages a national network of parts and distribution facilities that deliver high quality, high-value service parts to 1,300 Honda and Acura dealers nationwide. Dealers consistently rank the company as managing the best parts operations in the auto industry. 

40 Years of Honda Manufacturing in North America

Honda will mark its 40th anniversary of manufacturing products in America in Sept. 2019. Honda was the first Japanese automaker to produce products in America in 1979, followed by the start of automobile production in Marysville, Ohio, on Nov. 1, 1982.

Over the course of four decades, Honda has steadily grown its manufacturing capabilities in the region. Honda now employs more than 25,000 associates at 19 plants in North America with the capacity to produce more than 1.92 million automobiles, three million engines, 400,000 power equipment products and 330,000 powersports products each year, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, and nearly two-thirds were made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda also manufactures the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines in America. Cumulatively, Honda has invested more than $22 billion in its North American manufacturing capabilities, including more than $5.9 billion over the past five years. The company also works with more than 700 original equipment suppliers in North America with cumulative parts purchases exceeding $415 billion over 36 years.

60th Anniversary of Honda in America

Honda will mark its 60th anniversary in America in June 2019, and 40 years of production in America in Sept. 2019. Honda established its first U.S. business operation in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1959. Today, Honda employs more than 31,000 associates in the development, manufacturing, sales and servicing of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment and powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 12 major manufacturing facilities in America, working with more than 600 suppliers in the region to produce roughly 4 million products annually for customers locally and globally. In 2018, almost two-thirds of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in America, including Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda side-by-side vehicles and power equipment, as well as the HondaJet.

Honda's Top 2018 OEM Suppliers

Honda’s 723 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) suppliers provide parts to 16 Honda plants in North America. For 2018, the company honored 45 Top OEM suppliers for their excellence in one or more of four categories – Quality & Delivery, Value, Innovation and Sustainability.

Double Award: Excellence in Quality & Delivery and Value

Hankook Tire America Corp Nashville, Tennessee
Howa Canada Manufacturing Inc Alliston, Ontario
Riken of America Skokie, Illinois
Topre America Corporation Cullman, Alabama

 

Excellence in Quality and Delivery

Alabama Cullman Yutaka Technologies, LLC Cullman, Alabama
Asama Coldwater Mfg., Inc. Coldwater, Michigan
Brembo S.P.A. Homer, Michigan
East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc. Lyon Station, Pennsylvania
F&P Mfg., Inc. Tottenham, Ontario
FCC (Indiana), LLC Portland, Indiana
FIC America Corporation Bloomingdale, Illinois
FT Precision Inc. Fredericktown, Ohio
Gohsyu Mexicana, S.A. De C.V. Aguascalientes, Mexico
Henkel Corporation Madison Heights, Michigan
IHI Turbo America Shelbyville, Illinois
JTEKT Automotive Mexico, S.A. De C.V. San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Litens Automotive Woodbridge, Ontario
Matsu Manufacturing (Barrie) Inc. Brampton, Ontario
Michelin North America, Inc. Greenville, South Carolina
Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine America, Inc. Franklin, Indiana
Nidec Elesys Americas Corporation Suwanee, Georgia
Nidec Tosok De México, S.A. De C.V. San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Nihon Plast Mexicana, S.A. De C.V. El Marques, Queretaro. Mexico
Nissin Manufacturing USA, Co. Dublin, Ohio
Omron Automotive Electronics, Inc. St. Charles, Illinois
Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc. Shelbyville, Indiana
Schaeffler Group Canada, Inc. Stratford, Ontario
Setex Automotive México, S.A. De C.V. Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico
Transtron America, Inc. Dublin, Ohio

 

Excellence in Value

American Howa Kentucky Incorporated Bowling Green, Kentucky
Eakas Corp. Peru, Illinois
Hitachi Cable America, Inc. New Albany, Indiana
JAE Electronics, Inc. Irvine, California
JTEKT North America Vonore, Tennessee
Millat Industries Corp.       Dayton, Ohio
NYX Mexico Plastics, S. De R.L. De C.V. San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Racemark International, LLC Calhoun, Georgia
Rochling Automotive USA, LPP Duncan, South Carolina
Toyoda Gosei North America Corporation Troy, Michigan
Toyota Industries Electric Systems North America, Inc. Novi, Michigan
US Farathane Auburn Hills, Michigan
Yanfeng Global Automotive Interior Systems Co., Ltd. Holland, Michigan
Yokowo Manufacturing of America, LLC Hilliard, Ohio

 

Excellence in Innovation

This award honors suppliers that achieve truly innovative results though breakthrough ideas.

Visteon Corporation Van Buren Township, , Michigan

 

Supplier Sustainability Award

With this award, Honda recognizes suppliers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to social responsibility based on leadership in the areas of compliance and ethics, environmental, governance, diversity, health and safety, social and trade compliance.

Madison Precision Products Madison, Indiana

 

Honda Service Parts Suppliers Awards

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. honored 40 suppliers for outstanding performance in supplying service parts that serve the needs of customers after they have purchased Honda and Acura vehicles. Honda Service Parts suppliers also were rated on their performance in quality, cost and delivery. Distinct from the OEM supplier awards, the Service Parts awards are based on overall scores reflecting combined performance in all three categories.

ACM Georgia Warrenton, Georgia
Formet Industries St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada 
Hi-Lex America Battle Creek, Michigan
Kumi Manufacturing Alabama Clanton, Alabama
Magna Mirrors Service Parts Division Grand Haven, Michigan
Starting USA Corporation Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Viam Manufacturing Incorporated Manchester, Tennessee
Alpine Electronics of America Torrance, California
American Furukawa Incorporated Plymouth, Michigan
CCI Manufacturing Illinois Corporation Lemont, Illinois
Fuserashi International Technology Incorporated Valley City, Ohio
Interstate Batteries Dallas, Texas
Kiriu USA Corporation Bowling Green, Kentucky
Magna Eagle Bend Manufacturing Clinton, Tennessee
Saginomiya America Incorporated Dublin, Ohio
TR Wholesale Solutions South Bend, Indiana
Waterville TG Incorporated Petrolia, Ontario, Canada
Whirltronics Incorporated Buffalo, Minnesota
Enkei America Incorporated Columbus, Indiana
GLT Dayton, Ohio
American Leakless Company Athens, Alabama
Magna Exteriors Polycon Industries Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Nissen Chemitec America London, Ohio
Central Motor Wheel of America Paris, Kentucky
Freudenberg Filtration Technologies Hopkinsville, Kentucky
NK Parts Industries Sidney, Ohio
Kokoku Rubber Incorporated Richmond, Kentucky
Katayama American Company Shelbyville, Kentucky
MBL-USA Ottawa, Illinois
Kamco Industries West Unity, Ohio
Key Fasteners Corporation Berne, Indiana
Litens Automotive Partnership Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
Asama Coldwater Manufacturing Coldwater, Michigan
Fram Group Greenville, Ohio
Gold Eagle Company Chicago, Illinois
Ohashi Technica USA Sunbury, Ohio
THK Rhythm North America Hebron, Ohio
NK Parts Industries Sidney, Ohio
F&P Manufacturing Incorporated Tottenham, Ontario, Canada
Mitsui Kinzoku ACT Mexicana Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico

 

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