Michelin awards six suppliers

Michelin has honoured six suppliers for excellence at a ceremony held at the company’s headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The selected businesses were presented with their respective prizes by the members of Michelin’s Group Executive Committee.

Three companies were selected for a Quality Award in recognition of their contribution to Michelin’s standards:

General Quimica: this Repsol-YPF subsidiary specialises in the marketing of chemical products and their derivatives, and came first in the ‘raw materials and energy’ category.

Herbert: the German manufacturer has provided moulds to the tyre industry since 1905 and came first in the ‘manufacturing purchases’ category.

Echemar: the Spain-based transport company won the ‘services’ category.

The Innovation Award went to carbon black producer Cabot. Michelin has worked with the American group for several decades and “enjoys a dynamic, innovative association” with it on a variety of projects, some of which have led to the emergence of breakthrough technological innovations.

The Michelin Performance and Social Responsibility Award was presented to Evonik, the German producer of silica, in recognition of its exemplary commitment to sustainable development.

Last but not least, the Special Award was presented to Eiffage, a leading European construction company to which Michelin entrusted the building of its RDI Campus. This distinction acknowledges the Eiffage group’s operational excellence, as well as its ability to propose pertinent, innovative solutions and to rise to technical challenges.

Michelin believes the quality of the relationships it enjoys with its suppliers is a key to success, given that the Group’s purchasing expenditure accounts for almost 60 per cent of annual revenue. The tyre maker has presented supplier awards since 2011, and by doing so aims to reward excellence. It says nominees are only selected after a rigorous process.

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