Toyota Honors Top Suppliers For 2006

March 27, 2007

March 27, 2007 - Erlanger, KY - Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) today presented awards for its top North American suppliers in 2006.  The awards acknowledge those suppliers who have met Toyota's highest standards in quality, delivery, diversity, technology/development and value improvement for parts and materials.

The following suppliers were recognized with Superior Awards in the areas of Quality, Delivery and Supplier Diversity:

·        Aisin World Corp. of America, Aisin Electronics, Inc., Stockton, California (Quality)

·        Akebono Brake Co., Elizabethtown, Kentucky (Quality)

·        Delphi Thermal Systems, Troy, Michigan (Quality)

·        Denso International America, Inc., Fuel Injector Division, Athens, Tennessee (Quality & Delivery)

·        Denso International America, Inc., Ceramic Products Division, Athens, Tennessee (Quality & Delivery)

·        Denso International America, Inc., Starters/Alternators Division, Maryville, Tennessee (Delivery)

·        Denso International America, Inc., Weastec, Inc., Hillsboro, Ohio (Quality)

·        Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corp., Dundee, Michigan (Delivery)

·        Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Supplier Diversity)

·        Johnson Matthey, West Deptford, New Jersey (Quality & Delivery)

·        Lear Corporation, Southfield, Michigan (Supplier Diversity)

·        Nova Chemicals, Inc., Monaca, Pennsylvania (Quality)

·        Trim Masters, Inc., Harrodsburg, Kentucky (Delivery)

·        U.S. Engine Valve Company, Marshal, Michigan (Quality & Delivery)

The awards were given at Toyota's Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony held in Covington, Kentucky, which brings together the automaker's approximately 500 North American suppliers to share expectations for the coming business year and to recognize outstanding performance among suppliers.

“Thanks to our suppliers’ focus on quality, delivery, diversity, technology and development and value improvements, they have been a key part of Toyota’s success in North America,” said Atsushi Kume, senior vice president of TEMA.  “We thank them for their efforts in 2006 which saw the successful launch of the all-new Camry and all-new Tundra.”

All awards in the Supplier Diversity category are awarded to the entire company and reflect the company’s initiatives and outstanding efforts to help Toyota meet their minority procurement targets.  Last November, Toyota announced that its entire U.S. operations will target ten percent of the company’s overall U.S. purchases of parts, goods and services with minority businesses.  

Toyota currently has six vehicle manufacturing plants and seven engine/component plants in North America. In addition, two new plants are under construction – in Woodstock, Ontario and Blue Springs, Mississippi.  Also, Toyota will begin Camry production at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) later this spring.

Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and will operate 15 manufacturing plants in North America by 2010. There are more than 1,700 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold more than 2.8 million vehicles in 2006. Toyota directly employs over 41,000 in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18.6 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals more than $28.5 billion.

Toyota currently produces 11 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra and the Lexus RX 350. By 2010, Toyota will have the annual capacity to build approximately 2.2 million cars and trucks, 1.45 million engines and 600,000 automatic transmissions.

Current and potential suppliers can visit www.ToyotaSupplier.com for information on Toyota’s purchasing policies, newsworthy articles and learn more about Toyota’s purchasing principles.

SUPERIOR AWARDS

Supplier Name

Plant Location

Commodity

Award Level

Award Category

Aisin World Corp. of America
Aisin Electronics, Inc.

Stockton, CA

Electronic control units and sensors

Superior

Quality

Akebono Brake Company
Elizabethtown Plant

Elizabethtown, KY

Foundation brakes, friction material

Superior

Quality

Delphi Thermal Systems

Troy, MI

AC systems and radiators

Superior

Quality

Denso International America, Inc.                                            Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc. Ceramic Products Division

Athens, TN

Oxygen sensors, spark plugs, ignition coil

Superior

Quality & Delivery

Denso International America, Inc.                                          Weastec, Inc.

Hillsboro, OH

Cam & crank sensor

Superior

Quality

Denso International America, Inc.                                      Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Starters/Alternators Division

Maryville, TN

Starters & alternators

Superior

Delivery

Denso International America, Inc.                                     Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc. Fuel Injectors Division

Athens, TN

Fuel injectors

Superior

Delivery & Quality

Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corporation

Dundee, MI

Ignition coil

Superior

Delivery

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Plymouth, MI

Seats and other interior trim, including headliners, overhead consoles, visors, electronics, and headliner modules

Superior

Supplier Diversity**

Johnson Matthey

West Deptford, NJ

Chloroplatinic Acid and Rhodium Chloride solutions

Superior

Delivery & Quality

Lear Corporation

Southfield, MI

Interior plastic components

Superior

Supplier Diversity**

Nova Chemicals, Inc.

Monaca, PA

Resins for instrument panels

Superior

Quality

Trim Masters, Inc. - Bardstown

Harrodsburg, KY

Door Trim and complete seats for Avalon, Camry, and Solara

Superior

Delivery

U.S. Engine Valve Company

Marshal, MI

Intake and exhaust engine valves

Superior

Delivery & Quality

EXCELLENT AWARDS

Supplier Name

Plant Location

Commodity

Award Level

Award Category

Aisin World Corp. of America
Aisin Automotive Casting, LLC.

London, KY

Electronic control units and sensors

Excellent

Delivery & Quality

Amtex, Inc.

Lebanon, OH

Carpet flooring, trunk trim and acoustic components, other interior trim components such as package trays and headliners

Excellent

Supplier Diversity**; Technology/

Development

AW North Carolina, Inc.

Durham, NC

Automatic transmissions and components

Excellent

Delivery; Technology/

Development

Continental Automotive Systems

Auburn Hills, MI

Electronic stability control brakes, sensors, and actuation brake products

Excellent

Supplier Diversity**

Curtis-Maruyasu America, Inc.

Lebanon, KY

Manufactures and fabricates steel, plastic and nylon fuel and brake tube assemblies, as well as a variety of engine and transmission tube assemblies

Excellent

Delivery & Quality

Delphi Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture

Warren, OH

Wiring Harnesses

Excellent

Quality

Delphi Thermal Systems

Troy, MI

AC systems and radiators

Excellent

Value Improvement

Denso International America, Inc.

Southfield, MI

Interior plastic components; Electronics/Electrical Powertrain

Excellent

Supplier Diversity**;      Value Improvement

Denso International America, Inc.                                               ASMO Manufacturing, Inc.

Battle Creek, MI

Washer tank & washer nozzle

Excellent

Delivery & Quality

Denso International America, Inc.                                    Associated Fuel Pump Systems Corporation

Anderson, SC

Fuel Pumps

Excellent

Delivery

Denso International America, Inc.
Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Electronics Division

Maryville, TN

Electronics

Excellent

Quality

Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corporation

Dundee, MI

Ignition coil

Excellent

Quality

DTR Industries, Inc.

Bluffton, OH

Anti-vibration components; rubber hoses/plastic tubes

Excellent

Delivery

Federal-Mogul Sealing Systems

Southfield, MI

Gaskets

Excellent

Quality

Furukawa Electric North America APD, Inc.

Plymouth, MI

Wire harnesses; junction blocks

Excellent

Technology/

Development

Gentex Corporation

Zeeland, MI

Interior auto dimming rear view mirrors

Excellent

Quality

Honeywell Consumer Products Group

Danbury, CT

Long life coolant/antifreeze

Excellent

Quality

International Crankshaft, Inc.

Georgetown, KY

Forged crankshaft

Excellent

Delivery

Johnson Controls, Inc
Georgetown, KY

Georgetown, KY

Seats and overhead consoles

Excellent

Delivery & Quality

Johnson Controls, Inc
Livermore, CA

Livermore, CA

Seats and overhead consoles

Excellent

Delivery

Kautex Textron

Troy, MI

Plastic Fuel Tanks

Excellent

Technology/

Development

Lear Corporation

Southfield, MI

Interior plastic components

Excellent

Quality

Peterson Spring Corporation

Southfield, MI

Engine valve springs

Excellent

Delivery

Ryder Integrated Logistics

Georgetown, KY

Transportation

Excellent

Value Improvement

Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc.

Shelbyville, IN

Transaxle housing, crankshaft bearing, and transaxle cover

Excellent

Delivery & Quality

Shape Corporation

Grand Haven, MI

Bumper reinforcements

Excellent

Quality

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems

Bowling Green, KY

Wire harnesses, components, heater control panels, and junction blocks

Excellent

Value Improvement

Toyotomi America Cor

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