Toyota Recognizes Top Suppliers for 2007

March 04, 2008

March 4, 2008 - Erlanger, KY - Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) has announced award-winning North American suppliers for 2007. The awards recognize those suppliers who exceeded the company’s expectations in the following areas: Launch Performance, Technology, Supplier Diversity, Value Improvement and Quality.

TEMA also added a new recognition level called the TEAM (Total Exceptional Achievement for Manufacturing) Award for suppliers that excel in overall performance. The winner of this year’s award is DENSO International America, Inc.

In addition, the following suppliers received the Superior Award in the areas of Supplier Diversity, Value Improvement and Quality: DENSO International America, Inc. (Value Improvement, Supplier Diversity); Johnson Controls, Inc. (Supplier Diversity); Kyowa American Corporation (Quality); MAHLE Industries, Inc. (Quality); Ryder Supply Chain Solutions (Value Improvement); TP Corporation of America (Quality) and U.S. Engine Valve (Quality).

The awards were presented at Toyota's Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, bringing together approximately 500 North American suppliers. Toyota hosts this annual event to communicate objectives for the current year, recognize top supplier performance for the prior year and enhance relationships.

"TEMA works closely with our North American suppliers in order to build our top quality vehicles; therefore, we take this opportunity to recognize outstanding performance of our top suppliers," stated Atsushi "Art" Kume, Senior Vice President of TEMA. "Suppliers' commitment to continuous improvement is key to achieving Toyota's long term focus on quality and value."

Toyota currently has six vehicle manufacturing plants and seven engine/component plants in North America. Later this year, a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario will begin building the RAV4; in addition, a new plant is also under construction in Blue Springs, Mississippi where Toyota will build the Highlander.

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.

TEAM AWARD

Supplier Name

N.A. Corporate Location

Commodity

Award Category

DENSO International America, Inc.

Southfield, Mich.

Thermal powertrain and other key systems

Total Performance

SUPERIOR AWARDS

Supplier Name

N.A. Corporate Location

Commodity

Award Category

DENSO International America, Inc.                                           

Southfield, Mich.

Thermal powertrain and other key systems

Value Improvement and Quality

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Plymouth, Mich.

Seats and other interior trim

Supplier Diversity

Kyowa America Corporation

Westminster, Calif.

Injection molded, painted, exterior body parts

Quality

MAHLE Industries, Inc.

Morristown, Tenn.

Piston systems

Quality

Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Miami, Fla.

Transportation and logistics services

Value Improvement

TP Corporation of America

Northfield, Ill.

Piston ring set

Quality

U.S. Engine Valve

Marshall, Mich.

Engine valves

Quality

EXCELLENT AWARDS

Supplier Name

Location

Commodity

Award Category

Advanced Composites

Nashville, Tenn.

Plastic resin

Quality

Aisin Automotive Casting, LLC

London, Ky.

Engine components & die casting

Quality

American Fine Sinter Co., Ltd.

Tiffin, Ohio

Valve seat intake & exhaust

Quality

Amtex, Inc.

Lebanon, Ohio

Floor carpets & acoustical trim components

Supplier Diversity

Continental Automotive Systems

Auburn Hills, Mich.

Brake master and VSC assemblies

Supplier Diversity

Delphi Thermal Systems

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

A/C systems & radiators

Quality

DENSO International America, Inc.

Southfield, Mich.

Thermal powertrain and other key systems

Supplier Diversity

Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corporation

Eleanor, W.Va.

Ignition coil

Quality

Eagle Ottawa, LLC

Auburn Hills, Mich.

Leather

Value Improvement

Fujitsu Ten Corp. of America

Plymouth, Mich.

Audio commodity

Value Improvement

Hitachi Cable Indiana-KY

Russell Springs, Ky.

Hydraulic & vacuum brake assemblies

Quality

Hydro-Automotive Structures North America, Inc.

Holland, Mich.

Reinforcement bumpers

Quality

INEOS Fluor Americas LLC

St. Gabriel, La.

Refrigerant

Quality

Intertec - San Leandro, California

San Leandro, Calif.

Floor consoles & instrument panel trim

Quality

Jernberg Industries, Inc., a division of HHI

Chicago, Ill.

Forged, formed and machined components

Quality

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Livermore, Calif.

Seats and other interior trims

Quality

JTEKT North America

Piedmont, S.C.

Steering, driveline, bearing

Launch Performance

Midway Products Group, Inc.

Hudson, Ind.

Stampings and assemblies

Quality

Mitchell Plastics

Kitchener, Ontario; Canada

Plastic interior trim

Technology

New Mather Metals, Inc.

Toledo, Ohio

Stabilizer Bars

Quality

TRAM, Inc.

Plymouth, Mich.

Switches, electronics & shift levers

Value Improvement

Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc.

Shelbyville, Ind.

Aluminum die casting parts

Quality

Yazaki North America

Cambridge, Ontario; Canada

Wire harnesses and electronics

Quality


About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently operates 13 manufacturing plants. In addition, new plants are under construction in Ontario, Canada and Mississippi. There are more than 1,700 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold more than 2.9 million vehicles in 2007. Toyota directly employs over 43,000 in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $21 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 $30 billion per year.

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. When production begins in Ontario and Mississippi, Toyota will have 15 manufacturing plants with the annual capacity to build approximately 2.2 million cars and trucks, 1.49 million engines and 425,000 automatic transmissions. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com.

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