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2007 Supplier of the Year

Mr Neil Kitamiya, Managing Director, Denso Australia Group
accepting the Supplier of the Year Award from
Mr John Conomos AO, President, FCAI

Denso Australia Group won the FCAI’s Supplier of the Year Award for 2007 at a dinner held at Zinc at Federation Square, Melbourne on 21 November. The event was hosted by the FCAI’s President, Mr John Conomos AO and Guest of Honour was the Honourable Theo Theophanous, Minister for Industry and Trade in Victoria. In commenting on the Award, the Minister said In the face of significant challenges - including rising fuel costs, changing consumer trends and a strong Australia dollar - the local automotive industry remains focused, increasingly competitive and innovate .

The coveted award was presented by Mr Conomos AO to the Managing Director of Denso Australia Group, Mr Neil Kitamiya. Mr Conomos also presented each of the five finalists with a certificate of recognition of their achievements.

Denso Australia Group design and supply local car makers with a wide range of components including air conditioners, engine intake systems and instrument clusters.

2007 Other Finalists

Australian Arrow Pty Ltd (formerly Yazaki Australia) was incorporated in 1996 and forms part of the worldwide Yazaki Group. The Company, which has ISO9001, QS9000 quality accreditations, TS16949 and ISO14001 Environmental Management Accreditation, supplies the Australian domestic automotive market and exports electronic products.

Autoliv Australia Pty Ltd is the world leader in occupant safety systems with 80 manufacturing plants in 30 countries around the world. Autoliv’s Australian operations supply the local vehicle manufacturers, Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi and Toyota as well as export customers, especially in South-East Asia.

Plexicor Australia is a leading global designer and manufacturer of automotive carpet, interior trim, Acoustic systems, exterior trim and decorative trim systems. Plexicor’s policy and commitment to customer service, quality excellence, continuous improvement, and international affiliations ensures that they are at the forefront of design and manufacturing process technologies at all times.

Siemens VDO Automotive Pty Ltd is part of the global Siemens VDO Automotive group. The Australian company is recognised as one of the group’s most innovative and cost-efficient designers and producers of leading-edge vehicle systems and electronic components. The company has played a key role in the development and growth of Australia’s reputation as world-class supplier of engineering expertise and manufacturing competence.

Judging

The Purchasing and Supply Directors from the four local vehicle manufacturers; Ford, GM Holden, Mitsubishi and Toyota have the task of judging nominees for Supplier of the Year on the basis of performance in terms of product development, quality, timely delivery, competitive pricing, project management and customer service.