Continental's Chassis & Safety Division was recognized by Toyota Motor Europe for its production of high-quality braking systems. The company, which produces braking systems for the Toyota Yaris, was also commended for its outstanding management performance.
"This award fills me with great pride because achieving such an outstanding result for a complete braking system represents a major overall effort," says Ralf Cramer, president of Continental's Chassis & Safety Division. "Special thanks should go to all the production sites involved, Cairo Montenotte (Italy), Frankfurt, Gifhorn, Jicin (Czech Republic), Mechelen (Belgium), Manila (Philippines), Rheinbollen and Vezprem (Hungary)," he adds.
More than 600 suppliers attended the Toyota Motor Europe's annual supplier's conference in Brussels where Cramer accepted the award on behalf of Continental. The Toyota Yaris subcompact car offers Continental's complete braking system.
Five categories — Project Management, Supply, Cost Management, Quality and Value — are eligible to receive Toyota's Supplier Award.
Continental has a long-standing partnership with Toyota in Europe and North America as a supplier of brake components and sub-systems. Collaboration on the Yaris project began in 2002. The current model Yaris was the first Toyota for which Continental supplied the design and integration of the entire braking system. In 2005 Continental gained the Toyota Superior Award for Project Management as a direct result of establishing a team-based working environment.
Continental produces the components for the Toyota Yaris braking system in eight plants worldwide. Two other suppliers are directly involved as well. The assemblies supplied include electronic braking systems such as ABS and ESC with brake assist, ESC sensor clusters, master brake cylinders and brake boosters as well as active wheelspeed sensors and wheel brakes for front and rear axles and brake disks and drums.
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