Visteon names Ryder as top supplier

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Ryder System, a provider of transportation and supply chain management solutions, has announced it was named “Global Visteon Important Partner of the Year 2005” by Visteon Corp. for exemplifying “Best in Class” performance and year-over-year consistent performance.

Visteon is a global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich.; Shanghai, China; and Kerpen, Germany; the company has more than 170 facilities in 24 countries and employs about 50,000 people.

“We rated Ryder as our best-in-class third-party logistics partner and recognize Ryder for their year-over-year consistent performance,” says Jonathan K. Maples, Visteon’s vice president of global purchasing. “With their highly skilled and motivated team, Ryder has consistently exceeded the annual savings objectives and implemented creative solutions to complex logistics issues. Throughout the past five years, Ryder has demonstrated a very high level of responsibility, consistently meeting our needs and surpassing expectations.”

The Visteon Important Partner program is a global program that was established in 2001. Winners are selected by Visteon’s global materials management team, with input from Visteon’s global product groups including purchasing, quality, product development and manufacturing. Selection criteria are focused on supplier performance in terms of quality, delivery, value, technical capability and customer service. Award recipients must achieve 100 percent concurrence across all customer functions and operating regions to confirm that they have demonstrated a high level of performance. Supplier awards were granted for the following areas: metals, non-metals, nonproduction goods and services, electronics, transportation and local supplier of the year.

“Ryder is proud to be a part of the success of a company that is devoted to excellence and committed to providing quality products and outstanding service to its customers,” says Vicki O’Meara, president of U.S. supply chain solutions for Miami-based Ryder. “Ryder is honored to once again receive this recognition for providing supply chain innovations and operational excellence in partnership with Visteon throughout the years.”