The Bosch Group has recognised 44 suppliers from 11 countries with the Bosch Global Supplier Award. This marks the fifteenth time the supplier of technology and services has honoured outstanding performance in the manufacture and supply of products or services – notably in the areas of quality, costs, innovation, and logistics.
Bosch presented the coveted awards before an audience of some 100 representatives of the supply industry. The theme of this year’s award ceremony was “Partners in success.” Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, emphasised the special role of the increasingly interlinked cooperation between Bosch and its suppliers:
“In the connected world, partnerships are becoming more and more important. Hierarchical value chains are turning into value-added networks. With our open platform technologies, we are in an ideal position to seize the opportunities offered by digitalisation in our partner networks; for example, exchanging Industry 4.0 data using the Production Performance Management Protocol.”
For three of the award winners, this is the eighth time they have been so honoured. More than half the awardees are headquartered outside Germany, and just about one-third of those are located in Asia. Dr. Karl Nowak, the president of the Bosch corporate sector for purchasing and logistics, said, “Bosch’s success is based in no small part on competitiveness, innovative strength, and agility – qualities we can achieve only with fruitful international partnerships.” Bosch conferred awards in a total of six categories: innovation, raw materials and components, electronics and electromechanics, mechanics, resale goods, and purchasing of indirect materials.