April 11, 2013

BMW Group recognises suppliers for best innovations

The BMW Group has presented its second Supplier Innovation Award. A total of eight suppliers were recognised for their outstanding achievements in innovation and development.

The BMW Group considers innovation the foundation of a company's economic
success and future competitiveness. The only way to master the challenges ahead for the automobile industry is through a high level of creativity and inventiveness. The BMW Group therefore recognises its most innovative suppliers as key partners who play a crucial role in the successful implementation of new developments. The Supplier Innovation Award is designed to pay tribute to their achievements.

"We intend to continue expanding and strengthening our innovation leadership. Close cooperation with suppliers is extremely important to us. This award is designed not only to recognise outstanding achievements, but also as an incentive for our suppliers to strive for a key competitive edge through their innovations for the BMW Group in the future," said Klaus Draeger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

At the awards ceremony, Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development, also emphasised the significance of new technologies, "Innovation is a decisive factor in a vehicle's market success. Many customers ultimately opt for the car with the most impressive innovations. In fact, innovations are a key driver in our role as a pioneer in shaping the mobility of tomorrow."

The BMW Group presented awards in a total of seven categories and one special 'Innovation Partnership Award'. The categories cover different fields of technology where the company will define the future of individual mobility as a premium manufacturer - Efficient Dynamics, Lightweight Construction, Connected Drive, New Technology Experience, Quality, Productivity, Sustainability.

Winners of the 2013 BMW Supplier Innovation Award
> Efficient Dynamics - BorgWarner Turbo Systems GmbH: TwinPower turbo engine with three turbochargers
> Lightweight Construction - Magna BDW technologies GmbH: lightweight high-voltage battery housing made of die-cast aluminium
> Connected Drive - Peiker Acustic GmbH & Co. KG: Car Hotspot LTE
> New Technology Experience - Draxlmaier Group: renewable raw materials for interior panelling
> Quality - Friedrich Boysen GmbH & Co. KG: automatic rear silencer welder
> Productivity - R. Scheuchl GmbH: wire arc spraying of cylinder treads
> Sustainability - Aunde Achter & Ebels GmbH: seat cover from recycled PET
> Special 'Innovation Partnership Award' - Robert Bosch GmbH


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