BMW Nominates MANN+HUMMEL for Quality Award

Ludwigsburg, October 11, 2016 – During a festive ceremony on September 29 at the "BMW Welt" centre in Munich, the BMW group presented its supplier innovation awards. In the category for quality, MANN+HUMMEL was one of three nominated companies.

from left to right: Murat Aksel (BMW Group), Kai Knickmann (MANN+HUMMEL Group), Christian Sobottka (Bosch Automotive Steering), Jong Hwa Chin (MINTH), Philipp Eller (BMW Group)

With the award, the BMW group for the fourth time honours the excellent new products of its partners from all over the world. In the presence of roughly 350 guests suppliers received awards in six different categories. The award categories for innovation were digitalisation, emotional experience, efficient dynamics, sustainability, productivity and quality. The company works with 3,200 suppliers worldwide at 4,500 locations in about 50 countries.

In the category for quality, MANN+HUMMEL impressed with its 'Agile Joint' for charge air ducts completely manufactured in plastic. The innovative joint solution reduces costs and weight. In engines with indirect charge air cooling, the innovation removes the need for the elastomer hose which directs the air from the turbocharger to the intercooler. This has to be manufactured in an involved process with a series of manual steps. Using the 'Agile Joint' it is now possible for the first time to manufacture a charge air duct in a fully automated process. This increases the robustness and especially the quality of the product.

In the category for quality the BMW group honours innovative new products which contribute towards the improvement of development, manufacturing and production quality.

The first place in this category was awarded to the Chinese MINTH group.



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Press photo: from left to right: Murat Aksel (BMW Group), Kai Knickmann (MANN+HUMMEL Group), Christian Sobottka (Bosch Automotive Steering), Jong Hwa Chin (MINTH), Philipp Eller (BMW Group)

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Patrick Löffel
Phone:   +49 (0) 7141 98-2391
Email: patrick.loeffel(at)mann-hummel.com


The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a leading global expert for filtration solutions and development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. In 2015, a workforce of over 16,000 employees at more than 60 locations worldwide generated sales of approx. 3 billion euros (preliminary figures). The acquisition of the Affinia Group involves the addition of around 4,500 employees, some 10 locations and approx. 900 million euros in sales. The group’s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and technical plastic parts, as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For mechanical engineering, process engineering and other industrial applications, the company’s product range encompasses industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration and filter systems.