MANN+HUMMEL honours suppliers

Seven best suppliers receive the MANN+HUMMEL Global Supplier Award 2011. Given the growth targets of the company, purchasing and supplier development are gaining in strategic key role. In line with turnover, the purchasing volume of the filtration specialist of approx. 1.5 billion euros will increase by about 70% by 2018.

Ludwigsburg, 22nd September 2011 - They are absolutely essential. The partners and suppliers of MANN+HUMMEL have a significant impact on the success of the filtration specialist. The ever more demanding customer requirements in the automotive field and industry require consistent orientation on quality and the flexibility of all participants in the value chain. "We are committed to serving customers and maintaining our good reputation. For 70 years MANN+HUMMEL has been synonymous for first class filtration performance", says Frank B. Jehle, Deputy CEO, on the occasion of the presentation of the award at the 2nd Global Supplier Event of the group. "Our partners share this success. I am happy today to present the Global Supplier Award 2011 of the MANN+HUMMEL group to seven partners who implement our requirements in an exceptional manner and also to commit them with their good names to stand for the high standards we represent."

For the second time with the Global Supplier Award 2011 the company honours suppliers for their extraordinary performance. Frank Jehle and Hanno Höhn, Group Vice President Purchasing MANN+HUMMEL, presented the award today in Stuttgart. The best of the best out of 60 top suppliers from 14 countries are: Anhui ZhongDing Sealing Parts, manufacturer of seals, China; ARNOLD Umformtechnik, manufacturer of screws and multi functional parts, Germany; Foma, manufacturer of aluminium cast parts, Italy; Jens Schliessmeyer Kunststoffartikel, manufacturer of plastic parts, Germany; Lanxess, manufacturer of high performance plastics, Germany; OASA, manufacturer of stamped parts, Italy; Sandler, manufacturer of filter media, Germany.

The development partner and series supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries plans dynamic growth and an increase in turnover from 2.18 billion euros last year to 3.4 billion euros in 2018. Special growth regions are the BRIC states Brazil, Russia, China and India. Reliable partners are essential for this growth to take place. The standards set by the filtration specialist resp. by their customers are high: professionalism with regard to cost management, supply chain management and project planning, uncompromising quality, collaboration for innovation, sustainability, and an international presence and excellent flexibility. Volatile markets require various forms of short-term adjustments.

"Purchasing within the group is a strategic parameter for our company. A continuous, structured and qualified development of our supplier base is a must", says Höhn, head of purchasing. "We need our partners to see the big picture, for them to recognise how their good performance supports our common result. We wish to use the Global Supplier Event to enable our partners to see this broader perspective and to invite them to grow with us."

In 2010 the purchasing volume of the MANN+HUMMEL group was approx. 1.5 billion euros, with production material accounting for roughly 1 billion euros. In line with turnover the purchasing volume will increase by 2018 by about 70%. "We can offer good prospects to employees, customers and partners who support us", is the essential message brought across by Jehle.

The Global Supplier Event 2011 of the MANN+HUMMEL group takes place under the motto "connected for success". The award is designed to be an acknowledgement of the successful connection with the company and also an incentive for future co-operation.

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The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Employing approx. 13,200 people at 41 locations worldwide, the company achieved turnover of 2.18 billion euros in 2010. The group´s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and cylinder head covers made of plastic with many integrated functions for the automotive industry, as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial manufacturing sectors the company´s product range includes industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration, filter systems and complete lines as well as units for conveying, dosing and drying of free flowing plastics. Further information about MANN+HUMMEL can be found under http://www.mann-hummel.com.