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SUPPLIERS IMPROVE PERFORMANCE IN 1993 HONDA SUPPLIER AWARDS

 MARYSVILLE, Ohio, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Improved performance by North American suppliers was a highlight of awards presented today by Honda to 59 companies at its 11th annual Supplier Conference.
 Suppliers were honored for outstanding achievement in areas of quality, delivery, productivity and production support. "Competition in the motor vehicle industry is tougher than ever," said Dave Nelson, vice president of purchasing, Honda of America Mfg. (HAM). "Reflecting those standards of competition, it was harder than ever to win a supplier award from Honda."
 The principal criterion for receiving a Quality Award was tightened 25 percent. Yet 27 Honda suppliers received a Quality Award and 30 suppliers achieved a zero quality reject rate for the entire year.
 "The North American supplier community has made quantum improvements," observed Nelson. "This represents a significant effort on the part of our suppliers, and it is very rewarding to be a partner with them in achieving these positive results on behalf of our customers."
 Honda of America Mfg. offers a variety of programs in which suppliers work together with Honda to achieve improvements in quality, cost, productivity and other areas. One of these programs -- the BP or "Best Position" program -- has supported 63 projects at 51 suppliers for an average productivity increase of 48 percent.
 "As a result of these programs and strong efforts from our suppliers, we have seen the number of suppliers with zero quality rejects nearly double from 30 in 1992 to 58 in the first quarter of 1993," said Nelson. "Likewise, the number of suppliers with perfect delivery performance has jumped more than 50 percent from 85 in 1992 to 137 in the first quarter of 1993.
 "It is significant -- and a tribute to our suppliers' commitment -- that these improvements are taking place at the same time they are shouldering more responsibility for design and development of parts for new models produced exclusively in North America," said Nelson.
 Thirteen suppliers were double award winners, honored for both Quality and Delivery performance or Quality and Productivity Improvement. Three suppliers have received awards for three years in a row: Bearse Manufacturing Company, New Windsor, N.Y. (Delivery); Showa Aluminum Corporation of America, Mt. Sterling, Ohio (Delivery); and Kaneka America Corporation, Marion, Ohio (Quality).
 Basic qualifications for the awards include:
 -- Quality Award -- parts rejects of less than 60 parts per million (PPM) and meet the delivery average;
 -- Delivery Award -- 100 percent on-time delivery of all parts (no early and no late) and meet the quality average;
 -- Production Support Award -- raw materials rejects of zero PPM and 100 percent on-time delivery; and
 -- Productivity Award -- a supplier-initiated activity which results in significant gains in productivity or efficiency.
 In fiscal year 1993, HAM purchased $2.93 billion in parts from 256 original equipment suppliers in the United States. In fiscal year 1995, HAM will purchase $4.5 billion in original parts and materials from North American suppliers for production at its four plants in Ohio. Additionally, about $560 million in auto parts will be purchased in fiscal year 1995 from HAM suppliers for export to Japan.
 1993 SUPPLIER CONFERENCE AWARD WINNERS
 QUALITY
 Acro Products, Fort Wayne, Ind. (A)
 Ambrake Corporation, Elizabethtown, Ky.
 A.R.S. Manufacturing, Virginia Beach, Va.
 Atlantic Tool & Die Company, Cleveland
 Bridgestone/Firestone, Lavergne, Tenn.
 Central Spring, Edison, N.J. (A)
 The Excello Specialty Company, Cleveland (A)
 Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, Ligonier, Ind.; Cleveland, Ga.
 Goetze Corporation of America, Wausau, Wis.
 Kaneka America Corporation, Marion, Ohio
 L & W Engineering, Belleville, Mich. (A)
 Long Manufacturing, Mississauga, Ontario (A)
 MBL (USA) Corporation, Ottawa, Ill.
 Midwest Stamping, Bowling Green, Ohio (A)
 Minnesota Rubber, Minneapolis (A)
 Morton International, Automotive Safety Products, Brigham City, Utah
 Motorola, Seguin, Texas (A)
 Multimatic Manufacturing, Markham, Ontario (A)
 NEC Technologies, McDonough, Ga. (A)
 NTN Bearing Corporation of America, Elgin, Ill.
 Piolax Corporation, Canton, Ga.
 Polycon Industries, Guelph, Ontario, (A)
 Rockwell International, Plastic Products Business, Lenoir, N.C.
 Schrader Automotive, Monroe, N.C.
 Topy Precision Mfg., Elk Grove, Ill.
 U.S. Engine Valve Corporation, Southfield, Mich. (A)
 United Technologies, Automotive Division, Tampa, Fla. (A)
 PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT
 Central Spring, Edison, N.J. (A)
 Intac Automotive Products, Lemont, Ill.
 Stevens Auto Products, Greenville, S.C.
 L & W Engineering, Belleville, Mich. (A)
 Midwest Stamping, Bowling Green, Ohio (A)
 Parker Hannifin, Automotive Group, Batesville, Tenn.
 Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Morgantown, Ky.
 DELIVERY
 Acro Products, Fort Wayne, Ind. (A)
 AFC Stamping & Production, Dayton, Ohio
 Allied Ring Corporation, Manchester, Mo.
 Associated Fuel Pump Systems, Anderson, S.C.
 Bearse Manufacturing Company, New Windsor, N.Y.
 Blanchester FCM, Blanchester, Ohio
 Borg Instruments, Delavan, Wis.
 Crown Manufacturing, Brantford, Ontario
 Delco Remy, A Division of General Motors Canada, Oshawa, Ontario
 Enkel America, Columbus, Ind.
 The Excello Specialty Company, Cleveland (A)
 Goodyear Canada, Valleyfield, Quebec
 Indiana Precision Technology, Greenfield, Ind.
 Johnson Rubber Co., A Division of Duramax, North Baltimore, Ohio
 Long Manufacturing, Mississauga, Ontario (A)
 Manchester Stamping, Manchester, Mich.
 Hilite Industries, Mapco Division, Carrollton, Texas
 McCord Payen, Athens, Ala.
 Minnesota Rubber, Minneapolis (A)
 Motorola, Seguin, Texas (A)
 Multimatic Manufacturing, Markham, Ontario (A)
 NEC Technologies, McDonough, Ga. (A)
 Nelson Division, Neillsville, Wis.
 Plydex Manufacturing, A Division of Decoma Int'l, Aurora, Ontario
 Polycon Industries, Guelph, Ontario (A)
 Rockwell International, Suspension Systems Company, Chatham, Ontario
 Showa Aluminum Corporation of America, Mt. Sterling, Ohio
 Tri-Con Industries, Lincoln, Neb.
 TRW Technar, Transportation Electronics Div., San Dimas, Calif.
 U-Co Industries, Marysville, Ohio
 U.X. Engine Valve Corporation, Southfield, Mich. (A)
 United Technologies, Automotive Division, Tampa, Fla. (A)
 Yeasel, Lewistown, Ohio
 PRODUCTION SUPPORT
 LTV Steel Company, East Chicago, Ind.
 New Huron Industries, New Boston, Mich.
 Republic Engineered Steel, Canton, Ohio
 Wabash Alloys, Wabash, Ind.
 D & S Plastics International, Prairie, Texas
 (A) -- Double award winner.
 -0- 5/13/93
 /CONTACT: Roger Lambert of Honda of America Mfg., 513/644-7714/


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