May 12, 2012—Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corporation has named ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, Inc. winner of its 2010 Cost Savings Award, the only company worldwide to receive this recognition. This award was presented to ThyssenKrupp Waupaca at Kawasaki’s annual supplier conference in Maryville, Missouri on May 12, 2011.
The yearly conference recognizes six Kawasaki suppliers in the areas of cost savings, quality, environment, and overall production.
ThyssenKrupp Waupaca’s Plant 3 foundry in Waupaca, Wisconsin was recognized for a reduction in per piece price and total manufacturing cost, while preserving gray iron casting quality. The cost saving is a result of a collaborative effort to enhance casting design and engineering, thus improving machine clamping. Tooling cost savings were also realized due to closely-held dimensions that minimized post-process machining requirements and extended tooling life. Suppliers are reviewed annually by Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., with a focus on customer service, product quality, cost, and productivity.
“Awarding our suppliers is a way of recognizing they are business partners with our company,” said Bev Myers, Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. “Building relationships with suppliers involves feedback between sales, production and purchasing and we value the service from ThyssenKrupp Waupaca.”
“We are proud to be honored for keeping quality high while providing a value-based product for Kawasaki,” said director of operations Mike Nikolai. “ThyssenKrupp Waupaca strives to provide the most consistent, high-quality iron castings in the world helping Tier 1 and OEM customers improve their bottom line.”
ThyssenKrupp Waupaca, Inc., the largest independent iron foundry in the world, produces gray and ductile iron castings using state of the art technology. Markets served include automotive, truck, agriculture, construction, hydraulics and a host of other specialties. With headquarters and three plants in Waupaca and one in Marinette, Wisconsin, as well as plants in Marinette, Wisconsin, Tell City, Indiana, and Etowah, Tennessee, the Foundry has approximately 3,000 employees.