28 Mar 2017 | Corporate News
Tata Steel has picked up the Volvo Cars Quality Excellence (VQE). The award was handed out at the 60 year anniversary marking the cooperation between the companies.
The VQE award recognises suppliers who achieve excellence in areas such as capable manufacturing and quality processes, continuous improvement and customer endorsement. Tata Steel fulfilled all the relevant criteria and is the first steel producer ever to obtain this prestigious prize.
The main driver for the award is Tata Steel’s commitment and capacity of producing galvanized steel with high and “stable” quality that fully complied to Volvo Cars high quality standards. By enhancing the characteristics of their steel, Tata Steel researchers and engineers were able to improve Volvo Cars manufacturing as well. Volvo Cars sources mainly galvanised steel plates for exterior parts of cars including bonnets, doors and trunk lids Among the products delivered by Tata Steel are MagiZinc® Auto, an advanced hot-dip zinc coating offering superior corrosion protection, and DP800 HyperForm®, a ductile, high-strength steel that allows lightweighting of complex, structural components.
“It’s the first time that Volvo Cars has given this award to a steel supplier. This is recognition of our significant efforts to meet demanding requirements in production, quality control, continuous improvement and levels of service at all stages,” said Johan Casparsson, Global Account Manager at Tata Steel. “It is crucial for us to consistently focus on the high quality of our steel, alongside the exceptional levels of our technical support. That is our highest priority."
The award was presented at a dedicated ceremony in IJmuiden, The Netherlands, where Volvo Cars representatives took the chance for a tour through Tata Steel’s state-of-the-art steelmaking site.
About Tata Steels European operations
Tata Steel is ideally-situated to supply to Sweden, the centre of the automotive industry in the Nordic region. Swedish manufacturers such as Volvo are supported by a well-established supply chain of around 350 component makers and subcontractors. Many are supplied via Tata Steel’s Halmstad Service Centre in southern Sweden, which has four slitting lines and two cutting lines and meets key auto-industry quality requirements. The Service Center was acquired by Tata Steel from SSAB in April 2015 as a part of the steelmaker’s strategy to further improve the supply to customers in the Nordic markets.
Tata Steel is the first steel producer to ever receive the Volvo Cars Quality Excellence (VQE) Award. Representatives of both companies attended a dedicated ceremony in Ijmuiden. From left to right: Mathieu Brand, Previous Lead CTS Tata Steel; Janneke Bakels, Lead CTS Tata Steel; Jan Johansson, Local CTS Tata Steel; Jos van der Kooij, Process Specialist Tata Steel; Pelle Kristensen, SQM Volvo Cars; Roger Judinsson, Manager Production Quality Volvo Cars.
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Tata Steel is one of Europe's leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction, automotive, packaging, lifting & excavating, energy and aerospace. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products that give them a competitive edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the world’s largest steel producers, with a steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and 75,000 employees across five continents