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Pirelli Earns Ford's Gold World Excellence Award

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Pirelli Earns Ford's Gold World Excellence Award

Ford Motor Co. recognized Pirelli & Cie SpA as a top-performing global supplier at the 20th annual Ford World Excellence Awards.

Only 88 companies were selected as finalists from thousands of Ford suppliers globally.

Pirelli was presented with a Gold World Excellence Award by Ford’s Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, global operations, and Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president, product development and purchasing.

Pirelli was also a finalist globally for the Brand Pillar Award.

“It is an honor to receive the Gold World Excellence Award from Ford,” says Marco Crola, CEO of Pirelli Tire North America.

“This has been awarded to Pirelli for its high technology and flexibility capabilities in supplying tires to Ford’s global vehicle portfolio. It’s an important partnership for us and we look forward to supporting Ford in future.”

Crola adds: “Being a global finalist for the Brand Pillar Award in Quality is also a great achievement, as it reflects Pirelli’s quality processes and productions across all business units worldwide.”

Thai-Tang noted that the World Excellence Awards “recognize the outstanding achievements of Ford Motor Company’s top-performing suppliers around the world. Suppliers like Pirelli are key to Ford’s continued success as we work towards our goal of becoming the world's most trusted mobility company.”

Honorees were recognized for achieving the highest levels of global excellence in a variety of categories, including:

  • Primary Brand Pillars – quality, green, safe and smart;
  • Aligned Business Framework principles focused on quality, delivery, value and innovation;
  • Lincoln Luxury; and
  • Supplier Diversity Development.

Pirelli was founded in 1872 and has its headquarters in Milan, Italy. Pirelli focuses its business on the high end, premium product segment. Pirelli has a commercial presence in over 160 countries and 19 factories in 13 countries. Pirelli is currently the exclusive supplier of the Formula 1 championship, the Superbike world championship, and many other championships around the world.

Pirelli Tire North America includes the Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Ga., headquarters, a manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico, sales and marketing offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, Montreal and Mexico City, and a prestige flagship store in Los Angeles. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications.

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