Ford Singles Out Pirelli for Its Excellence

June 6, 2019

Pirelli Tire North America Inc. was recognized by Ford Motor Co. at the 21st Annual Ford World Excellence Awards, held recently in Deerborn, Mich.

The company received a Brand Pillar of Sustainability World Excellence Award for exceeding expectations and achieving the highest levels of excellence in different categories.

"Sustainability is a fundamental choice for Pirelli," said Marco Crola, CEO of Pirelli Tire North America. "It is fully integrated into the group's vision and strategies for growth, in all business areas and in all management decisions, everywhere in the world.

"We applaud Ford for its strong leadership in sustainability. It has been an important stakeholder for Pirelli in areas such as responsible sourcing of natural rubber, carbon reduction and materials innovation."

This is the second year in a row Pirelli has been awarded a top award from Ford for global performance.

 "The Pirelli team continues to take big strides in developing innovative products for a more responsible automotive industry," said Ernest Bedia, Pirelli's vice president of original equipment. "With Ford’s commitment to making mobility more efficient and sustainable, Pirelli plans to partner in this path, every step of the way.”

The award winners achieved the highest levels of global excellence in 10 categories, including:

 * Quality, sustainability, safe and smart categories for suppliers that demonstrate leadership in Ford’s primary brand pillars;

* Aligned business framework for suppliers that most exemplify the framework’s principles, with an emphasis on quality, value and innovation;

* Special recognition for suppliers that delivered results exceeding expectations;

* Diverse supplier of the year and supplier diversity development corporation of the year to honor suppliers that excel in integrating diversity into their organization and business process;

* Gold and silver for supplier manufacturing sites demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance throughout the year.

“Ford’s annual World Excellence Awards recognize our top-performing suppliers for their contributions to our success,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's chief product development and purchasing officer. "Suppliers like Pirelli play an instrumental role in helping us achieve our vision of being the most trusted mobility company."