Ionbond receives Bosch Global Supplier Award 2015

Boudewijn Buil and André Hieke (2nd and 3rd from left) of Ionbond’s Automotive Competence Center in Venlo, NL at the award ceremony with Dr. Karl Novak and Dr. Norbert Neumann of Bosch (left and right) (PresseBox) (Zurich, Switzerland / Stuttgart Germany, ) Ionbond has been awarded the Bosch Global Supplier Award 2015 in the category "Direct Purchasing - Mechanical Parts". Among 58 award winners from 11 countries, Ionbond has been honored for outstanding performance, quality, and innovation during the course of the ongoing collaboration with the Robert Bosch GmbH in the automotive business. Dr. Karl Novak, President Corporate Sector Purchasing and Logistics and Dr. Norbert Neumann, VP Corporate Sector Purchasing and Logistics presented the award to André Hieke, Segment Head Automotive at Ionbond, and Boudewijn Buil, Senior Project Manager Automotive at Ionbond, during a special event in Stuttgart, Germany, on July 16 2015.

This is the fourteenth time that Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, has presented the award to companies that contribute to their business particularly well. After granting Ionbond the Preferred Supplier Status in 2014, Ionbond is now honored with the Global Supplier Award.

"The Bosch Global Supplier Award honors our top suppliers, who play such a key role in Bosch's success", says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management. "Our suppliers are important partners in helping us shape the connected world. We want to work with them to develop beneficial solutions for our customers". Appropriately, this year's theme of the award ceremony was "Power of Partnership - Connected Intelligence".

Ionbond and Bosch have been partners in the automotive business for many years. Ionbond coats various components employed in fuel injection systems to reduce friction and wear. The DLC coatings contribute significantly to the lifetime and efficiency increase of the systems and to the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of internal-combustion engines.

"The high quality standards set by the automotive industry and the demands concerning the process and engineering know-how are both a challenge and an incentive to further improve our performance. This acknowledgement by Bosch spurs the motivation and dedication our team puts into our products and services", says Mr. Hieke. Mr. Buil adds that "being awarded by Bosch proves that the approach we take in involving our customers so closely in the engineering process leads to exceptional results".

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