With tens of thousands of individual parts, the assembly of a motor vehicle is a highly complex undertaking, and with a high percentage of components supplied by individual contractors the logistics of vehicle manufacture assume even greater complexity.
For Nissan South Africa this is even more so given the extremely high level of quality control that goes into the company?s vehicles and the just in time management process utilised on the assembly line. Just one faulty component can hold up the manufacture of hundreds of vehicles.
Recognising that its suppliers are truly its partners in its success, Nissan SA recently honoured these invaluable members of the Nissan SA manufacturing chain at its annual Suppliers Awards Function.
In making the awards, Mr Toshio Aoki,Managing Director of Nissan SA, said "our expectation of all suppliers at all times is nothing less than excellence of performance in all aspects of their relationship with us."
"The demands on Nissan are high and our demands on our suppliers are equally high. For, only by meeting the very highest level of customer expectation, can we be successful together in the highly competitive South African motor industry."
He added, "I salute all our suppliers who have risen to the challenge and who have embraced the Nissan Total Quality Control and Just in Time methods. Finding this year?s winners of the various categories was indeed a difficult task when such high levels of excellence abounds amongst our supplier body."
"However, there have been those who have walked the extra mile and gone to extreme lengths beyond the call of duty, and it is these companies which we recognise as the Nissan Suppliers of the Year for 2002," he said.
In the category for quality performance, cost management and delivery performance, NF Die Casting was the Nissan supplier of the year for quality performance, Gudd Mann and Hummel Filter Systems for cost management, and Pasdec Automotive Technologies for delivery performance.
The overall Nissan Supplier of the year in the high turnover category was Luk Africa and in the medium turnover category the winner was Omigraphics. Gosair Filter Systems was the Supplier of the Year in the facilities materials and service support category.
Mr Aoki added: "With Nissan?s market share rising steadily over the past few months, particularly on the back of the success of our new Hardbody one tonner and the continuing high demand for the Almera, there is no doubt the pressure on our suppliers will increase further."
"I have no doubt they will rise to the challenge and this time next year we will once again be honouring our entire supplier network for their contribution to Nissan SA?s success."