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19 July 2011 | Angeline Albert
The impact of Japan’s earthquake on Porsche’s operations was minimised by the efforts of its suppliers, according to its head of procurement.
Speaking at the Porsche Supplier Awards 2011, Uwe-Karsten Städter – who has been the head of procurement on the board of management since April – praised the company’s suppliers.
Referring to the car manufacturer’s 10 best vendors, Städter said: “Recent months have been characterised first and foremost by an unexpectedly rapid recovery in the world economy, as well as the tragic events in Japan. That the consequences for Porsche have been kept to a minimum is also attributable to the particular efforts of the suppliers.”
To cope with future challenges, Städter called on suppliers to make their company “financially weatherproof” and to continue to bring their expertise and innovation to bear in helping to ensure that Porsche continues to deliver “reliability of the highest order”.
First prize at the awards ceremony, held at the company’s base in Leipzig, Gerrmany, went to Hella KGaA Hueck & Co, which manufactures headlight systems. In the production material category, Porsche honoured Aisin AW Co, Benteler Automobiltechnik, Eberspächer, GKN Driveline, Plastic Omnium Auto Exterior SRO, Schaeffler Technologies and Willi Elbe Gelenkwellen. Companies commended in the non-production material category were: Witron Logistik and Informatik. The logistic services category prize was awarded to BLG Automobile Logistics.
Porsche created a separate procurement department in April in response to purchasing’s growing significance at the company. At the time, Matthias Müller, chairman of the board of management, said: “Our purchasing volume is growing not only because of the current development of the economy, but above all because of ambitious corporate goals, which Porsche has defined for the forthcoming years.”