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Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 09 June 2016

Volkswagen AG has awarded Formaplex its “Group Award 2016”. With this award, the company honours its best suppliers worldwide. On June 1, in Berlin, 240 guests attended the ceremony where the best suppliers were awarded, based on their overall performance during the previous year.

Mathias Müller, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, and Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Member of the Group Board of Management responsible for Procurement, handed over this year's ‘Volkswagen Group Awards’ to their 21 best suppliers.

"In the new world of mobility, what counts is speed and flexibility, an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial courage, working in knowledge networks that do not stop at Group or industry boundaries. That is why we are opening up to new collaborations, and we are making cooperation with our existing partners more intensive, more highly innovative and more efficient", Müller said.

"We are on the cusp of a new era. The Volkswagen Group is realigning for the digital age together with its partners. We are working at full speed on digitalization, mobility services and e-mobility. It is essential that we address these future issues together with strong, competent and innovative partners", Garcia Sanz said during the ceremony.

It has become a tradition for the Volkswagen Group to honour its best suppliers for their entrepreneurial performance during the previous year. The award-winners are recognized for their innovative strength, product quality, development competence, sustainability and professional project management.

The 2016 Award was presented to Michael Last, Managing Director of Formaplex by Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, and Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Member of the Board of Management in charge of Procurement.

Michael Last comments ‘’ We are extremely proud to be recognised as one of Volkswagen’s most important business partners. This distinction acknowledges our outstanding excellence and contribution to the success of Volkswagen AG.  We have been particularly appreciated for addressing customer needs with great flexibility and investing in new technology to further extend our competitive position. Our support has helped enable a reduction in the weight and complexity of door systems, within the group, thereby making a significant contribution to reducing project costs. 

Formaplex has become one of the world’s leading providers of tooling and lightweight component solutions. Being the only UK company to achieve this prestigious award in 2016, we are also delighted to be at the forefront of the British manufacturing industry’’. 

As market leaders within the automotive industry, they operate from ‘state of the art’ production facilities (270,000 sq ft), with an impressive plant list which includes 44 CNC milling machines and 16 injection mould presses, ranging from 3,500 t -55 t, operating 24/7 to meet time critical delivery schedules.  They employ a highly skilled workforce of over 400 staff spanning across 4 sites on the South Coast of England.

Formaplex provide fully integrated services including engineering support and advice, tooling design and manufacture, project management, fixture manufacture and end of arm tooling. Injection moulded plastic components are manufactured to the highest standards; ISO9001, TS16949 and VW Formel Q certification. Components are supplied as individual items or complete assemblies, and can be finished, painted or flocked to exact customer specification.

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