Schaeffler (UK) Ltd,
West Midlands B76 1AP
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2012-01-09 | 000-003-312 GB-EN
SCHAEFFLER (UK) LTD, SUTTON COLDFIELD
At this year’s Wales Quality Awards 2011, Schaeffler UK received the ‘Chairman’s Prize for Automotive Excellence’, a newly established awards category for 2011 that recognises outstanding achievements of Welsh companies operating in this important sector of the economy.
Three representatives from Schaeffler UK: Dorian Quirk (UK Quality Manager), Donna Williams-Bevan (Training Officer) and Adrian Roberts (HR Director), accepted the prize on behalf of the company at the annual awards ceremony held at the City Hall, Cardiff on 8th December 2011.
The Wales Quality Award is an annual competition based on the EFQM European Excellence Model. The awards are open to all types of business operating in Wales, including manufacturing firms, financial organisations, service providers, educational establishments and local councils.
Winning a Wales Quality Award is an accolade for any business. The judging and assessment process, which is carried out by a panel of independent industry assessors from the private and public sectors, has grown to become one of the most popular awards in Europe. Many organisations that take part in the awards process do so every year, as they use the process as a fundamental part of their company’s planning process to drive further business improvements.
Established in 1955, the Llanelli plant manufactures high precision engine components for the automotive market. The plant currently employs 240 people and is an autonomous subsidiary of the multi-national German-owned Schaeffler Group.
In November 2011, a team of five independent assessors visited Llanelli to conduct a thorough quality audit of the Schaeffler plant. Dorian Quirk, Quality Manager at Schaeffler UK, was responsible for the plant’s submission. He commented: “As a team, we see our annual entry to the Wales Quality Award as an independent assessment and benchmark of what we are doing well, but it’s more than just a desire to win awards. We see the submission activity as a method of checking our own progress toward our visions and goals.”
“The award process is a great business tool, helping us identify where we can continually improve the partnerships that we maintain with our customers. Achieving an award for the fourth year in succession is a well received honour, particularly when we consider some of the other excellent Welsh companies out there.”