Tier One automotive supplier SRG Global Inc.'s Ripley, TN molding, coating, and assembly facility has been recognized by Ford Motor Co. with its Q1 quality award. The Warren, MI headquartered automotive supplier was created in May 2008 when Guardian Automotive Inc., a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp., acquired Siegel-Robert Automotive from Siegel-Robert Inc. A company spokesperson told PlasticsToday that SR and Guardian have both been working with Ford for "decades," with the new company, SRG, sourcing parts to Ford since its inception.
|Left to right: Duane Williams, STA engineer, Ford; Keith Taylor, plant manager, SRG Ripley, TN; and Greg Lobo, Ford supplier technical assistance.|
SRG Global is one of the world's largest manufacturers of chrome-plated plastic parts for the automotive industry and has eight facilities in North America, including the recognized Ripley operation, as well as sites in Spain, Poland, and China.
That site, including manufacturing and warehouse space, covers 344,000 sq ft, with molding machines from 500 to 3000 tons. In terms of decoration technology, it features painting with manual and robotic booths, monocoat 2K painting, lacquer, plating, and a bright chrome-only line. The facility employs 300-plus and is registered ISO 9001 and TS 16949 & ISO 14001 Certified Environmental Management.
Other SRG facilities that have achieved Ford Q1 designation include Evansville, IN; Morehead, KY; Valencia, Spain; Suzhou, China, and Covington, GA.
The Q1 award requires facilities to achieve "excellence" in several areas, according to Ford, including capable systems, ongoing performance, site action plan, customer endorsements, and continuous improvement. To achieve Q1 status, suppliers must maintain an overall score of at least 600 points. The individual areas tracked range from materials management assessment to PPM performance to customer satisfaction. —[email protected]