News of November 23, 1999
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International's Engineering Services Receives Ford Motor Company's Prestigious Q1 Award
|AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 19 1999 - MSX
International's Engineering Services division announced today it has received Ford Motor
Company's coveted Q1 award. Ford presented the Q1 flag and plaque today to John Risk,
President of MSX International's Engineering Services division, along with various
engineering teams and management.
"Receiving Ford's Q1 award is a tremendous
achievement by the entire MSX International Engineering Services division and puts us in a
great position to move ahead with Ford and a host of very important programs both here in
North America, South America, and Europe," said Risk.
Risk noted that Ford's criteria for achieving Q1 status includes an adherence to a
stringent set of performance metrics which measure the effectiveness of MSX
International's operating system: having ISO 9001 status, demonstrating management's
participation with operating teams, and obtaining customer endorsements from key Ford
customers. In addition to demonstrating improved capabilities in the last six to 12
months, the award recognizes MSX International as having processes in place for continuous
improvement in meeting or exceeding Ford's stringent requirements.
Risk added that Ford is looking for and partnering with suppliers that not only have
the technology and discipline to provide world-class services, but also have the
dedication and responsiveness to react quickly to customer needs and be able to solve
problems before they arise. "Ford wants suppliers that are continually improving
their processes," he said.
Ford will be presenting the Q1 award to MSX International's management at a ceremony
today at the company's headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Ford Q1 flag will be
raised during this ceremony.
|New President Named
To Head General Motors University
Ramelli Brings Training Experience at Major Supplier to World's Largest Automaker
|DETROIT, Nov. 17, 1999 - General Motors Corp. has appointed
Daniel "Donnee" Ramelli as president of General Motors University, effective
Ramelli, 53, comes from automotive supplier AlliedSignal Inc., where he was
vice president of learning and organization development. He will report to Kathleen S.
Barclay, vice president of global human resources. Since her appointment in October 1998,
Barclay also has served as president of GMU.
Daniel "Donnee" Ramelli
|Barclay said Ramelli is well qualified to help GM
employees expand their educational horizons. Ramelli served as corporate learning officer
at AlliedSignal since 1997. He was responsible for planning, design and implementation of
a global learning system for the company's 70,400 employees, as well as the company's
curriculum and learning agenda.
He has a bachelor of science degree from Auburn
University and a master's in business administration from George Washington University.
Ramelli is a member of the National Board of Directors for the American Society of
Training and Development. He is also a member of the Conference Board Council on
Development, Education and Training and the American Society for Quality Control.
GMU was formed in March 1997. It is a global network of education and training designed
to help employees continuously improve their skills to conduct and grow the business of
General Motors. GMU courses are conducted in classrooms and learning laboratories
throughout the world and are also available electronically via GM's Intranet through GM
University On-Line. GMU currently has 15 colleges charged with developing curricula
tailored not only to the professional needs of its students, but also to the unique
challenges facing employees from a business sector, divisional or regional perspective. In
all, more than 1300 courses are currently available.
|Toyota Boosts Use of Recycled
- Recycled Sound-Proofing Products Now in 12 Models -
|Tokyo, Nov. 8, 1999 - TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
(TMC) announced today that in the last two months it has increased from seven to 12 the
number of its vehicle models featuring Recycled Sound-Proofing Products (RSPP). The
company also said it has achieved a more-than-87% recovery rate in the processing of
RSPP is a high-performance soundproofing material made from
urethane foam and fibers extracted from automobile shredder residue (ASR) produced from
end-of-life vehicles. Containing scientifically allocated seams of air, RSPP offers an
excellent balance of sound absorption, insulation, and soundproofing that not only
out-performs conventional materials, but also retains its efficiency even after years of
use. RSPP, itself, can be recycled.
TMC began installing RSPP dashboard and floor pan silencers in January 1996 with the
Corona Premio. It has constantly expanded the range of its vehicles using the
material--since September, the Platz, FunCargo, Celica, MR-S and Crown have joined the
Corona Premio, Caldina, Carina, Prius, Land Cruiser, Altezza, and Vitz in featuring RSPP
TMC's technical expertise in processing end-of-life vehicles represents nearly three
decades of accumulated experience that started in 1970 with its establishing of Toyota
Metal Co., Ltd., which is now Japan's highest-capacity ASR processing company. This
know-how has allowed TMC to find new applications for ASR, which in the past, was simply
disposed of in landfills. Through Toyota technologies, ASR, now serves as a source of
urethane foam and fibers for RSPP, copper wire for reinforcing aluminum castings, and
glass as a tile additive.
TMC, with Toyota Metal, began full operation of the world's first mass-production ASR
recycling plant in August last year, in Aichi Prefecture. This led to a substantial
increase in the availability of RSPP, which in turn now allows the environmentally
considerate soundproofing material to be used in 104,000 new Toyota vehicles a month.
Additionally, TMC has developed a technology by which resins obtained from ASR can be
converted into a kerosene substitute for high-temperature combustion furnaces.
Through these efforts, TMC has achieved a recovery rate of over 87% for vehicles
processed by Toyota Metal. This figure surpasses the 2002 goal of a minimum of 85%
outlined in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry's End-of-life Vehicle
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