HUNTSVILLE — A Huntsville company picked up two performance awards from Toyota Motor North America in a ceremony this week.
Huntsville’s Bocar Group won two “Excellence Among North American Supplier” awards for the launch of the Toyota Tundra and for Technology & Development.
Bocar US is a manufacturer of lightweight, aluminum high pressure die-casting structural and powertrain parts vital to automotive production.
“We are grateful for the contributions of all our suppliers, and we are proud to recognize those who have gone above and beyond in their performance,” said Robert Young, group vice president of Purchasing Supplier Development at TMNA. “We treat each supplier as a partner to produce and deliver world-class vehicles and mobility solutions to Toyota customers.”
In January last year, Toyota Alabama was on the forefront of the company’s electrification strategy, announcing their powerful twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-Force Max powertrain engine would be built exclusively at Toyota Alabama and is also featured on the 2023 Sequoia.
Bocar Group was a runnerup in March in the 10th annual Altair Enlighten award in the lightweighting category for the Rear End Post piece also for the Toyota Tundra.
The award was presented in association with the Center for Automotive Research and is the automotive industry’s only award dedicated to vehicle lightweighting and sustainability.
“The winners of this year’s Enlighten Award showcase the latest revolutionary technology that reduces carbon footprint, minimizes waste, and maximizes renewabl energy,” said Richard Yen, senior vice president of sales at Altair.
The annual Toyota performance awards celebrate suppliers that exceed the company’s expectations; TMNA presented 68 awards.
Direct suppliers earned performance awards in superior and excellent categories for areas of technology and development, supplier diversity, value improvement, VA achievement, quality, launch, and value chain promotion.
Indirect suppliers were recognized for their exceptional performance in diversity improvement, quality, cost improvement, management, and customer service performance.
Additionally, select indirect suppliers received special recognition for performance in their respective business category.
This recognition program underscores the importance of supplier relationships in advocating for a commitment to quality, innovation, and sustainability, which are essential to TMNA’s success.
Every year, suppliers are evaluated in multiple performance areas through an internal scoring system, which incorporates specific Key Performance Indicators.
While award categories remain consistent, the number of awards bestowed varies each year, dependent on the number of organizations that meet TMNA’s proposed goals.