Award recognizes partners who embrace Honda’s philosophy of exceeding customer expectations with exceptional quality and service
Fifteen distinguished suppliers to American Honda Motor Co., Inc. have received the 2014 Premier Partner Award from American Honda President & CEO Takuji Yamada today in a special ceremony and reception at the Torrance Marriott South Bay Hotel in Torrance, CA. This year’s recipients were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 eligible companies based on excellence in quality, value and customer service that defines Honda’s philosophy and reputation.
Premier Partner Award winners play a unique role in supporting Honda businesses and operations, including Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet. Nine of the 15 recipients are repeat winners. This year’s class of suppliers includes a number of small businesses and minority-owned businesses.
“Amid record sales and continued strength across Honda companies, we are asking our suppliers to renew their commitment to exceptional quality and service,” said Charles Harmon, American Honda’s senior manager of procurement and corporate services. “We thank the outstanding organizations recognized today for answering that call and helping Honda to deliver on our own promise to our customers.”
2014 American Honda Premier Partner Award recipients include:
- Accenture, LLP, for providing sales incentive management and reporting solutions.
- ADP Lightspeed, for providing business management solutions.
- Atlantic Container Line, for providing international transporting services.
- BI Worldwide, for the development and execution of customer engagement programs.
- CH2M Hill, for providing facility management and administrative services.
- Delta Air Lines, Inc., for creating specific travel lanes and lowering prices on our most trafficked destinations.
- flexis North America, Inc., for designing systems that balance dealer requests against production volumes.
- Maritz Inc., for creating in-dealership launch training programs.
- OC Tanner Recognition Company, for developing the Associate Service Award Recognition Program, integrating elements of the Honda brand, mission and values.
- Pacific Technology Solutions, for E-learning and enterprise level software development solutions.
- Resource One, for serving as our recycling management resource and embracing Honda’s zero landfill initiative.
- RMI International Inc., a provider of physical security services at facilities nationally.
- Sinclair Printing Company, for printing and delivery of informational materials in our vehicles.
- Targetbase, for marketing strategy and consultation, and the development and management of customer databases.
- Urban Science, for developing online systems that support customer retention.
Supporting Small Businesses and Supplier Diversity
Honda desires to establish long-term relationships with suppliers based on trust and mutual benefit, and with a commitment to diversity. Working alongside minority supplier development councils and the Small Business Administration, diversity workshops educate potential ethnic minority and women-owned suppliers on Honda business operations. The workshops facilitate strategic alliances and joint ventures, and assist with loan and venture capitalization, empowerment programs and other available resources. In June, 2014 Honda joined 25 corporations for a discussion with President Obama about strengthening small business suppliers by supporting initiatives like increasing working capital, so they can grow their businesses and hire more workers.
Generally speaking, Honda sells vehicles where it makes them. Which means many of the Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. are made right here in the U.S.
A big part of that “made-in-America” effort is Honda’s manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio, which recently completed its 10 millionth Honda Accord. That same vehicle was also the 20 millionth vehicle overall that Honda has made in the U.S.
According to this article, “The Marysville facility alone employs about 1,500 in Clark and Champaign counties and about 1,200 across the rest of the Miami Valley. The plant can produce as many as 1,800 vehicles a day, and as many as 440,000 a year.”
While the productivity of this U.S. plant is impressive and its impact to Honda is clear, what is more important than that is the number of Americans it affects. With hundreds of suppliers feeding into this assembly plant, the economic impact of the plant is incredible.
Honda is dedicated to building vehicles for Americans on U.S. soil and providing high-quality jobs. What more can you ask for from a global company like Honda?
Not a whole lot.
We like to brag about the efforts the Honda corporation makes in every step of the design and manufacturing of its products to be environmentally friendly. And we are not the only ones who notice that Honda is truly and industry-leader in it’s “green” efforts.
This article on Torque.com, “Honda’s philosophy will insure company’s green automotive dominance,” he gives several reasons why Honda is a global leader in environmentally friendly automotive manufacturing and why that won’t change.
- “The Fit and CV-R manufacturing facility scheduled to open in Mexico in 2014, will be the first zero manufacturing waste by product plant in North America.”
- The 2014 Honda Accord has been named “greenest car”
- It is developing fuel cell technology
- The redesigned Honda Ridgeline will be the first half-ton truck to get more 30 mpgs
- Fuel economy levels have increased 9.5% from 2012
But it all comes back to their philosophy as nicely summed up with this quote: ”Honda is not so much in the business of selling cars as it is in the business of selling products that improve and enrich people’s lives,” says Honda design engineer Toriyama.
From the manufacturing, selling, and operating of the vehicles, Honda’s automobiles are ones you can be proud to own because they are designed, not with just future owners in mind, but future generations of our world.
Honda is reinforcing its dedication to American industry by announcing it will build the new Acura NSX in Ohio.
Why Ohio? According to Hidenobu Iwata, president and CEO of Honda of American Manufacturing, it’s because of the high quality of workers.
“It’s about people,” Iwata said at Tuesday’s press event. “The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering talent in the world.”
What’s the big deal about building the Acura NSX? “Gov. John Kasich commented that the NSX looks like the kind of car James Bond would drive; the NSX will be exclusive, powerful and sexy, with a price tag to match (exact pricing hasn’t been announced, but those who have to ask, probably can’t afford it).”
With more than 13,700 employees in Ohio, Honda is bolstering its presence and showing consumers that many Honda vehicles are truly ‘made in America.’
Does it make a difference to you whether a car or a Honda is made in America?
In another example of how Honda is looking forward and blazing the trail of environmentally-friendly auto manufacturing, Honda announced it will install two wind turbines that will supply 10% of the energy for its Russell Point, Ohio plant.
According to this article, “These wind turbines stand at 160 feet tall; the blades will be 160 feet long…They are to generate 10,000 MWh per year, which is enough to power 800 houses.”
The local community has been supportive of Honda’s efforts to lessen the carbon footprint of the plant that employs more about 1,150 people. Honda is one of only five companies to use wind power on this level.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the township and our neighbors that will help Honda reduce (carbon) emissions,” Gary Hand, vice president of Honda Transmission.”
Read the complete article about how Honda is reducing its environmental impact HERE.
Honda not only prides itself on innovative vehicles, but also innovative systems. Honda has applied that creativity and eye for environmental-friendliness to its automobile painting system called “Honda Smart Ecological Paint.”
According to this article, “It will reduce the amount of paint materials used, eliminate 40 percent of painting processes, and reduce 40 percent of CO2 emissions compared to traditional painting methods.”
How did Honda achieve something others in the industry have not? By developing a highly-functional material for the base coat that allows it to cut out one step of painting and one step of baking. So instead of being a four-coat, three-bake process like most automakers, Honda will use a three-coat, two-bake process.
Multiply that by the number of cars Honda kicks out and you can see how big of a difference that will make.
“In addition, Honda will also introduce a wall-mounted paint robot system with a built-in quick load, quick wash paint tank. The company said the technology will lead to a significant improvement in painting efficiency and pollution.”