Ford Honors Umicore at 20th Annual World Excellence Awards and the Ford of Europe Supplier Diversity Progress Award

  • Umicore Automotive Catalysts honored by Ford Motor Company with a World Excellence Award
  • Ford’s World Excellence Awards recognize companies that exceed expectations to achieve the highest levels of excellence in quality, delivery, value and innovation
  • Suppliers like Umicore are key to Ford’s success as it works to become the world’s most trusted mobility company

DEARBORN, Mich., July 11, 2018 – Umicore was recognized as a top-performing global supplier for Ford Motor Company at the 20th annual Ford World Excellence Awards. Only 88 companies were selected as finalists from thousands of Ford suppliers globally.

Umicore was presented with a World Excellence Award by Ford Motor Company’s Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, global operations, and Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president, product development and purchasing.

“Our World Excellence awards recognize the outstanding achievements of Ford Motor Company’s top-performing suppliers around the world,” said Thai-Tang. “Suppliers like Umicore are key to Ford’s continued success as we work towards our goal of becoming world's most trusted mobility company.”

 Honorees were recognized for achieving the highest levels of global excellence in a variety of categories, including:

  • Primary Brand Pillars – quality, green, safe and smart
  • Aligned Business Framework principles focused on quality, delivery, value and innovation
  • Lincoln Luxury
  • Supplier Diversity Development

Umicore was also recognized by Ford of Europe for its commitment and outstanding progress in building a diverse and inclusive culture, which includes its commitment to gender diversity, mentoring, different focuses, mentorship, mental health, and emotional intelligence.

Marc Grynberg, CEO of Umicore: “We are really proud of receiving such prestigious awards which recognize the hard work and creativity of our colleagues to offer Ford Motor Company a superlative technological solution in record time as well as our initiatives to promote a diverse and inclusive work environment.”


Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group. It focuses on application areas where its expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy makes a real difference. Its activities are organised in three business groups: Catalysis, Energy & Surface Technologies and Recycling. Each business group is divided into market-focused business units offering materials and solutions that are at the cutting edge of new technological developments and essential to everyday life.

Umicore generates the majority of its revenues and dedicates most of its R&D efforts to clean mobility materials and recycling. Umicore’s overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on an ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its mission: materials for a better life.

Umicore’s industrial and commercial operations as well as R&D activities are located across the world to best serve its global customer base. The Group generated a turnover of € 12.3 billion (€ 2.9 billion excluding metal) in 2017 and currently employs 9,700 people.

About Ford Motor Company

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Apurva Mehta

Jessica Enoch
Ford of Europe