AFIA members awarded internationally

Six AFIA members – Auto Industry Manufactures Association – were recently distinguished by their performance on innovation.

KIRCHHOFF Automotive, Plastaze – Plastics Division of the Simoldes Group, Couro Azul, Inapal Plásticos, Inapal Metal and TRW Vila Nova Plant (DalphiMetal Portugal) saw their quality recognized internationally.

KIRCHHOFF Automotive and Plastaze were awarded the “Best Plants 2013” by PSA Peugeot Citroën during the event “10th Best Supplier Awards”.
The prize comes as the recognition of services of excellence that have significantly contributed to the accomplishment of the quality levels set and required by PSA Peugeot Citroën. The award was given to 96 companies out of 1,436 contenders.

Couro Azul was awarded one of the most prestigious international prizes – “The Innovation Award of the Year” – This prize distinguishes companies from the leather industry for their innovation capacity, environmental practices, economic sustainability and commitment to their workers. The prize, presented by the prestigious British magazine “World Leather Magazine, is decided by a panel of independent representatives from several international Associations and a UN representative for industrial development.

To Inapal Plásticos were awarded two distinctions. The first given by JLRQ da Jaguar Land Rover, that singularizes the company as an example of quality and dedication to the client. PACCAR was responsible for handing over the second prize that included Inapal Plásticos in the 2013 list of the “50 PPM”.

Inapal Metal and TRW Vila Nova Plant (DalphiMetal Portugal) were awarded with the “GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award 2013/2014”
This prize attests that the two companies reached the highest levels of performance and quality required by GM.

These distinctions confirm once again the quality and innovation capacity of the Portuguese auto suppliers as well as their unceasing investment on a sustained growth of their institutions and workforces.


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