Onomichi Plant Awarded SQEP Platinum Level Certification as a Highest-Performing Supplier by Caterpillar

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CGN GLOBAL WORKS WITH YOKOHAMA TO ACHIEVE SQEP PLATINUM LEVEL CERTIFICATION
AWARDING ONOMICHI PLANT AS HIGHEST PERFROMING SUPPLIER BY CATERPILLAR

Peoria, IL – January 13, 2014 Dan Guiney, Director of Technical Service, Yokohama Tire Corporation thanked CGN Global for their outstanding efforts in working with their Yokohama Onomichi Japan facility to achieve in 2012 and 2013 the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) Platinum certification. CGN Global was instrumental in the accomplishment of SQEP Bronze Certification in 2008, SQEP Silver Certification in 2010, and continuing on to achieve the SQEP Platinum Certification during the last two years. Yokohama is recognized as one of the few suppliers to achieve the highest level of certification with Caterpillar Inc.

Yokohama Letter of Recognition

The following article was released in Yokohama’s GLOBAL WE worldwide magazine highlighting this accomplishment:

“Onomichi Plant Awarded SQEP Platinum Level Certification as a Highest-Performing Supplier by Caterpillar”

The Onomichi Plant was awarded Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) Platinum Level certification by U.S. – based Caterpillar Inc. The SQEP certification is categorized into the four levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Following Bronze and Silver certifications previously received by the plant as a result of successively promoting initiatives since 2008, Platinum certification, the highest accolade, was currently presented in recognition of its activities carried out in 2012. In addition to delivering off-the-road (OR) tires as original equipment (OE) to Caterpillar via Caterpillar Japan Ltd. and U.S. sales company Yokohama Tire Corporation, YRC also commenced delivery to plants in the U.K. and China in 2012 with the aim of delivering tires to Caterpillar plants throughout the world.

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