Congratulating KPM, Dan M Murphy, Vice President of Caterpillar’s Global Purchasing Division, wrote: “This certification demonstrates your strong values and ethical principals in conduction business and your commitment to collaborate with our objective to implement a culture for “zero-defects” across our supply base.”
“At Caterpillar we view our suppliers as our business allies. We seek strong, mutually rewarding business relationships with our suppliers who can enhance the quality of our products and services.”
KPM’s General Manager Steve Cardew was thrilled: "This is a fantastic result as for 15 years our success has been due to a determination to produce the highest quality products in the world.
“Now we are proud to be recognised for that quality, as well as delivery and performance, and the next step is to achieve silver.”
KPM began the process in March 2008 with several improvements in ten key areas including safety and lean manufacturing.
Mr Cardew added: "It’s a great credit to our skilled work force and another feather in our cap. Over the years we’ve achieved a number of awards and continue to go from strength to strength.”
KPM’s Sales and Marketing Manager Jon Whetter added: "This is a major step for us as it means when Caterpillar purchase hydraulic equipment for machinery or innovation for new engineering projects, Kawasaki will be the first port of call which is good news for the Plymouth plant."
The award was presented on Tuesday by Tom Hanson from Caterpillar who congratulated Kawasaki on its achievement. Senior members from both Caterpillar and Kawasaki hosted a celebratory dinner at the Plymouth Argyle football ground.
They were joined by Japanese representatives of Mr Kagami, the President of K&K Shonan Management Corporation who invested in Argyle by purchasing a 20% share of the club, “a great opportunity to strengthen the Japanese links between the club and business in the city”, added Mr Cardew.