Member News: Pirelli receives JLR Quality Award
On 24th January, a delegation of managers from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), including Terry Sampson, the STA Director for JLR, Russ Perry, STA Manager and Mark Beasley STA Engineer visited Pirelli’s Carlisle site to officially present the JLRQ Award to Pirelli UK.
JLRQ is the Jaguar Land Rover supplier performance monitoring system and since 2011 Pirelli UK have being satisfying the requirements of this exacting standard. Pirelli is the only tyre manufacturer in the UK to be in receipt of this award.
The award is broken down into three main areas, all of which have to be consistently achieved for the award to be given and then retained. Firstly, suppliers have to demonstrate robust operating systems and processes in the way they run their business. Secondly, the quality and delivery requirements of JLR have to be met (measured on a daily basis). Finally and probably most difficult of all, the quality and logistics management teams of JLR have to endorse the performance and support the awarding of JLRQ. To achieve this quality parts in the right quantity at the right time have to be consistently delivered.
As part of the visit the JLR team were given a tour of the plant before presenting the award to an audience of 70 Pirelli employees from industrial, engineering, quality and research and development. The Director of Quality, Tony Di Gravio, noted that: “This award recognises the effort and dedication of the workforce which has contributed to the extensive range of SUV and UHP tyres that are currently on supply from Carlisle to JLR in 18, 19 and 20 inch sizes.” JLR vehicles fitted with tyres made in Carlisle include the Range Rover Evoque, the Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport and the Jaguar XF.
In recognising the significance of this award in a speech to Pirelli employees, Terry Sampson said: “You have met the quality and delivery requirements of Jaguar Land Rover. We measure these requirements on a daily basis and generate metrics of your performance. For the associates who come into this factory every day and make our parts this is what you contribute towards every minute of every hour of every day. All of you should be congratulated for the significant improvement this factory has achieved over the last two years in meeting these targets.” He also added that: “This award signifies that this factory and all the associates who help make JLR parts have consistently met our quality and delivery requirements” and concluded by commending our performance and thanking everyone concerned for their hard work and dedication.