Tata Steel has been awarded The Volvo Cars Quality Excellence award (VQE) has been bestowed upon Tata Steel and marks 60 years of co-operation between the two companies.

The VQE award recognises suppliers who achieve excellence in areas such as capable manufacturing and quality processes, continuous improvement and customer endorsement. Tata Steel not only ticked all the boxes, it is also the first steel producer win the award.

According to Tata Steel, the main driver for the award is its ability and commitment to producing ‘stable’ and high quality galvanised steel that fully complies with Volvo Cars’ own high quality standards.

Tata Steel researchers and engineers, it is claimed, enhanced the characteristics of their steel and by doing so were able to improve Volvo Cars’ manufacturing. Volvo sources mainly galvanised steel plates for exterior car parts including bonnets, doors and trunk lids.

Tata Steel’s MagiZinc Auto, an advanced hot-dip zinc coating offering superior corrosion protection, and DP800 HyperForm, a ductile, high-strength steel that allows lightweighting of complex, structural components, were among the products supplied by the steelmaker to Volvo.

Johan Casparsson, global account manager at Tata Steel said it was the first time that Volvo Cars has given the VQE to a steel supplier.

“This is recognition of our significant efforts to meet demanding requirements in production, quality control, continuous improvement and levels of service at all stages,” he said. “It is crucial for us to consistently focus on the high quality of our steel, alongside the exceptional levels of our technical support. That is our highest priority."

The award was presented at a dedicated ceremony in IJmuiden, The Netherlands, where Volvo Cars representatives toured Tata Steel’s state-of-the-art steelmaking site.