Car manufacturer Ford has honoured German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp as one of its top global suppliers.

Ford’s World Excellence Award recognises suppliers who deliver outstanding performance in terms of customer support and development and was awarded to ThyssenKrupp’s Karsten Kroos, CEO of the company’s components division.

Mr Kroos accepted the prize at the 19th annual World Excellence Awards at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.

On accepting the award, Kroos commented: “We are very pleased with this award, which acknowledges the reliability, flexibility and customer proximity of our steering plants in Liechtenstein, France and North America. This is a great recognition for our employees at these locations,” he said.

Ford and ThyssenKrupp have enjoyed a working relationship going back to the beginning of the 20th century. The steelmaker has been supplying Ford with steering columns, steering shafts, springs and stabilisers, crankshafts and camshafts and employs 8,000 at 16 production and development sites in 11 countries on four continents. Each year it produces and develops products for more than 20 million vehicles.