Left to right: Hau Thai-Tang, group vice-president, global purchasing, Ford; Jeff Bullard, senior vice-president of operations central region, Penske; and Raj Nair, executive vice-president and president, Ford

Ford has recognised logistics providers Penske Logistics and M&M Cartage at its 19th World Excellence Awards, held recently at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Penske received an award in the Aligned Business Framework (ABF) category for meeting performance requirements, including premier operational performance, exemplary transparency, responsiveness and sustainability leadership.

“We could not be more appreciative of Ford’s continued confidence in our work,” said Marc Althen, president of Penske Logistics. “Across the globe, our employees work hard to meet our customers’ needs and this award is evidence of their dedication to meeting and exceeding customer expectations.”

Penske has been providing supply chain and logistics services to Ford for more than 20 years across its global operations, including as a lead logistics provider in North and South America. It is also working as fourth-party logistics provider (4PL) in India and Thailand in support of Ford’s transition to a 4PL model across its inbound supply chains in Asia Pacific.

M&M Cartage, meanwhile, won a Green Pillar award for excellence in the use of fuel-efficient technologies that help Ford to meet its corporate sustainability and environmental goals. It was one of just four companies to receive the award. M&M Cartage uses natural gas-powered trucks and has reduced the energy output at its headquarters despite doubling the size of the facility and the workforce.

“Our suppliers are a critical part of our success and a driving force behind Ford Motor Company's continued growth,” said Hau Thai-Tang, group vice-president for global purchasing. “Spurring innovation and delivering world-class vehicles would not be possible without the unparalleled commitment and contributions of our suppliers. As the global and economic landscapes continue to change, working together with our suppliers is key, if we are to remain competitive.”

See the full list of the 54 winners in Ford’s World Excellence Awards here.