Tata Steel has picked up the Volvo Cars Quality Excellence (VQE). The Award was handed out at the 60 year anniversary marking the cooperation between the 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 fulfilled all the relevant criteria and is the first steel producer ever to obtain this prestigious prize.

The main driver for the award is Tata Steel’s commitment and capacity of producing galvanized steel with high and “stable” quality that fully complied to Volvo Cars’ high quality standards. By enhancing the characteristics of their steel, Tata Steel researchers and engineers were able to improve Volvo Cars’ manufacturing as well. Volvo Cars sources mainly galvanised steel plates for exterior parts of cars including bonnets, doors and trunk lids Among the products delivered by Tata Steel are 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.

“It’s the first time that Volvo Cars has given this award 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,” said Johan Casparsson, Global Account Manager at Tata Steel. “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 took the chance for a tour through Tata Steel’s state-of-the-art steelmaking site.