Sep 20, 2016

Baumer awarded and appointed „Preferred Supplier“
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"Such performance does not come out of the blue!" were the words of Helmut Braun, Head of Quality Assurance Procurement Electricity, and Markus Vetter, Head of Purchasing  Electronics at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, at the "Preferred Supplier" awarding ceremony. This way they express the appreciation shown by the world's most important manufacturer of printing machines towards the Baumer Group as expert in sensor technology, rotary encoders and image processing.

“Simply Smart” is the motto under which Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is actively shaping the digital future of the print media industry. In doing so, the partners and suppliers play a significant role.  Close-knit and strong partnerships integrate know-how and speed up development and engineering work. The Baumer Group was the first supplier of electronic components to be appointed "Preferred Supplier" by the industry leader. Having been rated at highest possible level in the Heidelberger supplier evaluation for four years in a row surely made a vital contribution and is a token for the outstanding Baumer performance and extraordinary expertise. Supplier evaluation uses defined key metrics, such as zero defect production and zero error process quality, continuous improvement, partnership cooperation and reliable logistics management.

Helmut Braun particularly points out the consistent quality experienced with Baumer at any level of the organization.  "To Baumer, quality is not just a word but rooted in the corporate DNA”.   The holistic quality concept is seen throughout the entire product and delivery cycle and in all facets of cooperation. In other words, the consistent Baumer quality reflects from product engineering to sales and after-sales.

Markus Vetter further pointed out that it takes more than fulfilling key figures: "We know that Baumer is listening to us to consistently put the envisaged steps into practice. In addition, we are very much impressed about continuous improvement being made under the own initiative. We feel that we are in good hands. "In the many years of long-standing partnership between the two companies, the status quo had never been carved in stone, but both partners have continuously developed and evolved to achieve optimum results. "This way, Baumer made a significant contribution towards our business success," Vetter said.

And last but not least, Kai Albrecht, the Head of Development Drives and Sensors at Heidelberger Druck, puts special emphasis on the decisive factor for mutual partnership: innovation. "Our R&D cooperation is very close, which allows for tailored solutions with maximum efficiency.  Besides expertise in standard sensor solutions, Baumer stands out by their capabilities in the implementation of customer- specific projects.” 

Baumer CEO Dr. Oliver Vietze is proud of being appreciated in such extraordinary way by the long-year partner. At the awarding ceremony, he pointed out the importance of being appointed preferred supplier by a high-performance company such as Heidelberger Druck. "Being the first supplier of electronic components ever to receive this award, we know that we are on the right track. "Quality-First" is the key element in our strategy.  Starting in the very early stages of product development, it is the center thread woven throughout engineering and production on to delivery performance. Less than 1000 ppm in four years in a row is not happy coincidence but the result of rigorous work. The quality-mindset of our employees and the toolset of the Baumer Business System have already reached an outstanding level, which nevertheless we want to improve further. In doing so, we continue our striving for sustainable and consistent customer orientation which we have been assured of by Heidelberger Druck in such an impressive and appreciating way.”

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