Ningbo General Bearing is unquestionably fulfilling GBC's commitment to "Continuous Improvement."
October 18, 2000 dawned as an historic day in a season of great rewards. Over three hundred dignitaries and guests from China, the US, Japan, and Germany were on hand to join in celebrating two major achievements: the opening of NGBCs modern, new office complex; and the award presentation of Ford Motor Companys highest quality award, the Q-1 Most Favored Supplier status.
Prominent attendees at the event included:
The Q-1 is a prestigious supplier-achievement status, which must be formally petitioned from Ford. It can be awarded only after rigorous dedication to the strictest of quality systems has been demonstrated.
Conditions require that the candidate firm be:
At this point in time, no other production facility in China has achieved this highly-prized quality award from Ford.
President, Mr. Rong Wei Jun, hosted the event, warmly welcoming guests
from many business arenas, including leaders from all five GBC
joint-venture operations in China. In his address to the large crowd
assembled on the steps of the new NGBC offices, Mr. Rong referred to
the moment as a “joyous day in a season of great fruitfulness.” He
congratulated NGBC workers for their determination and hard work, then
praised GBC for the strength of the thriving partnership.
Speeches of commendation were delivered by GBC President, Mr. David Gussack, and Yuyao Mayor, Mr. Shu Li Man. Representing the Beijing National Mechanical Bureau, Mr. Zhang Xiao Yu gave an address in which he praised NGBC as “a showpiece of modern Chinese manufacturing.” Visteon Corporation’s Director of Supplier Quality, Mr. Mark McKnight, also offered his congratulations, pledging Visteon’s commitment towards maintaining good relations with such dedicated, committed suppliers.
This said, Mr. McKnight happily presented the award plaque to Mr. Rong, along with a royal blue flag, emblazoned simply with two white letters: “Q-1.” David Gussack and Mr. Rong smiled proudly as the three men stretched out the flag for the cheering crowd, amidst the flashing of numerous camera strobes.
The second focus of the event was the dedication of NGBC’s state-of-the-art office complex; a shining, four-story edifice, replete with many modern amenities and up-scale working environments. Fully computerized, it mirrors the high levels of production technology that NGBC has achieved in its world-class manufacturing operations. The new office-facility’s doors were opened officially for the first time, and detailed tours of the building, as well as the entire plant, were given for the eager crowd. Ningbo General Bearing provided an opulent banquet after the ceremonies, where hundreds of friends toasted to continuing success.
NGBC, not to be accused of resting on its laurels, refuses to slow down. Under construction next door to the new offices is an imposing, 49,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant, which will contain both ring-turning facilities, and high-tech, automated production lines.Simply another chapter for GBC and its joint-venture partners, as they move together along the never-ending path of Continuous Improvement.