Marand Precision Engineering has been awarded Ford Australia’s 2006 “Tony Simpson Relationship Award”.
The 7th Ford Australia Excellence Awards ceremony was held at Ford’s Australian Head Office in Melbourne on Thursday 22 March 2007.

In front of an audience of over 200 Ford personnel and supplier representatives, Marand’s Managing Director David Ellul accepted the award on behalf of the company from Ford Australia’s President Tom Gorman. In making the presentation Mr Gorman made the following comments:

“When it comes to the subject of Relationships, in our view, a master relationship builder was the late Tony Simpson (former Ford Australia Purchasing Vice President). He did it so well, and in a manner we should all aspire to.

In 2005 we made the inaugural presentation of the Tony Simpson Relationship Award.  This Award was designed to build on the memory of a great friend and colleague who did so much to build relationships. A passion the Ford Australia team endeavours to follow. It is my pleasure to announce that this year’s recipient of the Tony Simpson Relationship Award is MARAND PRECISION ENGINEERING.

Mutual respect and trust are two elements that are critical for a productive relationship.  There is no greater example of the existence of these elements than with the respected partnership between Ford Australia and Marand Precision Engineering

The Marand team are committed to maintaining this relationship with all levels and functions within Ford by their transparency in commercial discussions, engineering development and attention to quality, delivery and product support. The team at Marand have repeatedly stepped up to the challenges our engineering team have thrown their way and Marand have always met our expectations and needs with innovative solutions.

Another element of the relationship with Marand Precision Engineering that we need to acknowledge is the length of our association.  For well over 35 years now, Marand has continued to support Ford programs as a valued supplier and we trust this relationship will continue to grow.

We thank the team at Marand Precision for their ongoing commitment to enhancing the relationship with Ford.  Congratulations to David Ellul and the entire Marand Precision team”

This is the second award Ford has bestowed on Marand Precision Engineering, leading on from Gold Supplier Excellence Award a number of years ago.

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