Ford’s World Excellence Awards recognize companies that exceed expectations to achieve the highest levels of excellence in quality, delivery, value and innovation.

From left to right: Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President, Global Operations, Ford; Ron Wheat, Director, Sales and Marketing, NAL;  Hau Thai-Tang, Executive Vice President, Product Development and Purchasing, Ford

DEARBORN, MI. June 1, 2018 – North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL) was recognized as a top-performing global supplier for Ford Motor Company at the 20th annual Ford World Excellence Awards. Only 88 companies were selected as finalists from thousands of Ford suppliers globally.

NAL was presented with a Gold Award by Ford Motor Company’s Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President, global operations, and Hau Thai-Tang, Executive Vice President, product development and purchasing.

“We are honored and grateful to receive such recognition from Ford Motor Company,” said Kirk Gadberry, NAL President & COO.  “Ford is a very important customer to NAL and we highly value our strong and growing relationship.  Being a supplier to Ford is a privilege that we take seriously.  NAL is committed to building on this achievement for further success.”

“Our World Excellence awards recognize the outstanding achievements of Ford Motor Company’s top-performing suppliers around the world,” said Thai-Tang. “Suppliers like North American Lighting are key to Ford’s continued success as we work towards our goal of becoming world’s most trusted mobility company.”

Honorees were recognized for achieving the highest levels of global excellence in a variety of categories, including:

  • Primary Brand Pillars – quality, green, safe and smart
  • Aligned Business Framework principles focused on quality, delivery, value and innovation
  • Lincoln Luxury
  • Supplier Diversity Development

About North American Lighting, Inc.

North American Lighting, Inc. member of the Koito Group of Companies, is the largest automotive lighting manufacturer in North America and has been manufacturing automotive lighting systems for vehicle manufacturers since 1983. NAL is a pioneer in automotive lighting from LEDs to adaptive driving beams, and is now pursuing the latest technology in autonomous driving. NAL’s nine facilities in North America combined with the global network of Koito Group Companies, uniquely positions the company to meet increasing global demands for safe, energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and intelligent automotive lighting systems.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 202,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit

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