Akebono Brake Elizabethtown Plant Wins General Motors Supplier Quality Award 2014

Elizabethtown, KY – (October 29, 2014) – Akebono Brake Corporation announces that one of its plants, Akebono Brake, Elizabethtown Plant, won the General Motors 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence Award among 1,506 suppliers located worldwide for supplying the highest levels of quality performance over the past 12 months. The award ceremony was held at Cobo Center in Detroit, MI on September 24. There to accept this award on behalf of the company was Ted Saito, president and chief executive officer, North American operations, and Lisa Vollmert, director, original equipment sales, North American operations.

The award is given to specific manufacturing locations and only the top performing suppliers are eligible to receive it. Suppliers who receive this award have met or exceeded a very stringent set of quality performance criteria and have achieved the cross-functional support of the entire GM organization.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from General Motors,” commented Doug Morgan, plant manager, Akebono Brake, Elizabethtown Plant. “Our associates hard work and dedication to quality is the key to our success in everything we do.”

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About Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.

Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. (TSE:7238), founded in 1929, is a world leader in advanced brake and friction material development and production. The Akebono Group operates R&D centers in Japan, the United States, France, United Kingdom, China and ASEAN and decided to establish a new one in Reims, France and has wholly owned or affiliated manufacturing facilities worldwide. Akebono recorded net sales of 236 billion yen in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, and employs over 9,000 people worldwide on a consolidated basis. As a technology partner to the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, Akebono has been supplying and jointly developing brake systems since 2007.

For more information, visit www.akebono-brake.com/english/index.html.

About Akebono Brake Corporation

Akebono Brake Corporation, North America’s leading supplier of advanced brake technology, is a leader in advanced brake and friction material development and production, with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) analysis and control.

For more information, visit www.akebonobrakes.com.

Proudly Made in the USA

Akebono Brakes are trusted by manufacturers globally, delivering superior braking power, quiet performance, and longer rotor and pad life. As a pioneer of ceramic friction technology, Akebono is proud to manufacture 100 percent of its aftermarket brakes in the USA. Enjoy a smoother ride and clean wheels with Akebono Brakes.