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Wegu Manufacturing AIAG Sponsored Member

AIAG Sponsored Member

Wegu Manufacturing AIAG Sponsored Member

AIAG Sponsored Membership

WEGU is happy to announce that it is now a member of AIAG. We look forward to the possibility of forming new partnerships and improving our current partnerships thru the collaborative environment that AIAG promotes.

It is good to be a part of the group that can help shape the standards that premier suppliers adhere to and assist in developing best practices to reduce the risks that face companies operating in a global marketplace.

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To learn more about AIAG Click here.

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Ontario Export Awards

2015 Ontario Export Awards – Emerging Exporter

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Ontario Export Awards – Emerging Exporter

Wegu Manufacturing was the Emerging Exporter winner in 2015. This award honours an Ontario exporter who is starting to excel in international exporting and contribute to the province’s economic development.

The Ontario Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success and innovative approaches of Ontario export companies. Extending across industries and including both rural and urban representation, the awards are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy.

Located in Whitby, Ontario, Wegu is an industry leader in Research and Development. Wegu prides itself in product design assistance, engineering, tooling development, prototyping, materials analysis, testing and manufacturing in house. Every rubber and plastic compound is formulated, produced and tested by Wegu Manufacturing to ensure they meet all client physical and chemical requirements for durability, flexibility, abrasion resistance and noise and vibration mitigation. All metals used in the production of elastomer/metal composites are prepared and treated for bonding in-house.

Wegu products are found in industries as diverse and demanding as automotive, mining and aggregates processing, construction and heavy manufacturing. Wegu products range in functionality from seals, insulators and isolators, bumpers and bump stops, abrasion resistant liners, and skirtboards to anti vibration mounts for heavy machinery and transportation. We offer unmatched quality and process control.

Presented by CanadianManufacturing.com, the Ontario Export Awards are a division of the Canada Export Awards, which has been hosting provincial ceremonies in B.C. and Alberta for more than a decade. Following on the success of B.C. and Alberta, 2014 was the inaugural year in Ontario and the response was overwhelming. The Ontario Export Awards may be considered the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the innovative approaches and contributions of Ontario export companies, and the individuals who create those success stories.

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Automotive Innovation Awards Winner

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Automotive Innovation Awards Winner

Wegu Manufacturing was the Emerging Exporter winner in 2015. This award honours an Ontario exporter who is starting to excel in international exporting and contribute to the province’s economic development.

The Ontario Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success and innovative approaches of Ontario export companies. Extending across industries and including both rural and urban representation, the awards are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy.

Located in Whitby, Ontario, Wegu is an industry leader in Research and Development. Wegu prides itself in product design assistance, engineering, tooling development, prototyping, materials analysis, testing and manufacturing in house. Every rubber and plastic compound is formulated, produced and tested by Wegu Manufacturing to ensure they meet all client physical and chemical requirements for durability, flexibility, abrasion resistance and noise and vibration mitigation. All metals used in the production of elastomer/metal composites are prepared and treated for bonding in-house.

Wegu products are found in industries as diverse and demanding as automotive, mining and aggregates processing, construction and heavy manufacturing. Wegu products range in functionality from seals, insulators and isolators, bumpers and bump stops, abrasion resistant liners, and skirtboards to anti vibration mounts for heavy machinery and transportation. We offer unmatched quality and process control.

To contact Wegu Manufacturing about our products and services click here.

For more information about the The 42nd-Annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition Click here.

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Ford Gives Its Suppliers an Ultimatum Tier 1s Must Meet Higher Quality Standards or Lose Business

Ford’s new rules

What suppliers Must Do to Avoid Losing New Business

  • Meet new overall Q1 score
  • Maintain score monthly
  • Achieve higher score each year
  • Perform as well as competitors
  • Obtain site approval

What else could lead to loss of new business?

  • Ford stops vehicle shipments twice
  • Ford recalls or notifies owners once
  • A supplier has more defects than competitors

Plagued With Vehicle Defects. Ford Motor Co. will impose higher quality standards on its Tier 1 suppliers Feb. 1. Suppliers worldwide must comply or give up the opportunity for new business with the automaker.

Ford is wrestling with a string of marred product launches and vehicle quality problems. For example, Ford had to repair more than 55,000 redesigned 2002 Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers during vehicle introduction in April. The Ford Escape notched five safety recalls after launch.

Up to 20 percent of Ford’s Tier 1 suppliers would not meet the new quality criteria today, said David Velliky, Ford global director of supplier technical assistance.

“Between now and Feb. 1, every supplier must go through re-certification of every one of their manufacturing facilities in accordance with Ford’s new specifications,’’ said Scott Whetter, a vice president at Siemens Automotive Corp. and the account executive responsible for global sales to Ford. “There are some criteria that could be difficult to meet over the next five months.”

Siemens, a supplier of electronic components and systems, supports the new standards, Whetter said.


Cracking down. Ford’s Q1 quality rating is awarded to Tier 1 manufacturing locations, not to a supplier as a business entity. Plants unable to meet the criteria by Feb. 1 will be ineligible to seek new Ford business. “Only Q1 facilities are considered in new product development and source selection,” Ford said in a 57-page document outlining the changes.

“We are giving suppliers lead time to get better because right now a good percentage would not meet the hurdle,” Velliky said.

Failures that will trigger revocation of Q1 status are spelled out. For example, Q1 certification will require a manufacturing site assessment, in some cases performed jointly with Ford.

More importantly, Q1 is no longer a one-time reading of a supplier’s performance. Suppliers must maintain their rating each month, as measured by a complex set of data. Ford will raise the certification standards each year.

In addition, suppliers will be measured against other companies supplying the same component or system to Ford. The automaker will revoke a supplier’s Q1 status if a supplier produces more defective parts than competitors based on a formula in the new criteria.


Greater penalties. In addition, Ford is shifting more responsibility to suppliers and invoking greater penalties when a supplier mars a vehicle launch or build. For example, if Ford records two instances when it has to stop shipment of a completed vehicle, Ford can revoke Q1 status.

Similarly, Ford is cracking down on suppliers when the automaker is forced to issue one vehicle recall or owner notification campaign requiring customers to return vehicles to a dealership for repairs.

In the past, suppliers had to be 100 percent at fault to lose the Q1 rating. Now, Q1 can be revoked if the supplier is partially at fault.

Article by Mary Connelly from Automotive News

Wegu Manufacturing has held the coveted Ford Q1 award since 1990.

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Wegu Manufacturing Awarded The Ford Q1 Preferred Quality Award

Ford Q1 Quality Award

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Ford Q1 Preferred Quality Award

Ford Motor Company, presented Wegu Manufacturing with the Q1 Award. The Ford Q1 Award indicates that Wegu Manufacturing is recognized as a Tier 1 and preferred supplier to Ford Motor Company and represents certifications and enhancements beyond the industry’s standard requirements..

“With Ford’s Q1 rating, we have now been certified to all of the material handling industries highest levels of quality standards including: ISO 14001:2004, ISO/TS 16949-2009 and Ford QOS. Receiving our Ford Q1 Award and Quality Management System Certifications was a team effort. All Wegu associates put forth their best effort in a spirit of continuous improvement in order to achieve this goal”.

In order to receive the Q1 Award, Wegu Manufacturing had to pass Ford’s Quality Operating System (QOS) Assessment. The Assessment involves criteria in communication, teamwork, management review, measurables, quantifying tools, continuous improvement and dynamic processes. Along with their congratulations, Ford presented Wegu with a Q1 plaque.

Wegu Manufacturing has continued to hold the coveted Ford Q1 award since 1990.