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ABB granted Renault “Optima Supplier” Award

After its Body-in-White technology, first certified in 2000, ABB receives the "Optima Award” for its Paint Process Automation operations

The event took place on July 7th, 2003 at Hotel George V in Paris, France. Bo Elisson, BA ATRM Manager, attended the Optima Award Ceremony together with Max Abitbol, Country Manager France and Region Manager Middle East and Africa, and Pierre Castay, Group Account Manager for Renault. The award was handed over to Bo Elisson by Louis Schweitzer, Chairman & CEO Renault Group, and the ceremony was followed later by a dinner.

Paul Besancon, Vice-President Industrial Equipment Supplier Relations Department, presented the reasons of this high distinction. In emphasizing the 15 years successful partnership developed with ABB in the field of sealing, painting and now also cavity waxing applications as illustrated in the attached video .

“We are very proud to receive this Optima Award for it recognizes our commitment to providing our key customers with the most innovative technologies through cost effective solutions supported by first class services”, said Bo Elisson.

The ABB Optima classification is the result of top ranking A93 summarizing the quotation of 22 criteria covering all the customer-supplier relations aspects: strategy, quality, cost-cutting, innovation, project management, worldwide presence, transparency, etc… It recognizes our efforts for continuous improvement and performance optimization.

Thus, this award puts ABB in a key supplier position since we will be informed of all the Renault forecasted investments and automatically requested to quote . Not farther than 2004, equipments suppliers short list will be common to Renault and Nissan, under the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization headed by Odile Desforges, who is also Senior Vice President Renault Suppliers Relations. This Renault award is therefore also a good opportunity to extend our business to Nissan in participating to the ambitious development program of Carlos Ghosn in Europe, Americas and Asia.


Optima award handed over by
Louis Schweitzer to Bo Elisson
Optima award ceremony
From left to right: Pierre-Alain De Smedt-Executive Vice-President- 2 other Optima nominees, Odile Desforges
Louis Schweitzer and Bo Elisson


Last edited 2004-09-09

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