Well forged – safely on the move
As part of the Daimler Supplier Award 2017, Global Procurement Trucks and Buses awarded the supplier Tri-Ring for excellent quality of forged axle components in the Quality category.
When a 40-tonne truck with a star sets off to transport machine parts from Frankfurt to Barcelona, its owner is responsible and a punctual delivery is top priority. Assuming the roads are clear, the load is secured and the driver is focused, only one thing matters for the reliable use of the Mercedes-Benz Truck: Quality – kilometer after kilometer!
A company that contributes to this quality with its products is the Chinese group Tri-Ring and its subsidiaries from Hubei Province. Among other things, high-quality forgings are produced here, which are used in Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses. With an extremely high quality standard in the production of these axle-forged components, Tri-Ring was the Daimler Supplier Award 2017 winner in the Quality category in the international competition. And they were awarded by Global Procurement Trucks & Buses in the Quality category.
Forged for eternity.
Whether steering column or steering axles, whether pressure plates, crankshafts or steering knuckles, the forces acting on these components are many times higher than those in cars. But not only that: These parts are usually exposed to a harsh everyday life. Premature wear must be ruled out, since time-consuming repairs combined with unnecessary downtime can lead to order losses. It is a circumstance that has an immediate negative impact on earnings in commercial use.
Previously, steering knuckles for heavy trucks were made almost exclusively from Cr-Ni-Mo steels (V4A), so as to avoid tempering problems from the outset. But more and more the processing techniques have evolved and today lower alloyed steels can be used. Provided development and production take place at the highest level: Tri-Ring dominates this profession: In three years of producing forgings: Zero defects! This puts Tri-Ring in the premiere league and it has more than earned the Supplier Award.
Tri-Ring is among the best
Tri-Ring Group Co., Ltd. is one of the largest auto parts manufacturers in China. It has been accredited as one of the “China’s Top 500 Manufacturing Enterprises”, “Top 30 China Automobile Industry Companies” for many consecutive years, and it is one of the “National Auto Parts Export Base Enterprises” in China. According to Tri-ring, “Adjusting the Structure, Improving the Level, Achieving the Internationalization” is their strategy, and to supply the best products to customers is their entire staff’s constant pursuit.
Three questions for Mr. Mei Hansheng, Tri-Ring General Manager
Tri-Ring is one of the most successful and fastest growing companies in China. Tri-Ring has earned another award with the Daimler Supplier Award for Trucks and Buses in the Quality category. Mr. Mei, we would like to sincerely congratulate you on this and we are pleased that you are happy to answer our three questions.
What is your secret to success?
The key is modesty in learning, boldness in improvement, and perseverance in quality. Tri-Ring has been proactively learning and applying the world’s most advanced management methodologies and production equipment technologies. This is aimed at overcoming our weaknesses and making continuous improvement. And finally it is our perseverance in quality that lead us to today’s achievement.
What particular hurdle did you have to master?
There are two main challenges we have to overcome. One is the challenge in management, and the other is the inadequate capability of production equipment. In order to satisfy the high quality standard we have been continuously learning to improve our level of management. Meanwhile, we have also been making large scale of investment in the equipment to continuously upgrade the technology and expand the capacity.
How did the award get to your team?
The award to us is a great encouragement. It has deeply inspired our team to move forward on the path of success. Following this inspiration, we also feel the mounting pressure to constantly ask ourselves where and how we can do better. But pressure is also motivation. We are confident that we will delivery even better products and services to our customers.
We thank you for the answers and congratulate you and your team for the innovative achievement and the well-deserved award.