BMW Group recognizes supplier innovations

Suppliers receive accolades across nine technology categories

November 7, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

MUNICH: BMW Group has recognized nine of its suppliers for outstanding innovation during the company’s first BMW Supplier Innovation Awards, presented in Munich. Through the new award, the BMW Group said it aims to demonstrate the importance of innovation to the company.

“Our suppliers are very important partners for us in the development of innovations, said Dr. Herbert Diess, member of the board of management of BMW AG, responsible for purchasing and supplier network. “They make a vital contribution to the success of the BMW Group. We decided to create the BMW Supplier Innovation Award to pay tribute to our partners’ achievements.”

The BMW Group presented awards in the following nine technology categories: efficient dynamics; lightweight construction; connected drive; new technology experience; maximum customer benefit; quality; productivity and sustainability; as well as the special prize innovation new business model. The winners in each category are:

Efficient dynamics

ZF Friedrichshafen AG for the 8HP ECO PRO mode automatic gearbox. The gearbox reduces fuel consumption without comprising driving dynamics. The ECO mode changes the engine’s performance characteristics and displays driving pedal recommendations.

Lightweight construction

Novelis AG, for its aluminium sandwich alloys. Novelis AG uses so-called fusion technology to produce aluminium sheets from several layers of different aluminium alloys for weight reduction.

Connected Drive

Autoliv B.V. & Co KG, for its image-based driver assistance system. The system can integrate a large number of information and safety functions into a multifunctional camera for greater safety and convenience.

New Technology Experience

ZIZALA Lichtsysteme GmbH, for adaptive full-LED headlights. The headlights are the first fully-adaptive headlights to use LED technology for all lighting functions. The lights emphasize BMW’s double-round design and allow it to show its “four-eye face” for the first time on low beam. The LED also produces a light that is closer to daylight, with strong contrast for greater safety.

Maximum customer benefit

Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, for its smart opener, which allows the luggage compartment to be opened hands-free through a deliberate motion of the foot towards the bumper, without taking out the key.


NIPPON SEIKI CO, LTD for a full-colour head-up display that use the full range of colours, making the symbols more realistic and intuitive.


Schuler AG Compact for its crossbar servo-press. The crossbar servo-press combines the efficiency of a transfer press with the flexibility of a press line for more productivity and cost savings.


Dürr AG’s dry separation, which circulates air containing paint particles into the filter where stone powder binds the particles. This helps reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

Special prize: innovation new business model

Pandora Media, Inc, for its Extend Pandora app with BMW/MINI interface. The app brings personalised radio service to BMW and MINI vehicles, and plays only the user’s favourite music.

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