Michelin earns ’partner-level’ supplier status from John Deere

The Michelin Group’s Agricultural and Earthmover divisions have been named a ‘Supplier of the Year’ as well as a Partner-level supplier in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Programme. The Partner-level status is John Deere’s highest supplier rating.

Suppliers which participate in the Achieving Excellence Programme are evaluated annually in key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and ‘wavelength,’ which is various measures of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the programme in 1991 to provide suppliers with evaluations and feedback that promote continuous improvement.

Additionally, Michelin Tweel Technologies received a John Deere supplier innovation award for the Michelin X Tweel Turf. The award is presented to a select group of suppliers that have demonstrated innovation in a product or service they provide to John Deere. Award selections are based on four factors: creativity, feasibility, collaboration and bottom-line impact.

In 2014, Michelin announced an exclusive partnership with John Deere to equip its Ztrak 900 series line-up of zero-turn commercial mowers with the ground-breaking Michelin X Tweel Turf as original equipment to replace a standard 24x12x12 tyre.

Emmanuel Ladent, Group Director of Michelin’s Agriculture tyre division, accepted the Supplier of the Year award on Michelin Group’s behalf during a ceremony hosted by John Deere in Bettendorf, Iowa.

“Our business teams have worked very hard indeed to establish a spirit of mutual partnership with our associates at John Deere, which has resulted in a strong and growing relationship between our companies,” said Emmanuel Ladent.

Michelin delivers products to multiple John Deere manufacturing sites globally: Davenport, Iowa; Thibodaux, Louisiana; Waterloo, Iowa; East Moline, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Augusta, Ga.; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; Valley City, N.D.; Dubuque, Iowa; Horst, The Netherlands; Manheim, Germany; Indaiatuba, Brazil; and Zweibrucken, Germany.

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