Visteon Celebrates Ford Q1 Certification, New Business Center Opening in Chihuahua, Mexico
Visteon team members in Chihuahua, Mexico recently celebrated two significant performance milestones: achieving Ford Q1 Certification and opening a new 18,000-square-foot business center that will support continued operational excellence in the Chihuahua region.
Ford awards Q1 accreditation to suppliers that demonstrate excellence beyond technical specification requirements in five critical areas: capable systems, continuous improvement, ongoing performance, superior manufacturing processes and customer satisfaction.
Visteon’s Q1 recognition is proof of the quality of its products manufactured in Mexico, as well as Mexico’s great potential and competitiveness. We are proud to work hand-in-hand with companies of excellence in order to deliver vehicles recognized around the world for their quality, technology and practicality.
While the Q1 status was officially announced in October 2020, the in-person celebration was postponed until July 2021 because of the pandemic. Local government and business leaders joined Ford officials and Visteon team members at Visteon Chihuahua to celebrate the achievement including Chihuahua City Mayor Maria Angelica Granados and officials from INDEX Chihuahua and the Chihuahua City Women’s Institute.
This award is a testament to the Chihuahua team’s relentless focus on quality, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction and the achievement of world-class manufacturing standards.
The prestigious Q1 designation is Ford’s highest honor for its Tier 1 suppliers; it recognizes the rigorous quality standards met and exceeded by Visteon employees in Chihuahua, who drive the facility’s exceptional processes, systems and performance.
We have a long, positive business relationship with the Ford Motor Company built on quality and trust, and this designation is another example of the strength of that relationship.
The products made in Visteon’s Chihuahua facility can be found in many of Ford’s most popular vehicles, including the Mustang Mach-E, Bronco, Raptor, Tremor, Expedition, Navigator and the F-Series police vehicle. Visteon created an all-new digital instrument cluster for the 2021 Ford F-150 that delivers an immersive driver experience while prioritizing safety and connectivity for vehicle occupants. Overall, Visteon is in the midst of supporting 30 new Ford product launches between 2020 and 2022.
Chihuahua was the first Visteon facility to achieve Ford’s Q1 designation in Mexico during 2020 – the company’s Reynosa facility also attained the designation one month later. Visteon’s manufacturing operation in Shanghai, China attained the same designation last year.
In addition to Visteon’s strong relationship with Ford, partnerships with the local Chihuahua community have allowed it to invest in new technologies and promote the health and professional development of its people and the community.
In 2020, for example, state health authorities recognized Visteon’s Chihuahua facility as a role model and highlighted the safety measures it took during the COVID-19 pandemic in a government video shared with other companies. Visteon also partnered locally on a unique program to provide job opportunities for women from the Rarámuri ethnic group who live in the Sierra Madre mountains of Chihuahua.
New Business Center in Chihuahua
In addition to the Ford Q1 certification, team members celebrated the grand opening of the new Visteon Mexico Business Center (VMBC). The VMBC represents an investment of $250,000 USD in the Chihuahua community and will serve as a center of excellence and support operations in the region.
The VMBC investment is in addition to $121 million Visteon has invested in the Chihuahua manufacturing plant since 2016 for state-of-the-art processes and equipment such as optical bonding, injection molding, and surface-mount technology.
These investments will play an important role in continuing Visteon’s momentum of strong business growth as we deliver innovative automotive electronics that create a more enjoyable, connected and safe driving experience.
The new business center was built with Visteon’s corporate sustainability goals in mind. The facility is designed to be energy efficient and the company is evaluating a renewable solar energy project for the site, which would reduce its environmental footprint even further. Visteon is committed to using renewable sources for 50 percent of the total energy used at our facilities around the world and reducing its overall energy use by 6 percent from 2019 levels.