Sapa’s Cressona plant in Pennsylvania has become one of the first in the aluminium extrusion industry to receive Ford Motor Company’s Q1 Award.

“This is an awesome achievement by our employees in Cressona and our Ford program team,” says business area president Charlie Straface, who leads Sapa’s extrusion organisation in North America.

“I have no doubt that the work we have done with Ford has made us better as a whole, and that we will continue to improve as a supplier to Ford as well as to all our other customers.”

The plant was notified in March that it had achieved Q1 status – Ford’s highest award for excellence in quality, service and on-time delivery. The plaque presentation and flag-raising ceremony in Cressona will be held on July 20.

Sapa has been supplying Ford from the Cressona plant since 2014 and is one of five extruders working with the carmaker on the F-150, America’s best-selling truck for 39 years. This year, Sapa's business volume with Ford will grow by more than 30% with the addition of the 2016 Super Duty trucks.

Sapa is also a strategic partner with Ford R&D and its advanced engineering groups in the development of several new products and alloys.