Allendale, NJ—Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, honored its best suppliers with the Leica Supplier Award 2014. The presentation of the awards, in the form of a Leica M made of glass, took place at the company’s headquarters at Leitz Park in Wetzlar on October 28, 2014.
The company first presented the award in 2013 and extended an invitation to suppliers to submit an entry in one of four categories: supply performance; growth; value creation; and innovation.
“Today, the consistent, ongoing realization of our growth strategy depends more than ever on the support of our suppliers. And the Leica Supplier Award is our way of honoring this in an appropriate manner. The multitude of submissions we received confirms our intent to continue the competition in the future,” said Ulrich Weigel, divisional manager, Purchasing, and vice COO at Leica Camera AG.
The winners of the Leica Suppliers Award 2014 are: Sà Couto and Monteiro S.A., Portugal (supply performance); Elmos Semiconductor AG, Germany (growth); Nanjing Jiangnan Novel Optics Co., Ltd., China (value creation); and Uwe Weller Feinwerktechnik GmbH, Germany (innovation).
In the category “innovation”, the award was presented in the form of a Leica M system outfit, instead of a trophy made of glass. The entrants were invited to submit suggestions for the areas of product and process innovation, quality improvement and time-to-market optimization. Uwe Weller Feinwerktechnik GmbH, Germany, won the award with a suggestion pertaining to the market launch of the new Leica Summarit-M lenses, which were unveiled at this year’s photokina in Cologne. us.leica-camera.com