Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Definition of an Automotive Industry Tier 1 Supplier
A longtime resident of greater Cleveland, Tennessee, Carolyn Seale has a wealth of experience in the fields of industrial engineering and manufacturing oversight. For the past 17 years, Carolyn Seale has served as a manager with Denso Manufacturing in Athens, Tennessee, a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry.
The term “tier 1 supplier” can be applied to any manufacturer who distributes products directly to a company with no intervention from sales middlemen or additional manufacturers. In the automotive industry, however, the term takes on a more significant meaning. Certain components in automotive production must meet ISO/TS16949 Quality Standards that ensure their operational effectiveness. This means that these components must be made and delivered under stringent process controls that cannot involve outside companies or third-party entities.
Identification as a Tier 1 supplier designates high levels of both credibility and professionalism. Major automotive companies rely on these suppliers to handle all aspects of component creation for specific vehicles.