VW Recognizes e-Sourcing Provider

eBreviate first B2B company to earn automaker's award for supplier achievement

Plano, TX  July 18, 2002  For the first time, Volkswagen has named a B2B software company as one of the German automaker's top suppliers.

Volkswagen awarded e-sourcing solution provider eBreviate, a division of EDS subsidiary A.T. Kearney, with the carmaker's 2001 Volkswagen Group Award for supplier achievement.

eBreviate, founded within A.T. Kearney in 1999, was integrated into A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions in December 2001.

The Volkswagen Group Award honors the best suppliers from among the auto company's supply base of some 6,500 suppliers. The award focuses on deep supplier partnerships that reward a supplier's efforts toward superior quality management objectives.

eBreviate was cited for its excellence in entrepreneurial performance, a category that recognizes suppliers for their innovation capabilities in terms of cost optimization and process improvements. eBreviate was the sole technology company and the only U.S.-headquartered company to be tapped for the VW award this year.

"eBreviate has delivered the highest level of customer service to us at Volkswagen, and we have been successfully utilizing the technology since 2000," said Meike-Uta Hansen, head of B2B auctions at Volkswagen. "They have customized their technology to fit the processes and culture of Volkswagen to ensure our joint success. To this day, eBreviate is the only B2B software company to ever win this award."

In addition to eBreviate, 24 other companies received the award, now in its tenth year, at an awards banquet held at the group's Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany.

The Volkswagen Group, which had a total spend of about $60 billion in 2001, includes auto brands Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle brands.