3 November 2003  

Bekaert grants the ´Vincent Gaeremynck Award' to Shanghai Baosteel


Today, at an official ceremony in Shanghai, Mr. Julien De Wilde, CEO, has granted the biennial ‘Vincent Gaeremynck Award’ to Mrs. Xie Qihua, President of Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation. 

This quality award is intended to honour the supplier who over the last period has been most successful in its efforts to significantly improve the quality level of its wire rod supply.


Bekaert, pioneer in ‘Total Quality Management’, wants to provide its customers with high quality products. Therefore, the company imposes very high quality standards to its suppliers. Bekaert has more than 40 wire rod suppliers, who supply more than 2,3 million tonnes of wire rod to more than 50 plants all over the world. It is Bekaert’s great pleasure to honour one of its Chinese suppliers.  


The criteria used for ranking the suppliers’ performance are:

-          Wire rod quality (internal and external characteristics, chemical composition and mechanical properties)

-          Research and development of the wire rod product

-          Delivery conditions and overall supply logistics

-          Production performance in Bekaert’s factories world-wide

-          Supplier’s responsiveness in terms of quality improvement and claim handling.


With Baoshan Iron and Steel Co.,Ltd. as its core enterprise, Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation has become a large iron and steel conglomerate with the highest degree of modernization, the largest scale of production and the most complete varieties and specifications of products in China. Its annual steel-making capacity has reached 20 million tonnes.