On 15 May 2013 Kaco GmbH + Co. KG was awarded the “Development Excellence Award” by Hitachi Automotive Systems at Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas’ annual supplier conference in Richmond, Kentucky. The award was given “in recognition of outstanding Development performance achievement” with regards to advances and improvements in product design and manufacturing processes for water pump mechanical seal products provided to Hitachi’s Unisia Mexicana S.A. DE C.V plant in Lerma, Mexico. Hitachi’s Unisia Mexicana is one of the leading companies for producing automotive water pumps in North America and one of the most important customers to KACO. This award is of extreme importance to KACO, as it honors the long term excellent relation to the Japanese based automotive supplier. Also it represents the strong innovative capacity as being the technological trendsetter in the area of dynamic seal. Tyler Howard, Project Manager for Kaco in North America, was in attendance and accepted the award on behalf of the company.