Kiekert sponsors Automotive Heritage Journalism Award Program

04/10/2019             Wixom, Mich. -- The Automotive Heritage Foundation has selected Kiekert AG, the technology leader in automotive locking systems, as the official sponsor of its 2019 journalism awards competition. The annual awards program recognizes outstanding journalism in 10 automotive heritage categories, including best book, best vehicle-restoration article and best broadcast story. Based in Heiligenhaus, Germany, Kiekert has a long-history as a leader in the development and production of latches and entry systems. The 2019 awards will be presented at the Concours d’Elegance of America on Sunday, July 28 in the Brembo Media Center at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The entry deadline for this year’s program is May 30. Additional information is available at “Kiekert is ideally suited to be the presenting sponsor for our 2019 journalism awards program,” said Steve Purdy, founder of the Automotive Heritage Awards (AHA) program. “Founded in 1857, Kiekert has a long and distinguished history in the auto industry dating back to the mid 1800’s.” Award winners are selected by a jury of more than 20 auto journalists, headed by Csaba Csere, former editor-in-chief of Car & Driver magazine, and Gary Witzenberg, a North American Car of the Year juror and Motor Trend magazine correspondent. The journalism awards competition is one of four AHA programs, including Concept Car of the Year, Future Collectible Vehicle of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award. Other AHA sponsors include the National Automotive History Collection, the Society of Automotive Historians, Brembo, the Concourse d’Elegance of America and America’s Automotive Trust. Founded in 1857, Kiekert AG is the auto industry’s technology leader in locking systems. The company employs 6,500 people in 11 countries at eight production plants, seven development centers and three sales units, developing, producing and selling various customer solutions 24/7. Sales revenues in 2018 totaled 830 million euros. In the United States, Kiekert has two facilities in Wixom, Michigan: the company’s lead engineering, sales and program management center for the NAFTA region and a production plant.


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