Brake technology supplier Akebono Corp. has received a 2003 ``Vendor Excellence Award'' from Monro Muffler Brake Inc.
Akebono said Monro recognized it for the successful launch in late 2002 of ceramic brake pads throughout the Monro chain. Award factors included product quality, timely introduction of new parts numbers, shipping/billing consistency and accuracy, fill rate and on-time delivery and increase in average ticket price.
Meanwhile, Akebono introduced on April 1 its ``ProACT Brake Bucks'' incentive program for aftermarket jobbers and installers. The company said jobbers and installers who purchase 10 sets of ProACT ultra-premium ceramic disc brake pads through their distributors will receive a $25 American Express gift check. The purchase of five sets of ProACT brake pads will entitle installers to receive a $10 American Express gift check.
The promotion runs through June 30.