General Motors recognized 132 of its best suppliers from 17 countries who have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992.
“This is an opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the best,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The Automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate. The relationships we have with our supply base means everything when it comes to delivering a strong vehicle lineup today and the cutting-edge vehicles and mobility services of tomorrow.”
“We are honored to have received this recognition and feel it is a direct reflection of our continuing partnership with GM,” said Dr. Juan Botero, vice president of key account management for Original Equipment Passenger and Light Truck Tires for Continental Tire the Americas. “Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality tires to GM’s products, and delivering new innovations and solutions along the way, and look forward to continuing our partnership.”
“Goodyear has been working with General Motors dating almost as far back as our company’s inception,” said Ken Hertl, Goodyear’s North American vice president of original equipment. “We are honored to receive this award and we are pleased to continue to supply GM with the quality and innovation necessary to meet consumer’s demands in the marketplace.”
GM’s Supplier of the Year award is reserved for suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, execution, innovation and total enterprise cost. Award winners represent companies who provide products and services to General Motors in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and aftersales and indirect services.