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Supplier Of The Year Awards GM Honors Top Global Suppliers for Innovation and Performance

| Editor: Nicole Kareta

General Motors recognized its most innovative partners during a virtual ceremony to celebrate its 28th annual Supplier of the Year awards on June 24, 2020. Recipients of the Supplier of the Year award included 116 suppliers from 15 countries, with 13 first-time winners, as well as eight companies who earned GM’s Innovation and Overdrive Awards.

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The Supplier of the Year, Overdrive and Innovation award winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives.
The Supplier of the Year, Overdrive and Innovation award winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives.
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GM’s Supplier of the Year award is reserved for suppliers that distinguish themselves by going above and beyond GM’s requirements, providing customers with the most innovative technologies and highest quality in the automotive industry. The awards ceremony was originally scheduled as a live event to be held in March, but was postponed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recognition is for supplier performance in the 2019 calendar year. Five of the award-winning suppliers were minority-owned enterprises. GM was the first automotive OEM to establish a supplier diversity program in 1968. Based on the last eight years, GM has averaged $3.6 billion in Tier 1 spend with minority suppliers.

“Our suppliers play a key role in delivering the products, services and experiences our customers deserve – and these award-winning suppliers went above and beyond our expectations,” said Shilpan Amin, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “We also believe it’s important at this point in time to thank our entire supply base for their efforts the last few months to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” added Amin. “Not only have we been able to safely restart our manufacturing operations, our suppliers played a key role in assisting our initiatives to increase the supply of ventilators and personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers to help save lives and keep communities safe.”

Innovation Awards

LG Display / LG Electronics, Magna Seating, Shape Corp. and Strattec Security Corporation won Innovation Awards for delivering cutting-edge technologies that substantially enhance vehicle capabilities and/or the customer experience.

LG Display / LG Electronics was recognized for its P-OLED technology on the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which marked the first-ever use of a curved OLED display in a production vehicle. The three curved screens make up the instrument panel cluster for displaying basic vehicle-related information and an integrated center stack that serves as an infotainment display for audio, video and navigation content.

Magna Seating distinguished itself by envisioning the car seat of the future with its Freeform seat design. For GM customers, this provides rear-seat passengers with a sculpted, wrinkle-free design and increased comfort and knee room.

Shape Corp. was honored for engineering and manufacturing the automotive industry’s first curved, multi-hollow pultruded carbon fiber bumper beam for the 2020 Corvette Stingray. The bumper’s properties provide a lightweight design needed to help the Corvette meet its weight requirements.

Strattec Security Corporation differentiated itself with its new Invis-A-Rise power tailgate technology on the Chevrolet Silverado pickup. This feature allows users to automatically open, close and latch the vehicle’s tailgate with the push of a button.

Overdrive Awards

GM also honored four companies — BASF, FreightVerify, Linamar and Morley — with its Overdrive Award. The award, first given in 2012, recognizes supply partners for extraordinary leadership in cultural change and commitment initiatives that drive exceptional business results for GM.

The Supplier of the Year, Overdrive and Innovation award winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.

General Motors’ 2019 Supplier of the Year award winners include:

  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • ABC Technologies
  • Active Aero Group
  • Advanced Composites
  • AK Steel Corporation
  • Alpine Electronics
  • Aludyne
  • Android Industries
  • AGI
  • Attentive Industries, Inc.
  • AUSTEM Co., Ltd
  • Barton Malow
  • BASF
  • Black Horse Carriers
  • BorgWarner Transmission Systems
  • Robert Bosch LLC
  • Brake Parts Inc.
  • Brazul - Grupo SADA Corp.
  • Bridgestone Corporation
  • Brose
  • Buehler Motor
  • Chunil Cargo Transportation Co., Ltd.
  • CITIC Dicastal Co.
  • Comau
  • Commonwealth//McCann
  • Continental Tire
  • Cooper Standard
  • Czarnowski Display Services
  • DAEWON KANG UP CO., LTD
  • Shanghai Daimay Automotive Interior Co. Ltd.
  • Dana Incorporated
  • Day & Ross
  • Dell Technologies
  • DENSO International America, Inc.
  • DTR Automotive Corporation
  • DY AUTO CORPORATION
  • Dynamic Manufacturing, Inc.
  • ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants
  • FANUC CORPORATION
  • Faurecia
  • FedEx Corporation
  • Flex-N-Gate Corporation
  • FUYAO GLASS
  • GALLAGHER-KAISER CORPORATION
  • Gentex Corporation
  • Gentherm
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • GP Strategies
  • Bocar Group
  • Guangdong Hongtu Nantong Die-casting
  • Hankook Tire and Technology
  • Hanon Systems
  • HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • HIROTEC AMERICA, Inc.
  • HIROTECH MEXICO
  • Hyundai Mobis
  • IDEAL CONTRACTING LLC
  • ILJIN Global
  • Innolux Corporation
  • Inteva Products
  • Iroquois Industries Inc.
  • Jack Morton Worldwide
  • JATCO Ltd.
  • JPC Automotive Co., Ltd.
  • Korea Autoglass Corporation
  • Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.
  • KM&I Co., Ltd.
  • KUKA Systems North America
  • KWANGJIN
  • Lear Corporation
  • Linamar
  • Lizhong Wheel Manufacturing
  • Questum Maquinados una empresa de Grupo Quimmco
  • Magna International
  • MANN+HUMMEL GmbH
  • Martin Transportation Systems
  • MAXXIS
  • Michelin
  • MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINE & TURBOCHARGER
  • MNP Corporation
  • Mubea
  • Multimatic
  • SM Namsun Aluminum Automotive Parts
  • Nemak
  • Nexteer Automotive
  • NS AUTOTECH CO., LTD.
  • Nucor
  • NIDEC MOBILITY CORPORATION
  • Pilkington Automotive Limited (NSG Group)
  • Plastic Omnium
  • PREH
  • Rassini
  • Ryobi Die Casting
  • S&T Motiv Co., Ltd.
  • Schaeffler
  • Shannon Precision Fastener
  • SHB
  • SKF
  • SL Corporation
  • SMR Automotive
  • SOGEFI
  • Spartan Light Metal Products
  • Summit Polymers, Inc.
  • Sundram Fasteners Limited (Powertrain Components Division)
  • SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD.
  • Tegma S/A
  • TENNECO POWERTRAIN
  • US FARATHANE
  • Veoneer
  • Vuteq Corporation
  • The Walbridge Group Inc.
  • Weber Shandwick
  • WOOSHIN SAFETY SYSTEMS CO., LTD
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean
  • XPO Logistics Managed Transportation
  • Yazaki North America

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