General Motors has recognized 110 of its top global suppliers during the 2015 Supplier of the Year awards. The honors, which began in 1992, are bestowed upon automotive suppliers who have gone above and beyond for GM with the most innovative technologies to benefit customers, and help create the industry’s highest quality vehicles.
Suppliers from 17 countries were recognized at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, where the automaker awarded an additional 31 awards over the 2014 model year.
“Our priorities are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM, and being the OEM of choice among suppliers,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”
During this particular ceremony, GM debuted an Innovation award to recognize five suppliers who brought great innovation to GM customers. The inaugural winners are as follows:
- Autoneum – provided new lightweight acoustic material in the 2016 GMC Acadia that reduces mass by 20 percent while improving acoustic performance.
- Delphi – provided industry-first vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication technology to provide 360-degree object detection, which can see beyond the line of sight and around large obstructions. GM will be the first to market with this technology available on the 2017 Cadillac CTS.
- Delta Electronics – supplied an on-board charger module in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt that converts AC power into DC power with the purpose of recharging the battery pack of an electric car.
- FANUC – developed an assembly plant paint robot application designed to prevent unexpected downtime while enhancing overall robot performance.
- Gentex – introduced industry-first rear camera mirror on the 2016 Cadillac CT6 that eliminates C-pillar obstacles and increases field of vision up to 300 percent.
GM also awarded LG Chem, Brake Parts Incorporated and Lear with the Overdrive Award. The three companies were recognized for extraordinary leadership in cultural change and commitment initiatives that drove exceptional business results for GM.