General Motors hosted a virtual ceremony for its annual Supplier of the Year awards this week, which recognizes supplier partners that go “above and beyond GM’s requirements, providing customers with the most innovative technologies and highest quality in the automotive industry.”
GM says it handed out awards to 116 suppliers from 15 different countries during the virtual ceremony, which included 13 first-time winners. Award recipients included BASF, Lear, Magna, Goodyear, Michelin, Multimatic, Hyundai Mobis, Exxon Mobil and Schaeffler, among others.
Additionally, GM handed out 13 awards through its Innovation and Overdrive awards. The Innovation awards recognize companies that deliver “cutting-edge technologies that substantially enhance vehicle capabilities and/or the customer experience,” while the Overdrive awards recognize “supply partners for extraordinary leadership in cultural change and commitment initiatives that drive exceptional business results for GM.”
LG Display/LG Electronics, Magna Seating, Shape Corp. and Strattec Security Corporation won Innovation awards, while BASF, FreightVerify, Linamar and Morley received Overdrive awards.
“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 GM vice president for global purchasing and supply chain, Shilpan Amin.
“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.”
This edition of the GM Supplier of the Year awards marks the 28th consecutive year GM has hosted the ceremony and recognizes supplier performance for the 2019 calendar year. This year’s awards ceremony was originally scheduled as a live event to be held in March, but it was eventually postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.