GM Supplier of the Year Awards

SKF, Nidec, Bosch, FANUC, Schaeffler among 116 recipients

General Motors recognized the “most innovative partners” of its supply chain during a virtual ceremony to celebrate the automotive giant’s annual Supplier of the Year awards on June 24. Recipients of the GM 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.

There were several companies EA readers have been long familiar with: SKF, Nidec, Bosch, FANUC, and Schaeffler, to name a few.

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, according to a June 24 press release covering the awards. Based on the last eight years, GM has averaged $3.6 billion in Tier 1 spend with minority suppliers, it says.

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.”

This is the eighth time Lansdale, Pa.-based SKF has received the award.

“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.

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