WARREN, Mich. (May 3) — General Motors Corp. has recognized tire makers Bridgestone Corp. and GITI Tire (China) Investment Co. Ltd. and rubber product makers ContiTech Vibration Control GmbH of Germany and Standard Profil Otomotiv A.S. of Turkey as suppliers of the year for 2005.
GM presented the awards at ceremonies held recently at its Vehicle Engineering Center in Warren. In all, GM recognized 85 suppliers for providing it with "world-class parts and services."
"GM needs suppliers capable of working with the auto maker in all markets, by providing world-class quality, delivery and landed cost," said Bo Andersson, vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.
The GM Supplier of the Year program began in 1992. Each year a global team of purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives determines the winners based on performance in quality, service, technology and price.
These awards "reflect the leading position, which we have in chassis and NVH technologies," said Kai FrÃ¼hauf, managing director, ContiTech Vibration Control. "Our management systems enable us to keep that high performance level in all our plants worldwide."
Continental Teves, a supplier of brake systems, and U.S. Farathane Corp., a maker of polyurethane and other polymer components, also were honored.