DETROIT -- General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson singled out 10 of his 3,000 global suppliers for recognition at the Detroit auto show on Thursday, Jan. 15.
The GM Supplier of the Year award for 2008 was handed out to companies offering a range of parts and services, often for actions that GM viewed as going beyond normal business practices.
Behr GmbH & Co. KG was singled out for offering 47 ideas in response to GMs call for ways to reduce total landed costs.
Earlier last week, LG Chem Ltd. was named GMs battery supplier to the Chevrolet Volt car. LG Chem was singled out for its record of lithium ion cell design and manufacturing innovation.
Fuyao Glass Industries Group Co. Ltd. was lauded by Andersson for its success in becoming GMs benchmark supplier of glass. The Chinese supplier achieved a flawless launch on the Chevrolet Malibu and Opel Insignia programs.
Magna International Inc.s Decoma International division took on the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave and Pontiac G6 fascia business after the failure of Plastech Engineered Products Inc. Decoma moved 307 tools without disruptions.
Engine maker Nemak was given the task of handling GMs shift from V-8 engines by supplying more in-line four-cylinder Ecotec cylinder heads. In three months, the Mexico-based supplier boosted production by 10,000 heads a week, to 23,000.
The telemarketing services company Servicom LLC supported GM and OnStar during an unscheduled outage at the OnStar inbound sales centers in September.
The freight transportation arrangement company Innovative Logistics Group Inc. executed an emergency launch assistance that supported freight to 21 GM North American assembly plants with no disruptions.
The filter systems company Mann+Hummel was recognized for its long-standing account management. The companys award was its 16th consecutive from GM.
Johnson Controls Inc. moved a large number of molds during GMs July shutdown. The transfer aided key vehicles in the United States and Canada, including the Chevrolet Impala, Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia.
Federal-Mogul Corp. received a GM environmental award for developing an acoustic dampening material that eliminates hazardous-waste concerns.