GM’s Supplier of the Year awards ceremony this year took place for the 28th time – but with a difference. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a virtual ceremony was held to honour the 116 recipients from 15 different countries that matched GM's requirements for qualifying as a supplier deserving of recognition, by 'consistently exceeding GM’s expectations, creating outstanding value, or introducing innovations to the company'.
“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.
The awards ceremony was originally scheduled as a live event to be held in March, but was postponed to 24 June. The recognition is for supplier performance in the 2019 calendar year.
It was the 15th time that BASF has been honoured as a Supplier of the Year. And with the presentation of an Overdrive Award for Sustainable Construction and Workspaces, the company was also recognised for the first time for its contribution outside the field of automotive products.
The award, first given by GM in 2012, recognizes supply partners for ‘extraordinary leadership in cultural change and commitment initiatives that drive exceptional business results for GM’. Next to BASF, three other companies - FreightVerify, Linamar and Morley – were also named as Overdrive Award winners.
BASF received the Overdrive Award for its Sustainable Construction technology and applications. The company collaborated on roofing and flooring projects for GM’s Spring Hill and Flint assembly plants that contributed to mutual sustainability goals of a smaller carbon footprint, less waste to landfills, and water and energy savings.
“BASF’s portfolio isn’t just paint, catalysts, plastics, or automotive fluids,” said Sean McKeon, BASF Vice President and Key Account Manager for GM.
“Thank you, General Motors, for allowing us to provide you with sustainable solutions beyond the scope of the automotive industry. This Overdrive Award will take a place of great honour in our company’s legacy. It will continually remind us that our multi-prong, customer-centred strategy is focused in the right way.”
The Supplier of the Year award winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales and Logistics.