GM Names Continental One of its Top Suppliers
Continental Tire the Americas LLC was named a supplier of the year by General Motors Co. (GM) during its 24th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony on March 10, 2016.
GM recognized 110 of its best suppliers from 17 countries who have consistently exceeded the automaker's expectations, created outstanding value, or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the supplier of the year event in 1992. This is the first time Continental has received the award.
“We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM, and being the OEM of choice among suppliers,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president of global purchasing and supply chain. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”
GM’s 2015 supplier recognition represents a nearly 40% increase in the number of suppliers honored compared to 79 recipients in 2014. More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2014.
Winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in product purchasing, indirect purchasing, customer care and aftersales, and logistics.
"We are extremely proud and honored to receive this award; it is an excellent reflection of our partnership with GM,” said Enno Straten, vice president of key account management for passenger and light truck original equipment for Continental. “Our team has been persistently working to provide the highest quality tires with innovative features to complement GM's great products. And today we are even more motivated to shift our efforts to the next level being able to tackle all upcoming challenges of the automotive industry together with GM."