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Pirelli earns GM Supplier of the Year award

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General Motors Corp. named Pirelli & Cie SpA one of its "suppliers of the year" for its overall business performance in providing GM with parts and services.

"Pirelli is representative of the type of company we want to grow with as we drive

to be the best worldwide," said Bo Andersson, vice president, GM Worldwide Purchasing

Production Control & Logistics. "The company has a balanced focus on performance and

behavior that supports GM's priorities. They are a role model for all of our suppliers."

General Motors honored 77 suppliers this year for their excellence throughout 2003.

"General Motors is valued confirmation of the effectiveness of Pirelli's market

strategy in the United States and in North America," said Francesco Gori, managing

director of the Pirelli Tire Sector.

"This recognition of the performance and quality of our products is added to the satisfaction of the American motorists, who enabled Pirelli to win the prestigious J.D. Power Award in 2003."

Pirelli received the award during ceremonies in Prague, Czechoslovakia, recently.

The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. Award winners

are selected by a global team of executives from purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and logistics who base their decisions on supplier performance in quality, service, technology and price.

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