Bridgestone Corp. and its global family of companies, including Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSAM), recently received the General Motors (GM) Supplier of the Year Award for overall performance in providing GM with parts and services.
Takashi Urano, vice president and senior officer of Bridgestone Corp., accepted the award on behalf of the company. This is the 13th time Bridgestone Corp. has been given the award.
“To be given this award more than a dozen times is a great honor,” says Gary Garfield, CEO and president, Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSAM).
“Making sure our company provides world-class quality products to our customers is of the upmost importance and we will continue to provide GM with the high quality tires and services it has come to expect from Bridgestone Corp.”
The Bridgestone Group supplies tires to GM plants worldwide. In North America, Bridgestone Americas supplies Bridgestone and Firestone-brand tires for application on all four of GM’s vehicle badges – Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. Bridgestone Group companies also supply tires to GM facilities and subsidiaries in Brazil, Venezuela, Europe, Australia, India, Thailand, South Africa, China and South Korea.
The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. Winners are selected by a global team of executives from purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and logistics who base their decisions on supplier performance in four areas: Innovative Technology; Superior Quality; Outstanding Launch Support; and Competitive Total Enterprise Cost Solutions.
This year, General Motors honored 82 suppliers for their outstanding performance throughout 2010 out of the 20,000 suppliers eligible for the award.