Seven leading logistics service providers were recognised by GM in its Supplier of the Year awards, announced during the 17th annual awards presentation held last week at the GM Heritage Center in Warren, Michigan.
Following on last year’s success, there were awards for shipping providers Grimaldi Group and Höegh Autoliners, who were this year joined by K Line.
"The Grimaldi Group is honored to be among General Motors' best suppliers in the world for the eighth time in the last nine years," said Commercial and Logistics Director, Costantino Baldissara. "This has been achieved through top quality logistics services based on maritime transport, full commitment of our organisation and an excellent cooperation with the management of General Motors in Europe and the US."
US rail provider Union Pacific Railroad also received an award, as did information delivery provider SL Solutions.
This year also saw an award go to Ohio-based Comprehensive Logistics, which serves the General Motors' Lordstown complex where it handles 85% of the parts shipped to the plant. Comprehensive sends 480 truckloads of parts to the plant each 16-hour workday.
New to the list of suppliers for the 2008 awards was Ewals Cargo Care for inbound logistics in Europe. “The fact that we have been honoured with this award is a great compliment to all of our employees involved with the Opel/Vauxhall business particularly in these challenging times for our customer,” said Rudi Roex, CEO, Ewals Cargo Care. “Their daily commitment to serve the customer has made the difference.”
“GM is proud to honour our best suppliers with the Supplier of the Year award, an award that we believe is the most meaningful honour in the supplier industry,” said Bo Andersson, GM Group Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain (pictured). “During these difficult economic times, it’s more important than ever to recognise performance in our supply base. These suppliers are the best of the best and we want to honour them for their tremendous performance.”