Five logistics companies were recognised by GM do Brasil in its Supplier of the Year awards held last month in São Caetano do Sul under the theme 'sustainable growth through partnerships'.
Ceva Logistics, Tegma Gestao Logistica, Brazul Transporte de Veículos, Cisa Trading and K Line RoRo & Bulk were all among the winners in the Logistics category.
In addition, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, a leading provider of customs and international trade consulting services, received an award for providing world-class customs compliance and logistics services to GM in Brazil.
Attending the ceremony, which was the 38th to be held in the country, were Bob Socia, GM’s vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, president of GM Brazil and Mercosur, Jaime Ardila, and Johnny Saldanha, vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, LAAM. (Saldanha will also be attending the Automotive Logistics South America conference being held in Sao Paolo between the 17-19 May; read more here).
They were joined by representatives from 300 suppliers out of a total of 700 supporting GM in the country.
Last year Ceva worked with GM to provide complete dressed-up engine supply chain services from its warehouse in Gravatai, Brazil. Ceva created a bespoke solution for the company called Direct Buy, which was integrated into GM’s existing supply chain aimed at reducing inventory and ensuring just-in-time delivery of engines to the production line. It includes production scheduling, acquisition of components from 30 vendors, inbound transportation of parts, sub-assembly of engines (dress up) and sequencing for the GM installation (read more here).
Ceva also provides transport management services and oversees aftermarket parts distribution from General Motors' warehouses to all of the company's dealers in the country.
K-Line, meanwhile, established its own shipping agency in Brazil last year – "K" Line Roro & Bulk Agencia Maritima Ltda. – with Capricorn Afretamentos, the owners of the former agent for K Line's Brazilian car carrier business (read more here).
The award for Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services (STTAS) was collected by Claudio Marques, vice president of South American Operations on behalf of STTAS do Brasil.
"STTAS is honoured to be recognised as a GM Supplier of the Year," said Marques. The hard work and dedication of all of our employees is reflected in this prestigious award. We look forward to continuing to contribute to GM's success by providing world class tariff, trade and customs services."
GM do Brasil has also recently announced that is is making a $778m investment to modernise and expand two factories in Sao Paulo state.
The full list of winning suppliers is as follows:
Supplier of the Year
Nemak Alumínio do Brasil
Leader of the Year
Waldey Sanchez – MWM International Motores
DHB Componentes Automotivos S.A.
Iochpe – Maxion S. A.
GITI Tire (China) Investment Company
GKN do Brasil
Soplast Plásticos Soprados
HBA Hutchinson Brasil Automotive
Itaesbra Indústria Mecânica
Grupo Gestamp Brasil
Kwang Jin America
Air-Conditioning & Electrical Components
Acumuladores Moura S.A.
Paranoá Indústria de Borracha
Interior, Parts and Accessories
Lear do Brasil
Dow Brasil – Divisão Styron
PST Eletrônica S.A.
MWM International Motores
Rudolph Usinados S.A.
Nemak Alumínio do Brasil
Teksid do Brasil
WHB Fundição S.A.
CEVA Logistics
Tegma Gestão Logística S.A.
Brazul Transporte de Veículos
Cisa Trading S.A.
 “K” Line Roro & Bulk
Machinery, Equipment and Indirect
M. Shimizu Equipamentos e Ferramentas Industriais
Thyssenkrupp System Engineering
BJP Manutenção e Operações de Utilidades
STTAS do Brasil Serviços de Comércio Exterior
Intecnial S.A.