Honda has reported a record year for parts purchasing in North America in 2013, spending in excess of $25.5 billion. It brings the amount the carmaker has purchased in terms of parts and materials in the country to more than $300 billion since it began building vehicles in the region 35 years ago.  Last year it built a record 1.78m vehicles there.

The company also purchased almost $1.26 billion worth of parts from its service parts suppliers in North America last year.

The announcements were made at Honda’s recently held Supplier Conference at which more than 100 parts suppliers were recognised with awards out of its base of 652 North American suppliers. The company honoured 65 OEM suppliers for their performance in three categories: Quality, Delivery and Value. Five companies took the Triple Award for excellence in all three categories: American Leakless, CTS, KTH Shelburne Mfg, Kumi Canada and TS Tech USA.

Honda North America also honoured 49 suppliers for outstanding performance in supplying service parts. The company manages a national network of warehousing and distribution facilities that deliver service parts to 1,300 Honda and Acura dealers across the region. [sam_ad id=6 codes='true']

"With significant growth in our production over the next three years, driven by heavy new model activity in North America, we will continue to collaborate with suppliers to deliver leading edge technologies and the highest quality products," said Tom Lake, vice president of North American Purchasing and Cost Strategy.

In other news Michael Accavitti has moved from his role as senior vice-president of Automobile Operations to take up a new role as senior vice-president and general manager of Acura Division for American Honda Motor.

Purchasing impact where Honda has manufacturing operations
LocationNo. OEM Suppliers2013 OEM Parts Purchasing
South Carolina38$534m
North Carolina45$496m