Bridge­stone named 2017 GM sup­plier of the year

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Bridge­stone Cor­po­ra­tion, in­clud­ing the full global fam­ily of com­pa­nies, was named Gen­eral Mo­tors Co. (GM) Sup­plier of the Year dur­ing the 26th an­nual Sup­plier of the Year awards cer­e­mony re­cently held by GM in Or­lando, Florida. Bridge­stone Cor­po­ra­tion, head­quar­tered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tyre and rub­ber com­pany.

GM recog­nised 132 of its best sup­pli­ers from 17 coun­tries that have con­sis­tently ex­ceeded GM’s ex­pec­ta­tions, cre­ated out­stand­ing value or brought new in­no­va­tions to the com­pany. This is the third con­sec­u­tive year and 16th oc­ca­sion that Bridge­stone has re­ceived this award.

“This recog­ni­tion re­flects the out­stand­ing work that Bridge­stone global em­ploy­ees are de­liv­er­ing to ex­ceed the ex­pec­ta­tions of im­por­tant part­ners like Gen­eral Mo­tors. We are honoured to be rec­og­nized not only for our com­mit­ment to qual­ity and per­for­mance, but for our on­go­ing fo­cus on bring­ing value to Gen­eral Mo­tors and its cus­tomers,” Shan­non Quinn, Pres­i­dent, Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Sales, USA and Canada, Bridge­stone Amer­i­cas Tyre Op­er­a­tions, LLC, said.

More than 45% of this year’s Sup­plier of the Year awardees are re­peat win­ners from 2016. Quinn and Fred Cusi­mano, Bridge­stone Se­nior Di­rec­tor, Global Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Sales, ac­cepted the honor on be­half of Bridge­stone.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for Gen­eral Mo­tors to honor sup­pli­ers who are truly the best of the best. The au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is trans­form­ing at an in­cred­i­ble rate. The re­la­tion­ships we have with our sup­ply base are crit­i­cal to de­liv­er­ing a strong ve­hi­cle lineup to­day and the cut­ting-edge mo­bil­ity ser­vices of to­mor­row,” Steve Kiefer, GM Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Global Pur­chas­ing and Sup­ply Chain, said. GM’s Sup­plier of the Year award is re­served for sup­pli­ers that dis­tin­guish them­selves by meet­ing per­for­mance met­rics for qual­ity, ex­e­cu­tion, in­no­va­tion and to­tal en­ter­prise cost. The award win­ners rep­re­sent com­pa­nies that pro­vide prod­ucts and ser­vices to GM in ve­hi­cle com­po­nents, sup­ply chain and lo­gis­tics, cus­tomer care and af­ter­sales and in­di­rect ser­vices.

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