DETROIT — General Motors Co. has named Bridgestone Americas Inc., Goodyear, Hankook Tire America Corp. and Michelin North America suppliers of the year for 2018.
The four tire makers are among 133 suppliers to earn the recognition, which GM presented recently in Detroit during its 27th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony.
GM selected suppliers from 15 countries to receive the award for going "above and beyond GM's requirements," providing customers with the most innovative technologies and delivering quality vehicles.
"We hold our suppliers to a high bar," Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, said. "They went above and beyond to deliver the innovations and quality that will help us earn customers for life."
For Bridgestone, the recognition is its fourth consecutive award and 17th overall.
"We are honored once again to receive this award as it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teammates globally to design best-in-class products that meet and exceed the needs of our customers," Shannon Quinn, president, original equipment sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, said.
"We have a long-standing partnership with GM and look forward to continuing to work together to deliver future mobility solutions."
Hyunjun Cho, head of Hankook Tire OE Division, said: “We value our partnership with GM and believe this award three years in a row is a testament to our strong partnership and continued growth together.”
Supplier of the year award winners are chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. Winners were selected based on performance criteria in product purchasing, global purchasing and manufacturing services, customer care and aftersales, and logistics.