GM recognized 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. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992.
This is the sixth time Laird has received the award.
"This is an opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the best," said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "The automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate. The relationships we have with our supply base means everything when it comes to delivering a strong vehicle lineup today and the cutting-edge vehicles and mobility services of tomorrow."
More than 45 percent this year's Supplier of the Year awardees are repeat winners from 2016.
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. Award winners represent companies that provide products and services to GM in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and aftersales, and indirect services.
"Our relationship with GM shows the importance of cultivating partnerships to drive innovation," said Steve Brown, president of Lairds Connected Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division. "This award is a clear reflection of our solid contribution to provide GM's customers with the best vehicles and services in the industry."
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Attending the event are, from left, Jeffrey Morrison, Executive Director, Global Purchasing Strategic Planning and Development, General Motors; Matthus Joshua, Executive Director - AV/EV Commercialization and Industrialization, General Motors; Steve Brown, President, Laird Connected Vehicle Solutions; and, Dr. Ayman Duzdar, VP of Technology, Laird Connected Vehicle Solutions
About Laird Connected Vehicle Solutions
We make technology work. As a trusted partner to the worlds leading automotive brands, Lairds Connected Vehicle Solutions division designs, develops and delivers solutions to keep vehicles connected while on the move. Operating locally, we are an extension of our customers engineering teams, and our world-class expertise provides the depth and breadth to solve the most complex problems. Lairds custom engineered solutions are enabling customers to transform vehicle connectivity across the globe, solving the challenges of today and anticipating those of tomorrow.
Laird is focused on providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable mission critical connectivity through wireless applications and advanced antenna systems. Lairds products are critical to all sectors of the electronics industry, including transportation, industrial, medical, telecommunications, computing, and the mobile device sectors. Laird employs nearly 9,700 employees at 48 locations, including 20 engineering and manufacturing facilities, 18 research and design centers, and 10 sales and administrative offices, in 19 countries worldwide.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com