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GM Thailand Honors Top Regional Suppliers

  • Suppliers recognized for quality, delivery and customer satisfaction
  • 150 percent more award recipients in 2014 compared with previous year
  • GM has 286 suppliers in ASEAN, with over 180 in Thailand

RAYONG, THAILAND: General Motors ASEAN recently honored 94 of its top performing suppliers in its annual Supplier Quality Excellence Awards ceremony. Suppliers who received GM’s award included those from Thailand (71), Indonesia (14), Philippines (5), Malaysia (2) and one each from Singapore and Vietnam.

This represented a 150-percent increase in the number of award recipients compared with 2013. Additionally, eight suppliers, four of whom were from Thailand, were three-time award recipients.

“One of the keys to GM and Chevrolet’s future growth in Thailand and the ASEAN region is our shared commitment to delivering excellent quality products at a competitive price. Given the hyper-competitive nature of the automotive business none of us can afford to produce poor quality products. Only by working together to deliver high quality products can we expect to achieve mutual success in 2015 and beyond,” said Tim Zimmerman, president, GM Southeast Asian Operations.

“Auto industry will remain a growth industry for the foreseeable future. A number of middle income countries – Indonesia, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, etc. – offer good prospects of growth” said Johnny Saldanha, Vice president, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, GM International (GMI). He talked about next phase of growth markets. He also congratulated great progress in quality improvement by ASEAN supply base and 150% increase in excellence award recipients compared to 2013.

Seventy-nine percent of award recipients from 2013 repeated their success in 2014, while 35 percent of 2012 recipients repeated their success in 2013 and 2014. GM Thailand has a total of 286 suppliers across the ASEAN region, about 63 percent of which are Thai suppliers.

To qualify for an award, a supplier has to meet 13 criteria including quality, customer satisfaction, delivery, program management and various mandatory certifications. The annual award ceremony to recognize leading suppliers in Southeast Asia was launched in 2012 and is one of key initiatives of GM to strengthen collaboration with its family of suppliers throughout the region.

Jewel Shi, GMI Supplier Quality and Development Director talked about the supplier quality excellence award criteria and detail analysis of improvement and challenges in supplier quality improvement focus areas.

To GM, the winning suppliers represent the best of the best from the region. The Supplier Quality Excellence Awards is an opportunity for GM to demonstrate its appreciation to its suppliers for their commitment and shared objective to build quality products, put customers at the center of everything they do and earn customers for life.

“Building relationships is important at GM, whether it is with our customers or suppliers. It is one of our top priorities,” said Aftab Ahmed, vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, GM Thailand.

“It is equally critical to build quality into everything we do. Working with suppliers who share the same overall objectives as GM has helped us stay competitive. Congratulations to the awarded suppliers and I look forward continued success in the future,” said Mr. Ahmed.