By CRM Staff
May 8, 2018 — Toronto, Ontario — BASF was named a 2017 General Motors (GM) Supplier of the Year for the 13th time since 2002. The award is presented to suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting
performance metrics for quality, execution, innovation, and total enterprise cost.
“This is an opportunity for General Motors to honour those suppliers who are truly the best
of the best,” says 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.”
Award winners represent companies who provide products and services to GM
in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and
aftersales, and indirect services. With its broad array of colour solutions and modern paint
processes, BASF’s Coatings division helps GM improve productivity and environmental
performance. BASF provides its time and resource saving Integrated Paint Process to GM
and supplies a majority of its plants in North America with its world class CathoGuard 800
electrocoat, among other technologies.
“The long-standing and trustful relationship between GM and BASF is an example of what
can be accomplished through a successful partnership,” said Teressa Szelest, President,
Market and Business Development North America at BASF. “Together, we are collaborating
to drive innovation, customer service, safety and sustainability, and open new pathways for
the future of mobility.”
Teressa Szelest accepted the award on behalf of BASF at the 26th annual awards ceremony.