Auto giant General Motors named industrial robotics and automation company Kuka its “Supplier of the Year” during its 27th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held recently in Detroit.
This is the fourth time Kuka has received the award. In an interview with Robotics and Automation News, Joe Gemma, a senior executive at Kuka, provided some insights into the company. (See video below.)
During the event, GM recognized 133 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or introduced innovations to the company.
Kuka says it is “particularly proud” to have once again received the General Motors Supplier of the Year Award.
Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, global purchasing and supply chain, says: “We hold our suppliers to a high bar. They went above and beyond to deliver the innovations and quality that will help us earn customers for life.”
GM’s most important suppliers in 2018
More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2017. The Supplier of the Year award winners were 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. The award acknowledges GM’s most important suppliers in 2018.
Mike LaRose, president and COO of the Kuka automotive group Americas, says: “Given our long-standing, reliable business relationship with General Motors, we are extremely proud that our exceptional performance has been honored in this way by our customer. It is a remarkable celebration and Kuka is honored to be part of it.”