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General Motors Recognizes Top Global Suppliers at Supplier of the Year Event

MIAMI — General Motors has recognized its top global suppliers of 2023 during its annual Supplier of the Year recognition event. In total, 86 suppliers were recognized with a Supplier of the Year award, and an additional eight Overdrive Awards were handed to suppliers who far exceeded expectations. This is NSNA’s 4th Consecutive GM SOY Award.

“We’re honored to partner with these top suppliers who have made notable contributions to our transformation. Together, we’re pushing boundaries, pioneering new technologies and redefining what’s possible,” said Jeff Morrison, vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Their innovation and support are critical to helping us deliver the world-class vehicles our customers have to come expect.”

Rigorous selection process emphasizes shared values

A global, cross-functional GM team rigorously selects Supplier of the Year and Overdrive award winners based on performance, innovation, cultural alignment with GM’s values, and commitment to achieving GM’s ambitious goals.

The GPSC Priority Wheel guides the selection process, prioritizing the customer in every aspect of supply chain decision-making. This framework prioritizes three core values: Safety, Inclusion and Relationships. These foundational values underpin all other priorities, including Sustainability, Innovation, Execution, Resilience and Profitability.

By emphasizing these values, GPSC fosters a robust, diverse, collaborative partnership ecosystem that drives mutual success for GM and its suppliers.

Overdrive award recognizes exceptional partnerships

The Overdrive Award recognizes exceptional suppliers who consistently exceed expectations in their partnership with GM. These companies go the extra mile, exceeding expectations.

For instance, one winner’s innovative solution slashed GM’s diesel fuel consumption by a staggering 2,900 gallons, eliminating over 17 tons of carbon emissions. Another winner set a high bar for safety, managing to open a massive 600,000-square-foot facility in just five days to expedite parts delivery for GM’s customers.


General Motors Names Nippon Seiki North America a 2022 Supplier of the Year

General Motors recognized Nippon Seiki North America as a 2022 Supplier of the Year. GM celebrated honorees at its 31st annual Supplier of the Year event in San Antonio, Texas, earlier this week.

GM’s Supplier of the Year award recognizes global suppliers that distinguish themselves by exceeding GM’s requirements, in turn providing customers with innovative technologies and among the highest quality in the automotive industry. This is the 7th time Nippon Seiki North America has received GM SOY award.

“We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding suppliers after yet another challenging year in the automotive industry,” said Jeff Morrison, GM vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “They overcame countless obstacles and exemplified what it means to be resilient, resourceful and determined. Beyond that, these suppliers demonstrated their commitment to sustainable innovation and to driving advanced solutions in collaboration with the GM team.”

Each year, GM’s Supplier of the Year recipients are selected by a global, cross-functional GM team for their performance in criteria such as Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales and Logistics.


General Motors Names Nippon Seiki North America a 2021 Supplier of the Year

General Motors recognized Nippon Seiki North America as a 2021 Supplier of the Year. GM celebrated honorees at its 30th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 15, 2022.

GM’s Supplier of the Year award recognizes global suppliers that distinguish themselves by exceeding GM’s requirements, in turn providing GM customers with innovative technologies and among the highest quality in the automotive industry.

This year, GM recognized 134 suppliers from 16 countries with the Supplier of the Year distinction. This is the 2nd consecutive year Nippon Seiki North America has received Supplier of the Year award.

“This year’s Supplier of the Year event was special not only because it’s the 30th anniversary of the program, but because it provided us with the opportunity to recognize our suppliers for persevering through one of the most challenging years the industry has ever faced,” said Shilpan Amin, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “These top suppliers showed resilience and reinforced their commitment to pursuing sustainability and innovation. Through our strong relationships and collaboration, GM and our suppliers are poised to build a brighter future for generations to come.”

A global cross functional team selected the 2021 Supplier of the Year winners based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales and Logistics.


Nippon Seiki International named a “GM Supplier of the Year” at General Motors’ 29th Annual Supplier of the Year Awards.

GM recognized 122 of its best suppliers from 16 countries for performance in the 2020 calendar year. The annual awards highlight global suppliers that distinguish themselves by exceeding GM’s requirements, in turn providing GM customers with innovative technologies and among the highest quality in the automotive industry.

“As GM works to achieve a future with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, we are proud to have innovative and dedicated suppliers around the world as partners in this mission,” said Shilpan Amin, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

“Throughout a challenging year, our suppliers have showed resilience and dedication in working toward our shared goal of long-term sustainability for our planet and the communities we serve, while meeting our present needs,” Amin said. “We are pleased with what we’ve accomplished together in the past year and we are excited by the opportunity that lies ahead.”

The 2020 Supplier of the Year winners were selected by a global team of GM Purchasing, Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing and Logistics Leaders. Winners were chosen based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.


Enhancing Nippon Seiki North Americas Sustainability and Competitiveness

Date: May 11, 2021

Nippon Seiki North America (NSNA) announced an integration effort across NSNA to achieve a sustained presence in North America and enhance customer satisfaction.

The integration will increase NSNA’s operational efficiencies with the implementation of an organizational-wide ERP System and merging of Mexican-based entities, creating synergies across NSNA, all of which positively contribute toward NSNA’s competitiveness and customer satisfaction.

NSNA currently operates in Michigan, Ohio, and Mexico.

Nippon Seiki International (NSNA) Troy, MI location will become the Regional Headquarters for North American entities New Sabina Industries, Inc. and Nippon Seiki of Mexico. Entities will become subsidiaries of Nippon Seiki International, NSNA.

The Integration is effective June 1, 2021.

Norio Minato
President
Nippon Seiki North America


Nippon Seiki and Alps Alpine Enter Capital and Business Alliance Agreement Centered on Integrated Cockpit Products for the CASE Age.

A major transformation is underway in the automotive industry as demonstrated by the CASE trends of connected cars, autonomous driving, sharing and services, and electrification. Increasingly complex and sophisticated development of products and technologies necessitates mutually complementary partnerships between industry players.

In response to these challenges and customer needs, Nippon Seiki and Alps Alpine have decided to apply their respective technological and product strengths to joint activities involving product development centered on next-generation integrated cockpits. Through fusion of products and technologies, such as Nippon Seiki’s head-up displays (HUD) and instruments and Alps Alpine’s human-machine interfaces (HMI) and infotainment systems, as well as the latter’s system integration expertise, the companies aim to speed up development of integrated cockpit products that are also compatible with integration of onboard electronic control units (ECU) and work to create new value, delivering a user experience that accurately captures the future.

The companies plan to sell jointly developed cockpit-related products within their own respective lineups, gaining the agreement of customers.

Nippon Seiki and Alps Alpine will initially share their respective strengths in joint development and proceed to explore options allowing them to fully draw on synergies in wide-ranging areas, such as harnessing scale advantages in purchasing and realizing mutual supply of each company’s products. To strengthen the ties between the two companies with a view to ongoing cooperation and mutual advancement, they will enter a capital alliance involving reciprocal acquisition of the other party’s shares.

Details of the Business Alliance

With aims to enhance global competitiveness and value for customers, the two companies will carry out joint development of agreed-upon themes centering on system products integrating Nippon Seiki’s products and Alps Alpine’s automotive equipment, as well as other joint development relating to agreed-upon themes within CASE domains. Collaboration in production and purchasing activities may also be explored depending on how the alliance progresses.

Details of the Capital Alliance

To develop and strengthen the partnership between the two companies over the long term, the companies will each acquire shares of the other party, as detailed below, pursuant to the agreement reached.
Nippon Seiki will acquire 2,600,000 shares of Alps Alpine (1.18% of all issued shares for a total value of ¥3.72 billion) through the disposal of treasury stock by Alps Alpine by way of third-party allotment.

Alps Alpine will acquire, for the same value, 3,000,000 ordinary shares of Nippon Seiki (4.92% of all issued shares for a total value of ¥3.62 billion) through the disposal of treasury stock by Nippon Seiki by way of third-party allotment.

The two companies will allocate proceeds from disposal of treasury stock by third-party allotment to cover some of the funds required by both sides for development relating to integrated cockpit products.


Nippon Seiki North America, Recognized by FCA as a Top Supplier Partner at 2020 Annual Supplier Conference and Awards

The Supplier of the Year Award recognizes companies that have shown exceptional commitment to FCA, providing innovative and high-quality products and services.

FCA honored 31 supplier partners across 19 categories on October 23rd, 2020, during the virtual 2020 North America Annual Supplier Conference and Awards program. The Supplier of the Year awards recognize companies that have shown exceptional commitment to FCA, providing innovative and high-quality products and services. NSNA received awards both in categories of Supply Chain Management Supplier of the Year and in Innovation Supplier of the Year for FCA’s latest U Connect 5 Global Platform (honored as part of 13 suppliers receiving this prestigious recognition)

Unique this year, FCA honored 13 companies in the Innovation category for their role in developing the all-new Uconnect 5, Nippon Seiki North America being one of these recognized suppliers in this category. Through collaboration and innovation, the team of suppliers helped to make the platform the most advanced Uconnect system ever. FCA also expanded its recognition for supply chain logistics firms by adding three categories: finished vehicle logistics, logistics services, and parts and materials logistics. FCA North American, recognized Nippon Seiki North America, as the Supplier of the Year for Supply Chain Management.

Award recipients were determined based on an evaluation of each company’s 2019 supplier scorecard performance – a rating system that evaluates supplier performance in quality, delivery, cost and warranty – and input from FCA senior leadership. Foundational Principles winners represent those companies that have demonstrated extraordinary partnership, collaboration, transparency, and integrity. Winners for innovation, sustainability and diversity categories were submitted by the suppliers and vetted by FCA senior leadership.