05/17/2018

Heller Machine Tools wins the General Motors 2017 Supplier of the Year Award

For the second year running Heller Machine Tools has been awarded the prestigious General Motors (GM) 2017 Supplier of the Year within the category of Indirect Material and Machinery.


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From left to right: Robert Portugaise, Executive Director Manufacturing Engineering GM, Stephan Pegram, Vice President of Sales HELLER US, Wolfgang Märker, Vice President Crankshaft/Camshaft HELLER Germany, Paris Pavlou, Executive Director Powertrain GM

 

The award was presented for the HELLER RFK and DRZ ranges of crank shaft machinery, engineering and applications which are being used by GM in many global manufacturing plants, it’s also interesting to note that HELLER was the only metal cutting machine tool company chosen for an award this year. 

Since the machine installations, GM has seen significant reductions in crank shaft production costs along with consistency of accuracy and reliability, all of which contributed to the receiving this award. Wolfgang Maerker, Vice President of the HELLER Crank and Cam Shaft Division, commented “ GM have been very supportive of our company and we are honored yet again to win this award”

This year General Motors chose the Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resort, Orlando Florida for the award conference and presentation events, this was attended by over 600 GM and supplier company executives and their guests, the encore being a magnificent private 3D firework display above the lake at the Epcot Center.

The event was hosted by Steve Kiefer, GM Senior Vice President Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, who explained in great detail how GM are working with suppliers to form strategic partnerships with higher quality intercompany relationships at all levels.

General Motors has over 20,000 suppliers globally and this year only 132 of these suppliers were presented with awards within 11 different categories, the requirements for the awards being very detailed with a major focus on quality, innovation, delivery, performance, safety, commercials and customer support.

The event also included several “team building” events which enabled the attendees to look at new ideas and innovations in both the automotive and business worlds. The team building also provided a platform for group networking with the GM executives and staff.

Stephen Pegram, Vice President of Sales for HELLER USA, said “GM are using the very latest technology to produce several ranges of crank shafts, our teams have worked and ensured our projects have been successful and to the original timelines, our thanks to GM for the recognition and award.


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