“This honor is a clear reflection of ArcelorMittal’s solid contribution to provide GM customers with the best vehicles and services in the industry,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, global purchasing and supply chain (pictured on the left - photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors).
ArcelorMittal provides a variety of steel grades for all aspects of GM’s cars and trucks, with a large share going to the newly launched Chevy Cruze, the Chevy Colorado and GM Canyon, and the Chevy Malibu. General Motors’ brands delivered 3.1 million vehicles in 2015, up five percent compared to 2014.
Above and beyond customer expectations
“These results could not have been achieved without the outstanding performance of our best suppliers, including ArcelorMittal,” said Kiefer. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”
Supplier of the Year award winners are chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives.
“Maintaining the highest level of products, solutions and service for GM, and for all of our automotive customers, is what drives us every day,” said Greg Wells, director, automotive sales, ArcelorMittal North America. “When we go above and beyond the customer’s expectations, it’s recognized and continues to pay dividends when it comes time to evaluating our performance.”
Highest rating from Ford
To further illustrate ArcelorMittal’s commitment to maintaining its position as the leading steel supplier to auto, the company received Ford’s highest ranking as part of the automaker’s annual Business Unit Review. To receive such a rating from a major customer for five years, or 20 consecutive quarters, is quite an achievement.
Ford rates ArcelorMittal based on its North American business which includes six ArcelorMittal facilities: Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor, I/N Tek and I/N Kote in Indiana; AM/NS Calvert in Calvert, Alabama; and Dofasco in Hamilton, Ontario. ArcelorMittal’s performance is compared and ranked against other major flat rolled steelmakers and aluminum suppliers.
Understanding Ford's expectations
ArcelorMittal provides a variety of steel grades for every Ford vehicle but the largest portion of its business with the automaker is on the Ford Fusion, Edge and Transit. ArcelorMittal steel is used in all aspects of the vehicles and trucks, including both exposed and unexposed applications.
“It all starts with understanding Ford’s expectations of us as a supplier,” said Peter Bilenki, global account manager, Ford. “They rate us in eight categories that include quality, delivery, commercial, cost savings, plant engineering and product development. We have an account plan that is updated each year to correct any deficiencies and make other improvements. It goes without saying that this cannot be accomplished without the dedication of every one of the extended team members who sell, manufacture, service or deliver steel to Ford.”
Earlier this year, ArcelorMittal also received the 2015 Regional Supplier Bulk/Raw Material quality achievement certificate from Nissan in North America.