HIROTEC Corporation Recognized by General Motors as a 2012 Supplier of the Year Winner

Auburn Hills, MI., March 18, 2013 – General Motors recognized HIROTEC Corporation as one of its best global automotive suppliers on Wednesday, March 13 during its 21st annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony. The event was held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.  

“We are honored to receive this prestigious dual award from General Motors for our expertise in closure panel stamping and assembly equipment and production,” said Katsu Uno, Chairman and CEO of HIROTEC AMERICA. “I am extremely proud of the hard-working, talented, and dedicated HIROTEC Group team that made this award possible again.”

HIROTEC was one of only 83 suppliers recognized by GM who have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations by being innovative, delivering quality products and services on time and by creating outstanding value. This is the 18th time the HIROTEC Group has received the Supplier of the Year award.

“HIROTEC helped play a critical role in GM’s success in 2012 through their dedication and commitment to consistently exceed our expectations by being innovative, delivering high quality products and services on time and by creating outstanding value,” said Grace Lieblein, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “We are thrilled to recognize HIROTEC, who we consider to be a world-class supplier.”

The Supplier of the Year award is given to less than 1 percent of GM’s approximately 18,500 suppliers around the world. The winners are recognized for delivering innovative technology, superior quality, timely crisis management and competitive, total-enterprise cost solutions.

HIROTEC provides complete body-in-white closure panel manufacturing equipment, as well as stamping and assembly production of sheet metal closure panels. 

The Supplier of the Year winners are chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. 


About HIROTEC Group
HIROTEC Group Companies have sales in excess of 1.7 billion dollars annually and 27 locations worldwide. For over 80 years, Hirotec Group has been providing innovative and highly flexible closure and exhaust products and services to the automotive industry around the world. For more information, please visit www.hirotec.co.jp or www.hirotecamerica.com.

About General Motors Co.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

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