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General Motors Names BASF as 2012 Supplier of the Year

1. April 2013

Randy Pappal - Executive Director Global Exterior Purchasing GM, Joseph Schmondiuk, Vice President Global Accounts BASF, Beate Ehle, President Market and Business Development BASF, Greg Warden - Executive Director Global Engineering Body/Exterior GM



For the ninth time in the past 11 years, BASF has received General Motors’ Supplier of the Year Award.


Beate Ehle, President Market and Business Development BASF North America and Joe Schmondiuk, Vice President of Global Accounts BASF Corporation, accepted the award on behalf of the company’s Coatings Division during GM’s annual awards ceremony on March 13 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.


“We are honored to have once more earned this recognition from GM.  It demonstrates the great commitment and capability of our team to offer the innovative solutions that GM needs,” said Ehle.


“BASF views GM as a key partner in the automotive industry and we are pleased that we were able to support them on key product launches in 2012 including the 2013 Cadillac XTS and the 2013 Cadillac ATS,” said Schmondiuk.


BASF’s Coatings Division supports GM by combining modern paint processes with special effect pigments and technologies. BASF offers a broad array of color solutions and development capabilities that enable carmakers to improve productivity and environmental performance.    


BASFhelped 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 BASF, who we consider to be a world-class supplier.”


GM’s Supplier of the Year program began in 1992, and each year a global team of purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives determine the winners of the Supplier of the Year Award. Winners represent "World Class" performance leaders in the areas of quality, technology, price and service.

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