Hanon Systems has secured one of General Motors’ Supplier of the Year awards in a virtual ceremony honouring recipients.

This is the third consecutive year Hanon Systems has received the award and the fifth honour in the company’s history, when Halla Climate Control was named GM Supplier of the Year in 1997 and 2000.

During the event, GM recognised 116 of its best suppliers from 15 countries, which have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or introduced innovations to the company.

The awards ceremony was originally scheduled as a live-event to be held in March, but was postponed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recognition is for supplier performance in the 2019 calendar year.

“We are grateful to again receive this honour from General Motors,” said Hanon Systems president and representative executive officer, Nurdal Kücükkaya.

“Such an achievement is a testament to the focus of our talented global workforce, dedication to build strong customer relationships and commitment to deliver value through innovative thermal and energy management solutions.”

For his part, GM VP, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, Shilpan Amin, added: “Our suppliers play a key role in delivering the products, services and experiences our customers deserve; and these award-winning suppliers went above and beyond our expectations.

“We also believe it’s important at this point in time to thank our entire supply base for their efforts the last few months to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

“Not only have we been able to safely restart our manufacturing operations, our suppliers played a key role in assisting our initiatives to increase the supply of ventilators and personal protection equipment (PPE) for frontline health care workers to help save lives and keep communities safe.”

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

Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product, Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales and Logistics.