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17/06/2019

HELLER scores hat-trick at the GM Supplier of the Year awards

For the third time in a row, General Motors (GM) has honoured HELLER as one of the best suppliers 2018 in the Indirect Material and Machinery category. In total, GM works with approx. 20,000 suppliers. The best 133 of them were presented with an award at the GM headquarters in Detroit in May this year during a gala event. Wolfgang Märker, Vice President Crankshaft/Camshaft, and Marc St-Pierre, Head of Sales at HELLER USA, accepted the trophy on behalf of HELLER.


Happy repeat award winners Marc St-Pierre, Head of Sales at HELLER USA and Wolfgang Märker, Vice President Crankshaft/Camshaft at HELLER (both in the middle) together with Kurt Wiese, Executive Director GM & Vice President Global Manufacturing Engineering, (left) and Paris Pavlou, Executive Director GM & Vice President Purchasing & Supply Chain.


“For many years, we have had a very cooperative relationship with GM based on mutual trust and solution-oriented collaboration,” said Wolfgang Märker. HELLER received the award for the RFK and DRZ range of crankshaft machines used throughout GM production lines for the various engine types around the globe. “Our machines are employed in the manufacture of a wide range of GM’s engines from 3-cylinder through to V8 engines,” explained Märker.

Using HELLER machines has allowed GM to achieve a significant reduction in production costs. This, in addition to the consistently high precision and reliability, was definitely one of the main reasons that have made HELLER a repeat award winner. “Our suppliers are of paramount importance to us. In the past year, our suppliers have again provided top-quality innovations and technologies, enabling us to build and maintain long-term relationships with our customers,” Steve Kiefer, Senior Vice President Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at GM, said during the celebrations.

This year, the award ceremony was held at the automobile group’s headquarters in Detroit and was attended by CEO Mary Barra. According to Märker this showed the high appreciation GM has for its suppliers. To Marc St-Pierre, Head of Sales at HELLER USA, the award is a recognition of their good cooperation: "The General Motors and HELLER Partnership has proven to be a great example of how a collaborative exchange of solutions and ideas to help both our companies succeed.  The truly open and sharing type of environment GM and HELLER have fostered has lead to true synergy in production system productions and solutions.  It has been a real win-win relationship and the results and our much appreciated support by GM are evident in the successful systems we have produced together."


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