KUKA Systems Recognized by General Motors as a 2016 Supplier of the Year Winner for Powertrain & Body Shop Equipment

AUGSBURG, Germany and STERLING HEIGHTS, MI, April 17, 2017 — (PRNewswire) —  KUKA SYSTEMS was named a GM Supplier of the Year for Powertrain & Body Shop Equipment by General Motors during its 25th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held Friday, March 31 in Orlando, Florida. 

GM recognized 118 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM's expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992. This is the second time KUKA Systems has received the award.

"We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM and being the OEM of choice among suppliers," said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve."

More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2015.

Winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Indirect Purchasing, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.

"The award acknowledges GM's most important suppliers in 2016. Given our long-standing, reliable business relationship with General Motors, we are extremely proud that our exceptional performance has been honored in this way by our customer. Especially it is a remarkable celebration and KUKA is part of it", says Lawrence A. Drake, CEO of KUKA Systems.

KUKA Aktiengesellschaft

KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 3 billion euro and around 13,200 employees. As leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions KUKA offers its customers in the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, metalworking, logistics/e-commerce, healthcare and service robotics industries everything they need from a single source: from components and cells to fully automated systems. The KUKA Group is headquartered in Augsburg.

KUKA Systems is part of the KUKA Group and the reliable specialist for innovative joining and forming processes for a wide range of materials as well as one of the world's leading suppliers of automated production and assembly solutions for sustainable industrial manufacturing. The international system integrator stands out in systems, tool & die and special-machine engineering thanks to customer focus, technological leadership and superior solutions.

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, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. 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  

SOURCE KUKA Systems North America LLC

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Jane Thompson, Marketing Manager, KUKA Systems North America, T + 1 586 795 2000 x 4463, Cell + 1 586 718 6847
Email Contact Josephin Schmidt, Manager Communications, Marketing | Communications, KUKA Systems GmbH; T +49 821 797 1959, F +49 821 797 1951
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