General Motors names BASF as 2012 Supplier of the Year SOUTHFIELD, MI, March 27, 2013 -- For the ninth time in the past 11 years, BASF has received General Motors’ (GM) 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. “BASF 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 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. For a press photo, please click the following link: http://www.basf.us/pressphotos/Mar2013_BASFGM.jpg Suggested caption: 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 About BASF’s automotive solutions The automotive industry is one of BASF’s key customer industries, accounting for up to 15 percent of the Group’s total sales. As the world’s leading automotive supplier in the chemical industry, BASF is recognized as a reliable and competent partner by carmakers, suppliers, and the after-sales market. With a strong presence in Europe, Africa, North and South America, as well as in Asia, BASF has a global industry network. It supplies and develops functional materials and solutions that contribute to the vehicles of today and of the future. From engineering plastics, polyurethane and specialty foams, coatings and fuel additives to catalysts, battery materials, pigments, synthetic lubricants, coolants, brake fluids and chemicals for leather and textiles, BASF supplies a broad range of products for use in the automotive industry. Sales to the automotive industry in 2012 were €9.5 billion. Further information on BASF’s automotive solutions is available on the Internet at www.basf.com/group/chemistry-in-daily-life/mobility. BASF - The Chemical Company BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us. BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com. For more information contact: Susan Jackson BASF Corporation Tel: (248) 304-5413 E-mail: [email protected]
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