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GM SALUTES 'WORLDWIDE SUPPLIERS OF THE YEAR'

 DETROIT, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM) today announced that 246 supplier companies have been selected as the corporation's "Worldwide Suppliers of the Year." This is GM's first worldwide supplier awards program to recognize companies for their excellence in quality, service and price -- the three key competitive success factors used in GM's sourcing strategy.
 GM also selected The Valeo Group, a Paris, France-based automotive supplier, as the 1992 Corporation of the Year.
 "GM Worldwide Purchasing is recognizing these companies for demonstrating their commitment to work with us, and for their creativity and aggressiveness in meeting the competitive challenges we face together," said J.I. Lopez de Arriortua, vice president and group executive in charge of GM's Worldwide Purchasing Group. "GM is grateful to them for helping us to achieve our vision of 'exciting products and enthusiastic customers, created by people working together to win.'"
 These "Quality, Service, Price" (Q.S.P.) awards will be presented to suppliers Saturday (March 6) when this international gathering convenes at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich. Awards will be given to the best suppliers of specific products or services in the following areas: metallic, electrical, chemical, machinery and equipment, sales and marketing, and indirect material and services.
 The companies recognized were selected by teams of purchasing, quality and engineering professionals from GM operations around the world -- including North American Operations, GM Europe, Latin American Operations, Asian-Pacific Operations, the Automotive Components Group, and Saab.
 These teams review suppliers' performance in quality, service and price using a number of criteria. They evaluated the Targets for Excellence/Mark of Excellence assessment scores in quality. They also reviewed suppliers' actual performance in quality and delivery. In addition, consideration was given to the supplier's commitment to customer satisfaction and its participation in PICOS workshops, value engineering and proactive quality improvement and cost reduction activities.
 The Valeo Group was selected by GM as the "Corporation of the Year" for overall excellence in quality, service and price.
 "Valeo has consistently applied quality improvements and cost reduction programs and techniques for the past two years," said Mr. Lopez. "They have demonstrated a strong willingness to work with us."
 "This award from GM is a great encouragement to Valeo employees in their pursuit of continuous improvement in product quality, technical innovations and customer service," said Noel Goutard, Valeo's chairman and chief executive officer.
 The predecessor to the GM "Worldwide Suppliers of the Year" awards was the GM "European Suppliers of the Year" program, a mainstay at GM Europe for many years. Last May, GM integrated all of its purchasing activities around the world into one group -- GM Worldwide Purchasing -- and began implementing a global sourcing strategy. This is one of five key strategies for the corporation.
 With this new purchasing organization and strategies in place, GM restructured the supplier awards program -- and raised the benchmark of excellence to a global level -- to give recognition to the best suppliers in the world.
 General Motors Salutes Excellence in Quality, Service and Price
 Corporation of the Year
 Valeo
 Q.S.P. Awards - 1992 Suppliers of the Year
 A. Agrati SpA
 A. Lagrange GmbH
 ABB Aircon GmbH
 ABC Group
 ACERMEX
 Acero Cobre Industrial Ltda.
 ACL Bearing Company
 Adronics/Elrob Manufacturing Corp.
 AKT
 AKZO Coatings GmbH
 Alfred Engelmann Metallwarenfabrik GmbH
 Alfred Teves GmbH
 Alps Electric (USA), Inc.
 Alro Group
 Arthur Klink GmbH
 Autoliv Sverige AB
 Batesville Tool & Die, Inc.
 Batz S.A.
 Benteler AG
 Betz Laboratories
 Bierlein Industrial Services
 Bing Steel, Inc.
 Boise Cascade Corporation
 BOSAL
 Brake & Clutch Industries Australia Pty. Ltd.
 Brencal Contractors, Inc.
 Brico Engineering Ltd.
 Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.
 Britax Vega Ltd.
 Brose Fahrzeugtelle GmbH & Co. KG
 Buderus Kundenguss GmbH
 Bussman Div./Cooper Industries
 Carello SpA
 Carrera Corporation
 Casco/Sequa
 Castrol Industrial, Inc.
 CH2M Hill Engineering Ltd.
 Challenge Manufacturing
 Cherry Corporation
 Cifunsa III
 Coating Consultants N.V.
 Collins & Aikman Corp.
 Coon-DeVisser Company
 CREMSA
 Crossville Rubber Products
 CTS Corporation
 Custom Trim Ltd.
 Del-Met Corp.
 Delco Electronics Corp.
 Delco Remy Division of General Motors
 Delta Welding Equipment Ltd.
 Detroit Ball Bearing
 Detroit Center Tool
 DIMACHEMIE GmbH
 Dow Chemical Company
 Dr. A. Stankiewicz GmbH
 Draftex GmbH & Co. KG
 DuPont Automotive Products
 Dynoplast A/S
 Ed. Scharwaechter GmbH & Co. KG
 EDAG Engineering & Design AG
 Eisenwerke Schonheiderhammer GmbH
 Eleven S.A.
 Elasto-Tec Division
 Electronic Data Systems
 Elth S.A.
 Emfisint S.A.
 EMS-TOGO AG
 Erich Meyer
 Esnova S.A.
 Ex-Cell-O
 F + G Megamos
 Fabricom
 Fagor-Ederlan
 Fanalca S.A.
 Farnam Sealing Systems Division
 Federal-Mogul Lighting & Electrical Div.
 FFT GmbH & Co. KG
 FHS Stahlverformung GmbH
 Filtros Mann
 Finspong Aluminum
 Flexdrive Industries Ltd.
 Fort Wayne Foundry Corporation
 Fredenhagen KG
 Fritz Neidhart KG
 Fritz Winter Elsenglesserel
 G + H Montage GmbH
 G. Mason Frost AB
 Gates Formed-Fibre Products
 Gates Rubber Company Ltd.
 Geauga Company
 Gebr. Happich-Solymar
 Gebr. Honsberg GmbH
 GenCorp Automotive
 General Electric Electrical Distrib. & Control
 General Electric Lighting
 General Safety
 Georg Fischer Automobilguss GmbH
 Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
 Grede Foundries, Inc.
 Griesemer GmbH
 Grundig GmbH
 Guardian Industries
 Guilford Automotive
 Gummi-Henniges
 Halberg Guss GmbH
 Harada Industry of America, Inc.
 Harrison Division of General Motors
 Hemmelrath Lackfabrik GmbH
 Henshaw Electric
 Himont, Inc.
 Horizon Enterprises, Inc.
 HP-Chemie Pelzer GmbH
 Hutchinson GmbH
 IDAC Belgium
 IDC
 INA Walzlager Schaeffler KG
 Indusa
 Industrias Altea, S.A.
 Infasco Nut Division
 Inland Fisher Guide Div. of General Motors
 Invotronics
 IRAUSA
 Jervis B. Webb Co.
 Johann A. Krause
 Johann Borgers GmbH & Co. KG
 Johnson Controls Inc.
 Kabelwerke Reinshagen GmbH
 Karl Fink GmbH
 Kaul Glove Co.
 Kelsey-Hayes Worldwide ABS & Controls Business Unit
 Kem Krest
 Kostal Electrica, S.A.
 Krupp Met. Campo Limpo Ltda.
 Krupp Stahl AG
 L&L Products, Inc.
 L&W Engineering Company
 Lake Center Industries
 Lear Seating Corp.
 Leduc
 Lemmerz-Belgie N.V.
 LUK, Inc.
 Magee Carpet Company
 Manchester Plastics Ltd.
 Maritz Performance Improvement Company
 Marketing & Financial Mgt. Enterprises, Inc.
 Marketing Force
 Marley Automotive Comp. Ltd.
 Mays Chemical Company
 Mefa AB
 Metalac S/A Ind. Com.
 Metalbages S.A.
 Metallifacture Ltd.
 Meyer Stahl - und Anlagenbau
 Michelin
 Mobil Oil AG
 Modern Engineering
 Montajes Gonzalvo, S.L.
 Moore Corporation Ltd.
 National Gummi AB
 Nedschroef Helmond B.V.
 Nemak, S.A. de C.V.
 New Huron Industries, Inc.
 Niagara Cutter Supply, Inc.
 Niagara Machine Products
 Nippert Company
 Nippon Antenna
 Nokia Audio Electronics GmbH
 NTN Bearing Corporation of America
 Omico Plastics, Inc.
 Packard Electric Division of General Motors
 Partsa
 Paulmann & Crone GmbH & Co. KG
 Peckham Vocational Industries
 Perceptron, Inc.
 Petri AG
 PICO
 Plascar S/A Ind. Com.
 Plastic Omnium
 Portica GmbH
 PPG Industries (UK) Ltd.
 Precision Exhaust Systems Ltd.
 Production Stamping, Inc.
 R. Schmidt GmbH
 Rassini S.A. de C.V.
 Ravenna Pattern & Mfg. Co.
 Regal Plastics Co.
 Richard Klinger GmbH
 Ridgeview Stamping
 Robert Bosch GmbH
 Rockwell do Brasil
 Roth Freres sa
 Rubber Enterprises, Inc.
 Saar-Gummiwerk GmbH
 Sabo Industria e Comercio Ltda.
 Sandy Corp.
 Saturn Electronics & Engineering, Inc.
 SBFM
 Schade KG
 Schmidt Industrie-Lacklertechnik GmbH
 Scott Paper
 SDC Builders Ltd.
 Sealed Power Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.
 Seeber Srl
 Seeburn Metal Products Ltd.
 Seghers Engineering
 Sherman Tool&Design/Stadco Automatics
 Shively Brothers, Inc.
 Sidmar N.V.
 Siemens AG Automobiltechnik
 Sigmund Scherdel KG
 Sinterstahl GmbH
 SKD Ltd.
 SKF
 Spartan Aluminum Products
 Sparton Engineered Products, Inc.
 Spectrum Communications Ltd.
 Standard Products Ltd.
 Standard Thompson
 SWF Auto-Electric S.A.
 Technik Litho Plates Ltd.
 TEKLAS
 Tesma International Inc./Splitcraft
 Texaco Belgium
 Thor Ahlgrens AB
 Tinsley Bridge Ltd.
 Todomold S.A.
 Total Travel Management
 Tricon Industries, Inc.
 Tube Products Corp.
 Tudor Webasto Limited
 Tyrolit Schleifimittelwerke Swarovski KG
 U.S. Tsubaki, Inc.
 Uni Bond Brake, Inc.
 United Technologies Automotive
 Univel S/A
 Valeo
 Van Rob Stampings
 VDO Adolf Schindling AG
 Voest Alpine Stahl Linz GmbH
 Wabash Alloys
 Weatherhead GmbH
 Weston Engineering
 Westway Offset Ltd.
 Wilhelm Fette GmbH
 Zanini
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 /CONTACT: Toni Simonetti of General Motors, 313-556-2035
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