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BASF Named a General Motors Supplier of the Year for 13th time

"This is an opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the best," said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

BASF was named a 2017 General Motors (GM) Supplier of the Year for the thirteenth time since 2002. The award is presented to suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, execution, innovation, and total enterprise cost.


"This is an opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the best," said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "The automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate. The relationships we have with our supply base means everything when it comes to delivering a strong vehicle lineup today and the cutting-edge vehicles and mobility services of tomorrow."

Award winners represent companies who provide products and services to General Motors in the areas of vehicle components, supply chain and logistics, customer care and aftersales, and indirect services. With its broad array of color solutions and modern paint processes, BASF's Coatings division helps GM improve productivity and environmental performance. BASF provides its time and resource saving Integrated Paint Process to GM and supplies a majority of its plants in North America with its world class CathoGuard® 800 electrocoat, among other technologies.

"The long-standing and trustful relationship between GM and BASF is an example of what can be accomplished through a successful partnership," said Teressa Szelest, President, Market and Business Development North America at BASF. "Together, we are collaborating to drive innovation, customer service, safety and sustainability, and open new pathways for the future of mobility."

Teressa Szelest accepted the award on behalf of BASF at the 26th annual awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida on April 20.

General Motors Is Building an eBike and Wants You to Name It

Crowdsourcing campaign seeks awesome ideas from consumers around the globe.

Originally Published by General Motors.

Since committing to an all-electric future, General Motors is developing revolutionary, flexible electrification technologies that will enable our team to dream beyond the traditional vehicle and give our customers the freedom of movement that they seek. Today our team brought one of those dreams to life when we revealed two innovative, integrated and connected eBikes – one folding and one compact – without a brand.

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General Motors Calls for National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) Program

NZEV program could add more than 7 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

Originally Published by General Motors.

General Motors filed comments to the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks. In its comments, General Motors proposes the establishment of a National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) program to support a 50-state solution, promote the success of the U.S. automotive industry and preserve U.S. industrial leadership for years to come.

General Motors anticipates the NZEV program, as recommended, has the potential to place more than 7 million long-range EVs on the road by 2030, yielding a cumulative incremental reduction of 375 million tons of CO2 emissions between 2021 and 2030 over the existing ZEV program.

Quotes from Mark Reuss, executive vice president and president, Global Product Group and Cadillac:

  • "General Motors has a vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. This is a bold vision and getting there will take bold actions."
  • "We believe in a policy approach that better promotes U.S. innovation and starts a much-needed national discussion on electric vehicle development and deployment in this country. A National Zero Emissions Program will drive the scale and infrastructure investments needed to allow the U.S. to lead the way to a zero emissions future."

Program Elements
General Motors supports a nationwide program modeled on the existing ZEV program and provides these framework recommendations:

  • Establish ZEV requirements (by credits) each year, starting at 7 percent in 2021 and increasing 2 percent each year to 15 percent by 2025, then 25 percent by 2030.
  • Use of a crediting system modeled on the current ZEV program: credits per vehicle, based on EV range, as well as averaging, banking and trading.
  • Requirements after 2025 linked to path toward commercially viable EV battery cell availability at a cost of $70/kWh and adequate EV infrastructure development.
  • Establishment of a Zero Emissions Task Force to promote complementary policies.
  • Program terminates when 25 percent target is met, or based on a determination that the battery cost or infrastructure targets are not practicable within the timeframe.
  • Additional consideration for EVs deployed as autonomous vehicles and in rideshare programs.

BASF launches Durasorb, a New Innovative Adsorbent Solution Family

The new product increases gas plant operators' production capacity, expanding customers' revenue potential.

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Originally Published by BASF.


BASF has announced the commercial launch of Durasorb™, a new family of adsorption solutions designed for Natural Gas processing. Durasorb provides gas processing plant operators, especially liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, with more reliable and more robust dehydration service. The new product family combines innovative materials developed from BASF's unique Sorbead® technology and proprietary design software to calculate the performance of the adsorbents in all parts of the dehydration vessel and maximize the overall performance and life of the bed.

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GM Builds Winning Culture With Diversity

Diversity & Inclusion Report highlights key initiatives that spur innovation and inclusion.

Originally Published by General Motors.

Culture is everything in today's agile business climate. General Motors outlines in its latest Diversity & Inclusion Report (www.gm.com/diversity) how it leverages diversity to build an industry-leading workplace of choice that drives business results.

"At General Motors, we recognize the power of diversity and the role it plays in sparking ingenuity and creativity," said Ken Barrett, General Motors global chief diversity officer. "As we continue to face new challenges and innovate new solutions, we know the diversity among us will give the company a competitive advantage in the global marketplace."

Diverse and inclusive teams bring greater perspectives and experiences to help us address global transportation challenges. Each solution drives us closer to a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestions.

General Motors' diversity, in all its dimensions, strengthens our workplace, our products, our understanding of our customers, and is key to reaching our vision and living our values. The Diversity & Inclusion Report highlights key initiatives, strategic partners, workforce development and community engagement, including:

How We Manage Diversity –The General Motors' Senior Leadership Team, chaired by our Chairman and CEO, serves as the company's senior diversity council and six additional diversity-focused councils support key internal and external partner groups.

Engaging Workplace Diversity –Our 11 Employee Resource Groups play a key role in fostering an inclusive place to work with nearly one out of three employees belonging to an ERG. In 2017, GM's ERGs were collectively recognized as number one in the nation by PRSIM International, Inc.

Winning Culture for Women – General Motors' Take 2 program is a key initiative that provides women an opportunity to rejoin the workforce and learn technical skills through a 12-week internship.

Driving a Culture of Inclusion for People with Disabilities –This year, General Motors scored another 100 percent on the Disability Equality Index, which rates the best companies for people with disabilities.

Diversity within the Supply Chain – Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the GM Supplier Diversity program continues its unwavering commitment to the development and growth of diverse suppliers with over $100 billion spent to grow and support these important business partners.

Diversity within our Dealers – General Motors has more minority-owned dealerships than any other car company in the U.S. Today, ethnic minority and women dealerships represent more than 12 percent of the company's U.S. dealer network.

Diversity in the Community – General Motors is committed to fostering smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world. In 2017, the company supported 266 partner organizations, utilizing more than 18,500 employees to volunteer in community/partner programs, which accounted for more than 161,000 volunteer hours.

To learn more about how General Motors' leverages diversity, visit www.gm.com/diversity. To learn about some of the other ways General Motors is driving value through environmental, social and governance factors, visit www.GMSustainability.com

View the Diversity and Inclusion Report here.

General Motors' Maven Provides Transportation Solutions in Rising Gig Economy

"The Maven Gig app was designed to help people who currently may not have a car, but still want to be a part of the gig economy," GM's Iman Jefferson told DiversityInc.

GM's Iman Jefferson (far left) speaks during "Smart Cities and You" panel session at the CBCF's 48th Annual Legislative Conference. / DIVERSITYINC

The climate is changing in mobility and General Motors (GM) is meeting the challenge.

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General Motors Supports Baltimore Students Moving at Full STEAM Toward Tech Careers

General Motors sponsored the "Wakanda Design Challenge" at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual conference.

Approximately 100 Baltimore high school students took a conceptual journey to Wakanda during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

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BASF Has Developed the World's First Particle Foam Based on Polyethersulfone

The foam, that is lightweight, stiff and strong, highly temperature resistant, intrinsically flame retardant, is suitable for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains.

Originally Published by BASF.

After two years of intensive research, BASF is now able to present prototypes of the world's first particle foam based on polyethersulfone (PESU). The foam is characterized by its unique combination of properties: high-temperature resistance, inherent flame retardancy - and its extreme light weight coupled with great stiffness and strength. It is therefore particularly well suited for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains, which require excellent mechanical properties together with the ability to withstand high operating temperatures or to meet stringent flame-retardant requirements. The expandable PESU granulate is pre-foamed into beads with low densities between 40 and 120 g/L and can be processed into molded parts with complex 3D geometries using technologies available on the market.

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General Motors Strengthens Sustainability Leadership, Earns Placement on Two Dow Jones Indices

Company maintains its ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and is the only automaker on North American Index for fourth year.

Originally Published by General Motors.

General Motors has once again been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for corporate sustainability leadership. This marks the second year the company has been selected for the World Index and its fourth consecutive year as the only automaker on the North American Index.

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