GM recognizes Advanced Composites as a top 2012 supplier

The Sidney, Ohio-based compounder of reinforced thermoplastics accepted the honor from General Motors Co. (Detroit, Mich.) on March 13, during the 21st annual Supplier of Year awards ceremony at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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General Motors (GM, Detroit Mich.) recognized Advanced Composites, a Sidney, Ohio-based subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals (Tokyo, Japan) as one of its best global automotive suppliers on Wednesday, March 13 during its 21st annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony. The event was held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

"Advanced Composites and its parent company Mitsui Chemicals are strongly committed to the success of GM and the entire global automotive industry," stated an Advanced Composites spokesperson. "We are honored to be recognized with the GM Supplier of the Year award and are very happy to be a part of the GM global supply base."

Advanced Composites was one of 83 suppliers recognized by GM for consistently exceeding GM's expectations by "being innovative, delivering quality products and services on time and by creating outstanding value." This is the first time Advanced Composites has received the Supplier of the Year award.

"Advanced Composites 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's VP, global purchasing and supply chain. "We are thrilled to recognize Advanced Composites, who we consider to be a world-class supplier."

The Supplier of the Year award is reportedly given to less than 1 percent of GM's approximately 18,500 suppliers around the world. The winners are recognized for delivering innovative technology, superior quality, timely crisis management and competitive, total-enterprise cost solutions.

The Supplier of the Year winners are chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives.

Advanced Composites is a producer of thermoplastic olefins (TPOs) and engineered polypropylene compounds that are uniquely developed for applications in the automotive industry, including exterior bumpers, instrument panels and interior applications related to deployable airbag applications. The company is member of the Mitsui Chemical global network of PP compounding companies.

For more information about Advanced Composites, contact Rob Morgan, Tel.: (313) 407-4431; E-mail:

Mitsui Chemicals Group traces its origins back to 1912. its business portfolio today includes petrochemicals, basic chemicals, polyurethanes, functional polymeric materials, functional chemicals, and films and sheets. Its PP compounds for automotive applications are reportedly in use in production facilities around the world, including Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, India, Thailand, China and the U.S. The Group now comprises more than 100 companies and around 13,000 employees in more than 10 countries worldwide. During the fiscal year ending March 2012, the Group posted consolidated sales of $17.69 million (USD).

For more information about Mitsui Chemicals, contact Yuri Matsunaga, Tel.: +81-3-6253-2100; E-mail:; Web site:

General Motors Co. and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries. GM brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling.

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