"We consider Höegh Autoliners to be a role model for all suppliers. They are recognized as a GM Supplier of the Year because they exceeded our expectations in 2005," said Bo Andersson, vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "Höegh Autoliners is one of the best in the world and we thank them for their hard work and commitment to helping make GM vehicles the best in the world."
"Höegh Autoliners is very honored to have been selected by GM as 2005 Supplier of the Year for Ocean Carrier Services," said Niels Ronald Bugge, Executive Vice President of Höegh Autoliners. "Receiving this important and prestigious award from the world's No. 1 auto maker for the third year in a row is a significant recognition of the work we are doing for the global automotive industry, and serves as a great inspiration and motivating force for our continued focus on delivering world-class service and quality to GM also in the years ahead."
The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. Winners are selected by a global team of executives from purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and logistics who base their decisions on supplier performance in quality, service, technology and price. This year, General Motors honored 85 suppliers for their outstanding performance throughout 2005.
Höegh Autoliners operates a fleet of about 50 Pure Car/Truck Carriers and carries close to 1.6 million vehicles annually on deep sea routes worldwide. The company has supplied shipping services to GM for more than 30 years, and is today among others involved in carrying GM vehicles from the US to the Middle East and GMDAT vehicles from Korea to Europe, the US and South America. Höegh Autoliners has embarked upon a fleet expansion program that includes 20 new Pure Car Truck Carriers with delivery 2003-2008.
The latest new vessel delivered to the company will be named Höegh Detroit in a naming ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware on 2 May 2006. Sponsor will be Mrs Maud Andersson, the wife of Mr. Bo Andersson, of GM. Höegh Detroit is the sixth vessel in the series of nine newbuildings ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea. The 12 decks on the vessel cover an area of 54,000 square meters - the size of nine football fields - and the vessel can accommodate 6,100 cars.