General Motors Co. (GM) has a long list of over 70 suppliers. Among the major suppliers of component parts to GM are NGK Spark Plug Co., Mold Masters Co., Bose Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric.
GM is a multinational corporation with headquarters in Detroit. The company designs, manufactures and markets vehicles and vehicle parts. GM produces vehicles in 37 countries, under 13 different brands, including Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. General Motors also has a number of joint ventures in emerging market nations such as Shanghai GM in China, GM-AvtoVAZ in Russia, Ghandhara Industries in Pakistan, General Motors India and Isuzu Truck South Africa. Structurally, GM is grouped into five business segments: GM Financial, GM South America, Opel Group, GM International Operations and GM North America.
GM was the leader in total worldwide vehicle sales for 77 consecutive years, from 1931 to 2007, staying on top longer than any other auto manufacturing production company. GM remains the world’s largest automaker in regard to vehicle unit sales.
In 2009, GM went through a company reorganization backed by the government after a Chapter 11 filing for bankruptcy. The same year, the company ceased production of several brands, letting go of Hummer, Saturn and Pontiac. After lightening its brand production load and with the government-backed restructuring, GM made one of the top five world's largest initial public offerings in 2010 to raise needed capital.
In an attempt to cash in on the push for alternate fuel cars, GM pioneered the first all-electric vehicle of the modern age, offering the first concept car with zero emissions marketed in the United States. In 2008, the company committed to making about half of its manufacturing plants completely landfill-free. The company recycles or otherwise reuses all production waste from its manufacturing processes.
GM has an extensive list of suppliers based around the world. NGK Spark Plug Co. supplies GM's vehicles with spark plugs. The Mold Masters Co., also based in Michigan, molds and supplies GM with plastics for the vehicle instrument panels, consoles and garnish trim. The Bose Corp. specializes in all types of audio equipment and provides GM with primary parts for the sound systems within its vehicles. Mitsubishi Electric Co. is another primary supplier for GM, providing vehicles with products for charging and starting, engine management, transmission control and electric power steering systems.
A number of other suppliers are vital to producing GM vehicles. Some of them include SL Corp., Lakeside Plastics, Johnson Controls, Grand Traverse Plastics, Dynamic Manufacturing Co., Compuware, Sundram Fasteners Limited and Van-Rob Corp.