Canadian automotive supplier Magna International Inc. has won a General Motors Supplier of the Year Innovation award for its unique process of laser cutting and welding front fascias for the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Magna leaders accepted the award at General Motors’ 25th annual Supplier of the Year ceremony in Orlando, Florida.
“We are honored to receive this coveted award from our long-time customer General Motors,” said Magna Exteriors President Grahame Burrow. “Magna has a proud history of developing new, groundbreaking manufacturing processes that allows us to bring innovative products to market.”
Magna’s laser cutting and welding process provides greater flexibility when making lower-volume parts and enables weight savings by using a thinner-walled component. It also removes the need for traditional punch/weld machines and saves on investment and floor space.
Magna also won a 2016 Innovation Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers for this process.
- You can watch a video of the process here –
Magna is a global automotive supplier with 317 manufacturing operations and 102 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries with over 155,000 employees worldwide.
Magna established its first Mexico facility in Puebla in 1991. The company currently operates 30 manufacturing facilities and one engineering & product development center, with almost 25,000 employees in the country.