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Dongfeng Citroën Cooperates with GST to Launch “Meet My Future Vision - C6 Partners’ Appreciation Salon”.

June 8, 2016

NEWS ARTICLE: Uncover the Secret of C6 Houndstooth NAPPA Leather in the French Premium Journey.

INTRODUCTION


C6 Imported NAPPA Leather
& Windsor Houndstooth-patterned Interior
For centuries, genuine leather has always been valued by people as the gift of nature, for each piece of leather is unique and cannot be replicated. In the industrial age, leather products even became the best medium for human beings to get close touch with the “cold” machines. Featured with natural temperature and exquisite texture, genuine leather feels so soft and is the most similar to the human skin. This is the very reason why an increasing number of consumers, as time goes by, still have high demands to leather products.

When a series of “Meet My Future Vision - C6 Partners Plan” experiencing events successfully came to an end in Webasto and Saint-Gobain, Dongfeng Citroën kept on moving with “Meet My Future Vision - C6 Partners’ Appreciation Salon” on 8th June, 2016 and set off on a brand-new appreciation journey in GST, the global top leather enterprise, to feel the natural skin touch that Nappa leather brings.

As the most prestige and valuable leather brand in the industry, GST has more than 200 years’ experience in leather making. Since 2005, GST has been offering high-quality genuine leather products to PSA. No exception this time! All the imported NAPPA leather in the brand-new Dongfeng Citroën C6 is also supplied by GST. It touches comfortable, fine and smooth, perfectly integrating the essence of Citroën’s comfort, fashion and technology. Therefore, consumers can enjoy a much perfect and cozy driving and riding pleasure.

 



Thorsten Lahnstein, Sr. Director of GST in China & Korea,
Introducing the Advantages of NAPPA Leather to Guests



Greatest perfection in material selection, only 10% of leather available in the world satisfied.

Generally, NAPPA leather, featured with exquisite texture and feeling amazingly soft, is full-grain leather and an upgrading of traditional leather-making technique. However, NAPPA leather applied in C6 is completely the grade-A full-grain leather from bull calves from 3 to 5 years old. Surprisingly, only 10% leather sources can meet such strict requirement, which means among 100 pieces of leather, only 1 or 2 pieces of leather is available. For the leather with scar or defective leather, the selection rate is especially low. Such demanding requirement has brought the flawless leather to consumers.

Over 400 processes to build the premium skin touch

NAPPA leather can be found everywhere inside C6. From material selection to the finished product, it totally experiences more than 400 processes. Its fabulously exquisite and great technique finally makes consumers enjoy the ideal comfort. To keep the leather’s natural texture, no embossing and polishing are applied to cover flaws, but light coating is used. The coating, less than 30 micron, is far thinner than the common genuine leather, 50 micron, which means it breathes freely and manages to show the natural beauty of animal leather. Besides, the pores can also be clearly seen and with the soft leather, much greater skin touch can be amazingly felt. Quite different from NAPPA leather, other common leather, to improve it utilization, adopts embossing and polishing to hide the flaws. In result, they lacks the fine and smooth skin touch that NAPPA leather is featured.

Following the aesthetic ideas of Duke of Windsor, vividly displaying the nobility by houndstooth-patterned design.

When it comes to fashion, nothing can compare with houndstooth. Its refined shape looks like precious irregular chessboard, giving off a breath of elegance. Houndstooth, originated from glen plaid in 19 or 20 century, is called as glen check. Since it was worn by former Duke of Windsor “who relinquished the throne for the woman”, the tweed pattern has found its way in the fashion circle and is unfailing all the time. Also, it is favored by the European Nobles. NAPPA leather in C6 adopts the unique and irregular houndstooth pattern without any punching design, endowing the time-honored houndstooth a new life and visually creating a sense of hierarchicy. It not only follows the tradition, but contains the innovation to the future, leading to a new fashion for vehicles interiors with refined techniques and unique design.



Guests Experiencing the Cutting
Process of Genuine Leather


Executives from Dongfeng Citroën and
GST Taking a Group Photo



















C6 Partners’ Plan will continue

Dongfeng Citroën, initiating C6 Partners’ Plan, attended the appreciation event with 11 global top auto parts manufacturers and launched a series of ATL/BTL experiencing programs to deeply illustrate the car-making philosophy and deliver Citroën’s hundred-years-old car-making idea and the spirit of innovation for premium cars as well as thoroughly explain the technology highlights of C6, the brand-new premium sedan of Dongfeng Citroën. In GST, all have deeply had a better understanding of NAPPA leather in C6 which strives to offer consumers a refined, comfortable and exquisite French life space.

In next three months, Dongfeng Citroën will work with more “C6 Partners” to hold salons. Definitely, videos and ATL interactions will be promoted at the same time. It is firmly believed that the joint experiencing event joined by car manufacturers, parts suppliers and media can influence consumers a lots, vividly display the comfort, fashion and technology of C6 rationally and perceptually and bring consumers all-new experience.

GST / Seton AutoLeather Receives Toyota South Africa Motors Supplier Award.

March 30, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: GST / Seton AutoLeather Receives Toyota South Africa Motors Supplier Award.

GST / Seton AutoLeather Managing Director Shalen Sewnandan received, on behalf of all its South Africa employees, Toyota South Africa Motors Supplier Award for Achievement in Value Analysis. The award was jointly presented at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting and Awards function by Dr. Johan Van Zyl, Managing Officer, Chief Executive Officer and President of Toyota Motor Europe and Africa, Chairman of Toyota RSA; Mr. Motohiro Iida, Executive VP Manufacturing and Manufacturing Support Group; and Mr. Yoshida, General Manager Body Parts Purchasing Division.

Mr. Sewnandan stated in a communication to the Seton SA employees that the Award is recognition for the company’s continuous improvement efforts in cost reduction and value creation. Per Mr. Sewnandan, the company’s joint efforts in finding ways to reduce costs through productivity, hide purchasing strategies, research and development initiatives, smart upgrading and finishing processes, using the latest machine technology across the tannery, along with jointly developing natural markings books, working with the customer on increasing utilization, reducing packaging and transport costs, coupled with Excellent Service, Delivery and Quality all contributed to this recognition. He extended his and the GST / Seton management team‘s congratulations and appreciation to the operations employees for their continuous improvement effort.

GST Receives Toyota Motor Corporation's Superior Quality Award

February 26th, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: GST Receives Toyota Motor Corporation's Superior Quality Award.

GST–Seton AutoLeather President and CEO Dennis Hiller received, on behalf of all its North American and China employees, Toyota Motor Corporation’s “Superior Quality Award”. This is the highest supplier quality honor the carmaker awards its global suppliers.

After the ceremony that closed the Toyota’s Global Suppliers Convention in Nagoya, Japan, Mr. Hiller said: “Friday, February 26th, will be one of the truly remarkable days that we will always remember in the history of our company. I had the honor of representing our company at the 2016 Global Supplier Convention in Nagoya Japan. We are one of only twelve companies globally to receive the award and the only non-Japanese company.”

The award was based on the quality performance of the GST-Seton China and Mexico facilities.

GST was not only recognized for its quality metrics, the impressive improvement during 2015, but also according to Toyota for “Earning the Trust ” Mr. Hiller stated that the Trust recognition touched him deeply and all of the dedicated members of GST-Seton should take heart in this core value.

GST-Seton has been a proud supplier of automotive leather to Toyota for over 35 years and it shares in and endorses TMC’s slogan of “One Team: Suppliers and Toyota.”

Life Remodeled with General Motors

August 6, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: GST commercial sales team participates with GM in the "Life Remodeled" project.

On Thursday August 6th members from GST’s commercial sales team (Jamey Mesaros, Antonio Camino, and Ana Monsivais) participated with General Motors in the “Life Remodeled” project donating their time and working alongside their colleagues within the GM Purchasing organization that they deal with on a daily basis. As a Platinum level contributor to the Life Remodeled non-Profit organization, General Motors ( http://liferemodeled.com/sponsors/ ) is a prominent annual donor and places tremendous value on the impact it is having on the community while strengthening relationships with its key suppliers, like GST AutoLeather. For GST, the day included working at several different neighborhood sites within the Osborn School district.

The city of Detroit is making a comeback, but for the revitalization of the city to really take hold, its neighborhoods need to again become places of hope. By focusing each year on renovating a high school and hundreds of blocks around it, the non-profit Life Remodeled seeks to make a sustained difference (Life Remodeled website statement).

Steve Jeske, GST’s Sr. VP of Sales, Marketing & Product Development commented on GST’s participation at the event by saying “GST places a tremendous amount of value on our customer relationships and involving the company in local charitable/non-profit community activities. The Life Remodeled event was a great way to showcase both - not only as a proud supplier to GM, but also to be part of the revitalization process of the Detroit neighborhoods.” Jamey Mesaros, GST’s Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing commented on participating in the event by saying “…working alongside our customer at the Life Remodeled event was gratifying for our entire commercial team which included Antonio (Camino) and Ana (Monsivais). It was a true feeling of partnership and teamwork. At the end of the day, it made us all feel proud of our effort and results we achieved. We all look forward to participating again next year.”

About Life Remodeled (www.liferemodeled.com):

Life Remodeled is a non-profit organization that exists to remodel lives – one neighborhood at a time. We use holistic strategies to make dramatic and immediate impact in communities and to establish foundations for long-term sustainable growth and development.

Our annual project includes remodeling a Detroit school each summer to help create academic and athletic improvements and to restore the school as a source of pride within the community. Additionally, we believe by partnering with local residents to remove blight in the surrounding area and create safe and inspirational pathways to the school, we will help build up and sustain a neighborhood that radiates hope to the rest of the city.

We continue to work in these neighborhoods for years to come to enhance the schools, revitalize housing, increase employment opportunities, and cultivate long-term relationships, all of which enable the development of healthy and thriving communities.

Life Remodeled Mission & Values - http://liferemodeled.com/about-us/

Update on JV Previously Announced with TATA International Limited

January 30, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: Joint Venture with TATA International Limited has been formalized.

We are pleased to announce that effective April 23rd 2014, our JV has been formalized. A tremendous amount of progress has been made already in developing automotive products for various global OEM companies, and now we are ready to take our products to the marketplace so that our customers can see the benefit of the TIL and GST partnership.

We are also pleased to announce that Ashish Sehgal has joined our company as HEAD – TIGAL (TATA International GST AutoLeather Limited). He will be based in Dewas (India) and report to Chris Hansen. Ashish comes to us from BMD PVT. LTD. where he last served as Deputy General Manager. There his experience included OEM, Tier 1 and Tier 2 responsibilities, and marketing automotive fabric to India’s customers. Ashish has a Master’s in Business Management from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University with B-Tech in Textile Technology from Technological Institute of Textiles and Sciences, Bhiwani. He comes with about 2 decades of experience in various reputed companies like BMD Pvt. Ltd., Decathlon-European, LNJ Bhilwara Group and Arvind Mills Ltd.

During the next couple of months, additional account executives will be hired.

As we begin to build a more substantial business in India and Southeast Asia, we want to thank everyone for your efforts to date and for your continued support of our India business.

TATA International Ltd and GST Autoleather Inc., Announce the Signing of a Letter of Intent and an Agreement to Form a Joint Venture in India

January 30, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: Announce the Signing of a Letter of Intent and an Agreement to Form a Joint Venture in India

Mumbai, India (January 30th, 2014) – Tata International Limited, a leading manufacturer and exporter of leather and leather products based in India and a supplier to the Automotive Industry, and GST Autoleather Inc. announced today that they have entered into an agreement to form a JV Automotive Leather Company headquartered in Mumbai, India with operations in Dewas, India in order to supply automotive leather products to the expanding Indian Original Equipment market and other export markets.

In making the announcement, Noel. N. Tata, Managing Director, Tata International Ltd and Dennis Hiller, President and CEO, GST AutoLeather, Inc. said “ At closing, this Joint Venture brings together two great companies with a long heritage in the leather business. TIL with its deep experience in producing leather for the Indian market and GST’s Global Automotive experience brings together two companies that share common values and a relentless pursuit of excellence. We look forward to establishing the trust and confidence of our customers and to beginning the process of building a premier automotive leather company in India”.

The new company will be known as TATA International GST Auto Leather Limited. The formation of the Company is expected to occur within the next 60 days.

About TATA International Ltd:

Tata International Limited [TIL], is the global trading and distribution company of the Tata group. Established in 1962, TIL’s key business lines are leather and leather products, metals trading, minerals trading, distribution (auto and allied) and agri trading with a presence in manufacturing and supply chain integration in select businesses. The company operates through its network of offices and subsidiaries across 38 countries, spanning Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Asia and has spearheaded forays into new geographies for the group. Besides, TIL has been a forerunner of the Indian industry in Africa.

Over the years, TIL has formed strong strategic alliances and partnerships that have reinforced its role in international trade and business. With a turnover of USD 1.2 billion (2012-13), the company is supported by about 6500+ strong employee base.

The company is deeply committed to being a proactive and responsible member of the community and the environment in which it operates. Stringent goals for the reduction of our carbon footprint and greenhouse gases in the leather plant and other facilities, coupled with initiatives for empowering local communities in equal measure, drives the company's long term sustainability agenda. Winner of several prestigious national awards and International certifications for Environment and Quality, it is also a signatory to the UN Global Compact.

About GST AutoLeather.

GST AutoLeather Inc. (www.gstautoleather.com) is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and is a proud supplier of some of the world’s finest automotive leather interior trim. GST AutoLeather has operations and strategic alliances in the United States, Mexico, Japan, China, Korea, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, Dominican Republic, and South America. Many of the industry’s most prestigious automobile companies turn to GST AutoLeather for its innovation, customer service, quality and dependability. GST AutoLeather’s engineers and technical experts work hand-in-hand with many of the world’s Original Equipment and Tier I Manufacturers to conceive, design and develop new generations of leather for the global automotive market. In support of its expansion plans and global growth strategy, GST manages sales operations in various global markets.

Seton AutoLeather South Africa receives Toyota Supplier Award

March 20, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Seton AutoLeather South Africa receives Toyota Supplier Award

On March 20, 2013, the Seton AutoLeather plant in Nigel, South Africa was awarded Toyota Motors, SA’s 2012 Value Analysis and Value Engineering Achievement Award. Seton AutoLeather was one of only four automotive suppliers that received this award which takes into consideration the suppliers’ performance in the categories of quality, efficiency, cost management and all-around customer service.

The Supplier Award event was held at the Durban International Conference Center with the supplier awards being granted by Dr. Johan Van Zyl, President and CEO Toyota South Africa, and Mr. Shoji Nishihara, General Manger Purchasing, TMC. Shalen Sewnandan, Seton AutoLeather’s Managing Director, received the award on behalf of GST/Seton AutoLeather, Inc.

Seton AutoLeather is a GST AutoLeather, Inc. company. The Seton AutoLeather South Africa Plant is a vertically integrated retanning, finishing and cutting facility employing about 775 employees.

Seton AutoLeather’s South Africa’s Plant Named as Tannery of the Year Finalist for 2013

February 27, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Seton AutoLeather’s South Africa’s Plant Named as Tannery of the Year Finalist for 2013

Seton AutoLeather’s management has been notified that its plant in Nigel, Gauteng, South Africa is one of ten finalists in the World Leather Magazine’s 2013 Tannery of the Year competition.

The Tannery of the Year Award program was launched in 2009 by World Leather, a division of World Trades Publishing to provide a platform for good news about the leather industries, about positive initiatives from tanners in very part of the world. The competition is designed to showcase the best in the industry, and places emphasis on the management practices of the company, especially in the areas of environmental management and corporate social responsibility. Participants in the competition undergo an intensive two day on-site interview followed by, for the short listed finalists, an awards presentation to make the company’s final case for winning Tannery of the Year.

This third Tannery of the Year program will culminate in an awards evening in Hong Kong on March 25, 2013. Shalen Sewnandan, Managing Director of the Seton AutoLeather South Africa Plant, and other GST/Seton AutoLeather company representatives will attend the event. Mr. Sewnandan will make the final presentation which will be delivered to a judging panel consisting of experts and leaders in the fields of corporate and social responsibility and business management. The presentation will be focused on the Company’s commitment to: Technical Innovation; Environmental Best Practices; its Employees; the Community; Relationships with clients; and its Economic Sustainability.

GST Saltillo Plant Human Resources Manager recognized with 2011 HR Executive of the Year

January 20, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: GST Saltillo Plant Human Resources Manager recognized with 2011 HR Executive of the Year

We are very pleased to announce that Tadeo Carrizales, GST Saltillo Plant Human Resources Manager, will be recognized this coming Wednesday, January 25th, as the “2011 HR Executive of the Year” by the Association of Human Resources Manager of Southeast of Coahuila (ARHCOS).

The Association has more than 90 affiliated Companies in the Saltillo area who meet on a monthly basis and share topics of interest related to Human Resources initiatives. The recognition award was established by the Association in 2001 and each year an HR Executive in the Saltillo region who has demonstrated extraordinary performance in the development and execution of Human Capital Management best practices is selected.

Last month Ernesto Ruiz, Director of Human Resources and Development GST México, received an invitation from ARHCOS to nominate a candidate, and he recommended Tadeo based on Tadeo’s significant contributions to a variety of HR Best Practices. The practices included environmental health and safety initiatives; employee educational & development programs; job evaluation systems; employee recognition programs; creating positive labor relations environment; state-of-the art recruitment methods; social contributions to the Community; and initiatives for job opportunities for disabled people.

Tadeo obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Sierra Madre Technological Institute in 1998. During his college student years (1993-1998), he played American Football and was recognized for several achievements including: “Most Team Spirit” in 1993 and 1998; “Most Valuable Player” and “Best Linebacker of the Major League in 1995; “Best Defensive Player” in 1996; and in 1998 he was named to the “All Star Team” and invited by the Mexico Team to plan against Italy.

Tadeo began his professional career at DELPHI in 1999 where he was the Labor Relations Coordinator. Tadeo joined GST at the Saltillo Plant in May, 2006 as Labor Relations Coordinator, and in November 2006 he was promoted to Human Resources Manager. During the last six years Tadeo has been working hard at the Saltillo Plant to achieve levels of excellence in Human Resources Activities, and he has developed bench mark programs such as:

  • a) 2011 Great Place to Work certification by the Great Place to Work Institute.
  • b) Program “Our Pride” aimed at giving job opportunities to people with disabilities.
  • c) Community Support programs involving GST employees who help local orphans through clothing donations and providing Christmas presents to the people of most disadvantaged regions in Coahuila.

Please join us in congratulating Tadeo on this well-deserved prestigious recognition.

GST AutoLeather Saltillo Mexico Plant, a Great Place to Work!

April 15, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT: GST AutoLeather Saltillo Mexico Plant, a Great Place to Work!

We are pleased to announce that the GST AutoLeather Saltillo, Mexico Plant was recently certified by the Great Place to Work ® Institute (GPWI) as “an excellent place to work". The GPWI is recognized globally as an authority on the measurement of organizational climate and culture. In a great workplace, trust manifests itself in every relationship. In a high-trust environment people cooperate and collaborate, leading to appositive workplace interactions, improved financial performance, and greater productivity. The GST Saltillo Plant was ranked 88 of the 500 companies that applied for this certification this year, so it is now among the top 100 companies0 to work with in Mexico."

The initiative to become certified as a 'Great Place to Work' was sponsored by César H. Escobedo, Senior VP of Operations Excellence GST AutoLeather of Mexico and Ernesto Ruiz, Director of Human Resources and Development, Mexico in 2008. Cesar and Ernesto met with representatives of the Great Place to Work ® in Mexico City and authorized GPWI to begin internal survey assessments and diagnosis of the Saltillo plant work environment.

In 2009, after the initial external evaluation was completed and assessed, GPWI concluded that the employee work environment at the Saltillo plant at that time did not meet all the criteria necessary to achieve certification. The Saltillo Plant Management developed and implemented an action plan for 2010 with an emphasis on enhancing the location’s work environment. In December of that year, Great Place to Work ® conducted another audit of the plant’s HR Policies and Practices with a focus on five key dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

The results of the last audit were very positive and in late February, Brenda Ruiz, an executive of Great Place to Work ®, officially certified the plant as a "Great place to work". The GST Saltillo plant is the first company in the city of Saltillo to be certified in 2011 and is recognized as a company with a high level of trust between employees and management; open two-way communications; and mutual respect across the organization. These workplace attributes are important in enhancing the organization’s working relationship among its employees and maintaining its competitive strength.

GST representatives including Francisco Rios, GST VP Business Development and Ernesto Ruiz, Director of Human Resources and Development Mexico, attended the Great Place to Work Awards Ceremony at the Bancomer Center in Mexico City on April 12th to receive the recognition on behalf of GST. Congratulations to all employees who made it possible that the GST AutoLeather Saltillo Plant is formally recognized as a Great Place to Work in Mexico!

Awards 2011, 2012

North America

2012
Inclusive Company Award

Saltillo Plant, Mexico. Saltillo Plant received “Inclusive Company Award” by Mexico Government Dec 2012. The top social responsible companies, that supports the best work practices.

Companies Familiarly and Responsible Committed Award

Saltillo Plant, Mexico. Saltillo Plant received “Companies Familiarly and Responsible Committed Award” by Mexico Government Dec 2012. Granted to companies that prove to have good labor practices in three areas: work-family balance, gender equality and combating workplace violence and sexual harassment.

Company Committed to the Education of their Workers Award

Leon Plant, Mexico. Leon Plant received “Company Committed to the Education of their Workers Award” by Mexico Government Sept 2012 For companies and institutions committed to the education of their workers and that of their families.

Leon Plant, Mexico. Leon Plant received “ Labor and Responsible Companies Award” by Guanajuato Government” Aug 2012 For innovation and continuous improvement to help raise business productivity.

Labor Merit Award

Leon Plant, Mexico. Leon Plant received “Labor Merit Award” by the Guanajuato Government on May 2012. Award given to the top social responsible companies that supports the best work practices.

2011
Inclusive Company Award

Saltillo Plant, Mexico. Saltillo Plant received the “Great place to Work” Recognition by GPTW Institute. The Great Place to Work is a survey conducted for the institute and evaluates the employees perceptions and the culture experience.

Great workplaces are built through the day-to-day relationships that employees experience. Employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently: TRUST the people they work for; Have PRIDE in what they do; and ENJOY the people they work with.

South Africa

2012
Inclusive Company Award

Nigel, South Africa.Seton AutoLeather plant in Nigel, South Africa was awarded Toyota Motors, SA’s 2012 Value Analysis and Value Engineering Achievement Award.

Seton AutoLeather was one of only four automotive suppliers that received this award which takes into consideration the suppliers’ performance in the categories of quality, efficiency, cost management and all-around customer service.