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Company News, 2004-04-14, 02:00 AM

ThyssenKrupp Stahl Supplier of the Year for the fourth time in a row

General Motors (GM) has again recognized ThyssenKrupp Stahl AG as Supplier of the Year for its outstanding performance in 2003. The honor was awarded to a total of 77 GM suppliers worldwide. Having already been named Supplier of the Year in 2000, 2001 and 2002, ThyssenKrupp Stahl has become the first steel producer to win the award four times in a row. ThyssenKrupp Stahl supplies GM`s European plants with hot-rolled strip and electrogalvanized sheet. Last year it delivered roughly 385,000 metric tons of steel to GM.

The General Motors Supplier of the Year Award honors outstanding performance in quality, technology and service. ThyssenKrupp Stahl earned the award under difficult conditions last year: despite a fire in its high-performance cold rolling mill in Dortmund in November 2003, the company succeeded in providing an uninterrupted supply of coated cold-rolled strip to General Motors as well as its other automotive customers.

Bo Andersson, General Motors Vice President Worldwide Purchasing, Production Control & Logistics, said at the award ceremony in Prague: "ThyssenKrupp Stahl is representative of the type of company we want to grow with as we drive to be the best worldwide. The company is a role model for all of our suppliers." Dr. Ulrich Jaroni, Executive Board Member of ThyssenKrupp Stahl AG and responsible for the Auto Division, expressed his thanks saying: "We are proud of this recognition of our work and our products. ThyssenKrupp Stahl will continue to do all it can to be a first-class, dependable partner for General Motors."

As well as the four international awards, ThyssenKrupp Stahl has twice won the national supplier award of GM subsidiary Adam Opel AG. These multiple awards are the result of an intensive customer/supplier relationship in which the partners have continually set new technological standards. For example, Opel supported ThyssenKrupp Stahl in the development of the new lightweight steel auto body NSB® NewSteelBody. Among other products, ThyssenKrupp Stahl supplies a so called TRIP steel for body parts of the new Astra. This multiphase steel is characterized by high strength and good formability. Opel has pioneered the use of such advanced multiphase steels in the high-volume compact car segment.

In line with General Motors tradition, the Supplier of the Year Award will be presented again to the employees of the honored companies at a separate ceremony. For the employees of ThyssenKrupp Stahl`s plants in Neuwied, Duisburg, Bochum and Dortmund this ceremony will take place at the Neuwied plant in June.

An up-to-date picture for the text is available on the internet at http://www.thysssenkrupp-steel.com/en/presse/bildergalerie, where journalists can use our online facility to obtain quick and easy accreditation to our Press Photo and Graphics Service.

Contact:

ThyssenKrupp Steel AG
Dietmar Stamm
Phone: +49 203 / 52 - 2 6267
Fax: +49 203 / 52 - 2 57 07
e-mail: dietmar.stamm@tks.thyssenkrupp.com

Bernd Overmaat
Phone: +49 203 / 52 - 4 51 85
Fax: +49 203 / 52 - 2 57 07
e-mail: bernd.overmaat@tks.thyssenkrupp.com

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