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UTi Wins Nexteer's Superior Customer Service Award

LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UTi Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq:UTIW), a global supply chain services and solutions provider, has won Nexteer Automotive's Superior Customer Service Award. Nexteer, a global leader in advanced steering and driveline systems, made the award at their recent Annual Supplier Conference.

UTi received particular recognition for its collaborative and creative approach to problem solving, demonstrated by its response to the US West Coast port labor slowdown. Working closely with Nexteer, UTi acted quickly to divert and re-route shipments which helped to minimize the impact of the labor action on Nexteer's operations, resulting in no plant shutdowns. UTi has been supporting Nexteer with their global logistics needs since 2012.

Stuart Turner, Enterprise Commodity Manager, Global Logistics & Supply Chain Risk at Nexteer Automotive, said "We have built a strong global relationship with UTi. We trust their ability to manage our needs not only when the network operates smoothly but more importantly when the network is negatively impacted by external factors. They have earned that trust by the way they successfully managed Nexteer freight during the US West Coast port labor crisis."

Robert Choy, Global Vice President, Automotive and Aerospace at UTi, who accepted the award on the company's behalf, added: "Our job is to find creative solutions to our clients' logistics challenges, and that's what we love doing. By working in true collaborative partnership with Nexteer, together we were able to achieve the best possible result in challenging circumstances. We value our partnership with Nexteer and are delighted to receive this award from them."

Nexteer's annual supplier conference on took place on October 6 in Freeland, Michigan, with over 500 guests from 150 companies in attendance.

About UTi Worldwide

UTi Worldwide Inc. is an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company providing air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage and other supply chain management services. The company serves a large and diverse base of global and local companies, including clients operating in industries with unique supply chain requirements such as the energy and mining, retail, apparel, chemical, automotive, pharmaceutical and technology industries. The company seeks to use its global network, proprietary information technology systems, relationships with transportation providers and expertise in outsourced logistics services to deliver competitive advantage to each of its clients' supply chains.

About Nexteer

Nexteer Automotive (HK:1316) is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business solely dedicated to electric and hydraulic steering systems, steering columns and driveline products for original equipment manufacturers. The company is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its 12,000 workforce serves more than 50 customers in every major region of the world. The company has 21 manufacturing plants, five regional engineering centers and ten customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive's customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Toyota, and VW, as well as automakers in India and China. www.nexteer.com

CONTACT: Aimen Chouchane firstlight pr +44 07835 900 201 utiteam@firstlightpr.comSource:UTi Worldwide