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3 Frequently Asked Questions About Conflict Minerals

Posted by AIAG on Sep 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM


Is my company affected by the SEC's conflict minerals rules?

Probably yes. As long as you are a direct or indirect supplier to a company that files certain reports with the SEC, you may be asked to provide information regarding the uses and sources of conflict minerals in your products. 
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Topics: Corporate Responsibility

AIAG Breaks Down Conflict Minerals Reporting

Posted by AIAG on Aug 26, 2014 9:27:00 AM


Two sold-out crowds for the morning and afternoon sessions of AIAG's Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing III earlier this month proved that looming deadlines for meeting new reporting requirements have more than a few companies looking for help. 
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Topics: Corporate Responsibility, Events

AIAG Takes Conflict Minerals Reporting By the Horns

Posted by AIAG on Aug 21, 2014 2:04:00 PM

Our work demands responsibility. A coalition of manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and service providers, AIAG values an open, active forum for identifying emerging threats to the sustainable growth of the automotive industry. 

Among those threats is the use of conflict minerals - so called, as the mining of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold in the metal-rich Democratic Republic of Congo has helped fund violent militia groups. Accordingly, in 2012, the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose their sources. While the ruling does not explicitly prohibit the use of these minerals, the resultant market changes have since stymied warlords' access to soldiers and weapons. 

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Topics: Corporate Responsibility, News

Detail and Examples Promote More Effective Layered Process Audits

Posted by AIAG on Aug 12, 2014 4:05:00 PM

In January, AIAG released the 2nd edition of CQI-8, the industry's guideline for Layered Process Audits (LPAs). This new version updates the first edition, released over eight years ago, and clarifies how LPAs support a company's business objective. 

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Topics: Quality

Why We Do What We Do: J. Scot Sharland

Posted by AIAG on Aug 11, 2014 4:29:00 PM

It was 1973. He was a Cuse college student driving a 1964 Buick convertible. And gas prices had quadrupled - to 30 cents a gallon. J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG, recalls the OPEC oil embargo - and hearkens on Will Rogers - in our latest Why We Do What We Do feature.

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Topics: Community

Conflict Minerals: What the SEC Filings Show

Posted by AIAG on Jul 25, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Unless you are one of the few readers of this blog who are blissfully unaware of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) conflict minerals rule, you probably know that the first-year filing deadline was June 2. The rule, which requires SEC-filing companies that manufacture or contract to manufacture products to investigate whether those products contain tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold and, if so, to submit a special form to the SEC, has been the subject of numerous articles and analyses, not to mention lawsuits and high drama. Now that close to 1,300 forms have been filed and made available on the SEC's EDGAR website, it is a good time to take a look at what the filings reveal and what lessons can be learned from this first phase of conflict minerals compliance. 

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Topics: Corporate Responsibility

Mexico, China to Boost Automotive Supply Chain

Posted by AIAG on Jul 17, 2014 6:30:00 AM

With more than two decades of experience in automotive forecasting, strategic analysis, and manufacturing finance, Michael Robinet has been quoted by worldwide print, radio, and TV media on a variety of industry topics. In his March 18, 2014 presentation titled "Global Light Vehicle Production: Shifts, Undercurrents and Global Integration," Robinet told the 200 attendees at the
AIAG Supply Chain Summit that the world market is strong, but most of the growth is coming from China. 
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Topics: Community, Events

Why Everyone's Talking About Quality Standards - And 3 Reasons You Should Care

Posted by AIAG on Jun 18, 2014 6:54:00 AM

Whether you've been supplying auto manufacturers for years or you're just starting to work in the industry, you've probably noticed that quality standards are a major focus for us. Why do we care so much about them - and more importantly, why should you? We have the answers.
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Topics: Quality

Get to the Heart of the Auto Industry - Supply Chain Management and Your Business

Posted by AIAG on Jun 16, 2014 6:57:00 AM

The supply chain is truly the heart of the automotive industry. It's what moves products, creates business relationships, and builds products consumers purchase over and over again. Clearly, your business needs to take supply chain management into consideration - but how do you determine where your products fall in the larger picture? What is the supply chain, really, and how can your business become a trusted part of it?

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Topics: Supply Chain Management

Creating Better Relationships With Customers - Without Sacrificing Time and Money

Posted by AIAG on Jun 13, 2014 6:59:00 AM

Let's face it - pleasing your customers in the auto industry can be difficult. Regulations, quality standards, and fees stack up, making it hard to focus on your business - and easy to write off the importance of cultivating business relationships. Despite the fact that commerce is becoming more automated and less personal, trust is still a major factor in the success of your business. Your customers need to know they can rely on you - and you need to know how best to prove you deserve that confidence. Here's how:

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Topics: Community

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