IMDS Conference: The Latest Information on Regulations Facing OEMs and Suppliers

Nov 12, 2015

Recognizing that automakers often design products five years in advance, several hundred industry professionals convened at AIAG’s annual IMDS & Product Chemical Compliance Conference on October 13-14, 2015 to try and get updated and ahead of their supply chain risk management knowledge related to regulations on chemicals and other substances of concern.

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Yazaki’s Ryan Jenner: AIAG Volunteers Help Stem Conflicts in DRC Regions

Nov 12, 2015

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) recently issued a call-for-action to all companies within the automotive supply chain to become fully engaged in Conflict Minerals reporting. “Your participation is critical if the industry is to achieve a transparent, conflict-free mineral supply chain, and this means supporting not only your direct customers’ requirements, but also ensuring your company’s compliance with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) conflict mineral’s rule, as applicable,” says the invitation.

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GHS Work Group Needs Your Knowledge

Nov 12, 2015

As a member, you have much to contribute, and volunteering on an AIAG committee, advisory group, or work group gives your company a seat at the table and an influential voice in the discussion. It’s through the support of thousands of members and industry volunteers working together in a cooperative environment that AIAG is able to create the guidelines and tools that result in streamlined processes and solutions to our industry’s pain points and challenges.

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Dept. of State’s Eileen Kane: What You Need to Know to Manage Conflict Minerals Reporting

Nov 12, 2015

On August 4, 2015, AIAG’s Conflict Minerals Briefing IV provided a greater understanding of the drivers that shape the automotive industry's due diligence for compliance with conflict minerals reporting requirements, including updates on U.S. and European legislation. A presentation titled “The Future of Global Conflict Minerals Reporting” featured Eileen H. Kane, U.S. Department of State; Michael Rohwer, CFSI; and Jennifer Guest, TetraTech. The trio shared global updates on conflict minerals requirements in Europe and China with an attentive audience.

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The Enough Project on Conflict Minerals in Africa

Nov 12, 2015

AIAG’s Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing IV on August 4th featured the latest updates from OEMs, suppliers, the U.S. State Department, and the Enough Project on key conflict minerals issues. The event provided a greater understanding of the drivers that shape the automotive industry's due diligence for compliance with conflict minerals reporting requirements, including updates on U.S. and European legislation.

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A Look Back at 2015

Nov 12, 2015

AIAG’s CR advisory committees and working groups are composed of members and subject matter experts who remain committed to building a corporate responsibility portfolio that addresses the sustainability issues — both social and environmental — that are impacting the automotive industry, and they have been exceptionally busy in 2015. Here is a look back at some of this year’s accomplishments.

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New Study: Redundant QMS Requirements Affect Supplier Efficiencies and Ability to Respond to Quality-Related Events

Nov 04, 2015

AIAG’s new Quality 2020 study reveals that OEMs and suppliers rank complex and redundant quality management system requirements among the top three most critical issues impacting quality. (The other two top concerns are problem solving and customer service requirements — see reports, “Inadequate Problem Solving Tops the List of Automakers’ Quality Concerns,” and “Standardizing Customer Specific Requirements Represents an Opportunity for Industry-Wide Collaboration.”)

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AIAG’s First-Ever 2016 Southern Automotive Quality Summit Reveals Speaker Line-Up

Nov 04, 2015


The first-ever Southern Automotive Quality Summit  — scheduled for January 28, 2016 at the Birmingham/Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama — has announced its speaker line-up.

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Cross-Plant Connectivity: A Reality with an Enterprise Quality Hub

Nov 04, 2015

Automotive manufacturers have long been pioneers when it comes to introducing new technologies, tools, and devices in their processes. As vehicles become more complex and are equipped with more bells and whistles, technology is playing a more important role than ever on the assembly line.

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How to Justify a Software Purchase — Step by Step

Nov 04, 2015

I recently participated in a discussion panel that was part of the AIAG Quality Summit in Novi, Michigan, September 22-23, 2015. The topic focused on software for quality in manufacturing. The panel included vendors offering software for quality improvement and quality management systems.

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