AIAG Takes Conflict Minerals Reporting By the Horns

Aug 21, 2014


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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Detail and Examples Promote More Effective Layered Process Audits

Aug 12, 2014


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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Why We Do What We Do: J. Scot Sharland

Aug 11, 2014


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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Conflict Minerals: What the SEC Filings Show

Jul 25, 2014


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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Mexico, China to Boost Automotive Supply Chain

Jul 17, 2014

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

Jun 18, 2014

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

Jun 16, 2014

 
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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Creating Better Relationships With Customers - Without Sacrificing Time and Money

Jun 13, 2014


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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