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.Read More
Delegates at the September 2015 Automotive Logistics Global conference in Detroit had a healthy discussion about where waste lies in the finished vehicle logistics supply chain and what possible steps can be taken to reduce it. According to a report by Rachael Hogg in Automotive Logistics e-newsletter, Marc Brazeau, Chrysler’s head of NAFTA vehicle transportation, said it takes discipline to figure out where the actual waste is. “This can save cost and improve margins, not just for us, but for service providers,” he said.Read More
A wide range of business-critical risks face today’s automotive supplier. Typical risks include material shortages, catastrophic property losses, supply chain interruptions, IT failures, and more. For Tier One suppliers, the lack of transparency and control among sub-suppliers adds to their risk equation. Smart planning is imperative, especially as the globalization of automotive supply processes increases.Read More
Given the recent attention to NHTSA recalls, Department of Justice litigations, and privacy issues within the automotive industry, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to hear perspectives from legal professionals with extensive experience working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the US National Security Agency (NSA), and the US Department of Justice (DoJ).
The southeast United States, already known for its world-class automotive production and sound business environment, continues to boast the fastest growing automotive industry in North America as global sales increase and OEMs and major suppliers continue to invest.Read More
AIAG’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Work Group has joined forces with the internship program at Purdue-Calumet University to create an easy-to-use reference document for chemical manufacturers, mixture companies/blenders, and distributers who must comply with the update requirements of OSHA HCS 2012.Read More
Over the past few years, companies have made tremendous progress on renewable energy. More than 40 large corporations have committed to sourcing 100 percent of their energy from renewables, and at least eight have organized utility-scale purchase agreements for electric power larger than 100 megawatts.Read More
Companies’ supply chains are increasingly affected by new laws in the U.S. and Europe that address not only materials, but also due diligence policies and practices. Many also require a manufacturer to impose requirements on its suppliers. They impact your relationship with your supplier network, and require both supplier engagement and verification.Read More
Over a two week period in July 2015, Ethical Corporation conducted a survey of its global community to identify key issues and opportunities around sustainability and supply chains. “Top Supply Chain Sustainability Trends for 2015” outlines the responses from 415 CSR and supply chain professionals primarily based in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.
On October 2, 2015, as widely expected, the SEC and Amnesty International filed petitions seeking an en banc rehearing of the August 18, 2015, panel decision in the ongoing Conflict Minerals Rule litigation. In its August decision, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its April 2014 majority decision that the requirement under the Conflict Minerals Rule to describe products as having “not been found to be DRC conflict free” is compelled speech that violates the First Amendment.1Read More