AIAG, a not-for-profit, member-supported organization that works with a wide range of manufacturing companies and service providers to help them operate at peak performance, announced its membership grew by 17 percent in 2010, adding 91 new companies. AIAG’s new members represent diverse industries, including automotive, manufacturing, battery, high-tech, healthcare and green technology companies, indicating the universal need for well established standards that help businesses operate more efficiently.
“With industry consolidations and reduced staffs, organizations are losing both resources and institutional knowledge,” said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG. “AIAG serves as the consistent source of information companies desperately need to improve critical operations such as quality. When you’re facing a hyper competitive market, practical knowledge that increases quality, improves efficiencies and saves money is priceless.”
AIAG is the only organization that brings together competitors to collaborate and develop industry wide best practices. This process has attracted a diverse list of new members, not only by industry, but also geographically, with 12 countries outside the U.S.
“Global automotive platforms, emerging markets, increased foreign investment are all drawing attention to the need for global standards,” added Sharland. “We fully expect AIAG’s overseas roster to continue to grow.”
AIAG has a long history of success in bringing experts together to develop industry standards that drive down costs and improve efficiencies; most recently in 2010 they were honored for developing radio-frequency identification standards for the automotive industry. Last year, AIAG members also published guidelines designed to eliminate waste, errors and miscommunications in intercontinental, ocean-going supply chains.
This year, AIAG is already addressing several key corporate responsibility issues, including new regulations on sourcing conflict minerals and upcoming EPA greenhouse gas emission reporting requirements. In addition, AIAG has identified best practices to eliminate pain points within the logistics industry.
AIAG new 2010 membership, by the numbers:
Total new members: 91 (2009 new members, 69)
Global reach in 2010: 26 companies in 12 countries outside the United States
Manufacturing companies: 48
High-tech and battery companies: 14
Consulting firms: 13
Green technology companies: 5
Industrial and construction: 4
Other companies (healthcare, logistics, legal, etc): 4
AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where, for more than 25 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities, and individuals in academia have worked collaboratively to drive down cost and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to include preeminent OEMs, such as Caterpillar, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Honda, Navistar International, Nissan, Toyota and many of their parts suppliers and service providers. For more information visit www.aiag.org.