AIAG Forges Alliance with Mexican Automotive Association to Offer Joint Membership Benefits Program with INA designed to improve business processes and quality performance in lower-tier supply base

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AIAG has joined forces with Industria Nacional de Autopartes (INA), the representative association for automotive suppliers in Mexico, to support and drive transformational initiatives in the lower-tier automotive supply base in the United States and Mexico through a special membership program, the not-for-profit, member-supported organization announced today. The MEX-US Supplier Power membership grants suppliers with less than $15 million in annual income the ability to join both AIAG and INA through a single membership and receive full access to member benefits of both organizations.

"Lower-tier suppliers in the NAFTA region were disproportionately devastated by the economic recession, and they are the engine that powers sustained economic growth and innovation," said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG. "Capacity constraints are now compromising demand, so it is imperative that we provide smaller companies and a new generation of automotive professionals with the 'know-how' and 'know-who' they will need to be successful."

To help current suppliers expand and support new companies entering the industry, the AIAG alliance with INA provides more extensive access to the information, education, tools and unique service offerings by both organizations to accelerate the development of their workforces, increase quality and improve costs. This will ensure that companies adopt best practices and standards to meet a multinational corporation's performance expectations as the supply base grows to accommodate the increased output needed to satisfy robust consumer demand. Cross-border strategic networking will allow both Mexican and U.S. companies to explore joint ventures, alliances and acquisition opportunities to align their manufacturing footprint to accommodate announced OEM and tier one supplier future capacity expansions.

"We want to ensure that auto suppliers in Mexico have the strength to serve the global automotive industry," said Oscar Albin, executive president of INA. "Our synergies with AIAG will deliver training and opportunities to help put companies in the best position for development and economic growth."

The membership alliance reaffirms both AIAG and INA's commitment to improving processes and standards of lower-tier suppliers in Mexico.  Earlier this year, AIAG provided comprehensive quality training for 64 automotive suppliers in six major Mexican manufacturing hubs through an alliance with ProMexico, the Mexican government institution in charge of strengthening Mexico's participation in the global economy.

"The spirit of collaboration and commitment from our friends at INA has been awesome," added Sharland. "Both organizations are constantly looking at ways to creatively work beyond borders to identify new business opportunities and improve operational/quality performance in support of our member companies."

About AIAG

AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where, for more than 30 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government entities and individuals in academia have worked collaboratively to drive down costs and complexity from the supply chain via global standards development and harmonized business practices. AIAG membership has grown to more than 960 members include renowned OEMs, such as Caterpillar, Chrysler Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Navistar, Nissan, Toyota, and many of their parts suppliers and service providers. For more information, visit www.AIAG.org.

About INA

INA is a trade association of original and aftermarket equipment automotive suppliers engaged in the manufacture in Mexico of components, modules or systems for use in the manufacture of automotive original equipment or sale in the Mexican and global markets.

The mission of INA is to support the development and economic growth of their members through the promotion of the global market and the manufacture of vehicles and auto parts in Mexico.

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