AIAG Supports Automotive Manufacturing Associations in Southern States to Accelerate Development of Regional Supply Bases

Collaborations in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee will provide association members pervasive access to tools and training needed for improving quality and reducing costs

Jun 13, 2013, 14:38 ET from AIAG

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AIAG is partnering with automotive manufacturing associations representing the states of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to assist them in accelerating development of the automotive supply base in the southern United States, the not-for-profit, member-supported organization announced today. The collaboration will drive pervasive access to tools and education for southern automotive companies to become more globally competitive by improving quality and reducing costs.

"Industry forecasts show that automotive production in the South is expected to grow by as much as 85 percent over the next three years, and these associations want to ensure companies in this region have the skills and overall capability to support this growth," said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG. "Individual operations are expected to deliver high standards of quality and world-class processes, and this effort is AIAG's way of helping move the industry forward."

With the partnership, members of the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA) can enroll with AIAG and receive a complimentary one-year AIAG membership. A membership in AIAG gives companies the ability to learn and adopt best practices and standards in the areas of corporate responsibility, materials management and quality. The value offered will help companies better meet a multinational corporation's performance expectations.

An AIAG membership includes:

  • Online tools for self-assessment of quality issues and e-learning to correct them
  • Online tools to assess the knowledge gap and determine where additional training is needed
  • Cost-of-poor-quality calculating tool
  • Materials Management (MMOG/LE) e-learning
  • Global Working Conditions e-learning
  • Chemical Awareness e-learning
  • Significant discounts on AIAG publications and Core Tools documents, training and events

Created by the industry for the industry, AIAG is in its fourth decade of bringing together automotive companies large and small to work collectively and collaboratively to improve industry standards, streamline processes and develop common business practices. Every AIAG member has the opportunity to provide a voice in the establishment of global standards and guidelines that impact the global supply chain by serving on project teams and committees. Any company whose employee participates as a project volunteer is provided unlimited access to publications produced by that volunteer's work group (including translations in local languages) for its employees worldwide.

The AIAG membership period begins at the time of enrollment, and the offer is available until December 31, 2013.

More information about AIAG membership benefits is available at  

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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 and includes renowned manufacturers and many of their parts suppliers and service providers. For more information, visit