OEMs, Suppliers and Connectivity Solution Providers Define Common Approach for Electronic Data Communication

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Findings of comprehensive state of the industry position paper to be presented April 28

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 today the release of Supply Chain Data Network Connectivity 2011: A Collaborative Report on the Automotive Landscape.

This comprehensive industry position paper is the culmination of a year’s worth of research and collaboration between OEMs, suppliers and connectivity service providers to address an industry concern regarding the high costs associated with sharing data securely throughout the supply chain. The results will be presented on April 28, 2011 at AIAG’s Collaborative Supply Chain Data Network Connectivity Rollout, in Southfield, Michigan.

AIAG launched the initiative in February 2010 with a goal of achieving a controlled means of data transmission within enterprise resource planning ERP software or similar in-house solutions that integrated activities across functional departments – from product planning, parts purchasing, inventory control and product distribution, to order tracking.

Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Navistar led the project with participation from several suppliers including Dana, Delphi, Johnson Controls, and Lear, as well as connectivity solution providers including ANXeBusiness, Base2, Baum Info Technology, Capgemini, Covisint, Dassault Systems, EWIE Co., iConnect, Midway Products Group, Ogihara, QAD and Tribiquity.

The Supply Chain Data Network Connectivity 2011 document is now available from AIAG at a cost of $25 for members of AIAG and $75 for all others. Adoption of the recommended best practices would enable trading partners to respond faster to changing market needs and also support faster entry into new and emerging markets.

Representatives from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler will kick off the Collaborative Supply Chain Data Network Connectivity Industry Rollout. Interested parties wanting to learn more about this project and the recommendations for data network connectivity are invited to attend. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the position paper. Register online at http://www.aiag.org

About AIAG
AIAG is a unique not-for-profit organization where for more than 25 years, OEMs, suppliers, service providers, government and academia have worked collaboratively to drive 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 part suppliers and service providers. For more information, please visit the organization’s Web site at http://www.aiag.org.

AIAG Contact: Lorrie Kinney

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