06 July 2007 | Paul Snell
An organisation has been created to improve the performance of automotive suppliers based in the West Midlands.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is working with the West Midlands Manufacturing Advisory Service to launch the Midlands Productivity Alliance.
The £1.7 million venture is aimed at helping suppliers in the region improve their productivity and become more competitive around the world.
Workshops on the latest techniques will be held, with engineers from manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan providing information and advice on how to deliver sustainable quality at a good price.
The idea is based on a similar scheme, the North East Productivity Alliance, which was designed to help suppliers improve their lead times and reduce waste and stock.
Arthur David, SMMT Industry Forum director, said: "The West Midlands has suffered heavy losses in the automotive sector, and this has had a knock-on effect throughout the supply chain. We can move forward by helping industry address the needs of closing the productivity and skills gap."