US auto firms gear up for supplier collaboration

21 March 2012


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21 March 2012 | Angeline Albert

The US divisions of Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru have agreed to collaborate to support environmental innovation in their supply chains.


The latest manufacturers to sign up to trade association Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP), their suppliers will now share ideas with other SP members about new technologies, processes and strategies in order to help the environment by reducing the carbon footprint of the automotive supply chain.

Supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the aim of SP is to improve the environmental and economic sustainability of the automobile industry and its supply chain.

SP’s chairman Randy Leslie, vice president and general manager at Johnson Controls, Automotive Experience, said: “SP is an innovative partnership of automobile manufacturers and suppliers working together to advance environmental sustainability through the automotive supply chain. Our new member companies are committed to reducing their environmental footprint and supporting the environmental innovation of their suppliers and will be an excellent addition to our partnership.”

SP members so far include Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Each member company designates a representative for SP’s board of directors. The association’s activities are funded by contributions from the membership based on annual sales. Membership is open to any company that supplies goods or services to an automotive manufacturer or parts supplier.

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