CEOS’ Mission to North America &
Canada: 17-25 July 2000
An interesting outcome of Ford Global
Sourcing Team’s visit during AUTO EXPO 2000, was
the conclusive talks between ACMA and Mr Richard Sutton
which took 21 CEOs of ACMA on a Mission led by the ACMA
President Mr V K Mehta, to the U. S. and Canada.
U. S. A.
The objective of the mission was:
- To view the existing levels of technology, quality,
productivity and R & D in the North American automotive
industry, and to understand the relationship between
the vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 and Tire 2 suppliers.
- To assess the potential that exists for developing
long term business relationships with auto component
manufacturers in North America, particularly for Tier
well arranged Mission programme in the U. S. included
plant visits to Ford’s manufacturing facilities
in Wayne, Dearborn Engine, TRW and Lear. The Members
met with Dana and Delphi. Meetings were organised
with Ford and Visteon Purchasing as well as presentations
on Six Sigma and B2B, B, and Auto Exchange. An
evening dinner with Ford Buyers was hosted by
Ford at the Ford Estate while MEMA hosted a reception
for the ACMA Mission Members at the Automotive
Hall of Fame in Dearborn
The Canadian programme was also very
well organised. Plant visits to Toyota Motor Corporation
and Atoma were arranged. In Toyota, one learnt that
for the first time, the Lexus is to be manufactured
outside Japan, at TMC’s facilities in Troy, Canada.
A seminar organised by the Canada India Business Council
helped to further an awareness on the potential that
exists for developing linkages between Indian and Canadian
automotive Industry. ACMA met with APMA who, also, hosted
a dinner-meeting with ACMA members and representatives
of the Canadian industry.