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Supply Chain Management
American Mitsuba looks forward to building strong relationships with the best the supply community has to offer.  We will continue to provide you with the opportunity to participate in the development of American Mitsuba's product and commodity strategies.  We believe that this joint approach will enable us all to become more competitive to our customers and to the market place, but most importantly, it will allow each of us to become more successful and profitable for our stakeholders.  Potential suppliers that share our passion for quality products and competitive costs are encouraged to contact us.   Contact
Quality Management System 
ISO/TS 16949 is a worldwide automotive standard jointly developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) members and submitted to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for approval and publication. The IATF (International Automotive Task Force) is a group of automotive manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, BMW, PSA Citroen, Volkswagen, Renault, Fiat) and their respective trade associations formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. The standard was developed to eliminate the need for automotive suppliers to register their quality management systems to multiple standards (ISO 9001:2000, AVSQ - Italian, EAQF - French, QS-9000 - U.S., and VDA6.1 - German) required by the international auto companies.  Therefore, registration to ISO/TS 16949 is a key to securing global automotive business.  The ISO/TS 16949:2002 document, coupled with customer-specific requirements, define the quality system requirements for use in the automotive supply chain.   Contact
Environmental Management System 
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a voluntary system for identifying, controlling and monitoring the activities at your facility that could impact the environment.  It is a system that encourages a facility to make environmental issues an everyday part of business and help take a proactive rather than reactive approach to environmental programs.  It addresses impacts that may or may not be regulated; impacts such as excess energy use or use of resources.  An EMS provides a structure for overseeing your programs.  It does not, however, tell you what to manage.  You make the decisions on what to manage based on your business needs, your resources, and your identification of significant activities.  The idea is to integrate all your environmental responsibilities into decision making and overall operations at your facility to increase effectiveness and efficiency.   Contact
Conflict Minerals 
Conflict minerals are defined as those mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights violations, where the revenue produced serves to finance the responsible militant forces. The primary minerals of concern are those originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its adjoining nations.  The U.S. Department of State has identified four minerals under this category: columbite-tantalite (tantalum [Ta]), cassiterite (tin [Sn]), wolframite (tungsten [W]) and gold [Au).  Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act calls for all publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the use of identified minerals as present in "any amount necessary to the functionality or production of their products."  This requires that companies have the ability to identify the country of origin for any of the utilized minerals.  While their use is not yet prohibited by law, the automotive industry has collectively declared that conflict minerals will not be included in their products.  The Dodd-Frank Act aims to discourage use by promoting transparency and increasing consumer awareness.   Contact
Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction 
Concern over greenhouse gas emission has been rising in every sector of the United States and abroad.  However, at AMC it has been realized that the action of measuring greenhouse gases is a reactive approach in monitoring environmental impact.  By focusing on understanding how and where energy is consumed it can be better controlled and ultimately reduced.  A reduction in energy results in an automatic drop in the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in connection with manufacturing processes.  Additional benefits of energy reduction activities include decreased costs for facilities as well as potential increases in production efficiency.   Contact
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Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
In 2009, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed to align their Hazardous Communication Standards with the US developed Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling Chemicals (GHS). This new standard will replace the IMDS system currently in use by American Mitsuba with compliance to all modified provisions to be completed by 1 June 2015.
GHS is an international system for the standardization of chemical classification and labeling. The purpose of this system is to define and communicate potential health, physical and/or environmental hazards of chemicals used in manufacturing processes. While many countries and internal agencies already have regulatory systems in place to meet such requirements. Differences exist that are significant enough to fine product to require multiple classifications, labels and safety data sheets when marketed to various countries, or even internally when a product is monitored by more than one regulatory body. This duplication results in possible inconsistencies for those exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals.   Contact
Materials Management Operational Guideline / Logistics Evaluation (MMOG / LE)
The Global Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE) is a comprehensive set of business practices and procedures within the materials management/logistics function. Developed by the automotive industry, it can be used by any as a tool to conduct internal assessments, benchmark current state/best practices, drive continuous improvement, and evaluate and improve supplier performance. MMOG/LE establishes essential components of material management systems for suppliers. It provides criteria for materials procedures for driving implementation of continuous improvement both internally within the facility, and externally as a supplier development tool.   Contact
End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Reporting
The European End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive (2000/53/EC) was finalized with the aim of preventing waste from vehicles, ensuring that reuse, recycling, and other recovery efforts are controlled and proceeding with the goal of reducing the overall volume of waste disposed. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the European Union (EU) designated End-of Life Vehicles (ELVs) as a priority waste stream due to the increasing volume of waste produced by and the poor environmental performance of the vehicle scrap and recovery industry.   Contact
Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
The main aims of REACH are to improve the protection of human health and the environment from risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative tests methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation. REACH makes industry responsible for assessing and managing risks posed by chemicals and providing appropriate safety information to their users. In parallel, the European Union can take additional measures on highly dangerous substances, where there is a need for complementing action at EU level.
Under REACH, manufacturers and importers have a duty to register, for each legal entity, substances on their own, or in preparations, that they produce or import in quantities over 1 tonne per year (per legal entity), unless the substance is exempt from registration. Registration requirements also apply to substance(s) intended to be released from articles under certain conditions, in which case the article producer/importer is responsible for ensuring that the substances are registered. To fulfill these obligations the entire supply chain needs to communicate. Downstream users have a specific set of rights and obligations under REACH and will have to work closely with their suppliers to have their uses registered.   Contact
International Material Data System (IMDS)
The IMDS is the automotive industry material data system. It is a joint development of Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Opel, Porsche, VW and Volvo. This database will facilitate the recycling of old cars in the future. Suppliers provide material information to customers to enhance their ability to recycle. In the IMDS, all materials used for car manufacture are archived and maintained. This is a way to meet obligations placed on manufacturers, and thus their suppliers, by national and international standards, laws and regulations.   Contact
Continuity Planning for Business Recovery
The automotive supply chain is based upon smooth operations that enable suppliers to meet all customer requirements just-in-time. In the recent past, both man-made and natural disasters have caused significant delays within supply chain operations and have had a ripple effect on the ability of AMC to meet required shipments to our customers. Crises management is the process used to manage the response and recovery from critical incidents or business interruptions that cannot be adequately handled within the normal scope of business operations. An active and validated Crises' Management Program and successful response and recovery efforts could be the difference between continuing business and going out of business. A disaster does not have to be a large-scale catastrophe to have disastrous results for our organization.   Contact
Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
C-TPAT is an initiative of the U.S. Customs Service in response to 9/11 terrorist attacks in order to upgrade the security of commercial shipments against terrorist infiltration. It is a unique partnership with U.S. importers, carriers, brokers, as well as others to improve security along the entire supply chain while expediting the flow of legitimate commerce into the United States. It is a joint effort between U.S Customs and the trade community to reduce the threat of terrorism by means of protecting the integrity of cargo imported into, further processed or warehoused in, and/or exported from the United States. This requires the security of the entire supply chain beginning with offshore production of materials, goods, and component goods and continuing on to the warehousing and transport of such goods and materials until their entry into the United States and distribution into U.S. commerce or abroad. Shipments of importers participating in C-TPAT will receive expedited entry into the United States and fewer examinations. Alternatively, where an importer cannot demonstrate the security of its supply chain, delays and increased inspections of incoming cargoes will result at the U.S. borders.   Contact  
Container Security Initiative (CSI)
CSI, an initiative for improved container security, is also associated with the 24 Hour Rule. CSI is an agreement between U.S. Customs and governments, customs authorities and ports aiming to ensure early identification of containers that pose a high risk. CSI requires the use of high-security seals and transmission of cargo documents in electronic form to U.S. Customs 24 hours before loading. CSI addresses the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential for terrorist use of maritime container to deliver a weapon. CSI proposes a security regime to endure all containers that pose a potential risk for terrorism are identified and inspected at foreign ports before they are placed on vessels destined for the United States. CBP has stationed multidisciplinary teams of U.S. officers from both the CPB and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to work together with our foreign government counterparts. Their mission is to target and prescreen containers and to develop additional investigative leads related to the terrorist threat to cargo destined to the United States.   Contact   
Free and Secure Trade (FAST)
The FAST program is a bilateral initiative between the United States and Mexico designed to ensure security and safety while enhancing the economic prosperity of both countries. In developing this program, Mexico and the United States have agreed to coordinate to the maximum extent possible, their commercial processes for clearance of commercial shipments at the border. This will promote free and secure trade by using common risk-management principles, supply chain security, industry partnership, and advanced technology to improve the efficiency of screening and clearing commercial traffic at our shared border.   Contact