Study Sheds Light on Automotive Tooling

Plastics Business

Harbour Results and OESA have teamed to release the 2013 Automotive Vendor Tooling Study – a follow-up to the 2009 study that found a double-digit gap in average cost per tool between the Detroit 3 and Japanese 3 in North America. Much has changed in automotive and particularly tooling since then: Volumes are on the rise; foreign OEMs are growing their presence in North America; Mexico is a new hot bed for production; and the constant focus on mass customization and complexity have created a low-volume/high-mix market.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, attendees can hear first-hand about the study and its implications. It investigates the entire tooling management process – from OEMs to Tier 1 and tooling suppliers – to uncover the root cause of inefficiencies impacting the supply chain and provide best practices, cost-saving opportunities and identify waste and risks to the industry.

The study sheds light on information critical to the industry, whether you’re an OEM, Tier 1 or tooling supplier, including insights into the critical areas effecting cost for all the stakeholders and where the future trends are headed. With eight of 10 OEMs in N.A., nearly 50 Tier 1 suppliers and more than 50 tooling suppliers participating in this landmark study, the findings are valuable.

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