In our latest article for the APMA, we cover how the manufacturing processes involved at every step of the supply chain are becoming more and more important for leading manufacturers.
As automotive OEM's look to reduce the energy and emissions generated by during the creation of the sub-parts of their product off-site, for supporting manufaturers in their supply chain, being cost & quality competitive is simply not enough anymore...
"The automotive industry is making huge strides in leading the sustainability movement, which is proving to be beneficial to both the environment and the economy. But in order to participate in the industry's sustainability efforts, big name OEMs are beginning to feel the crunch of choosing only sustainable suppliers for their materials and parts.
You can be sure that any international automotive manufacturer you can name has some sort of sustainability plan in place that addresses methods for evaluating who they choose to purchase supplies from.
That's why it's more important than ever for you, as a supplier, to get on board with sustainability. The sustainable efforts you put into your products are starting to be priority number one.
A clear-cut recent example of this is the new ISO 50001 standard for an Energy Management System (EnMS) for continually improving a company's energy performance. It explains that any organization adopting it will have to consider the energy footprint of any parts or materials purchased for their manufacturing processes."
About the Author: Ross O'Lochlainn is the Environmental Researcher & Online Content Manager for ERA Environmental Management Solutions. You can find Ross on Google+, LinkedIn & ERA's Environmental Compliance Blog