Materials Management

In today’s manufacturing environment, OEM’S are faced with continuing challenges involving production and relationships to supplier locations.  The logistics of material flow, communication, sequencing, and the return of transport items require substantial coordination to meet production demand.  At AIAG, through volunteer efforts of the OEM’s and suppliers, their collaborative efforts have developed several products and services to harmonize processes across the automotive industry for its members to utilize addressing logistical challenges.


A supplier self assessment and continuous improvement tool that improves materials management.

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Electronic Data Interchange

A standard set of formats and protocols for effective and efficient electronic commerce.

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Purchasing & Management Cert

An in-depth understanding of supply chain topics and issues with a certificate program at Wayne State University.

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Free Online Assessment

Test your Supply Chain Management knowledge by taking our free online assessment. The MMLKA covers key areas such as Basic Concepts, Inventory Management, Inbound/Outbound Logistics, International Trade and Customs and more.

Publications - Order Today

This guide serves as an aid for automotive suppliers in the development of their business continuity programs and can be adapted for small, medium and large organizations. It can also be used to validate an existing business continuity program.

Recommended practices for managing the information driving long-distance supply chains.

Version 4 of the M-6 handbook provides best practices and requirements for designing and implementing an Optimum Shipping and Receiving System (OS/RS) to improve the safety and efficiency of delivering parts from suppliers to automotive plants.

By using the Materials Off-Shore Sourcing document individuals can assess and improve their supply chain logistics in the overall timing, consistency, compliance and costs of off-shore sourcing in a just-in-time environment through transportation lanes.

Materials Handling Benchmarking

The Materials Handling Benchmarking work group consists of a group of industry professionals who meet regularly to discuss material rack design, optimization of density and quality features for the effective transport of commodities into assembly plants. The group’s current hot topic is rack “life cycle” analysis and best practices around the reuse and life-maximization of racks, including considerations of safety, fatigue, and load handling.

These companies are participating in this work group:


Current Participants

  • Allyson Transmission
  • ArvinMeritor
  • BCE Emergis
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Chrysler Group LLC
  • Covisint
  • CTS Corp.
  • Cummins, Inc.
  • Dana Corp.
  • Delphi
  • Eaton Corp.
  • E-Business
  • Consulting,
  • LLC
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Freightliner
  • Future Three
  • General Motors Co.
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Gunite Corp.
  • Haldex Brake
  • Products Corp.
  • Harbinger
  • Honda of America
  • Manufacturing, Inc.
  • IBM Corp.
  • Infor Global Solutions
  • International
  • Truck & Engine
  • J.D. Edwards
  • JAMA
  • Lear Corp.
  • LTV Steel
  • Mack Trucks
  • Odette
  • International
  • Oracle
  • PeopleSoft, Inc.
  • QAD
  • Robert Bosch, LLC
  • Seeburger
  • International
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Supply Tech
  • Universal Computer
  • Application
  • Volvo Truck North
  • America, Inc.

Each OEM has varied rack/container specifications creating added cost and complexity at the constructing supplier level. This committee is structured to work toward a standard that the involved OEM's can implement at the supplier level to reduce/eliminate variability whereby cost reductions are realized in the rack/container production for industry use.

Program Management: Supply Chain Team - (248) 358-3570

Looking to participate or inquire for more information about the Materials Benchmarking work group? E‑mail us!