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AUTOMAKERS AND SUPPLIERS TO DEBATE INDUSTRY ISSUES

 SOUTHFIELD, Mich., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The relationship between automotive manufacturers and their suppliers will be the focus of a workshop and seminar on June 8-9 at the MSU Management Conference Center in Troy.
 Executives from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and four top supplier companies will take part in roundtable discussions on key industry issues, such as common quality assessments and supplier development programs. The event is sponsored by the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) and the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).
 Thomas T. Stallkamp, Chrysler's vice-president- procurement and supply, and general manager-large car operations, will kick off the first day's events with the keynote address at 8:45 a.m.
 Stallkamp will then take part in the OEM roundtable with Charles Ross, Ford's director-supply, procurement and strategy, and Ronald B. Knox, GM's executive director, supplier development-worldwide purchasing, at 9:10 a.m.
 Joseph J. Reed of GE Plastics, James C. Pruneski of Kelsey-Hayes, Daniel J. Moody of Sealed Power Technologies, and Elliot Ross of Inverness Casting Group, will participate in the supplier roundtable at 11 a.m.
 John McElroy, editor-in-chief of Automotive Industries magazine, will moderate the discussions.
 Dave Nelson, vice president of purchasing for Honda of America Manufacturing, will give a presentation on the OEM- supplier relationship from a transplant perspective at 2:45 p.m.
 The second day of the workshop will include detailed presentations on quality issues, such as commonized quality manuals and ISO 9000.
 For the past two years, Chrysler, Ford and GM have been working under the auspices of the ASQC and AIAG to commonize supplier quality assessments.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon Schwank of AIAG, 313-358-9763; or Michael P. Smith of Madison Communications, 313-822-6532, for AIAG/


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