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NEW VEHICLE CONTENT REPORTING MATERIALS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH AIAG

 DETROIT, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has introduced a new set of materials designed to help automotive supplier companies meet several imminent content reporting requirements.
 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which could begin in January 1994, and the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA), which takes effect in October 1994, are already requiring some suppliers to report foreign and domestic component content information to their customers.
 To simplify this process, a task force of representatives from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, truck manufacturers and automotive supplier companies developed a single, common reporting format that meets NAFTA, AALA and other regulatory requirements. GPS Technologies, a Troy, Mich.-based professional training company, was selected to assist in the development of the coinciding training and educational materials, which will be available from the AIAG.
 The materials include:
 -- A self-paced workbook with background on the legal requirements, official content reporting forms, instructions, reporting techniques and sample problems.
 -- Computer-based training and reporting software that includes a database for collecting component content information and printing the necessary forms. The software is written for MS/DOS. An IBM-PC or compatible with an Intel 80386 processor and one megabyte of RAM is recommended.
 -- A VHS videotape of U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials, and Chrysler, Ford and supplier company executives explaining the requirements and their impact on the automotive industry.
 -- An instructional guide that describes how to conduct training on the supplier content reporting forms. It includes instructor notes and visual aids.
 The materials are available in three packages:
 -- A basic package that includes the workbook and the computer software. Prices are $105 for AIAG members and $125 for non-members.
 -- A complete package that includes the workbook, the computer software and the videotape. Prices are $130 for AIAG members and $150 for non-members.
 -- A training package that includes the complete package and the instructional guide. Prices are $150 for AIAG members and $175 for non- members.
 Additional items can be ordered separately. Bulk order discounts also are available. French and Spanish versions of the materials are being developed. Also, an electronic data interchange (EDI) version of the content reporting format will be available through the AIAG for transmitting the information via computer.
 For ordering information, contact the AIAG at 313-358-3003.
 The AIAG works to improve relations between North American vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. With more than 700 member companies and 1,000 volunteers from those companies, the AIAG helps increase productivity, improve quality and reduce non-value-added costs throughout the automotive industry.
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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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