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NISSAN PUBLISHES NEW BROCHURE TO HELP U.S. SUPPLIERS

 DEARBORN, Mich., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan has published a new brochure aimed at helping U.S. suppliers work with the automaker to develop and manufacture high-quality, distinctive vehicles for the North American market.
 The new brochure, titled "Developing Nissan-Supplier Relationships," is part of Nissan's aggressive program to more than triple purchases of U.S.-made parts, materials and services between fiscal years 1990 and 1994. Nissan is on track toward its target of buying $3.7 billion worth of U.S. goods annually by the end of fiscal year 1994.
 "To meet such an ambitious purchasing goal, we must concentrate on establishing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with U.S. suppliers," said Junichi Hashiguchi, vice president for purchasing at Nissan North America, Inc.
 Nissan has increased to more than 300 the number of U.S. companies supplying its assembly plants in North America and overseas. Through the Quest minivan project alone, Nissan identified 140 new U.S. suppliers, some of which are working on other vehicles under development now.
 The new brochure was made available at a supplier seminar June 2-3 in Dearborn, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
 The brochure gives U.S. companies an overview of Nissan's "design-in" component development process and outlines a 10-step procedure used in selecting suppliers for Nissan in Infiniti cars and trucks sold in North America and Japan.
 "Design-in" is a process linking Nissan with a supplier early in the part-development process. Nissan engineers work closely with the supplier companies' engineers who actually design and develop specific parts which they will later manufacture and deliver to Nissan.
 Such a process helps utilize the expertise of both the supplier's and Nissan's engineers together as a team to optimize the final design for quality, performance and cost.
 "The design-in process brings Nissan and the supplier company closer together and maximizes the strengths of both," said Duane Miller, senior vice president for vehicle engineering at Nissan Research and Development Inc., in Farmington Hills, Mich.
 "Suppliers which can demonstrate comprehensive design, engineering and evaluation capabilities in addition to component manufacturing," Miller added, "stand a better chance at winning current and future Nissan business than those who simply make a part to someone else's specifications."
 In North America, Nissan's operations include styling, engineering, manufacturing, sales, consumer and corporate finance, and industrial and textile equipment. Nissan employs nearly 10,000 people in the United States and Canada and generates an additional 55,000 jobs through its 1,400 Nissan and Infiniti dealerships across the continent.
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 /NOTE: Media representatives who desire a copy of the "Developing Nissan-Supplier Relationships" brochure may call Debra Sanchez-Fair, 310-719-5958 or Fred Standish, 313-393-1893. CONTACT: Fred Standish, 313-393-1893, or Steve Spurgeon, 310-719-3276, both of Nissan/


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