Unido plans to make training pack for autoparts SMEs
THE United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) plans to develop a new training package for the auto component manufacturers mainly among the small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Under the new programme of co-operation, to be implemented in partnership with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the UN body would develop a programme cleaner and energy efficient production of the components. The programme of co-operation would be spread across a period of five years from 2007 to 2012 and is currently under review by the government of India. The turnkey training packages for manufacturing enterprises would be built on the core expertise in quality and productivity management, according to an statement. The Unido partnership programme would provide firms with inputs specific to enable them to further enhance performance to hasten their inclusion in the global supply chain. The moves could include supporting firms to achieve the ISO/TS 16949 standard since it is essential to securing global automotive business. The programme could also work towards sensitising manufacturers to disciplines relevant to international business activities such as the impact on industry of the WTO, international trade operations, export documentation, financial risk management etc. The UN body is planning to take the initiative after seeing the enhanced production and quality standards of the Indian auto component industry mainly in the SME sector.