The auto industry's Suppliers Partnership for the Environment successfully has expanded its ranks to include another car manufacturer.
The Washington-based organization announced Dec. 2 that DaimlerChrysler Corp. - the U.S. component of German-American automaker DaimlerChrysler AG - has joined the group geared at increasing environmental initiatives in the industry.
Auburn Hills, Mich.-based DaimlerChrysler joins General Motors Corp., the Detroit carmaker that was a founding member of the year-old partnership, along with 19 other companies and the Environmental Protection Agency.
``This partnership demonstrates that leading companies in the automobile industry and the government can work together to identify and address issues that will bring about a positive impact for the environment while improving the economic viability of the industry and its supply chains,'' said Reginald Modlin, director of environmental and energy planning for DaimlerChrysler, in a news release.
The Suppliers Partnership aims to improve the overall environmental impact of the industry by sharing information throughout the automotive supply chain.
DaimlerChrysler's involvement could lead to more participation in the group, said Gary Mayo, membership development chair for SP and director of corporate social responsibility for Visteon Corp.
By expanding beyond GM, the organization should be able to bring more members in from DaimlerChrysler suppliers as well as interest more carmakers.