The auto trade group Original Equipment Suppliers Association has created a new organization focused on issues facing tool and die makers.
The OESA Tooling Forum will be open to members of the larger group as well as non-members, as long as they are North American suppliers of tooling, dies, fixtures or gauges.
Participating companies already include firms in the U.S. and Canada, among them Proper Group International Inc. of Warren, Mich., Valiant Corp. and Windsor Mold Group — both of Windsor, Ontario.
Consultants from Harbour Results Inc., based in Royal Oak, Mich., will help oversee the forum and industry support groups, including the Center for Automotive Research of Ann Arbor, Mich., and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association of Toronto, will also participate.
Troy-based OESA hosted an organizational meeting for tooling firms in July. The first meeting of the new forum will take place sometime in the fall, according to an Aug. 1 announcement.
Among potential topics: workforce development, payment terms, sales presentations to automakers, benchmarking and industry forecasts.