Many suppliers to the middle market are clueless when it comes to supporting customers as they enter or compete in the global marketplace. And the damage – whether from lost time to market, compliance recalls, unacceptable quality systems, deficient workmanship standards, tariff violations, and the like – can be devastating.
In contrast, AMI is a long time and accomplished player in the global economy. New AMI customers that already compete globally will benefit from a seamless transition, and those just entering or planning to sometime enter the global marketplace will profit from a smooth and professional launch into a new world of advanced business opportunity.
For proof, consider that AMI enjoys customer relationships on four continents; some 30 per cent of its sales are to foreign countries; it ships routinely to Europe, Asia, and non-domestic North American locations; and the products in those shipments are built to international workmanship standards within a globally accepted quality system and in compliance with destination country regulations.
Although there is some debate whether English should continue as the international language of business, there is no such debate concerning the role of ISO as the continuing international language of quality. AMI was among the earliest adopters of ISO, and its quality management system has been registered to the applicable ISO standard, currently ISO 9001-2008, since 1997.
Similarly, in 1989 AMI first adopted and has since continued as its sole workmanship standard the applicable revision level of IPC-A-610D, Class III, which is the highest such standard published for AMI’s industry by this universally recognized global standards organization.
Moreover, thanks in large measure to AMI’s early understanding and considerable investment, the products of AMI’s customers were among the first to comply with RoHS, the European Union’s “Restriction on Hazardous Substances” that strictly regulates, among other things, lead content, and which is now in the process of being adopted in other geographic regions and localities.
In addition, AMI’s support to customers participating in the global marketplace necessarily involves routine application of its knowledge and associated processes concerning a variety of procedural and regulatory matters, including NAFTA trade compliance, harmonized tariff codes, the protocols of tariff classification shifts, and country of origin certifications.
AMI, a long time and accomplished player in the global economy, is the right size and the best choice for the EMS middle market.