Benchmarking: Automotive Suppliers

Automotive Suppliers Benchmarking Association

The Automotive Suppliers Benchmarking Association™ (ASBA Benchmarking™), an association of suppliers and manufacturers in the automotive industry, is dedicated to providing members with an opportunity to identify, document, and establish best practices through benchmarking to increase value, efficiencies, and profits.

To identify "Best in Class" business processes, which, when implemented, will lead member companies to exceptional performance as perceived by their customers. Benchmarking is a performance measurement tool used in conjunction with improvement initiatives; it measures comparative operating performance of companies and identifies the "best practices." Benchmarking creates value by Focusing on key performance gaps; Identifying ideas from other companies; Creating a consensus to move an organization forward; Making better decisions from a larger base of facts.

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This service is provided by The Benchmarking Network, Inc., an international resource for business process research and metrics. We lead studies with over 140,000 process leaders in over 65 countries. We provide benchmarking training and research to individual companies, professional and trade associations, and industry and process based groups. Since 1992, our over 300 benchmarking studies have spanned virtually all processes and industries to identify measures and collect data.

Our Benchmarking Methodology

Creating Benchmarking databases to support benchmarking efforts including;

  • Organizing taxonomies of over 240 business processes used for analytic purposes
  • Creating over 600 study maps and guides to structure benchmarking efforts
  • Developing industry standard databases of performance measures
  • Gathering company responses to specific measures into databases
  • Administering databases of over 140,000 process owners categorized by industry and process interest
  • Leading individual companies in benchmarking efforts by;
  • Defining high payoff areas for research topics
  • Conducting short Fasttrakk™ surveys (typically 2-4 weeks) and long (site visit) benchmarking efforts typically 4-5 months
  • Facilitating project teams in benchmarking efforts
  • Attracting top companies to join efforts
  • Measuring performance
  • Performing Gap analysis
  • Leading site visits to best practice companies
  • Compiling results and making recommendations for action
  • Providing implementation services

Project Steps

TBN will meet with your project team to more closely define the project scope and intent to define specific areas to cover in each study. Each study will contain these major activities:

  • Detailed project definition;
  • Survey formulation;
  • Participant solicitation;
  • Data gathering;
  • Data tabulation and analysis;
  • Site visits;
  • Project meetings/Status updates;
  • Final report preparation; and
  • Final report meeting.