FourFourSeconds ago, the Australian Car Wheel Industry (ACCI) issued a statement that it had “learned that a third of the major Australian car wheel suppliers are unable to meet the industry’s regulatory obligations”.
In a statement, ACCI spokesperson Chris Young said the company “has been advised that several of the suppliers of car wheel parts for the domestic market are unable or unwilling to meet industry standard operating standards”.
The ACCI said it was working with industry partners to provide a range of solutions for the industry.
“Our objective is to ensure that our suppliers meet industry-wide operating standards,” Young said.
In its statement, the ACCI acknowledged that the situation was “not ideal”, but said it had been “working with industry to resolve the issue”.
“We are also working with ACCI’s independent industry regulator to identify other potential sources of supply,” it said.
“We are working closely with the ACCCI’s independent regulator to ensure compliance with industry standard Operating Standards.”
FourFourTwo understands the ACCLI has been working with suppliers to supply the industry with car wheel replacement parts for some time, including towing parts.
A spokesperson for ACCL, who asked not to be named, said it has had “an extensive and well-informed” process with suppliers, including with car manufacturers.
He said the ACCC was looking at the situation with a view to assessing whether to initiate a formal investigation.
The statement said that the ACC has been advised by ACCI that several car wheel manufacturers are unable and unwilling to comply with industry-standard operating standards.
ACCI has said it would be willing to consider “a range of appropriate action” if a supplier was unable or uncooperative.
It said it hoped to “work with” the ACC, and with the industry, to “find solutions” to “resolve the issue” and to ensure suppliers were “able to meet standard operating requirements”.
A spokesman for the ACC says it is “monitoring the situation closely” and has contacted car industry suppliers and car manufacturers to see if they are able to meet ACCI standard operating rules.
An ACC spokesman told FourFourThatsBusiness that ACCC would be “seeking to engage the relevant industry body to provide guidance”.
It would also be “looking at any relevant regulatory provisions, regulations and other measures” to assist in this process.
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