Official Comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce

Note: The following correspondence was officially filed with the United States Department of Commerce by Aisin World Corp. of America in reaction to tariffs levied against the U.S. auto industry by President Donald Trump.

June 15, 2018

To whom it may concern:

My name is Scott Turpin and I am president and CEO of Aisin World Corp. of America, Northville, Michigan; and Aisin Drivetrain, Inc., Crothersville, Indiana.

Aisin is the sixth largest Tier One auto supplier in the world with North American headquarters located here in the United States. Aisin has been a proud and productive member of the U.S. economy since 1988, when it opened its first manufacturing plant in Seymour, Indiana. Since then, Aisin’s investment in communities across the U.S. has been on a rapid and steady ascent. As a top tier supplier to our U.S. customers – which include Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor North America, BMW North America, American Honda, Nissan North America, Subaru America, and others – we now have 33 manufacturing, sales and R & D centers in the U.S., including a 950-acre test track and proving ground near Detroit serving customers, suppliers, municipalities and even U.S. government agencies (DOT, NHTSA).

Aisin plants and facilities are located in:

– California
– Georgia
– Illinois
– Indiana
– Kentucky
– Michigan
– North Carolina
– Ohio
– Tennessee

Aisin has invested more than $3.1 billion in U.S. towns, cities and states and, today, employs more than 15,000 Americans. We support sourcing locally, but in some cases need to import components not available in the U.S. Therefore, I am concerned with the President’s threat to levy tariffs against my company and industry. This action will raise the price of domestic vehicles through increased costs for parts and components, negatively impact the customer’s ability to purchase the vehicle of their choice, and threaten the prosperity in the communities where my employees and their families live and work. Tariffs will also reduce the likelihood of Aisin’s continued investment and expansion in U.S. communities. The automotive parts and systems Aisin manufactures in the U.S. and sells to our customers located in the U.S. are not a threat to national security. I urge the Administration to continue to support pro-growth policies and stop this misguided attack on my company and industry.

Scott Turpin
President and CEO
Aisin World Corp. of America
Aisin Drivetrain, Inc.