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Whirlpool May Be First Non-Automotive User Of ANX

Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. may soon become the first non-auto industry user of the Automotive Network Exchange extranet.

ANX's IP-based virtual private network could potentially support Whirlpool's electronic data interchange and Internet transactions with its 300 largest suppliers, many of whom also supply the auto industry. Whirlpool steel supplier Dofasco is an ANX member; another, Inland Steel, plans to join.

Whirlpool plans a cost-justification study on joining the ANX extranet, and a decision is due by late spring, says Ken Kinlock, lead E-commerce analyst at Whirlpool. The company will compare its per-transaction fees for EDI on a value- added network with the costs of ANX, which involve subscription fees for Whirlpool and its participating suppliers, as well as a negotiated price with an ANX- certified Internet service provider.

The Automotive Industry Action Group, which oversees ANX, is also talking with the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, a group of health-care providers and insurers, about joining ANX.

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