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Suppliers Face a New Challenge (A Good One, This Time)
Life as an automotive supplier is not for the faint of heart. The gyrations and various calamities experienced over the past decade could fill a book—experiences that most choose not to relive.
Columns Published: 4/22/2013
How to Prepare for the Future
The lessons from the last two decades should be a rally cry for global geographic diversification as a primary strategy for any global mass-market OEM.
Columns Published: 3/28/2013
The Real Deal
Bolt holes. That was the main concern, the only concern, really, of one senior executive at General Motors right after the company emerged from bankruptcy.
Columns Published: 2/1/2013
The Total Cost Consideration
As most procurement executives will reveal, one cannot forget that the cost of moving raw materials, work-in progress, and final assembling constitute elements of a larger cost in itself. One which is taken more seriously now.
Columns Published: 2/1/2013
Considering China
The surge of activity and Chinese government investment today is similar to the thrust of science and technology in the 1950s that made the United States the world’s superpower.
Columns Published: 11/30/2012
How Global Are You?
Working with OEM engineers and designers to “integrate” your components or process into the specifications for a new vehicle or engine design is paramount to gaining the edge on the competition.
Columns Published: 11/30/2012
Help Wanted
Availability is no longer the ticket to a paycheck. Capability is.
Columns Published: 8/10/2012
Truly Different
The condition of the Chrysler Group, as well as the downturn in the fortunes of its former domestic musketeers, leads me to wonder what it is that makes one company successful and another in a state of decrying a change in fortunes.
Columns Published: 7/31/2012
Beyond Global Platforms
After of a couple decades of false starts, the Detroit-based OEMs have finally read the memo that the companies based in Europe, Japan and South Korea read a long time ago: Commonized global structures are here to stay.
Columns Published: 7/25/2012
How We Got to Today
The days of being restricted by the platform structure or the build process (at least within unibody or body-on-frame formats) required are being eliminated with every successive major investment at the plant level, adding flexibility each time.
Columns Published: 6/22/2012

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