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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
Action
It wasn’t all that long ago that Detroit talked of “the Japanese” as though the collective Japanese auto manufacturers were some sort of Godzilla laying waste to the highways, byways and American marketplace.
Columns Published: 5/10/2012
Fasteners, Facebook & Things That Matter
If you’re not doing value-added work, just what is it that you’re doing?
Columns Published: 3/21/2012
How Will Automotive Address the Employment Challenge?
Some automotive suppliers offer this advice on dealing with the current environment: treat current employees well to keep a stable workforce. That is certainly a good foundation for long-term success, and something that smart companies figured out a...
Columns Published: 2/23/2012
The Ebb and Flow of Supplier-Customer Collaboration
As we analyze the results of this year’s IRN supplier survey on price reduction requests and the dynamics of supplier-customer power, we have been thinking about the nature of collaborative efforts to reduce costs.
Columns Published: 1/26/2012

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