February 8, 2005 | By Bernard Swiecki
The Big Three are in the midst of a decades long process— platform consolidation. While it will make them more cost-competitive with the Japanese automakers, it also will take away business from tooling and stamping suppliers.
December 7, 2004 | By Bernard Swiecki
Magna International is an excellent example of a supplier adapting to OEMs' demands for suppliers to increase their capabilities. Magna not only provides parts, but also currently assembles the Jeep Grand Cherokee® in Graz, Austria.In August Magna announced plans to open a facility to assemble...
July 10, 2003 | By Bernard Swiecki
In May, automotive quality gurus J.D. Power & Associates released the results of its 2003 Initial Quality Study (IQS). As is the case every year, the winners will trumpet their scores while the losers will promise improvement. A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals some interesting observations.
August 29, 2002 | By Bernard Swiecki
The businesses that supply the auto industry with its parts are doing more and more work for less and less of the pie.
February 14, 2002 | By Bernard Swiecki
Detroit's Big Three have big problems ahead if they can't figure out a way to profit in a time of booming sales, let alone downturns such as the one looming this year.