Purchasing

In the eyes of suppliers, Toyota and Honda surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

As far as North American suppliers are concerned, Toyota and Honda are the gold standard, while Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are also-rans. That's the takeaway from John Henke's latest study of supplier-automaker relations....
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EDITORIAL

Can GM regain trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Six months ago, GM introduced a new purchasing strategy -- dubbed the One Cost Model -- that aims to treat suppliers as partners rather than foes. Now the company has started to implement it....
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GM to suppliers: Let's see books, not bids

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

General Motors has launched a new way to buy parts that foregoes the conventional bidding process for suppliers. Instead, the new process lets GM inspect suppliers' factories and analyze their internal cost data. Suppliers who submit to the procedure, dubbed the One Cost Model, will get contracts for periods ranging up to the life of the vehicle....
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EDITORIAL

Automakers must learn to be better supplier customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

It's no secret that automakers are striving to obtain advanced features from suppliers before their rivals get them....
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Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ form Russia's biggest auto parts buyer

Dec. 18, 2014 14:20 CET

The Renault-Nissan alliance and AvtoVAZ will merge their purchasing activities in Russia to create the largest buyer in the country's auto industry....
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Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014

The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

How to stop supplier price fixing now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Supplier price fixing is a global epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. Automakers can make it all stop right now, but will they?...
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FACE TO FACE

Nissan's global product boss drives a smoky motorcycle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Keno Kato, Nissan Motor's global head of product planning and strategy who directs a global team of 500 planners, is a buzz-cut 1960s-muscle car fan from rural Japan....
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2014 Eurostar winner Klaus Zehender

Sept. 29, 2014 06:01 CET

The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Klaus Zehender, Daimler head of procurement and supplier quality, is this year's winner for Purchasing Executive....
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AvtoVAZ mulls in-house parts production to halt monopolies, corruption

Aug. 30, 2014 10:06 CET

AvtoVAZ, the Russian carmaker controlled by Renault-Nissan, may bring some parts production in-house to gain more competitive pricing and stamp out corruption in its local supply chain....
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Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers....
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Chrysler purchasing chief Kunselman to lead new safety office

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014

Chrysler tapped its head of purchasing, Scott Kunselman, to lead a new office that will oversee safety issues and regulatory compliance as scrutiny over the industry's safety record grows. Tom Finelli, 44, Chrysler's current director for global standardization, will assume responsibility for North American purchasing and supplier quality, effective immediately, Chrysler said today....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Ford touts supplier innovations on Mustang, F-150

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

Ford's purchasing chief is touting some of the innovations created with suppliers on the all-new Mustang sports car and F-150 pickup....
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Toyota queried by China regulator amid antitrust probe, report says

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

China's National Development and Reform Commission, which is conducting an antitrust probe into the auto industry, has asked Toyota about its business practices, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. China's recent antitrust probes rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Magna points supply chain toward local sourcing

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

Canadian automotive supplier Magna International sees local strategy and efficiency improvements as key cost-saving measures within its supply chain....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Toyota exec touts supply chain benefits of staff moves to Mich.

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014

Toyota’s plan to move supplier development and purchasing staffs to its technical center in Ann Arbor will improve suppliers relations, a top executive said today....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Marchionne vows to claw back share of supplier profits

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today fired a shot at his supply base, saying that suppliers' double-digit profit margins were making his blood pressure go up....
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Dana CEO says purchasers are collaborating with suppliers earlier

9:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014

Like other Tier 1 suppliers, Dana, a major supplier of axles and driveshafts, has been working to strip weight out of its products, says CEO Roger Wood. Meanwhile, he says automakers are working earlier with suppliers on product development....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Why automakers can't beat up suppliers any more

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014

Remember the old days when automotive purchasing czars such as General Motors' Inaki Lopez and Ford's Carlos Mazzorin threw their weight around with suppliers? Those days are gone....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why the supplier price-fixing investigation looms large

9:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

There's three dozen people in the auto supply chain who should be on the mind of everyone attending the Management Briefing Seminars here this year....
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Tesla, Panasonic agree to team on U.S. gigafactory

7:02 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014

Tesla Motors and Panasonic have agreed to cooperate on the construction and operation of the American carmaker's so-called gigafactory, its envisioned large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States....
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