Purchasing

Renault promotes Bollore, Stoll after departure of COO Tavares

Sept. 9, 2013 18:34 CET
Renault promoted internal executives to two new positions created following the resignation of COO Carlos Tavares. Thierry Bollore will focus on developing and building vehicles, while Jerome Stoll will be responsible for marketing and sales.... Read More »

 

Alcoa breaks ground on $275 million Tennessee plant expansion

4:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2013
Aluminum supplier Alcoa, struggling to keep up with automakers' growing demand for the lightweight metal, has broken ground on a $275 million expansion of its plant in Alcoa, Tenn.... Read More »

 

Daimler deal allows Hankook Tire to expand into premium market

Sept. 3, 2013 18:06 CET
Hankook Tire said it has begun supplying tires to Daimler AG for the new Mercedes-Benz S-class and E-class sedans -- a step up in brand recognition for South Korea's top tire maker which has been eager to expand further in the premium tire market.... Read More »

 

Daimler deal allows Hankook Tire to expand into premium market

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2013
Hankook Tire said it has begun supplying tires to Daimler AG for the new Mercedes-Benz S-class and E-class sedans -- a step up in brand recognition for South Korea's top tire maker which has been eager to expand further in the premium tire market.... Read More »

 

Toyota to raise steel prices for suppliers by 12%, report says

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2013
Toyota will increase the price of steel it sells to suppliers by 12 percent in the second half of this fiscal year, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg, lifting a benchmark used in the country's auto industry.... Read More »

 

Engineers steer Detroit 3 purchasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
Under pressure to introduce technology, improve quality and ensure smooth product launches, the Detroit 3 are giving engineers more influence over their purchasing operations. General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group have all chosen purchasing chiefs with engineering backgrounds.... Read More »

 

New charges, court filings signal more supplier price-fixing prosecutions

11:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Federal officials who eased up the pace of prosecuting automotive supplier price-fixing for eight months could be ready to punch the accelerator again, if recent courthouse activity is any indicator.... Read More »

 

BMW, Ferrari, VW cars contain metal mined by terrorists, Bloomberg says

Aug. 8, 2013 10:26 CET
Tungsten ore mined by a terrorist group in Colombia ends up in cars built by BMW, Ferrari and Volkswagen, a Bloomberg Markets magazine investigation says.... Read More »

 

Nissan presses suppliers to locate closer

5:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
After 30 years of building autos in the United States, Nissan is turning up the pressure on its suppliers to locate their operations closer to Nissan's assembly lines in Tennessee and Mississippi.... Read More »

 

Global platforms prompting supplier shakeout

5:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
The auto industry's switch to global platforms will trigger a shakeout of the world's component suppliers. “Will [global platforms] create pressure for consolidation? The answer is clearly yes,” said Scott Kunselman, Chrysler Group's purchasing chief at the seminars on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Ford expands purchases with preferred suppliers

Aug. 6, 2013 20:58 CET
Ford's preferred suppliers will get a bigger share of the automaker's purchasing budget -- 70 percent, up from 65 percent -- as the automaker continues to downsize its network of suppliers.... Read More »

 

Ford expands purchases with preferred suppliers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Ford's preferred suppliers will get a bigger share of the automaker's purchasing budget -- 70 percent, up from 65 percent -- as the automaker continues to downsize its network of suppliers.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

How will smaller suppliers keep up with demand?

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
While many are asking how automakers will keep pace with new car demand, Kim Hill is asking the other half of that question: How will Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers keep up with rising automaker demand?... Read More »

 

North American automotive robot sales slip 5% through June

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2013
Although robot sales in North America reached a record high this year through June, automotive robot sales slid 5 percent from the year-ago period, according to the Robotic Industries Association.... Read More »

 

BorgWarner earnings rise on demand for fuel-efficient vehicles

9:25 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2013
BorgWarner, the maker of automotive turbochargers and emission systems, posted higher-than-expected profit today as global demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles continued to rise in the second quarter.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Nippon Steel raise steel sheet price by 10%, report says

3:38 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2013
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal and Toyota have agreed to raise steel sheet prices by about 10 percent for April-September as the yen falls, the Nikkei reported.... Read More »

 

Ford sues Japanese wiring supplier over conspiracy to fix prices

11:19 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2013
Ford has sued one of its Japanese suppliers following a criminal case in which the parts maker admitted to being part of a conspiracy to fix prices of key wiring components. Fujikura, of Tokyo, in April 2012 agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Detroit to one count of price fixing.... Read More »

 

Ford's Tony Brown to retire in purchasing shuffle

July 15, 2013 15:13 CET
Ford purchasing chief Tony Brown is retiring and will be replaced by engineering chief Hau Thai-Tang. Birgit Behrendt, executive director of global programs and purchasing for the Americas, will become head of global programs and purchasing. Behrendt is a former Ford of Europe purchasing boss.... Read More »

 

Ford's Tony Brown to retire in purchasing shuffle

9:13 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Editor's note: Earlier versions of this story gave incorrect figures for the lengths of Brown's tenure at Ford and his role as global purchasing chief: Ford purchasing chief Tony Brown, who presided over the company's supply chain during the economic crisis and throughout Ford's restructuring over the past decade, is retiring after 14 years with the company.... Read More »

 

Cutting spiffs tops Toyota's to-do list

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
Toyota's new top executive for North America lists lower incentives and greater local purchasing and product development among his top objectives.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

Why good times bring back bad habits by suppliers

9:04 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2013
The suppliers that survived the industry collapse four years ago did so by reducing overhead, ditching noncore business units and navigating the new economic reality with relative aplomb. Now, the industry is smaller -- fewer workers, fewer lines and fewer plants -- but is moving at breakneck speed. And the boom is bringing back bad habits.... Read More »

 

Supplier group's new chief seeks overseas ties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2013
After two decades of steady growth in North America, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association is preparing to seek overseas alliances. The association's new president, Julie Fream, said last week she plans to seek ties with supplier organizations outside of North America.... Read More »

 

Magna sees profits growing in Europe on shift east

June 23, 2013 06:01 CET
Magna International, the world's fourth-largest auto supplier, says it can squeeze more profit from Europe as it moves factories east to feed booming U.S. demand for German cars.... Read More »

 

Magna squeezing more profit from Mercedes boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2013
Magna International, the world's fourth-largest auto supplier, says it can squeeze more profit from Europe as it moves factories east to feed booming U.S. demand for German cars.... Read More »

 

Lieblein leads GM's bid to cut costs while rolling out new products

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
How can an auto company save money while introducing 18 new or refreshed vehicles in 12 months? General Motors must answer that question if the company is to achieve CEO Dan Akerson's goal of increasing profits and widening profit margins this year and next. And the executive who must provide a lot of the answers is Grace Lieblein, 52, GM's purchasing boss.... Read More »

 

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