Robert Young

Toyota's new plan: Design parts, then cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. has launched a program in which it invites suppliers to develop parts three or four years ahead of production -- before the automaker has even begun to design the vehicle. By having suppliers develop parts independently of a vehicle's design, Toyota can give them an extra 12 months to engineer the parts, said Bob Young, Toyota's North American purchasing chief....
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Toyota steps in to avert supply bottlenecks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

As North American production rises to record levels, Toyota Motor Corp. is taking steps to prevent production glitches among its suppliers. Bob Young, the automaker's North American purchasing chief, is providing assistance to 50 suppliers that are struggling to keep up with Toyota's production needs....
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