BLOG: Nissan plays yo-yo purchasing amid yen’s wild ride

10:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

For years, Japan's carmakers scrambled to buy more parts overseas where their currency had better purchasing power. But now that the yen has done an about-face and is weak again, carmakers are switching to buy more at home -- at lightning speed....
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Skoda purchasing boss sees sourcing EV parts as a challenge

Aug. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Veteran Volkswagen Group executive Dieter Seeman became Skoda's purchasing boss last year, moving from a similar position at sister brand Seat. Seeman, 57, spoke to Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri about purchasing synergies, supplier consolidation and the rise of EVs....
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12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jean Mayer, who rose through the ranks at Ford Motor Co. to become a global purchasing executive, died Aug. 5. She was 61....
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Finelli gets serious about improving FCA's supplier relations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

In various surveys, suppliers have given Fiat Chrysler's purchasing unit low grades. Tom Finelli, the automaker's vice president of purchasing in North America, wants to change that....
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Ford remains 'bullish on China' long term

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Ford's head of global purchasing today said the company remains "bullish on China" despite a drop in auto sales recently. "Longer term, we're still very bullish on China," said Hau Thai-Tang, head of global purchasing for Ford....
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GM: New 'no-bid' strategy catches on with suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

For General Motors' suppliers, no-bid contracts have become the norm rather than the exception, now that GM has rolled out a new parts-buying program that forgoes traditional bidding....
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FCA swaps cudgel for counsel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2015

Exactly one year after Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne slammed suppliers for their double-digit profit margins, the company has adopted a more supplier-friendly approach in its purchasing operations....
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FCA will free purchasing staff from cost restraints to focus on quality

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to no longer hold its purchasing staffers to individual cost-saving goals on parts. The goals had effectively tied the staffers' hands when suppliers sought pricing relief. Instead, the automaker says that cost savings goals will be managed by teams, allowing greater flexibility with individual suppliers....
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Bosch mobility unit's N.A. sales grow 10%

1:26 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

North American sales of Robert Bosch LLC's automotive-dominated Mobility Solutions unit grew nearly 10 percent to $8 billion in 2014, the company said today in a press release....
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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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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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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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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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