As the automotive recovery accelerates, there will be pressure on automakers and suppliers to maintain the working relationships forged during the recession.
Recovery means more demand for products, escalating costs and price pressures, especially for some raw materials -- but also more profit opportunities.
An upturn in merger and acquisition activity also threatens to complicate relationships.
What suppliers and automakers need and want from each other in a growing market will be the subject of a special session at the 2011 Automotive News World Congress.
-- Dan Knott, senior vice president for purchasing and supplier quality at Chrysler Group.
-- Rodney O'Neal, CEO of Delphi Automotive.
-- Catherine Perez, vice president of purchasing for the Renault-Nissan purchasing organization.
-- Mike VanNieuwkuyk, executive director of global vehicle research for J.D. Power and Associates.
The Automotive News World Congress will be Jan. 11-13, during media days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.