To the Editor:
This is in response to "The Recovery Bottleneck" (Dec. 20). Automakers quickly point out suppliers' cuts but fail to maintain their own internal control and willingness to pay for the capacity they desire.
A dual-source strategy would quickly allow any company to ramp up -- if one supplier cut too much, the other would fill in -- but the typical automaker can't handle multiple suppliers.
Also, the industry is still pushing demand onto consumers; it is not a pull system at all. Suppliers and subsuppliers fail to trust automakers' forecasts because the suppliers have been burned before when automakers simply didn't take parts or delayed.
A supply chain must be built on the trust of the partners. The industry and suppliers worldwide have failed in that regard.