Daron Gifford Partner at Plante Moran, leading its automotive industry consulting services practice See All Staff Page Recent Stories Crisis exposes flaws in supply chain As vehicle stockpiles became depleted, automakers and their global supply chains have not been able to meet the continued demand, exposing structural flaws in an industry that won't return to normal anytime soon. Why global production numbers don’t always tell the full story If you examined a 20-year graph of global light-vehicle production, you’d find an industry consistently marching onward and upward for two decades, save for recent setbacks and a recessionary dip in 2009. Suppliers need product technology strategy Such an approach is the only way for suppliers to survive in the face of the sweeping changes that are coming to the industry, and the only way to effectively prepare for new challenges such as electrification and autonomy. Mobility-driven future will mean more sales Consumer trends may change. Who's doing the buying may change. But we will certainly need cars in the future. A lot of them.