Supplier group head will challenge automotive OEMs

By Bradford Wernle, Automotive News Europe

Brussels-Lars Holmqvist has not even begun his official duties as CEO of the European auto component supplier association CLEPA, but he has already started a controversy.

Holmqvist bluntly criticized automakers, particularly Ford, DaimlerChrysler and General Motors, for treating suppliers poorly.

Holmqvist said Ford’s global terms and conditions agreement governing its relations with suppliers was “not acceptable from any point of view … in all my experience I have never seen anything so one-sided, I would almost say arrogant.”

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