Renault-Nissan will reduce suppliers by 20%

The Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation (RNPO) will reduce its supplier base by one-fifth in the next five years, as it strives to further cut costs by placing bigger orders with fewer partsmakers.

“I expect the number of our common suppliers to shrink 20 percent in the next five years,” said Odile Desforges, who heads the joint purchasing operations of Renault and its partner Nissan. She declined to say how many suppliers RNPO has at present.

RNPO was set up in 2001. It now handles roughly…

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