German suppliers revolt against Ford Motor

By Klaus-Dieter Floerecke, Automotive News Europe

Cologne, Germany-The German Automobile Association has demanded that Ford Motor Co. make major revisions to its purchasing contracts.

Some of Ford’s contract provisions violate European Union antitrust law and are wrong under German law, the association claims.
In recent weeks, Ford repeatedly has asked its German suppliers to sign the “Ford Production Purchasing Global Terms and Conditions.”

The new guidelines were supposed to take effect 1 Jan, but Ford and the association were unable to reach agreement.

A legal committee…

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