Suppliers to automakers: Give us more responsibility

By Douglas A. Bolduc, Automotive News / May 23, 2005

BARCELONA, Spain – Suppliers want automakers to give them more responsibility for developing vehicles. And they’re looking for earlier involvement in the process.

“We are the component experts. You are the car experts,” Hari Nair, managing director of exhaust specialist Tenneco Automotive Europe said here this month at the Automotive News Europe Congress.

He was one of four panelists who discussed the relationship between automakers and suppliers.

Nair said he thinks auto suppliers can help customers…

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