Ford Motor makes peace with suppliers

By Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. appears ready to end its on-again, off-again price-cutting wars with its own suppliers.

Last week, Tony Brown, Ford’s global purchasing chief, introduced new purchasing guidelines that will make Ford act a little more like Toyota and a little less like Ford. Brown said he will:

  • Cut in half the number of key suppliers he works with – from about 200 to 100 or fewer.
  • Choose key suppliers in the early stages of a vehicle’s design.
  • Award contracts to suppliers over…

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