Germans toughen rules to protect automotive technology

By Jens Meiners, Automotive News Europe

Munich, Germany – German suppliers applaud a tightening of guidelines to safeguard their innovations. But some question whether their pact with automaker clients will be effective.

A new agreement forged by automaker and supplier members of the German auto industry association (VDA) calls for secrecy in dealing with product and innovation plans, blueprints, renderings, models, computer-aided design data and process expertise.

The pact is significant because Germany is the heart of the European auto industry. It is home to the region’s…

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