Many Ford Motor Co. suppliers were braced for the 21%, or 168,000-unit, fourth-quarter production cut announced by the beleaguered auto maker on Aug. 18. So says David Andrea, vice president-business development for the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. That’s because market forecasts conducted by these suppliers eased the impact. “Some suppliers may not need to (make the full cuts) that Ford announced because they (already) were looking at inventory buildup and market place pressures,” ...

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