PARIS – Capacity utilization in North America will reach 95% in 2015, according to a recent forecast by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. That level should translate to a period of automotive prosperity, given the rule of thumb that breakeven is achieved at 75%-85% capacity. In 2005, prior to the global economic crisis, North America was at 85% utilization, while the level dropped to 60% last year, says Philippe Couderc, an associate in PwC’s Paris office. North American capacity utilization ...
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