TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The auto industry’s “tier” structure is an anachronism, says J Ferron, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner and automotive consulting leader. As suppliers facilitate system integration by establishing long-term working relationships, historical lines that have separated tiers become blurred, Ferron says. It’s more accurate to say that suppliers exist in “clusters” or “communities.” Efforts to label suppliers as “Tier 1” or “Tier 2” and beyond, represents an “academic ...

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