SAO PAULO – ArvinMeritor Inc. counted 311 suppliers in Brazil in 2002, but this year just 178 remain. By 2007, that number will decline to 164 companies providing products and services to the Tier I supplier in Brazil, says Jeff Stoner, ArvinMeritor’s worldwide vice president-purchasing. The company’s overall goal is to reduce its suppliers worldwide from the current 1,600 to 1,000 in 2007. “We are offering conditions for suppliers to increase their production capacity,” ...

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