EDINBURGH PARKS, Australia – Germany’s ZF Group’s new axle assembly plant here in suburban Adelaide demonstrates precisely how global the automotive supply chain has become. ZF’s Lemforder chassis division won the contract in 2003 to produce front- and rear-axle assemblies in Australia for the next-generation GM Holden Ltd. Commodore sedan platform largely because it could source components more cheaply from China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and the U.K. than could competitor Dana Corp. ...

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