PARIS – Toyota Motor Corp. has a policy in Europe to have half of its supply base European, but that strategy makes hard work for the 130 people in the purchasing department in Brussels. “If it were left to occur naturally, Japanese suppliers would dominate because of the quality,” says Jean-Christophe DeVille, senior purchasing manager for Toyota Motor Europe. “We have to work hard to keep it even.” In a presentation to an industry audience sponsored by the French magazine L’Usine ...

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