Ford Motor Co. adds four new suppliers to its “Aligned Business Framework” program, bringing the total number of preferred suppliers to 36. The new suppliers are: BASF AG Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. Clarion Co. Ltd. PPG Industries Inc. The ABF, announced in September 2005, is designed to strengthen relationships and collaborations between Ford and its suppliers. Additionally, the program will cut Ford’s key supplier base in half, while growing business with select parts makers. ...

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