DEARBORN – Ford Motor Co. has a single word for suppliers looking to hijack cost negotiations by pushing forth one ubiquitous world price regardless of a component’s origin: China. The auto maker is working with about 50 “indigenous” or “local national suppliers” in China that have proven to do high quality work at low cost – and that don’t try to tell Ford how to run its business, Jean Mayer, Ford executive director-Asia/Pacific and Africa purchasing, tells Ward’s in an interview here. ...

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