DETROIT -- Much of the auto industry is contracting and down­sizing, but not EDS. The information technology company founded by Ross Perot and later partly owned by General Motors Corp. has been quietly executing a growth strategy that promises to drastically alter the way North American auto makers and suppliers access and trade product data. The strategy began in September 2000 when EDS acquired EAI Inc., a specialist in animation. Then last May, EDS acquired and merged Unigraphics ...

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