The Society of Automotive Engineers has formed a task force of “top tier suppliers” to discuss why so many major companies — including Delphi Automotive Systems, Visteon Corp., Lear Corp., DuPont Automotive, TRW Inc., GKN plc, Eaton Corp. and the Budd Co. — aren't participating as exhibitors at the exhibition (March 5-8) in Detroit. A closer look at this year's list of exhibitors reveals that beyond the big suppliers, dozens of small companies have dropped out as well. Even General Motors ...

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