The old cliché purports that things happen where the tire meets the road — and that's likely just where DaimlerChrysler AG (DC) will make the first decisions on its new global supply arrangements. DC executives have mentioned tire suppliers as the likely starting point for the company's initiative to combine and streamline the supply base of the former Chrysler Corp. and Daimler-Benz AG organizations. Discussions could begin in earnest this month, says Gary C. Valade, DC's purchasing ...

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