KARIYA, Japan – At the midway point of Toyota Motor Corp.’s major cost-cutting plan, principal supplier Denso Corp. has met nearly all of its targets and, despite initial skepticism, now embraces the undertaking as a means for achieving long-term growth. That’s a far cry from the reaction at the time Toyota announced the plan, called "Construction of Cost Competitiveness for the 21st Century" (CCC21), in summer 2000. Denso and other Toyota suppliers saw the initiative as yet another ...

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