The Detroit Three may have achieved near parity with their Japanese counterparts in the efficiency of their manufacturing plants, but they have a long way to go to narrow the gap in vendor tooling costs, a report says. In the report, dubbed “Vendor Tooling: The Not-So-Missing Link,” long-time industry analyst and consultant Laurie Harbour-Felax, defines vendor tooling as “tools that produce vehicle parts that are not produced at the automotive manufacturer.” This work usually is ...

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