Ford Motor Co. showed a slight improvement in overall North American productivity last year, today’s 2006 Harbour Report says, but continues to lag behind major competitors. The benchmarking study measured performance in the 2005 calendar year. Dave Szczupak, group vice president of manufacturing-The Americas, says the auto maker has been making progress each year since 2002. “Look back at 1997-1999, and we were pretty close to the Japanese, and way, way ahead of (Chrysler Group) and ...

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