Ford Motor Co. is adding five more companies to its elite list of strategic suppliers, no doubt brightening the day considerably for Dana Corp., DuPont Automotive, Foster Electric Co., Getrag GmbH and Hella KG Hueck & Co. In an effort to further reduce costs and improve quality, Ford announced in late September that before July 2006 it would cut by 50% the number of suppliers from which it buys key “high impact” commodity parts. These parts include components such as axles, brake ...
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