Despite public grousing from some parts makers, Ford Motor Co. says it is right where expected under its 2-year-old Aligned Business Framework program aimed at engineering a smaller but healthier supply network. Tony (Thomas K.) Brown, senior vice president-global purchasing, says he is neither surprised nor dismayed at some of the press reports and surveys that have portrayed Ford’s supplier relations as among the U.S. auto industry’s worst. Launched in 2005, the ABF is a framework ...

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