PUSAN, Korea — When you only put US$100 million down on a US$2 billion plant, seeing the goods beforehand isn't necessarily urgent. So it was with Louis Schweitzer, chairman and chief executive of French automaker Renault SA. Although Schweitzer is the key figure behind Renault's deal to purchase the operating assets of defunct Samsung Motors Inc., he'd never laid an eye on the plant until last month. When he finally did make his plant tour, it was worthwhile. “My visit to the technical ...

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