The math is simple: material costs are 78% of the total. Attacking them gets “cost out fast,” says Thomas Sidlik, DaimlerChrysler Corp. executive vice president, procurement and supply. “We need results fast. We cannot go forever,” says Wolfgang Bernhard, DCC's new chief operating officer. To that end, DCC executives are demanding that their suppliers cut costs by 5% effective Jan. 1, 2001, and they are to work with DCC staff to design and engineer another 10% savings by Jan. 1, 2003. On ...

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