In the early 1990s, suppliers would have scoffed at the idea of a “partnership” with General Motors Corp. Back then, former purchasing chief J. Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua was forcing huge price cuts on suppliers. And, although GM denies it, many suppliers complained the automaker was shopping their technologies to competitors. Today, GM says it wants to build a new relationship based on trust, and some suppliers say they see a difference. One example is GM Tech World, a three-day event ...

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