Strained Supplier Relationships Hurting Ford and GM
GM's supplier relationships at 15-year low; Chrysler shows improvement
June 25, 2005
According to an annual study of automaker and auto supplier relationships, General Motors' relations with its suppliers are at an all-time low, Honda and Toyota continue at the highest levels while the gap between Ford and GM on the bottom and Honda and Toyota at the top continues to widen year over year.
Chrysler, however, showed continuing improvement in this year's study, while Nissan ranked the same as last year with positive relationships continuing after bottoming out in 2002 during a period of tough and somewhat adversarial cost-cutting. Ford's supplier relations continue very low and remained virtually unchanged in 2005.
The result is that suppliers are shifting more resources to the Japanese automakers at the expense of the U.S. Big ...