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Automakers Still Need to Foster Better Supplier Relations

New survey shows GM made biggest leap in improved ties to suppliers.

by on May.16, 2016

If automakers hope to keep their assembly lines moving, shoring up the relationships they have with their suppliers is the first order of business.

Despite a long-history of mutual antagonism, General Motors has succeeded in improving its relations with suppliers, while Nissan and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have seen their relations with suppliers worsen over the past years.

The improvement in GM’s relations with suppliers is one of the highlights of the North American OEM- Supplier Working Relations Index prepared annually by Planning Perspectives.

Supplier News!

The 16th edition of the annual study showed that of the six major automakers building vehicles in the United States only General Motors posted “significant improvement,” adding 26 points to its score and moving up to fourth place overall as Nissan slipped to fifth. (more…)