Can India's Tata Motors Teach Detroit a Thing or Two?
When Tata Motors unveiled a prototype of its Nano microcar in January 2008, auto execs around the world were aflutter. They hustled teams to India to document the planned $2,000 "people's car." And industry watchers and innovation experts soon reported on the engineering and supply chain breakthroughs behind the car.
But look beyond the Nano halo and it's clear that U.S. Automakers aren't the only ones with problems. Tata Motors has...
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Fate of Parts Makers Interconnected with Automakers' Supply Chains
Obviously, automotive parts suppliers are heavily exposed to the difficulties of the Detroit Three, but most of them also sell parts to the Asian and European manufacturers in America. Given the extreme interdependency of the supply chain and the degree of specialization within it, the failure of even one or two small firms can lead to stoppages on vehicle-assembly lines.
The collapse in new-vehicle demand has traumatized parts-makers. They have seen their cash flow fall by...
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Honda Knows You Gotta Go with the Flow
Talk about a one-two punch. Just last summer, as soaring gasoline prices forced consumers to rethink their preference for large, fuel-hungry vehicles, Honda Motor Co., like most of its automotive OEM competitors, saw demand for SUVs and pickup trucks dry up. Then, last fall, the credit crisis and souring economy conspired to undercut consumer spending further. Suddenly, Honda and other carmakers found they were...
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Fuel Crisis Drives Rapid Change in Automotive Industry
The ongoing global fuel crisis is quickly and dramatically changing the tastes and expectations of automotive consumers--a shift that will sorely test the agility and flexibility of automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. Bill McBeath, managing director of the Supply Chain Risk Intelligence Service at Marsh Inc., explains what automotive companies are doing to meet this challenge and how the supply chain is playing a vital role in their response....
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Menlo Worldwide to Assume Lead Logistics Provider Role Globally for Navistar Corporation
Navistar International Corporation has named Menlo Worldwide Logistics its global lead logistics provider, and is specifically looking to tap into its expertise in management of global transportation providers, regional warehousing, lead-time planning and net landed-cost modeling.
The outsourcing initiative represents a significant step forward for Navistar's plans to...
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