Six leading automotive suppliers will conduct a joint study of best practices in business-to-business Internet-enabled technologies. Through the study, each company plans to improve its supply-chain management, support its customers' e-business efforts through collaborative solutions, improve competitive advantage, and reduce costs throughout its value chains. The suppliers are:
Dana Corp., a $13.2 billion firm based in Toledo, Ohio.
Delphi Automotive Systems Corp., $29.2 billion, Troy, Mich.
Eaton Corp., $8.4 billion, Cleveland.
Motorola Inc., $30.9 billion, Schaumburg, Ill.
TRW Inc., $17 billion, Cleveland.
Valeo SA, based in Paris, with 1999 sales of 7.7 billion euros (US$8.1 billion). "The intent of this exploration is to support and complement the activities of each participating supplier's automotive original-equipment and aftermarket customers," says Dana President/CEO Joe Magliochetti.