Ford Wants Better Relationship with Suppliers

Company will source two-thirds of its global programs from preferred parts suppliers.

Editor's Note: WardsAuto.com covered the CAR Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City held this week.

Ford Motor Co. intends to slash its global supplier list to 750 from the 3,000 it employed just a few years ago. The reduction is part of the companys vaunted "One Ford" strategy, Birgit Behrendt, Ford's newly appointed purchasing director of global programs and the Americas.

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