Industry focus: the changing role of suppliers.

Author:Coppola, Nina
Position:Brief article
 
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As the automotive industry becomes more technologically advanced, suppliers in turn need to revamp processes in order to keep up. ASG Renaissance, an international professional services firm, has been helping U.S. suppliers understand how to adapt to the new technology that automotive companies are now expecting. One example is the THINK City electric car from Norway that has recently come to the U.S.

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According to Beth Ardisana, chief executive officer at ASG, the key is how suppliers incorporate existing technologies. In addition, they also have to learn new practices, such as how to be nimble and effective when working--for example--with a smaller organization to figure out how to profitably do business at much lower sales volumes.

In a broader sense, suppliers in the auto industry may need to adjust...

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