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What It Takes to Be A Competitive Supplier: Lessons from Bosch

Although it might seem that some automotive suppliers—like Bosch—are so wired into the automotive infrastructure that they really have it made without having to work at it. Think again. The people at Bosch recognize that the stakes are high and that the only way to make it is to do whatever it takes to be a superlative supplier. Here's a look at some of the things that it is doing.

Networking the Organization: Ford's CAD/CAM/CAE/PIM Strategy

Halfway through the largest computer technology implementation in its history, the Ford Motor Company is already finding benefits in terms of cost, quality, and time via improved and accelerated product development and manufacture. Here's a look.

Operational Improvements: How to Build Cars More Effectively (Part 1)

Here are some recommendations about how automotive operations can be improved by paying attention to things that can be affected by plant management. These ideas are based on first-hand studies conducted by Glenn Mercer, a consultant with McKinsey for more than 10 years, and his colleagues.

Product And Process Improvement Because It's Right

The United Technologies Automotive Mirror Systems operation in Berne, Indiana, launched the first-ever use of conductive plastics in automotive exterior applications. They didn't have to do it. But the development work that they and their colleagues did is beneficial not only to their customers, but to everyone for whom the environment is an abiding concern.

Keeping Up, Running & Profitable with CMMSs

The information technology behind today's computerized maintenance management systems (CMMSs) is truly beyond after-the-fact score keeping. Properly deployed CMMSs make information actionable for better maintenance decisions in real-time.

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Given prevailing market conditions, one should strive to develop a "semicoherent strategic direction," and to keep in mind two questions: "Where do you want to go?" and "How are you going to get there?"