• Industry: Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Government & Public Sector, Defense
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 2/18/2014

AutomotiveNow Magazine - In transition: The future of the supplier industry 

This edition of the AutomotiveNow magazine presents current concepts and new ideas which demonstrate how the automotive suppliers are dealing with the impending upheavals in the automotive industry. Cooperative ventures might be the solution to survive.

“Suppliers must have a presence in the places where their customers are located. They must adapt their products specifically for different regions, markets and segments. And they must set themselves apart from their competitors, not only in terms of cost and quality but also in terms of service. The ones who take this advice to heart should be able to hold their own in the race for the best solutions in the key disciplines of comfort, safety and energy efficiency.”

– Mathieu Meyer, KPMG Global Head of Automotive

Other articles include:

Cover Story: In transition – Strong together

Without cooperative ventures, suppliers will not be able to handle the impending upheavals in the automotive industry, which is what really matters if the transformation is to be successful.

Business partners: Global perspective

Representatives of Hella, Bridgestone and Cummins talk about the strategies with which they intend to overcome the pressures of innovation and globalization.

Country focus: Mexico – Boom in the backyard

Almost unnoticed, Mexico has risen to be the world’s fourth biggest car exporter. This has been made possible as a result of well trained staff and export-friendly free-trade agreements, but now what is missing are trained technicians.

Best practice: New rules

Innovations are crucial to brand identity, especially in the premium segment. What are the approaches taken by the industry to try to cope with ever-shorter innovation cycles?

Expertise: A question of structuring

The tax-related consequences implied by new sales methods such as car-sharing, the internet or fleet sales.

Know-how: Charged up

Research in the field of e-mobility requires a lot of capital. Only the most financially resilient suppliers will survive in the market.

Exit: What remains of the day

Mehmet Balaban talks about the daily struggle for customers and the astronomic prices paid for taxi licenses in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul.


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