Virtually no other industry has recorded comparable growth over the last two decades as that of the automotive suppliers. To an extremely significant extent, this development is due to volume enlargements, greater part complexities, new technologies and a sharp rise in value added contribution. Nevertheless, competitive and price pressure have risen concurrently. This is due to the sourcing systems applied by the automakers and the major suppliers (Tier 1) in a global market, rising commodity prices and in particular the continuous cost saving programs initiated throughout the industry. Shorter product life cycles, greater part variance with declining volumes and the virtually unplannable requirements demand that the industry provide significant flexibility in production and logistics.
Specific framework conditions and special challenges that are characteristic of the automotive supplier industry:
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