Automakers require flexibility: Ward’s

Oct 13, 2011 | 11:25 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  AMM Mechanical and Structural Tube Conference, John Sousanis, automotive industry, sales projection, flexibility, corinna petry

CHICAGO — To get back on track, the Detroit Three automakers had to take some drastic steps that left them lean and mostly profitable, but there are potential risks that go along with reductions in capacity, models and inventories, according to John Sousanis, director of information content for Ward’s Automotive Group.

Sousanis told AMM’s first Mechanical and Structural Tube Conference in Chicago that General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC came out of the recession with a "flexibility mandate," meaning they had to do more with less, including building multiple models on one platform, developing global platforms and building multiple platforms on a single assembly line.....

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