Auto suppliers hope capacity gap will close

Jun 14, 2013 | 03:29 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  metal foundries, forgers, die casters, supply constraint, Original Equipment Supplier Association, OECD, Dave Andrea, automotive industry recovery Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Supply constraints in metal foundry, forging and casting capacity servicing the auto industry have caused headaches for some members of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

Several member companies claimed in a recent survey that there is "limited" or "tightened" capacity of certain metal parts and machining in North America.

"It can be difficult to find competent suppliers of machined components," one OESA member said.

"(We are short) simple iron castings, there are machining constraints and a lack of basic capability," another said.....

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