Supply impact of auto’s southern drive eyed

May 14, 2014 | 01:41 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Michael Robinet, IHS Automotive Consulting, Great Designs in Steel, Chrysler Group, Ford Motor, General Motors, Michael Cowden

LIVONIA, Mich. — The North American automotive supply chain could be rocked by the industry’s changing demographics over the next decade, one industry consultant said.

Foreign automakers, especially Asian and German original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), are increasingly looking to build vehicles in North America. At the same time, production is expected to move to the southeastern United States and Mexico from the Midwest, Michael Robinet, managing director of Southfield, Mich.-based IHS Automotive Consulting, said.

The push by overseas automakers to locate in North America comes in part as companies look to reduce exposure to notoriously volatile currency exchange rates, he said May 14 at the Steel Market Development Institute’s annual Great Designs in Steel conference in Livonia, Mich.....

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