The author, President and CEO, ITT Automotive, in addressing the subject of agility in the automotive industry, sees strategic technology, radical change, and blinding speed as the determinants of survival among OEMs and suppliers in the automotive industry. OEMs and suppliers must plan now for good and bad times in the changing and competitive global automotive village. A battle is being waged right now, as there are only so many ways the rewards of a congested and economically confined automotive global market, driven by low cost, can be divided. The differentiator is time-to-market. There are six fundamental factors that drive profitability: sales price economics, labor costs, internal cost base, purchased material economics, mix (of products), and volume. The manner in which companies manage the profit equation is a fundamental trait as to who will be winners and losers. Systems integration will be one of the major new paths for growth. As suppliers gain greater and greater sophistication over time with areas of core competence and as technological advancements are made, wonderful things happen which create systems integration opportunities that previously did not exist. To face the challenges of technology and change, the most essential tool is discipline.

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    • This issue of UMTRI Research Review contains the summaries of 20 speeches presented at the University of Michigan's 1994 Automotive Management Briefing in Traverse City.
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  • Authors:
    • Leuliette, T D
  • Publication Date: 1994-9


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  • Pagination: p. 17-19
  • Serial:
    • UMTRI Research Review
    • Publisher: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
    • ISSN: 0739-7100

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  • Accession Number: 00719396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Vol. 25, No. 2 & 3, HS-041 741, HS-041 742
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1996 12:00AM