DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. is striving for a ``seamless relationship'' with suppliers capable of following the automaker into developing markets around the globe, according to Carlos Mazzorin, vice president of pro-duction purchasing. For Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford, that means consistent part quality and components that don't have to be redesigned for every market.
``We want to engineer it once,'' he said. ``We want to test it once.''
Mazzorin, who spoke last month at the Society of Automotive Engineers' Global Vehicle Development Conference in Dearborn, said parts makers that can provide Ford with a global supply source will benefit.
``If it is good for us, it should also be in a balanced equation good for the suppliers,'' Mazzorin said.
But suppliers are struggling to discover a uniform pricing system for parts that are supplied internationally, said Ronald L. Cutler, vice president of marketing for TRW Automotive.
Cutler, appearing on the same program as Mazzorin, described global pricing, which is complicated by currency fluctuations, as ``a major demand that the OEM is placing on us as suppliers.''