Suppliers, already juggling higher costs and choppy vehicle assembly schedules, want more insight into automakers' long-term electrification plans so they can create efficient strategies of their own, according to Plante Moran's survey of automaker-supplier relationships.
"During COVID, a war room approach was adopted to quickly resolve critical issues," said Dave Andrea, principal in Plante Moran's automotive and mobility consulting practice. "That approach is what auto manufacturers need to maintain during the transition to EV technologies. The industry needs that level of collaboration, even without the pressure of a crisis."
The 2023 North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index Study, which surveyed 715 salespeople from 459 Tier 1 suppliers, tracked supplier sentiment about six of the largest automakers in North America: Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Stellantis and Toyota.
The annual survey yields a ranking of those automakers based on a point system of multiple issues concerning how their suppliers perceive business dealings with their purchasing departments. Among them: whether automaker purchasing officials communicate in a timely fashion and whether suppliers feel they are given an opportunity to make a profit.