Bo Andersson, General Motors' vice president of global purchasing admits that the automaker is actively working to reduce its dependence upon bankrupt Tier-1 supplier Delphi. In fact, GM held a meeting with a number of different companies to ask who would like to make up for the supplier's shortfall. For example, GM stopped sourcing spark plugs from Delphi a few weeks ago, transferring its orders to companies like Denso, Honeywell and NGK. The company is also stockpiling parts in key operations in case of a Delphi shutdown.

The move stands to not only lessen the blow to GM if Delphi goes on strike, it also allows the supplier to close down part of its operations and streamline itself in an effort to recover financially.

[Sources: Purchasing.com; PlasticNews.com]