As vehicles get more and more complex, auto suppliers will need everything in their arsenal to win major contracts from automakers. According to an article on
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requirements. Biofuels and clean
technology are reportedly one area that suppliers are being relied rather heavily upon.
Not only must the suppliers integrate the latest technology into their equipment, they need to do so at an agreeable cost to the manufacturer. Donald Walker of
indicates that the road ahead will not be easy, saying, "There will be fewer pieces of the business to bid on, so the supply chain is going to shrink. Some suppliers will prosper and others will go out of business." Sounds like an already tough business stands to get even tougher.
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