Dow auto molding plant represents new supplier strategy

Omnexus - Dec 12, 2002

AUBURN HILLS, MI, Dec. 12 -- The 12,000-sq-m injection molding and window encapsulation plant built by Dow Automotive at Ford's new manufacturing facility in Bahia, Brazil, represents what Dow characterizes as part of a new component supply strategy that promises to substantially cut costs through a team approach to design, materials, and production. Dow Automotive supplies the Ford "project Amazon" complex, which is the car maker's first new plant to be built in over 20 years, with more than 20 components through a Kanban system that it says is "the ultimate in JIT delivery." "Our plan is not to build injection molding plants worldwide, but to seek out opportunities where our expertise as both a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier can...

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