ANALYSIS: Ford/Toyota purchasing JV on the cards
The sputtering pace of Ford's effort to improve supplier relations - the so-called 'Aligned Business Framework' (ABF) - is a reflection of three factors: the carmaker's financial bloodbath in 2006; the uncertain future of several in-house parts businesses taken back from Visteon and the arrival of a new CEO who wants to get supply chain management right and isn't bound to the old ABF timetable.
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