USA: Ford and Covisint reach FSN deal

By just-auto.com editorial team | 31 August 2001

Ford Motor Company has reached an agreement with Covisint to develop and host the next generation of the Ford Supplier Network (FSN). The FSN, launched in 1998, supports more than 4,200 suppliers, and has approximately 42,000 end users globally.

The agreement will allow Ford and its suppliers to use Covisint's global infrastructure. Some of the key features will include access to Ford specific, and Covisint industry-wide applications from a unified, customizable portal page; a secure environment that will provide suppliers more effective access to internal Ford applications; the first generation of a consolidated supplier directory that will allow Covisint to enable suppliers to update their profile once, and automatically be shared with all OEMs; multi-language capability to improve global collaboration between Ford and its suppliers; and the ability for Ford to consolidate and offer a single global supplier portal across all brands and regions.

The next generation of FSN is scheduled to be operational by February 2002.

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