Ford Motor Company has a long-time reputation of maintaining outstanding relationships with its suppliers. The company’s suppliers vary from year to year, and this year, Ford ranked fourth out of six in the annual Planning Perspectives Inc. survey of how auto suppliers view their customers.
Ford is currently in the middle of a year with 23 product launches, 16 of those in North America. Ford’s current supplier relationships are helping to provide a range of innovative new features for the 2015 F-150 and Mustang.
According to autonews.com, Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president for Ford global purchasing, showcased the following technologies to be seen on 2015 vehicles:
Hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails (2015 Mustang). Schuler Inc. and Midway Products worked with Ford to create a heavy-gauge steel hydroformed A-pillar and roof rails.
High-strength steel frame (2015 F-150). The 2015 F-150 will be the first pickup featuring a lightweight aluminum body, however the lightweight pickup will feature a steel frame. Ford worked with Metalsa S.A. on its steel frame that is 60 pounds lighter with improved rigidity.
LED headlamps (2015 F-150). Ford noted that they worked with suppliers Osram GmbH and Flex-n-Gate Corp. to design a new headlamp design that “saves energy, is designed for longevity, and casts a much brighter and clearer light down the road than halogen or incandescent lamps”.
Quarter windows (2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition). Ford worked with Magna International Inc. to create new quarter windows made of louvered glass.
“Considering the impact suppliers have on our business, with 70 percent of the value of the vehicle being purchased from our supplier partners, our suppliers are critical to our ability to offer attractive solutions to our customers,” Thai-Tang said in a statement.
Ford maintains a massive supply chain, with more than 1,100 suppliers located across more than 4,600 manufacturing sites, and supplying more than 130,000 parts for use in Ford vehicles.
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