Structural Change Is the Defining Element of the 2010 Landscape for Automotive Suppliers

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DETROIT, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ — “The 2010 landscape for automotive suppliers will bear the scars of a chaotic 2009, but will be defined by stronger suppliers, new suppliers and new commodities moving from OEMs to the supply base,” said Scott Ulnick, Chairman and Managing Partner of Ducker Worldwide, in the Society of Automotive Analysts Media Roundtable held today in Detroit, MI.

Ulnick discussed the critical factors that led to uncertainty and chaos in the marketplace in 2009. He then outlined what the supply base will look like moving forward. “The industry was choked by overcapacity; as capacity is removed from the marketplace that means fewer suppliers,” continued Ulnick. “But at the same time OEMs are pushing non-core components down to the supply base. Value-added consolidation will be the hallmark of the next decade. That means more than just taking out capacity; it means making sure that best practices and model plants are not swept away by the tsunami of consolidation and liquidation.”

About Ducker Worldwide

Ducker Worldwide was founded in 1961 and is unique in providing integrated advisory services previously accessible only through the use of multiple providers. By offering an integrated approach, Ducker Research and Ducker Advisory fills the gap between market & product strategy consulting and investment banking for objective, research based advice, serving top management at corporations, hedge funds and private equities on issues relating to strategy, execution, organic growth, M&A, operations and productivity. Ducker Worldwide is headquartered in Troy, Michigan with offices in Paris, Berlin, Bangalore and Shanghai.

About Society of Automotive Analysts

SAA is an association of automotive industry strategists and planners dedicated to learning about and sharing information on the latest trends, technologies and developments affecting the automotive industry. Regardless of their specialty or interest, members share the need for specific information on every aspect of the industry — from production and suppliers to distribution and electronic commerce.

Source: Ducker Worldwide

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