Increasingly intensive cooperation in automotive chain
Processes are distributed more widely through the automotive chain.
‘Early vendor involvement’, whereby producers consult suppliers in
their planning at an early stage, is well established in the automotive
chain. A steel company like Tata Steel, for example, will be involved
in designing the body of a new model of car. Apart from Tata Steel,
the Netherlands has a number of other of tier-1 suppliers to the
automotive industry, such as Brabant Alucast and Inalfa.
Furthermore,the combination VDL/NedCar and BMW is proof that the Netherlands
still plays a role in the automotive market.