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ARTICLES & EVENTS:

ARTICLE: "Managing Raw Material Price Changes," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 7/20/14

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"Korean Suppliers Create Opportunities, Risks," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 6/22/14

ARTICLE:
"Fiat Chrysler Suppliers Could See 'Nice Boost,' Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 6/8/14

EVENT: OESA Breakfast Briefing on IRN Material Pricing Survey, Kim Korth, 6/5/14

EVENT: Kim Korth, OESA Automotive Metals & Resins Conference, 5/7/14

ARTICLE: "Signs of Safety in Rising Recalls," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 4/27/14

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"Challenges Remain for the Canadian Auto Industry," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 4/13/14

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"Brazil Promises Opportunities for Hardy Suppliers," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 3/2/14

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"Suppliers Face Challenges Promoting New Materials," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 2/2/14

ARTICLE: "Automotive Forecast," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 12/26/13

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"Suppliers' Perspective on Ford Motor Co.," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 11/10/13

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"Pricing Pressures Strain Relationships Between Automotive Suppliers," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 10/13/13

EVENT: OESA Breakfast Briefing on IRN Pricing Survey, Kim Korth, 10/3/13

ARTICLE:
"Realigning Businesses for Mutual Benefit," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 9/15/13

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"Healthy Challenges in the Current Automotive Market," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 8/18/13

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"Head-Up Displays: The Ebb and Flow of an Automotive Technology," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 7/21/13

ARTICLE:
"Auto Suppliers Enjoy Smoother Ride From Commodity Prices," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 6/23/13

EVENT:
OESA Breakfast Briefing on IRN Material Pricing Survey, Kim Korth, 6/6/13

EVENT: Kim Korth at the APMA Annual Conference, 6/5/13

ARTICLE: "JCI's Evolving Corporate Strategies," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 5/26/13

EVENT: Kim Korth, workshop session, 2013 Motor Vehicle Metals & Resins Conference, 5/23/13

ARTICLE: “The Power in an Engaged Workforce,” Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 4/28/13

ARTICLE: “Thermosets Gaining Ground in the Automotive Industry,” Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 3/31/13

ARTICLE: “The Limited Life Span of Automotive Components,” Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 3/3/13

ARTICLE: “Communication is Critical in a Global Automotive Industry,” Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 2/3/13

ARTICLE: “Automotive Supplier Power Holding Strong,” Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 1/6/13

ARTICLE: “Opportunities for US automotive suppliers in Europe still exist,” Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 11/25/12

EVENT: OESA Breakfast Briefing on IRN Pricing Survey, Kim Korth, 12/12/12

EVENT: Kim Korth, keynote address, Plastics News Lightweight Vehicles Conference, 11/6/12

ARTICLE: "Europe Clouds Auto Optimism," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 10/28/12

EVENT: Precision Machined Products Association Annual Meeting, Kim Korth address, "Operating at the Speed of Change," 10/26/12

EVENT: AMT Forecast Conference, "Automotive: A Rare Bright Spot in the Economy," Kim Korth, 10/25/12

EVENT: Kim Korth on the automotive outlook, Southern Automotive Conference, 10/11/12

ARTICLE: "Minority Sourcing Still a Challenge," Melissa Anderson, MiBiz, 9/27/12

PUBLICATION: IRN 2012 Material Pricing Survey now available!  For more information, click here.

 

Participate in the 2014 IRN Supplier Contract Negotiation and Pricing Survey Now!

The annual IRN survey of automotive suppliers on the dynamics of their current commercial relationships is underway. IRN has been conducting the survey since 1997 to give component suppliers information that provides context for their planning and risk management activity. In addition, the survey results yield a valuable picture of trends in the automotive supply industry.

You can complete the survey by clicking here. It only takes a few minutes. Individual survey responses and the identity of the participants are held in strict confidence.

The deadline for participation is Monday, October 6th. Respondents will receive a complimentary executive summary of the findings. A presentation of the results will be made at the OESA Executive Breakfast Briefing on Thursday, October 16th (details to follow). If you have any questions, contact Melissa Anderson at IRN (MelissaA@think-irn.com, 616-871-1971).

For a pdf of the survey questionnaire, click here.

Order your copy of the 2014 IRN Material Pricing and Cost Recovery Survey Report Now

The results of this year's survey show that raw material prices are expected to be on the rise again over the next 12 months. Plastics, steel and aluminum were most commonly named by survey respondents as ripe for price increases of up to 10%. After a period of downward price movement, will this be the start of a new cycle?

Order your copy of the full report to learn how component suppliers are dealing with the current dynamics and preparing for the potential price pressure ahead. An e-copy with company license can be ordered for $125. Click here for the order form.


 

 

 

 




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