Jean-Martin Folz, chairman of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.
Do you aim to have one supplier for each part?
I don't think we should stick to one supplier. We are building two brands with different models, so in fact we insist on different suppliers. But for one model we prefer to have just one supplier.
Even though Ford had to halt Fiesta production when its single source of door locks failed?
Yes, that is a problem of industrial logistics. But of course we cannot afford to have five or six suppliers for every part, if we really want to develop a partnership. For key components we just have to choose one supplier.
Naturally, we don't want to rely on just one supplier for all our industry - we want to have competition between suppliers.
Now that Continental has bought ITT's brakes business, it can supply a large proportion of a car; are you still master of your own cars?
Only the car manufacturer is able to give the car a personality.
Also, when you are building a house, even if you use the same company to provide all the plumbing, it is still the architect who decides how to build the house you want. And it is the same with us and our suppliers.
More and more suppliers work inside carmakers' assembly plants. Is that a threat to quality?
We have not done that. We have no experience of outside companies participating in the building of our cars on the assembly lines. We will observe the results from our competitors and then make our decision.