Juergen Hubbert, head of the passenger car division at Daimler-Benz
What are your concerns about the trend towards single suppliers?
Like other companies, we have had our experience of this. But we have decided to go about it differently: we offer the supplier a lifetime contract. This introduces them very early on to the development process, and allows us to establish costs and daily delivery quotas at an early stage. This seems a very sensible approach that defines and develops the partnership in a new way. Both sides still have a lot to learn to ensure that it is successful.