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Crisis exposes major flaws in the auto supply chain

November 24, 2020 Article 6 min read
Daron Gifford

Between the pandemic and ongoing trade disputes, automotive supply chains are being stretched thin. Daron Gifford explores the shifting landscape and emerging “new normal” for suppliers and manufacturers in Automotive News.

Runway worker at an airport guiding a plan for landing.If auto suppliers want to see the harsh reality that will underpin some of the biggest decisions they’ll face in the coming months, they need only look at dealer lots across the country.

In short, they’re sparse — vehicle inventory is tight.

As stockpiles became depleted, automakers and their global supply chains have not been able to meet the continuing demand, exposing structural flaws in an industry that won't return to normal anytime soon.

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