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Plante Moran

Access key insights from the 2021 WRI® Study.

Access key insights from the 2021 WRI® Study.

Access key insights from the 2021 WRI® Study.

The future of mobility starts today.

The global automotive industry is facing unprecedented transformation. Today’s mobility trends will converge — enabling each other, compressing timelines, and reinventing the industry. What can you expect? Expect to build a new business model. Expect to recreate most business functions. The time to future-proof is now.

As experts in automotive accounting and consulting, we offer more than opinions. We deliver proprietary market insights, strategic vision, and practical solutions to help you innovate and grow globally. Worldwide, our practice serves more than 500 automotive clients with engagements ranging from audit, tax planning and compliance, and ERP, to strategic planning, international consulting, and transaction advisory. We have experience serving original equipment and aftermarket suppliers as well as OEMs and conduct an annual North American OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index® (WRI®) Study, focused on measuring and improving OEM-supplier working relations. We’ve also launched our mobility forecast powered by AutoForecast Solutions to provide data-driven insights & support.

To compete in tomorrow’s automotive market, you’ll need to rethink your business model and adopt new strategies now. We’re here with diverse services to help you restructure your business functions to respond to the industry’s ongoing transformation.

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Future of mobility

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Can suppliers avoid extinction as the automobile pivots to electric?

With every major automaker focusing capital investments on new electric models, suppliers need to understand where the industry is headed — and act fast. Daron Gifford outlines how to turn the coming disruptions into new opportunities via Automotive News.

Daron Gifford
Article June 8, 2021 5 min read
Is your culture ready for Industry 4.0?
Dennis Bagley
Article May 17, 2021 4 min read
Surviving sea change: Why some businesses sink and others stay afloat
Jason Winters
Article April 29, 2021 5 min read
Don't repeat mistakes that led to the microchip shortage
Daron Gifford
Article April 5, 2021 4 min read

View the Top 10 takeaways from the 2020 WRI® Study

Global strategies for auto suppliers

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Driving toward the future: What auto industry CFOs are doing right

Technology advancements, pressure from consumers and investors, and new government policies are spurring major changes in the automotive industry. In StrategicCFO360, Daron Gifford outlines what this means for CFOs looking to draw the attention of investors and increase value.

Daron Gifford
Article March 25, 2021 4 min read
Manufacturing & Distribution 2021 Outlook
Bryan Welsh
Article January 6, 2021 7 min read
WRI® Survey: Customer-supplier relations tested during pandemic
Dave Andrea
Article December 18, 2020 5 min read
Crisis exposes major flaws in the auto supply chain
Daron Gifford
Article November 24, 2020 6 min read

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Automotive Thought Leadership

  • Can suppliers avoid extinction as the automobile pivots to electric?

    With every major automaker focusing capital investments on new electric models, suppliers need to understand where the industry is headed — and act fast. Daron Gifford outlines how to turn the coming disruptions into new opportunities via Automotive News.

    Daron Gifford
    Article June 8, 2021 5 min read
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  • 12 key factors for successful production transfer
    Successful production transfers can bring significant cost savings and customer service improvements, but they can quickly unravel. These 12 key factors can help you ensure success.
    Jon Wood Dave Plomin Luke Edington
    Article June 4, 2021 5 min read
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  • Optimize existing operations or transfer production? Build the business case

    Production transfers can bring significant cost savings and customer service improvements, but when is it better to optimize your existing manufacturing operations? Here’s how to decide.

    Dave Plomin Jon Wood
    Article June 3, 2021 4 min read
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  • Is your culture ready for Industry 4.0?

    Industry 4.0 was once dismissed as a buzzword by manufacturers, but the ROI on today’s technology is making the shift a reality for many. Dennis Bagley and Doug Hockenbrocht share their top four success factors via IndustryWeek.

    Dennis Bagley Doug Hockenbrocht
    Article May 17, 2021 4 min read
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Our clients say

Our Plante Moran consultant is a trusted, highly respected, and integral part of our organization. He is our expert on industry and market issues and consistently delivers top value while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

Steven Perlman Chief Executive Office, The Intec Group

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Plante Moran Cresa negotiates favorable lease for automotive manufacturer
Automotive manufacturer AM General hired Plante Moran Cresa to find out if its commercial real estate rent was in line with the market.
Adam Burgess Plante Moran Cresa
Case Study 2020 1 min read
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Cost and margin intelligence solutions for automotive supplier
Automotive supplier improves costing information leading to confidence in product decisions and reduced lead time.
Case Study May 7, 2020 1 min read

A future-focused partner at your side

With nearly 100 years of experience serving automotive clients, we understand what drives the industry. Our experienced and trusted automotive experts will help you solve today’s problems without losing sight of tomorrow. What does this mean for you? It means that we understand your challenges and opportunities. We’re efficient, proactive, and future-focused. And, you’ll never doubt our work.

Furthermore, our clients say our approach is honest yet respectful, that our solutions are innovative but actionable, and that we’re attentive and thorough. They know we’ll work shoulder to shoulder with them as a member of the team. In the words of our automotive consulting practice leader Daron Gifford, “Our clients appreciate our straightforward advice to help them make decisions; whether it’s good news or bad, we’re always candid because we know, in the long run, it’ll help them reach their goals.”

How can we help your business?

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