The Automotive Supply Chain: Global Trends and Asian Perspectives

Publication | January 2002

The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of the major trends taking place in the automotive industry across the world, with an emphasis on the Asian market. It is not a comprehensive report, but rather an informed view of the issues and a panorama of the behavior of the major players, both automakers and suppliers. In the final section, the paper presents some suggestions on how to measure firm competitiveness in this fast moving industry, focusing on automotive suppliers, particularly the smaller ones that make up most of the local autoparts industry in Asia.


  • Introduction
  • Major Drivers of the Automotive Industry
  • Assembler Strategies
  • The New Supplier Roles
  • Focus on Asia
  • Understanding Automotive Supplier Performance
  • References