At Camaçari, more than two dozen suppliers operate right inside the Ford complex, in many cases producing components alongside Ford's main production line. Having those supplier operations on-site allows Ford to take the concept of just-in-time manufacturing to a whole new level.Ford sources said it is the sort of plant the company wants in the United States, were it not for the United Auto Workers, which has historically opposed such extensive supplier integration on the factory floor.
Whoever says Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. can't make money in the car business has never been to South America.
While the two automakers struggle to pull their North American businesses back into the black, both are making record profits south of the equator. In the United States, declining demand for their cars and trucks has forced Ford and GM to shutter plants and lay off workers. In countries like Brazil and Argentina, they are investing millions just to keep up.
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