For automotive suppliers, hope springs eternal

Many Tier 2 and Tier 3 (moldmakers and some custom plastics processors) may at last be getting what they've asked for all these years: engineers in the driver's seat of mold and molded parts purchasing. For a couple of decades now, many mold manufacturers and molding companies that supply OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers have groused about having to deal with the so-called "purchasing agents" that couldn't figure out why the OEM wanted to buy gray-green fuzzy stuff that grows on bread.