Originally Posted by Calamity Jesus
The Germans like to have 3 different suppliers build every part... this way when one supplier goes belly up the other 2 just increase production. This also means there are 3 times as many quality control issues.
This is also true of Chrysler. My old place of work had amongst other things, the contract to build the circuit board that controlled the wiper motor on the Neon and PT cruiser. We were one of three and made just under 250,000 a year.