Get Big Or Get Out Of The Auto Parts Biz

How Detroit is driving consolidation among parts makers

Masland Corp. was being hounded to death by the world's auto giants, who piled demand atop demand. Hoping to satisfy its overseas customers, the Carlisle (Pa.)-based maker of automotive carpets formed a manufacturing joint venture last year in Britain. But Masland soon realized its British thrust wasn't enough to assure long-term survival.

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