Klaus Ziegler, executive vice president of Purchasing, SEAT

OEM Purchasing

In his first interview since being appointed executive vice-president of Purchasing at SEAT, Klaus Ziegler speaks exclusively with Julian Buckley about the relationship between SEAT Purchasing and VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, operations at the Martorell plant and the new SEAT SUV model

How does Purchasing at SEAT tie in with operations at Wolfsburg and the VW Group? We are part of the metrics organization between the brands and the Group. There are a lot of localized and decentralized decisions made in the regions by the brands. This is balanced by centralized activities in Wolfsburg. In this market we make sure that between the single commodities, the parts business, between the Group and brands, there is a very good network. I think it’s a very transparent process. On the one hand, in the early stages we talk about strategies. The second phase involves decisions concerning individual car parts, which is taken care of by the corporate sourcing process. We make inquiries as a brand and then we try to bundle with other brands to get the biggest volume.

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