Summarizes developments related to the use of U.S.-made components in foreign assembly plants. Examines why such production-sharing operations have become an integral part of global efforts to reduce manufacturing costs a have contributed to the accelerated pace of cross-border integration of manufacturing in North America (NA) a the Caribbean Basin. Examines the use of NA assembly plants as part of a strategy to reduce manufacturing costs or to improve access to NA a global markets. Highlights the evolution of assembly plants in Mexico into higher value-added manufacturing operations, as well as the trend toward the integration of production facilities throughout NA a the Caribbean Basin. Charts a tables.Forda#39;s Oakville, Ontario, factories are the sole North American production facilities for the Ford Windstar minivan, and ... among their North American operations, and to consider their Mexican operations as part of their regional and globalanbsp;...