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    Connected intelligent tire: The next big push for connected mobility
    In order to create a vision of automated and accident-free driving, all parts of the vehicle need to be intelligent and connected. As such, dummy tire that provides no information about the tire itself and the road surfaces can be a barrier. Therefore, an inevitable evolution is a connected intellig...
    Is Tesla’s application of LFP cathode technology indicative of price over performance?
    A recent development has got the automotive industry talking about a battery chemistry which, over the last half-a-decade, has been steadily losing market share in the electric vehicle (EV) segment—lithium iron phosphate (LFP). Tesla recently received an approval from the Mainland Chinese governme...
    COVID-19 pandemic: ROHM Electronics operating at 50% capacity in Philippines
    ROHM’s unit ROHM Electronics Philippines is operating at a maximum rate of 50%, the company said in a press release on 5 August. ROHM said that the Philippine government put Metro Manila and neighboring provinces under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) beginning 4 August ...
    06-Aug-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic impact: Japan Display to shift some automotive panel production from China to Japan
    Japan Display plans to bring some automotive panel production back to Japan after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted its supply chain, Reuters reported the Japanese display company saying on 10 July. As part of the plan, Japan Display will increase production at its Tottori plant in western Japan to su...
    13-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford could shut assembly plants in US due to engine supply shortage from Mexico
    Ford could shut down some of its factories in the United States next week due to potential shortage in engines sourced from its Chihuahua plant in Mexico, Reuters reported on 9 July, citing US ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau. The US automaker has not been able to produce required number of e...
    10-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: JTEKT India expects business to normalize in second half of FY 2021
    Automotive components supplier JTEKT India has announced that it expects the current business scenario to normalize during the second half of the 2021 fiscal year. In a notice filed by the company to the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 29 June, JTEKT India stated...
    10-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Igarashi Motors resumes operations at Chennai plant in India
    On 6 July, Igarashi Motors India Limited resumed operation at its Chennai plant in Tamil Nadu, India, with reduced manpower, the company said in a regulatory filing on 6 July. “The Management Taskforce of the Company has taken all measures to comply with the COVID Guidelines relating to safety, he...
    07-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Auto parts supplier Compa temporarily reducing operations in Romania
    Romanian automotive components manufacturer Compa S.A. Sibiu is temporarily reducing operations in the country for two months due to the difficult economic context caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a company statement filed with the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BSE) 1 July. The op...
    07-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: 30 supplier plants in Mexico’s Puebla city resume operations on 29 June
    Auto parts suppliers in Mexico’s Puebla city are preparing to restart operations after receiving permits from local and federal authorities, according to a report by El Economista on 30 June. The general secretary of the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM) in Puebla, Leobardo Soto Martínez, co...
    03-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nanox develops new material for automotive that guards against SARS-CoV-2
    Nanox has developed a new material that protects against SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19 virus) and can also be used in the automotive industry, Automotive Business reported on 16 June. The material was developed in collaboration with researchers from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Universit...
    02-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Use of UVC light as disinfectant in vehicle interior
    The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has severely impacted app-based new-mobility services such as car sharing, ride sharing, and ride hailing; since vehicles in such services are used by multiple people during a day, there is an increased possibility of getting infected by the COV...
    02-Jul-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: PPAP Automotive resumes operations at Tamil Nadu plant in India
    PPAP Automotive Limited has resumed operations at its Tamil Nadu plant in India in compliance with directives issued by the central/state governments and local administration, the company said in a BSE filing on 1 July. Significance: PPAP had earlier suspended operations at its Tamil Nadu facilit...
    02-Jul-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ridecell, Continental collaborate with shared mobility operator ZITY
    Ridecell and Continental are collaborating to support ZITY who is offering free services to medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the US-based mobility startup said in a press release on 24 June. ZITY is electric carsharing service by Renault Group. Ridecell’s Mobility Platform pow...
    25-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: 40 auto parts suppliers in Puebla, Mexico to resume operations on 22 June
    Auto parts suppliers in Mexico’s Puebla city are preparing to restart operations as restrictions are being lifted, according to a report by Cluster Industrial on 17 June. Gabriel Covarrubias Lomelí, president of Mexico’s National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (Canacintra), recently con...
    22-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Suprajit Engineering’s most plants in India are operating at limited capacity
    Suprajit Engineering has informed that most of its plants in India are operating at limited capacity, according to its regulatory filing on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 12 June. The company said most of the plants have resumed operations with a very low level of production and reduced workforc...
    22-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: PPAP Automotive to suspend production at plant in Tamil Nadu, India
    India-based auto components manufacturer PPAP Automotive Limited has suspended operations at its Tamil Nadu facility from 19 June until 30 June due to lockdown announced by the state government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said in a regulatory filing on 19 June. Sig...
    22-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ACEA, CLEPA, CECRA call EU for urgent support for struggling automotive sector
    The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), and the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs (CECRA), which represent vehicle manufacturers, auto parts suppliers, and dealers, respectively, have requested the European Union...
    19-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Subros expects Q1 profitability to be impacted
    Subros has said that it expects its profitability to be impacted in the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2021 as a result of a decline in turnover on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic, a company press release on 16 June read. However, the impact will be limited owing to the gradual ramp-up ...
    19-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Motor supplier Igarashi to suspend operation at Chennai plant in India until 30 June
    Igarashi Motors India Limited has suspended operations at Chennai plant in India from 19 June until 30 June due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a regulatory filing by the company on 17 June. Igarashi Motors India is mainly engaged in the production and export of permanent magnet DC mo...
    18-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    WABCO India resumes manufacturing operations in limited capacity
    According to a notice provided by auto components manufacturer WABCO India to the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 4 June, the company has restated production activities at its plants across India in a phased manner. The capacity enabled at the company’s plan...
    18-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Latest lockdown in Tamil Nadu, India, could impact operations at some automakers, suppliers
    Tamil Nadu has announced an intense lockdown in Chennai and three neighboring districts Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu, and Tiruvallur for 12 days starting 19 June to curb the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. The state government move is expected to adversely impact the manufacturing operation...
    17-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Plastic Omnium acquires two production lines for surgical masks
    Plastic Omnium has acquired two production lines for surgical masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a company press release on 15 June. One of the line started in May in Plastic Omnium’s Ʃ-Sigmatech research and development (R&D) center in Lyon, France to meet the need...
    16-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Shiloh Industries amends credit agreement with bank lenders to improve liquidity
    Shiloh Industries, a global supplier of lightweighting and noise and vibration solutions, has announced that the company and certain of its subsidiaries have reached an agreement with their bank lenders on certain amendments to the company’s credit agreement, according to a company press rele...
    16-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Garrett Motion amends credit agreement to bolster financial flexibility
    Switzerland-based automotive powertrain components supplier, Garrett Motion, has announced that has made amendments to its credit agreement with approval from its senior lenders. According to a press release issued by Garrett Motion on 12 June, the company has stated that the agreement now provides ...
    15-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Visteon expects global auto output to fall 20–25% in 2020
    Auto parts supplier Visteon expects global auto output to fall between 20–25% this year and warned it would be a couple of years before they returned to 2019 levels, according to a Reuters report on 11 June. “Even before COVID-19, the auto industry was slowing down globally and most notably i...
    15-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Magna resumes production at Mexican plants
    Canada-based Magna International has resumed operations at all of its plants in Mexico, according to a report by CE Noticias Financieras on 13 June. "All of our plants in Mexico have received government approval to restart production and substantially all are operational," the report said citing a c...
    15-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Spain plans a USD4.16 billion aid package for its automotive sector
    Spain has an EUR3.7 billion (approximately USD4.16 billion) aid package in the works to revive its automotive industry, according to a report filed by Reuters on 14 June. The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, announced on 14 June that this financial package will be used to promote investme...
    15-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspe...
    15-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lear to make 500,000 protective face masks per week in US
    The US-based automotive supplier Lear Corporation has added new equipment to its operations in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, US, to produce up to 500,000 protective face masks per week, the company announced in a press release on 11 June 2020. "Adding production capacity at our Pine Grove facility is...
    12-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hyundai Motor Group, GM Korea join South Korean government’s move to support auto parts suppliers
    The South Korean government has joined hands with local automakers, including Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and GM Korea, for guarantee funds to support the struggling auto parts suppliers in the country hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Korea Herald reported on 11 June. The Ministry of Transport, ...
    12-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Plastic Omnium’s 96% of worldwide plants resume operations
    Plastic Omnium has gradually reopened most of its manufacturing plants after suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said in a press release on 10 June. According to the French supplier, 126 out of its 131 plants, located in 26 countries, have resumed operations. This&nb...
    12-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Continental warns of further cost saving measures and job losses
    German automotive components and system supplier, Continental, has warned of further cost saving measures and job cuts to tide over the current economic scenario. According to a report filed by German business news publication WirtschaftsWoche on 10 June, the company’s CEO has stated that Con...
    11-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Gestamp resumes operations at three plants in US city Chattanooga
    Auto parts supplier Gestamp has partially resumed operations at its three Chattanooga plants in the United States, according to a report by Chattanooga Times Free Press on 26 May. The company said almost 1,000 workers across three sites are expected to return to work by mid-June to the end of Jul...
    10-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Minda's German subsidiary files for insolvency
    Minda Corp’s German subsidiary Minda KTSN Plastic Solutions GmbH (MKTSN) has filed for insolvency, the Indian supplier said in a regulatory filing on 9 June. “MKTSN has been operating in a challenging and competitive market in Europe. We truly left no stone unturned to improve the fortunes of...
    10-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    Steel Strips Wheel expects to reach 75% of pre-COVID-19 production levels by September
    India-based Steel Strips Wheel Ltd (SSWL) said in a regulatory filing on 8 June that all its plants are currently functional following lockdown relaxations and that the company expects to reach 75% of pre-COVID-19 levels of production by September this year. In addition, SSWL expects alloy wheel cap...
    09-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lumax says profitability for Q4 2020 and Q1 2021 likely to be adversely impacted
    Indian auto parts supplier Lumax Industries said in a regulatory filing on 1 June that the company expects the profitability for the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 likely to be adversely impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Significance: The company informed that d...
    09-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19: Impact on L2–L5 Strategy and Deployment
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly disrupted the global automotive industry, causing many OEM production plants and more than 300 supplier plants to stop operations around the world. This ecosystem disruption will impact more than just vehicle production, with researc...
    08-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Foresight develops mass screening solution for detecting COVID-19 symptoms
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings has been developing a mass-screening solution for the detection of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus symptoms based on visible-light and thermal cameras, the company said in a press release on 5 June. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for pu...
    08-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian suppliers’ association ACMA expects huge job losses if demand remains weak
    The Indian automotive suppliers’ industry body, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA), has stated that the automotive sector in India could witness major job losses if demand remains weak owing to the effects of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According...
    08-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: LEVC to restart production today
    London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is set to restart production at its electric vehicle (EV) production plant in Ansty, the United Kingdom today (8 June), the company announced in a press release on 3 June. The company stated that it will begin production in a phased manner and that it has ...
    08-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Germany doubles its contribution to EV purchase subsidy as part of stimulus package
    German government has doubled its contribution to electric vehicle (EV) purchase subsidy to EUR6,000, up from EUR3,000, Reuters reported on 4 June. The subsidy is applicable to vehicles costing less than EUR40,000. The increase in subsidy for EV purchase is part of Germany’s EUR130-billion stimulu...
    04-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impacts on ride-hailing services in Latin America
    When restriction measures were implemented to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, which constrained passenger transportation, many service segments, including ride-hailing companies, felt a sudden and intensive drop in the demand for their services. As the situation has no precedent t...
    04-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Meritor announces additional cost and liquidity actions
    Meritor, Inc. has announced additional cost and liquidity actions in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release on 3 June 2020. Meritor also announced its plan, subject to market and other conditions, to offer USD300 million aggregate principal amount of unsecured senior...
    04-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Rolec Services resumes production in the UK
    Rolec Services has resumed production in the United Kingdom, the company said in a press release on 13 May. The company said that all employees were following various measures, such as social distancing and a robust hygiene routine. “The safety of our team is paramount. Therefore, we will con...
    02-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Cooper Tire resumes limited production at the El Salto, Mexico, plant
    US automotive tire manufacturer Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced that it has begun the process of restarting manufacturing operations at its production facility located in El Salto, Mexico. According to a press release issued by Cooper Tire on 1 June, the company stated that ...
    02-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: EV startup Rivian reopens manufacturing plant in the US
    US-based electric vehicle (EV) startup has resumed work at its manufacturing plant in Illinois, in the United States, news website Electrek reported on 28 May. According to the report, lockdown has led to a delay in starting the production of R1T all-electric pickup truck and all-electric sport util...
    01-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Yokohama restarts production at Salem plant in US from 1 June
    Yokohama Corp. of North America is restarting production at its Salem plant in Virginia, United States, from 1 June, ending eight weeks of being idled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Tire Business on 29 May. Significance: Yokohama informed that it has implemented new safe...
    01-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Autoliv updates business and market outlook
    Autoliv has provided its latest updates on business and market outlook amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a company’s press release on 29 May. According to the Sweden-based supplier, the automotive industry has entered a start phase in most markets in recent weeks, however, the output r...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: GM, Ford use fast-payment programs to help cash-strapped suppliers
    General Motors (GM) and Ford are using fast-payment programs set up with financial lenders to help cash-strapped small suppliers survive production shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Reuters report on 28 May. GM began its “Early Payment Program” in August 2019 with...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: CEAT resumes partial operations at Maharashtra plant
    Indian tiremaker CEAT has partially resumed operations at its plant in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India, according to a company filing with Bombay Stock Exchange on 27 May. The company has resumed operations with restricted movement of manpower as permitted by the concerned authorities, while taking all...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch gradually ramping up production at Romanian plants
    German auto parts supplier Bosch is gradually ramping up production activities at its plants in Romania after a temporary slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a company press release on 27 May. The company has put in place various protection measures for its employees in Romania....
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs by 2025
    Automotive components and systems supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen, has announced that it plans to axe up to 15,000 jobs, which represents nearly 10% of the company’s staff, by the year 2025 in response to falling demand across the globe. According to a report filed by Automotive News on 28 May, an in...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    Impact of COVID-19 on Automotive UI/ UX Market
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly disrupted all aspects of the automotive supply chain. Global efforts to control the spread of the virus have impacted both demand and supply, and in turn the industry cumulating in a sharp decline in production. Both automakers and auto...
    29-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli secures USD1.21 billion in additional funding
    Automotive supplier Marelli has announced that it has secured additional funding from its shareholders and leading banks. According to a press statement released by Marelli on 27 May, the company has stated that it secured JPY130 billion (USD1.21 billion) from KKR, its shareholder, and its leading J...
    28-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch to resume operations in Mexico
    German automotive parts supplier Bosch has received the government approval in Mexico to restart operations, according to a Reuters report on 28 May. “We have already received approval from the health authorities to reopen, which we will do gradually and with staggered shifts in all our locatio...
    28-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Minda Industries’ Indian plants operating at 10–20% capacity utilization
    India-based Minda Industries has informed about the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the company. According to a regulatory filing on 27 May, the company said that it has now received approvals to start production at all manufacturing plants in India with limited staff and capacity. Accord...
    28-May-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: COVID-19 Coverage Part 2
    Watch an on-demand replay now COVID-19 has had a big impact on the world economy with the automotive industry being no exception. During this webinar our AutoTechInsight experts will evaluate the supply chain status of China, India and Southeast Asia and analyze disruption levels, the status...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mcity to reopen connected and automated vehicle test facility in US
    Mcity is hoping to open its test facility in the coming weeks after it was shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it said in a press release on 26 May. Located at the University of Michigan, US, Mcity says it is well-positioned to "make connected and automated vehicle testing safer and more efficie...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: GM’s autonomous car unit Cruise lays off nearly 8% staff
    General Motors’s (GM) autonomous car unit Cruise is laying off nearly 8% of its workforce to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Reuters report on 14 May. Cruise will offer affected workers financial support to help them transition, plus healthcare coverage through the end of the ...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bharat Forge resumes operations at Mundhwa and Chakan plants in India
    Bharat Forge is resuming operations in a phased manner at Mundhwa and Chakan plants in India after obtaining permission from the respective local district authority, the company said in a regulatory filing on 25 May. The company is following all the guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of Home Affa...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ACEA, CLEPA, other associations in EU call for ambitious recovery plan for automotive sector
    The European Automobile Manufacturer Association (ACEA), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs (CECRA), European Tire and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), European business organisations, and the trade unions for the sector ha...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Michelin restarts manufacturing operations in Mexico
    France-based tire manufacturer, Michelin, has announced that it will be restarting its facilities located in Mexico. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 26 May, two of Michelin’s manufacturing plants located in Mexico, which had been on temporary lockdown due to the COVID-19 ...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: Thailand’s FTI mulls repurposing auto parts plants to make medical devices or aircraft parts
    The auto part industry club under the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is conducting a feasibility study on repurposing local auto parts manufacturing plants to build medical devices or aircraft parts, the Bangkok Post reported on 26 May. “The club wants to support its members adjusting their b...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Falken Tyre India resumes operations in Gurgaon
    Falken Tyre India has resumed operations in Gurgaon, according to a company press release on 22 May. The company said that it is one of the first few foreign tire manufacturers to have been granted the official approval to resume its operations on 19 May. Commenting on the resumption of its opera...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: MARELLI to produce PPE in Japan
    MARELLI has announces a number of new initiatives in Japan to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the company press release said on 22 May. These efforts include production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in Japan using MARELLI’s expertise, facilities, equipment...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: HELLA specifies outlook for FY 2019/20
    HELLA has specified its outlook for fiscal year ending 31 May 2020 based on current information and circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the German supplier said in a press release on 25 May. The company now expects group sales in the range of EUR5.7 billion (USD6.2 billion) to EUR5.8...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    How COVID-19 will fast-track health and wellness features in the automotive industry
    As the world is adapting to live the “new normal,” the widespread economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is becoming clearer by the day. For industries across the world, the key challenge is not just to fight the pandemic but also to manage its social and economic conse...
    26-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: GM to restart transmission plant in Mexico
    General Motors has announced that it will be reopening its manufacturing facilities in Mexico. According to a report filed by news publication Detroit Free Press on 21 May, the company has completed regulatory health and safety procedures and has now received approval from the Government of Mexico t...
    25-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian supplier highlights labor shortage issue in ramping up operations
    Labor shortage on the back of mass exodus of migrant labor from industrial belts may prove to be a challenge in scaling up operations, Sunjay Kapur, chairman of India-based Sona Comstar, was quoted as saying in a report by ETAuto on 21 May. The Indian supplier has started operations at Indian plants...
    25-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF secures USD1.48 billion in additional liquidity
    German automotive components and systems supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has announced that it has strengthened its liquidity in order to provide it with increased financial flexibility to overcome the challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a press statement issued by ZF on 20...
    21-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bridgestone temporarily shuts down plants in Japan
    Bridgestone Corporation has announced a temporary phased shutdown of its plants in Japan owing to the market situation and decline in the demand, according to a company press release on 20 May. The company has temporarily halted production at Kurume, Nasu, and Hofu plants located in Fukuoka, Tochigi...
    21-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mahindra Electric resumes operations in India
    Mahindra Electric, the electric vehicle (EV) business unit of the Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has resumed operations in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, ETAuto reported on 18 May. The EV maker will initially operate at 30% capacity before gradually increasing this up to 50%. ...
    20-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Continental increases liquidity with two bonds valued at USD1.64 billion
    German automotive parts and components supplier, Continental, has taken steps to further reinforce its liquidity in light of the unstable market conditions brought on by the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press release issued by Continental on 19 May, ...
    20-May-2020 News COVID-19
    5G in-vehicle deployment forecast expected to drop in stages due to COVID-19 pandemic
    The utilization of 5G is just getting to a nascent stage, but the disruption caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic across the supply chain has already begun to impede its progress. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an organization setting global mobile network stand...
    19-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: wejo partners with eight states in the US to track people movement using connected car data
    Connected vehicle data specialist wejo has partnered with eight states in the US to use car data to track the public’s movements during the lockdown due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Telegraph reported on 18 May. wejo said that it has signed seven new public sector clien...
    19-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Munjal Showa partially resumes operations at Indian plans
    Auto components supplier Munjal Showa Ltd has resumed partial operations at its manufacturing facilities located at Gurugram, Manesar, and Haridwar following relaxation given by the government for the ongoing third phase of lockdown, according to a regulatory filing by the company with BSE. The comp...
    19-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: JTEKT resumes partial operations at Indian plants
    JTEKT has received conditional permission by the concerned government authorities to resume operations at its plant located in Chennai, according to a regulatory filing by the company with Bombay Stock Exchange on 16 May. Significance: The company will ramp up its production activities based on c...
    19-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Panasonic resumes production at Tesla's plant in Nevada, US
    Panasonic has resumed battery cell production at Tesla’s gigafactory in Nevada, US, news website The Verge reported on 15 May, citing information from the company. However, Panasonic will keep the operations at Tesla’s Buffalo, New York, solar panel factory suspended. “We will not restart manu...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Linamar ramping up production at select plants in North America and Europe
    Linamar Corp is focused on resuming production at its factories in North America, CEO Linda Hasenfratz stated, as quoted by Bloomberg on 15 May. The Canada-based company has established safety protocols based on screening, masks, and establishing physical barriers to keep people apart, as well as cl...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian suppliers Endurance, Hi-Tech Gears, Rico Auto, Suprajit, Subros and others partially resume operations
    Several automotive parts and components suppliers based in India have begun to restart operations in a phased manner. These companies’ production facilities had been put on temporary suspension due to the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Indian government during late March 2020 owing to the coro...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: Automotive suppliers in India to put USD4 billion worth investment on hold until 2022
    Automotive suppliers in India are likely to defer their planned capital expenditure of USD4 billion until 2022 as they stare at unutilized capacity due to low demand and shift focus on preserving cash amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a top official of the Auto Component Manufac...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli to restart operations at UK plants on 18 May
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli has announced that it will be restarting production at its plants in the United Kingdom on 18 May. According to a press release issued by Pirelli on 14 May, the company has stated that it will resume operations at its manufacturing facilities located at Carlisle and...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF Steering Gear partially resumes operations in India
    ZF Steering Gear (India) Limited has resumed operations at its plants located in Village Vadu Budruk, Pune, and at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, after obtaining permissions from the local district authorities, according to a regulatory filing by the company on 11 May. “The company is slowly prepar...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch commences fully automated production of face masks at German plant
    Bosch has launched the first special production line for face masks at its plant in Stuttgart-Feuerbach in Germany, according to a company press release on 15 May. “Containing coronavirus is a challenge for society as a whole. By equipping our associates with masks we make ourselves, we are hel...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Daimler to suspend operations at Alabama plant in US due to auto parts supply shortage
    Daimler will idle its Mercedes-Benz Cars assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US, this week due to auto parts supply shortage from Mexico, Reuters reported on 16 May. The German automaker have given its workers options to either use vacation time or leave without pay and apply for state and federa...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19: Impact on European type-approval regulations
    Regulation is a strong market force throughout the automotive industry, and the autonomy sector is no different. In fact, given the central role of safety in the autonomy sector—from basic driver assistance to automated driving to autonomous mobility—regulations play a particularly critical role...
    16-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Federal-Mogul Goetze partially resumes operations at Bangalore plant in India
    Automotive powertrain components maker Federal-Mogul Goetze India Ltd. has filed a notice with the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) informing about the resumption of manufacturing operations at its plant in Bangalore, India. According to the notification ...
    15-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli to resume production at UK plants from 18 May
    Pirelli will resume operations at its UK plants from 18 May plant two months after it closed amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Tyre Press on 14 May. The company said it will reopen its plants located in in Carlisle and Burton in the United Kingdom. Si...
    15-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: PPAP Automotive resumes production at Tamil Nadu facility in India
    PPAP Automotive Limited has resumed operations at its Tamil Nadu facility in India after obtaining requisite permission from respective district administration, the company said in a BSE filing on 9 May. Significance: PPAP had earlier suspended operations at all of its manufacturing facilities on...
    15-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: NRB Bearings resume operations at select plants in India
    NRB Bearings has resumed operations at certain plants in India, according to a BSE filing by the company on 13 May. The company has restarted operations at plants located in Maharashtra (except the plant in Chikalthane in Aurangabad), Telangana, and Uttarakhand, after receiving the requisite approva...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford to restart engine plants in Spain and UK next week
    Ford will restart production at its engine plants in the United Kingdom and Spain from next week, the automaker announced in a press release on 13 May. While the two engine plants in the UK located in Dagenham, Essex and in Bridgend in South Wales will start operations from 18 May, the Spanish plant...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Gabriel starts operations at Dewas plant in Madhya Pradesh
    Gabriel has informed that the company has received conditional permission by the concerned government authorities to resume operations at its plants located in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, the Indian supplier said in a filing with BSE on 12 May. The company has said that now all of its plants are resum...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Benteler says global restart of production in full swing
    Benteler has informed that the global restart of production at its facilities is in full swing, the company said in a press release on 11 May 2020. The company is currently driving the restart of its plants worldwide with all efforts. “As a reliable partner, it is our goal to continue to ensure...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bridgestone resumes operations at Pune and Indore plants in India
    Japanese tiremaker Bridgestone has resumed operations at two of its Indian manufacturing plants, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 13 May. The company has resumed manufacturing activities at its plant in Pune, Maharashtra, and Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Significance: These plants were...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: French supplier Novares goes into temporary receivership
    Novares went into temporary receivership at the end of April, according to a report by Reuters on 11 May. The French automotive supplier sought protection from its creditors after its sales dropped sharply due to  the coronavirus disease 2019  (COVID-19) pandemic and the company struggled ...
    13-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hyundai, Aptiv redeploy autonomous vehicles to deliver meals in Las Vegas
    Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, which established an autonomous driving joint venture (JV) in March 2020, have deployed self-driving vehicles in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, to deliver meals to vulnerable people, VentureBeat reported on 11 May. The JV’s three autonomous BMW 5-Series sedans are suppo...
    13-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: UK supplier Arlington Automotive appoints administrators for restructuring
    The UK subsidiary of Arlington Automotive Group has appointed Duff & Phelps as administrators to restructure its struggling business due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 11 May. The company employs around 600 people at its sites in Coventry, Newton Aycliff...
    12-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford and 3M ship powered respirators for healthcare workers
    Last week, Ford began shipping powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) from its Vreeland facility near Flat Rock, Michigan, US, for healthcare workers who are fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 6 May. Ford developed the PAPR in ...
    12-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres restarts construction of new testing center in Spain
    Nokian Tyres has restarted construction of its new testing center in Spain, following local instructions, the tiremaker said in a press release on 11 May. Significance: Nokian Tyres had temporarily closed its manufacturing facilities in Russia, Finland, and the United States in late March. At the...
    12-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Waymo to resume autonomous vehicle operations in US city Phoenix
    Waymo is resuming its autonomous vehicle operations in Metro Phoenix Area in Arizona, United States from on 11 May, the self-driving company of the Alphabet Group said in a blog last week. The company will restart its operations by first relaunching its self-driving test fleet, followed by its resum...
    11-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Shiloh Industries withdraws FY 2020 outlook
    Shiloh Industries, Inc. has announced that the company is withdrawing its fiscal year 2020 guidance provided in December 2019 due to the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 8 May. Significance: US-based Shiloh In...
    11-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: JK Tyre partially restarts operations in India
    Indian tiremaker JK Tyre & Industries Ltd has partially resumed operations in India, the company said in a press release on 8 May. The company said after adhering to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and permissions granted by the respective state governm...
    11-May-2020 News COVID-19
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