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    Volkswagen Group, partners to invest USD4.4 billion in China in 2020
    Volkswagen Group (VW), along with its Chinese partners, will invest EUR4 billion (USD4.4 billion) in China next year, the Germany-based automotive group said in a press release on 21 November. About 40% of this investment is earmarked for electromobility as part of the VW group’s electrification s...
    22-Nov-2019 News Interviews
    Veoneer’s CTO says automotive-focused software will drive future profits
    Automotive-focused software will be the driving force for future profits of Swedish supplier Veoneer, the company's chief technology officer (CTO) Nishant Batra said, as reported by Automotive News Europe on 4 November. “An industry that was traditionally building engines and chassis is now spe...
    05-Nov-2019 News Interviews
    Varroc: Focus on improving vision with safety and style
    Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights that focus on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind-spot and forward-collision warnings and avoidance, have diminished with the use of cameras and adva...
    EV ripple effect: How electrification and change in propulsion technologies can impact vehicle interiors
    One of the simplest ways to define the ongoing automotive shift could be—“the automotive world is going electric”. There are no two ways about it, and almost every OEM who has a desire to successfully sell vehicles from here on, has some plan in place to either electrify their existing product...
    INTERVIEW – “Personalization is a big trend for automotive interiors that will have a tremendous effect on future developments in lighting,” says Mike Godwin, Director of Automotive LED Marketing, Osram Opto Semiconductors
    Germany-based lighting solutions supplier Osram is currently focusing on developing intelligent and dynamic lighting technology for in-car applications. According to the supplier, personalized lighting will become an integral part of the passenger cell in the era of autonomous driving and light...
    07-Feb-2019 News Interviews
    INTERVIEW – “The key role of policymakers is in making sure there are clear guidelines for the mass adoption of V2X technology,” says Yaniv Sulkes, vice-president of business development and marketing, Autotalks
    Automakers are increasingly focusing on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication technology, which connects a vehicle with other vehicles, roadside infrastructure and other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, to enhance safety for vehicle occupants and road users. The technology has signif...
    22-Oct-2018 News Interviews
    ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
    The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to t...
    BMW, Great Wall Motor form JV to produce MINI EVs in China
    BMW has signed an agreement with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor to form a joint venture (JV) to produce electric vehicles (EVs) under its MINI brand in China, the German automaker said in a press release on 10 July. The 50:50 JV, Spotlight Automotive, will be based in Jiangsu Province, where the...
    INTERVIEW – “There is a lot of competition in the mobility space, and we expect that will become more of a trend over the next few years,” says Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America
    Moovel is simplifying urban mobility. The wholly owned subsidiary of the Daimler Group is looking beyond cars and is specializing in multi-modal transportation. Moovel is focusing on seamlessly connecting different modes of transportation such as trains, bicycles and autonomous buses to make daily c...
    11-Jun-2018 News Interviews
    INTERVIEW – “JV is focused on deeper integration of electronic vehicle architecture, software algorithms, and sensor fusion with lighting modules,” says Andreas Wolf, head of Body & Security Business Unit at Continental
    Early last month, Continental and Osram agreed to form a joint venture (JV) to collaborate on development of innovative and intelligent lighting solutions by leveraging their respective expertise in lighting, software, and electronics. In an interview with IHS Markit, Andreas Wolf, head of the ...
    28-May-2018 News Interviews
    ZF/Brakes India: Tapping into India’s EPB market
    Parking brakes are not the most “intriguing” component for creative innovations. However, automakers and suppliers have been relatively active throughout the years trying to push for new solutions in this field, according to Paolo Martino, chassis principal analyst at IHS Markit. Parking brakes ...
    INTERVIEW – “Our focus is currently on affordable LED lighting for mass market vehicles”, says Vineet Sahni, CEO, Lumax Industries
    Lumax Industries Limited, a flagship company of DK Jain Group, is one of the leading lighting system suppliers to the Indian automotive industry. The company has nine manufacturing plants in India, including a new plant in Sanand city, which currently has capacity for 300,000 car sets annually. Luma...
    16-Apr-2018 News Interviews
    INTERVIEW – “We need to be strong in plug-in market as well to have world-class manufacturing scale,” says Jeff Kessen, vice president of corporate strategy, A123 Systems
    A123 Systems is one of the leading battery manufacturers, especially for the low-voltage segment. However, the company is now looking at developing products for the plug-in vehicle segment that require high capacity battery. This strategy, A123 Systems thinks, will help the company have world-class ...
    26-Mar-2018 News Interviews
    Sixteen Korean suppliers to set up production units in India’s Andhra Pradesh state
    Around 16 South Korean companies signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Andhra Pradesh state in India on Monday (19 March) to establish production facilities to support Kia Motors' upcoming vehicle manufacturing plant in the state, reports Press Trust of India (PTI). These c...
    Continental to set up new plant in Hungary for automotive electronics
    Continental will build a new manufacturing plant in Debrecen, Hungary to produce automotive electronics products, the German auto parts supplier announced in a press release yesterday (22 February). The groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018, with p...
    23-Feb-2018 News Interviews
    INTERVIEW: “We need to work with all partners to create the ecosystem for EVs in India”, says Eric Feunteun, Global Program Director, Electric Vehicles & Batteries, Renault
    This year’s Auto Expo in India had a completely different feel to it compared with the previous editions of the show for the sheer number of electric vehicles (EV) displayed. In all, over 50 EVs were showcased, which was unprecedented for the auto show. However, though automakers and suppliers loo...
    19-Feb-2018 News Interviews
    IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Thermal Insights
    The 2017 IAA was paramount for the automobile industry which has been besieged by increasing regulatory pressure to prove their commitment towards reducing vehicular emissions and environmental footprint. The showcased products at the show catered to IC engines, e-mobility and alternative fuel cell ...
    INTERVIEW – Apollo Tyres eyes ASEAN, Middle East, African and US markets for next phase of growth
    India-based Apollo Tyres’ revenues from its international operations have grown significantly over the past decade and the company is committed to increasing it further in the coming years. In the fiscal year 2016/17, the company’s revenues from APMEA (Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa) were ...
    London Taxi Company partners with Chargemaster for charging units
    Chargemaster will supply its home-charging equipment for London Taxi Company’s (LTC) new range-extended electric taxis, the company announced in a press release last week. Chargemaster said that using a new website, LTC customers will be offered a seamless end-to-end service, from initial enquiry,...
    INTERVIEW – Emission business in CV segment to grow exponentially for us in India, says Faurecia
    France-based auto component maker Faurecia expects a significant shift in business dynamics in its emission control technologies division in India. From being a fringe contributor to the overall Faurecia’s revenues in the country, the commercial vehicle (CV) segment could bring home a quarter of t...
    Iran Khodro plans more plants in Azerbaijan
    Iran Khodro (IKCO) plans to further expand its assembly presence in Azerbaijan, reports Trend News Agency. The Iranian automaker is planning to open four more car plants in the country, according to the report, which cited Azerbaijani economy minister Shahin Mustafayev. The minister was speaking at ...
    Interview: Jeff Nedwick, Infor
    The interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: Can we start by talking about how Infor works with automotive suppliers? Jeff Nedwick: That’s our sweet-spot, that’s our target market. We work with some OEMs, Ferrari for example, but [companies like that] are not our core....
    Interview: Wil James, Toyota
    The interview took place in January 2017. Julian Buckley: What is your history with Toyota and at TMMK? Wil James: I joined Toyota in 1987, so I’m just going into my 30th year. My background is in mechanical engineering and so I started on the engineering side, but I was able to convince the...
    Interview: Jim Bovenzi, General Motors
    This interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: Can we start by getting an outline of your responsibilities? Jim Bovenzi: This is a group we put together about two years ago, we call it Demand and Supply. It's the bridge between the sales and marketing organization and the s...
    Interview: Hau Thai-Tang, Ford
    The interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: What are the sourcing differences between volume production and the new GT? Hau Thai-Tang: The GT is actually a unique business model. We've partnered with Multimatic [Motorsports] and they're building the vehicles on our behalf...
    Interview with Hiroshi Kato, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey
    What changes were needed to accommodate the new C-HR at the Sakarya plant? HK: There were a huge amount of changes. As you may know, C-HR is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), however we had to combine the current-platform Corolla with C-HR production. We cannot have a dedicated ...
    BorgWarner expects near-term fuel-economy investments to continue
    BorgWarner CEO James Verrier told media at an event on 11 November that automakers are unlikely to pull back from alternative powertrain development over the next three to five years. "I don't think the automakers will back off. I don't think we'll see a regression," he is quoted as saying about aut...
    14-Nov-2016 News Interviews
    Interview with Tarcisio Telles, Plasticos Mueller and Tecnoplast
    Can you give a brief explanation of the relationship between Plasticos Mueller and Tecnoplast? In June 2015, the owner of Plasticos Mueller, Ricardo Jacob, bought a second plastics company, Tecnoplast. It was a difficult decision, as Brazil was still in the middle of the biggest economic crisis i...
    Interview with MLS India on Global LED market in automotive industry
    LED is the next key technology for automotive lighting and it is therefore perhaps no surprise that more and more suppliers begin to offer solutions. China-based LED lighting manufacturer, MLS Co Ltd, recently launched its premium LED package in India. In an interview with IHS Automotive, the com...
    Infiniti VC-T engine - Interview with Alan Raposo, Renault Nissan and Shinichi Kiga, Nissan
    In a roundtable interview, Julian Buckley and other journalists spoke with Renault Nissan’s Alan Raposo, Alliance Global VP, Powertrain and EV Engineering, and Nissan’s Shinichi Kiga, Chief Powertrain Engineer, Gasoline engine project group, about development of the VC-T technology and real-worl...
    Interview with Pam Fletcher, General Motors
    Unlike a lot of electric vehicles, the Ampera-e looks like a standard car. Was the design intended to broaden the appeal of the car? We talked to our customers and did a lot of research. That didn’t start with this car, it goes back to the first-generation Volt.  Our customers were saying ...
    Interview with Paul Williams, Ssangyong Motor UK
    This is the LIV-2, a concept vehicle. Does this represent an all-new model for Ssangyong? PW: Yes, it is. From the ground up, it’s a new model. It’s a concept, but it’s very, very close to the next Y400 Rexton SUV. Let’s start with the platform. Is it modular, in that you can take the ...
    Interview with Phil Haydon and David McDonald, Honda
    Is it accurate to say that 40% of output from HUM (Honda UK Manufacturing, Swindon) is now going to North America? Phil Hadon (PH): It will be. When it reaches maximum volume it will be 40%. How has homologation been managed by the suppliers for the new market, looking at such elements as glas...
    Interview with Levant Power: Regenerative damping in EVs
    “EV buyers are looking for the latest technology,” David Hsu, Director Product Management at Levant Power Corporation told IHS SupplierInsight explaining the increasing role of software/controls in improving the driver experience in electrified vehicles (EVs) and the company’s efforts in ...
    Interview with Aeristech: Steady state boost with esuperchargers
    With targets for CO2 reduction becoming ubiquitous in inboxes of OEM product managers around the globe, engine downsizing and a resultant requirement for induction boosting using turbochargers is on the rise. Turbocharged engines, however, offer transient gains, and are saddled with complications ar...
    Growing demand for AWD system drives GKN Driveline’s expansion in China
    GKN Driveline has more than doubled its all-wheel drive (AWD) systems production capacity in China to meet growing demand from both foreign and local automakers, the company said in a press release on Wednesday (27 July). The company’s joint-venture in China, Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (...
    28-Jul-2016 News Interviews
    Mazda's North American chief reveals revamped business strategy
    Mazda is at about the mid-point of a plan to rethink its business philosophy and reinvigorate its product line-up in North America, and is going into the next phases of this with a new chief. In January, Masahiro Moro added president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations to his responsibilities...
    25-Jul-2016 News Interviews
    Fiat Chrysler (FCA) announces USD1.05-billion investment in capacity expansion in US
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced a total investment of USD1.05 billion in US production facilities through 2017. The changes affect the Belvidere, Indiana, and the Toledo Assembly Complex, Toledo, Ohio, plants. The Indiana plant will receive USD350 million of the investment, while the O...
    15-Jul-2016 News Interviews
    FEV opens new development centre in China
    Germany-based vehicle engineering service provider FEV has inaugurated a new development centre in Beijing, China, the company said in a press release last week. The centre, FEV Beijing Vehicle and Powertrain Development Center, has office space of 10,000 square feet and is equipped with eight advan...
    05-Jul-2016 News Interviews
    Interview: Judith Richardson, Vice-president Purchasing, Nissan Europe
    Nissan Europe has enjoyed considerable success over recent years. Most recently, demand for the Qashqai crossover has prompted the OEM to spend GBP22 million to expand production across both assembly lines at the Sunderland, UK plant. This will see the SUV manufactured alongside the new Infiniti Q30...
    Interview: Amit Jain, Visteon India country lead
    Can you talk about Visteon’s focus areas today? We want to be known as the cockpit electronics user-experience company – delivering a rich, connected cockpit experience. We focus on six product lines: Instrument clusters, head-up displays (HUD), information displays, infotainment, telema...
    ZF begins production of new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission in Germany
    ZF has started production of the new 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) at its Brandenburg plant in Germany, the company said in a press release on 16 June. The German transmission specialist collaborated with engineers from Porsche to develop a hybrid transmission modular kit based on the all-n...
    17-Jun-2016 News Interviews
    ZF establishes global purchasing office in India, aims to source EUR100 million by 2017
    German supplier ZF has set up a global sourcing office in Chakan, Pune, in the state of Maharashtra (India) in a bid to gain from the country’s cost competitiveness, reports The Economic Times. The company will source forging, casting and stamping parts from the country and has already shortlisted...
    SMMT supply chain members to invest USD327 million over next three years
    UK-based Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said on Tuesday (07 March) that its member suppliers are planning to invest GBP225million (USD326.7 million) over the next three years in their bids to increase local component manufacturers’ content in vehicles built in the country. In an...
    08-Jun-2016 News Interviews
    Interview: Maurice Sessel, President of North America, IAC
    Lately, there has been spate of consolidations (divestments, mergers and acquisitions) in the automotive interior space. What are the key reasons why suppliers are divesting their interior assets?   The interiors segment historically has the lowest profit margins compared to the other...
    UK facilities introduce Real Driving Emissions test
    The much maligned New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), the standardized test used to measure vehicle fuel consumption, CO2 and emissions levels, is set to be replaced in part by the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test. This will supersede the existing laboratory-based emissions test with a combination of ...
    Interview: Jim Harkins Director of the Electric Hybrid Vehicle Group, Engineering Division, at Denso International America
    Can we start by talking about the involvement of Denso in the North American market, what parts are being delivered and current customers? That’s still fairly limited, our predominance has been in the Japanese market, we’ve been involved with Toyota since the original Prius. But that’s exp...
    Grupo Antolin opens new plant in China
    Grupo Antolin has opened a new manufacturing plant in Wuhan, China to produce automotive interior parts, the Spain-based supplier said in a press release on 12 April. The company invested more than EUR11 million (USD12.5 million) in the plant, which will produce headliners and door panels for Renaul...
    14-Apr-2016 News Interviews
    Bosch’s venture capital unit sets up third fund with USD171 million
    Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), the venture capital unit of the Bosch Group, has established a third fund with EUR150 million (USD171 million), the company said in a press release. With this, RBVC has EUR420 million (USD479 million) under management to invest in innovative start-ups in Europe, ...
    Interview: Denise Gray, CEO and president of LG Chem Power
    Can you give some background on LG Chem? As you may know, LG Chem is based in Seoul, South Korea. The company has very strong ties with GM, Ford and Chrysler through the USBC – the United States Battery Consortium. The big business propositions are battery cells and related technologies. We ha...
    Interview: Frank Lubischer Senior vice-president, Global Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Nexteer
    Can we start by getting some background history on Nexteer? What is now Nexteer first introduced electric power steering (EPS) in 1999. That was the first product. At that time we were part of Delphi. In 2010 we were bought by Pacific Century Motors (PCM), based in E-Town, Beijing. Since 2013 we...
    Daimler to invest USD544 million in new lithium-ion battery plant in Germany
    Daimler will invest EUR500 million (USD543.6 million) to set up its second lithium-ion battery in Germany, the automaker said in a press release yesterday (1 March). The new plant will be adjacent to the first lithium-ion battery plant in Kamenz in eastern Saxson. The automaker has already purchased...
    02-Mar-2016 News Interviews
    London Taxi's CEO discusses future product and growth plans with IHS Automotive
    London Taxi Company (LTC) is poised for a new era of growth with a new plant in Ansty, Coventry, United Kingdom, which will produce the next-generation London taxi from 2017. The new-generation taxi − the TX5 − has had more than GBP300 million (USD430 million) invested to bring the car to market...
    12-Jan-2016 News Investments
    “The pursuit of [a] vertical integration strategy has helped IAC reduce its dependency on sub-suppliers.”
    SupplierBusiness spoke with, Marcus Nyman, Senior Vice President Commercial for IAC in Europe who is responsible for IAC’s business with Volvo Cars: Nyman oversees the activities of the global CBUs (Customer Business Units) for IAC’s European vehicle company customers, covering Business Developm...
    “Looking at the cost of a vehicle today in the industry, about two-thirds of the added value comes from suppliers.”
    Can you outline the purchasing strategy at Mercedes-Benz? Customers buy a Mercedes-Benz because of the superior innovation and quality experience. This is why our first priorities are to deliver those innovations together with our colleagues from Research & Development, and to ensure top qua...
    “We are not looking for the cheapest suppliers, we’re looking at which supplier we have and which is producing the parts we need. ”
    Alpina is only importing about 40 units of the new XD3 SUV into the UK (based on the BMW X3). Why so few, for a market that likes diesels, premium badges and SUVs? The X3 is produced in the United States, in Spartanburg, and the plant is not as flexible as the BMW plants here in Bavaria. It’s ...
    “In the case of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, this model is now being produced in Germany, the United States, China and South Africa. To bid for a contract like this, you have to show you can produce in each of these areas.”
    Can you outline the Boysen product range? We are an exhaust systems specialist, this means we develop and produce complete exhaust systems which we then deliver to our customers in the automotive industry via just-in-sequence production and logistics. Therefore our product range includes the com...
    “The annual value of the UK component supply contracts for the Discovery Sport and Jaguar XE together is expected to be over £1bn. These have 50-55% UK content.”
    How has JLR and its purchasing policy and organisation changed in the last couple of years? David Allen (DA): I think we have to see everything in terms of the changes which our product launches since then have brought about, as well as the major investments in our facilities. In 2013, we were s...
    Klaus Ziegler, executive vice president of Purchasing, SEAT
    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 Wo...
    Low-cost sourcing strategies and vehicle connectivity take centre stage at Madrid conference
    Julian Buckley, Senior Editor, Global Component Forecasting, IHS SupplierBusiness Automotive The internationalization and globalization of automotive suppliers remain fundamental to the survival and future success of these companies, according to Rafael Martinez Tomas, head of communications a...
    ZF wants to increase sourcing from India – report
    German transmission specialist ZF wants to increase sourcing from India through global purchase organisation. “Our endeavour  would be to align with the  (Indian) government’s vision of promoting green mobility solutions in India and make our operation in India as a sourcing hub for ou...
    Suzuki inaugurates new Indonesian assembly plant
    Suzuki has inaugurated its new vehicle assembly plant in Indonesia. In a statement, the Japanese automaker said the Cikarang plant in Bekasi, West Java, had started production of the Ertiga multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). The 110,000-square metre plant is owned and operated by Suzuki's subsidiary PT Su...
    01-Jun-2015 News Interviews
    “There are a few instances where the supplier has a virtual monopoly. To some extent, that supplier can actually command the price they want.”
    Stephan Presser, vehicle engineering manager for the new Focus You mentioned that three areas of the car have undergone significant redevelopment, the steering, the stability control system and the NVH characteristics. Were these developed in-house or by suppliers? Suppliers play a major rol...
    Constellium to establish second BIW finishing line in US
    Constellium has announced plans to set up a Body-in-White (BIW) finishing line in the United States to meet growing demand from automotive industry, the Netherlands-based aluminum supplier said in a press release. The company expects investment in the proposed facility, its second in the United Stat...
    24-Apr-2015 News Interviews
    “I think as industry volume continues to increase in Mexico, across automotive and all other industries, there is some capacity risk in border flow.”
    Have the suppliers delivering to GM had any problems delivering parts for the recalled models? Our suppliers have done an outstanding job in expeditiously supplying the dealers in support of the recalls with continued support in meeting our current production requirements. We’ve worked very cl...
    Interview: Bruce G. Warmbold, CEO Americas, Schaeffler Group USA
    How has Schaeffler managed the rapid increase in output volumes needed to support market growth in North America following the downturn? When the downturn happened in 2009 we had to make some adjustments in manufacturing, but we didn’t reduce any investment in R&D. That allowed us to devel...
    Continental seeks targeted position in Indian market with new range
    Continental in India is set on the path of expansion for its tire business by leveraging the acquisition of Modi Tyres Company Limited that was completed in 2011. The company’s intentions are evident from its recent initiatives in the Indian market for passenger car and commercial vehicle (CV) tir...
    GM inaugurates Toluca engine plant, smelter in Mexico
    General Motors president Dan Amman was on hand for the company’s inauguration of a new engine plant and aluminium smelter at its industrial complex in Toluca, Mexico, this week. The additional investment includes capacity for GM’s small gas engines (SGE), and is a result of a USD751 million, thr...
    24-Feb-2015 News Interviews
    “What we’re seeing now, as we work more with One Ford globally and get into more global markets, is a need for us to have a local supply base.”
    Do you use the tendering system to set part prices at Ford, or do you have an internal modelling system that’s used to set prices? For the majority of parts we buy, we have our own cost estimating process within the organization. We generally have an expectation of what the part should cost, w...
    Mercedes-Benz to transfer car assembly line from Egypt to Algeria – report
    Mercedes-Benz plans to transfer its car-assembling investments from Egypt to Algeria by March 2015, according to a report in local newspaper, the Egypt Independent. The automaker plans to establish a new factory in Algeria to take advantage of the privileges and facilities offered by the country’s...
    30-Dec-2014 News Interviews
    EDITORIAL – SupplierBusiness’ most read articles in 2014
    January – Future demand for manual transmissions IHS Automotive took an in depth look at the manual transmission market and where it is heading. Though the technology is at a high state of development, there are still new elements being added. Six is expected to be the ideal number of speeds ...
    Issue 10, 2014
    Could new suppliers shake up the seating systems market? Interview: Andreas Maashoff, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating Suppliers to the VW Passat and Renault Twingo cutaway Mexico’s resurgence continues       &nbs...
    “We are working to reduce the weight of our seating systems ... we are aspiring to reduce the overall seat weight by half.”
    When we last spoke some 18 months ago Johnson Controls had introduced the Synergy Seat Gen 3 which demonstrated your thinking with regard to reducing the weight and complexity of seating systems while maintaining their comfort and safety characteristics. What have been the major developments in this...
    “If the driver is not looking at the road, we can draw his attention back by alerting him via the other displays in the cockpit.”
    Delphi has a long history in the clusters and displays business. Could you describe Delphi’s current involvement in automotive clusters and displays? We have been involved in displays and clusters since 1928 when AC (one of the companies that eventually came together to form Delphi) invented t...
    Mercedes-Benz outlines future powertrain strategy
    Mercedes-Benz's board member for research and development (R&D) Thomas Weber has outlined some details of the firm's powertrain strategy over the next ten years, in an interview with Autocar. Conventional powertrain development will concentrate of combining advanced with efficiencies with improv...
    17-Oct-2014 News New Products
    “As a content provider, the OEMs each have their unique way of doing integration. This means we’re more of a neutral third-party broker who brings content into the car.”
    Can you offer some background covering the relationship between Aha and Honda? Honda was our first OEM customer. I think they came on board in 2009 or ’10 and I started working on this in 2011. I think we’ve 10 OEM customers now. Honda was the first to agree to use the system at a time when ...
    “We think that overall the DS5 in China is better than the one available in Europe.”
    What role does Chang An play in purchasing for the CAPSA joint-venture? The Purchasing entity in the JV has two major roles, sourcing and investment decisions. For these areas, all employees involved in direct sourcing are employed by Chang An. As far as processes, Chang An has some strategies ...
    “We want to work with OEMs that value innovation and offer the volume required to yield a strong return on the technology investment.”
    How would you describe HARMAN’s position in the global automotive marketplace? HARMAN is the market share leader in infotainment. We are 100 percent focused on the OEM business with three product lines: infotainment Head Units (including rear seat infotainment in high end), connectivity device...
    “We are working with suppliers from the beginning, asking them for their insights.”
    Volvo was formerly part of Ford: how has the purchasing function at Volvo changed since Volvo separated from the Ford organisation? We were fully integrated into Ford and we shared many common functions and systems. We are now entirely separate and have to stand on our own. When we first separat...
    “We carry out more crash testing than any other company in the world.”
    Can you give me some background on Autoliv and how the company was formed? The company was started in 1953 in Sweden. First we supplied seatbelts as aftermarket parts in the late ‘50s. Then we moved to installing seatbelts in imported cars and we concentrated on seatbelts for this and deliveri...
    John Whitfield, senior executive manager for on-site manufacturing and John Barnett, operations director CK North-East, Calsonic Kansei
    JB: Can you outline the footprint of Calsonic Kansei (CK) in and around the Nissan Sunderland (NMUK) plant? JW: We have three locations in the north-east [UK] that supply into Nissan. There’s Bentall Business Park, the exhaust manufacturing plant, that’s about one mile away from the Nissan p...
    Christian Vandenhende, senior vice-president, purchasing, and chairman of the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization
    Can you offer a breakdown of how the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO) is set up? The RNPO works on a matrix. The way we deal with sourcing decisions is defined by the leadership panel (or board), then we assess performance dependent on the size of the supplier, whether they have wor...
    Alcoa invests USD13 million to expand Hungarian plant
    US-based aluminium products supplier Alcoa is investing USD13 million to expand its wheel manufacturing plant in Székesfehérvár, Hungary. According to a company statement, the expansion is aimed at meeting the growing demand for Alcoa’s lightweight, durable, and low-maintenance aluminium truck ...
    19-Mar-2014 News Interviews
    “We want to have flexible capacity that can shift between models.”
    Please give an overview of the STEM project and why that is important to you and Robert Bosch? I’m very interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and it’s something we spend a lot of time on at Bosch. I recently spoke at the Tri-County Technical College in Sout...
    “If a bid looks too low to make sense, it probably is.”
    Your 2012 Sustainability report outlined a goal of putting in a common IT function across the group, and I wanted to know if that was still in place and if it would bring together both company Purchasing pipelines? This question comes up a lot and I think it’s best to start by outlining how Fi...
    “We offer suppliers a reliable volume and a good platform to show their products.”
    Can you outline how purchasing works across BMW? It’s important to look at four major topics when it comes to making purchasing decisions at the BMW Group. These are cost, quality, flexibility and innovation. Honestly, I don’t think we have a cost issue. This is because we have very good int...
    GM starts production of fifth generation small-block engines in US
    GM has started production of the fifth generation of small-block engines at its Tonawanda engine plant in Buffalo, New York (US), reports The Detroit News. The 6.2-litre V8 LT1 that powers the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will also be manufactured. “We have invested 40,000 hours and USD1.8...
    05-Sep-2013 News Interviews
    Interview: Ernie DeVincent
    First of all I’d like to discuss the strategic issue of how transmissions technology fits with the underlying vehicle DNA that OEMs look to for differentiating their product. It seems to me that there must be a tension developing between what the OEMs want to hold in-house, as part of their ow...
    Bosch opens 1.3 million square meter test center in China
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    21-Jan-2013 News Interviews
    Bridgestone to establish new technical centre in Thailand
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    18-Jan-2013 News Interviews
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    28-Dec-2012 News Interviews
    MAN to delay St Petersburg plant opening until 2013
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    20-Dec-2012 News Interviews
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    Questions and Answers with Tom Lake, DIvision Manager, North America Purchasing, Honda
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