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    Middleware software: The race to develop automotive operating system
    Software now underpins virtually all elements of the vehicle, from basic cockpit functions to new safety features and powertrain management systems. The advances in vehicle software architectures and function developments are helping automakers to find new revenue, monetizing parts of the vehicle th...
    Shanghai lockdown creates new supply chain concerns for OEMs
    A dramatic surge in new COVID-19 infections and the breakout of a new sub-strain of the Omicron variant forced the mainland Chinese government to impose a full-scale lockdown in the country’s financial hub, Shanghai, from early April. Shanghai is a major automotive component manufacturing hub as w...
    Impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict on helium supply for airbag applications
    The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict is affecting the supply of various raw materials and resources, including helium gas (which goes in automotive airbags and semiconductors). However, according to IHS Markit’s market research, the extent of the impact on helium will be minimal in the short run. I...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: ŠKODA resumes production of ENYAQ iV as wiring harness parts shortage eases
    ŠKODA has announced via press release on 26 April that the automaker resumed production of its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ENYAQ iV at the Mladá Boleslav plant. The Czech carmaker had previously halted production citing supply chain bottlenecks for cable harnesses from Ukraine. Acc...
    Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Continental warns of lasting consequences on production, supply chains, demand
    German automotive supplier Continental AG has warned that the geopolitical uncertainties including the ongoing Russia–Ukraine conflict could result in lasting consequences for global production, supply chains and the demand for automobiles, the company said in a statement on 21 April 2022. Contine...
    Russia–Ukraine conflict: Henkel plans to exit business activities in Russia
    Germany-based global supplier of adhesive technologies Henkel AG announced on 19 April 2022 that the company plans to exit its business activities in Russia as a result of Russia’s invasion in Ukraine. “Against the background of the current developments of the war in Ukraine, Henkel has decid...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Continental resumes tire production at Kaluga plant, Russia
    Continental has resumed production of passenger car tires at its Kaluga plant in Russia to protect local workers who could otherwise face criminal charges, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on 19 March. Employees and managers in Russia face severe criminal consequences should they refrain f...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Renault halts production of Megane e-Tech at Douai plant in France
    French carmaker Renault has halted the production of Megane e-Tech model at Douai plant in France due to the shortage of components, according to a report published by French publication called Automobile Propre on 13 April 2022. The report stated that the periods of partial unemployment are not com...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nokian Tyres impacted by EU’s fifth round of sanctions on Russian imports
    Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres released a press statement on 11 April discussing new impacts to its tire business after the European Union, on 8 April, imposed a fifth package of economic and individual sanctions against Russia in view of its aggression against Ukraine. According to Nokia...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Mitsubishi Motors suspends production at Kaluga plant in Russia
    Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors has said that it has stopped production at its Kaluga plant that it co-runs with Stellantis in Russia until further notice, according to a report published by Reuters on 7 April 2022. The reason behind the suspension of production has been cited to be the logi...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: US chipmaker Intel suspends operations in Russia
    The United States-based chipmaker Intel has suspended its operations in Russia following the country’s conflict with Ukraine, according to a report published by Reuters on 6 April 2022. The company said it has implemented business continuity measures to avoid global operations disruptions after...
    Raw material supply chains affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict
    Russian military forces initiated military operations in Ukraine on 24 February, creating logistical nightmares for automotive supply chains whose downstream ramifications are yet to reach the consumer market. Western governments, following the invasion, initiated broad-based financial and trade-bas...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: DRÄXLMAIER says production interruptions at German OEMs would affect the company
    German automotive components manufacturer DRÄXLMAIER said production interruptions at several German OEMs due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict would affect DRÄXLMAIER’s operations, according to a press release published by the German supplier on 22 March. The affected supply of parts inclu...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: EV maker Rivian faces shortages, delays in supply of certain parts
    US electric car company Rivian updated that the cascading impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing Russia–Ukraine conflict has affected its business operations ranging from facility construction to equipment installation and ensuring component supplies, the company said in its annual repor...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nokian expedites investment plans for European production capacity expansion
    Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres announced via press release on 30 March that it had started to expedite its plans to invest in new production capacity in Europe in response to the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine region. According to the press release, the decision to expedite plans was dri...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: ElringKlinger suspends guidance for 2022 on volatile business environment
    German supplier of powertrain components ElringKlinger AG has suspended its guidance for fiscal year (FY) 2022 on account of a highly uncertain and volatile business environment as a result of the ongoing Russia–Ukraine conflict, the company said on 24 March 2022. The company said that its managem...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: VW delays ID.5 EV launch due to shortage of Ukraine-made wiring harness
    German automaker Volkswagen has delayed its ID.5 electric car launch by a month to the first week of May due to a disruption in the supply of wire harnesses from Ukraine, according to a report published by Automobilwoche on 28 March 2022. Volkswagen was not able to manufacture enough exhibition a...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Supplier plant downtime tracker
    The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has disrupted production at several supplier facilities, forcing them to announce production suspensions or shifts of production operations to other sites. Tier-1 suppliers such as Leoni, Gentherm, Aptiv, Kostal, Kroschu, Fujikura, Sumitomo Electric, Nexans, Yazaki, a...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Pirelli halts new investments, limits factory operations in Russia
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via its 2021 financial results statement on 17 March its business operational response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. According to the report, the tire company has halted all investments in the Russian local market (excluding those linked to s...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: French carmaker Renault suspends operations in Moscow
    French carmaker Renault Group said on 23 March 2022 that its Board of Directors met on 23 March and have approved suspension of all activities in its manufacturing plant in Moscow with immediate effect. The decision comes after Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy called out Renault during his 20...
    Automotive software growth is still at full throttle despite the impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict
    The conflict in Ukraine is disrupting not only the supply chain for critical components and materials, it is also causing consequences to the software companies serving the automotive sector. Indeed, multiple automotive software companies have branches and software developers in Ukraine, and this po...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Aluminum prices soar after Australia bans ore exports to Russia
    News agency Reuters reported on 21 March that the aluminum prices rose on Monday after the Australian government announced its decision to ban exports of alumina and aluminum ores to Russia in response to its continuing military operations in Ukraine. According to the article, the 3-month price o...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nokian Tyres halts new investments at its passenger car tire factory in Russia
    Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres announced via press release on 22 March an update to its operational strategy response to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine region. According to the press release, the company is currently carrying out the following actions: The company will continue t...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Semiconductor shortage disrupts Ford's vehicle production in Europe
    The United States based Ford Motor Company’s vehicle production has been disrupted by the global semiconductor shortage and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, according to a report published by Reuters on 21 March 2022. The US carmaker said that it will shut its German operations in Saarlouis a...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Sumitomo Electric to move wire harness production out of Ukraine
    Japanese supplier Sumitomo Electric will transfer production of wire harness from Ukraine to plants in Romania and Morocco due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Nikkei Asia reported on 22 March. Sumitomo had suspended operations at its factory in western Ukraine at the end of last month, The ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: AGC Group scales down glass shipments to OEMs in Russia
    Japanese global glass manufacturing company AGC Group announced via press release on 18 March that it had decided to scale down production and shipments of automotive glass production to automobile manufacturers in Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine region.   Accord...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Yokohama stops tire production in Russia
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Tyres is halting production at its passenger tire plant in Kazinka Village, Gryazy District, Lipetsk region, Russia, run by its subsidiary, L.L.C. Yokohama R.P.Z., according to a statement provided by the company to Tire Business on 18 March. According to the s...
    Russia–Ukraine conflict: is palladium a potential black swan for already stretched auto supply chains?
    Several supply disruption concerns have been reverberating through the automotive industry since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, however few have the disruption potential of palladium, a critical raw material used in catalytic converters for emission abatement. Palladium supplies are de facto alr...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: DuPont pauses business operations in Russia and Belarus
    US chemicals company DuPont announced via press release on 15 March that it had decided to suspend its business operations in Russia and Belarus in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The company stated that it hoped that a peaceful resolution to the conflict would be achieved quickly. ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Cabot Corp increases carbon black prices
    American global specialty chemicals and performance materials company Cabot Corporation announced via press release on 15 March that it will be increasing prices globally for the Carbon Black products sold by its Specialty Carbons business. According to the company, the increase in prices is nece...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Geely suspends production at Belarusian plant due to component shortage
    Chinese automaker Geely has suspended production at its Belarusian plant and is aiming to resume operations on 1 April due to a shortage in parts supply that are affected by the ongoing regional emergency, according to RusAutoNews on 16 March. The automaker’s decision aligns with potential risks a...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Stellantis to slow operations at Melfi plant due to worsening chip supply
    Stellantis will slow operations at its key Melfi plant in Italy next month due to worsening microchip supply conditions triggered by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Reuters reported on 15 March citing a statement from metalworker unions. "The company has made it clear that in recent weeks, ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Chinese EV maker BYD hikes prices on surging raw material costs
    Chinese EV maker BYD Co. Ltd. plans to raise the price of its models in the range of USD471 to USD942 on the back of the rising cost of raw materials, according to a Reuters report filed on 16 March 2022. It further mentioned that the price increase would be implemented from Wednesday, adding that c...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Shortage of wiring harness could impact Volkswagen’s 2022 outlook
    Volkswagen could feel the impact on its business outlook for 2022 due to a shortage of wiring harness caused by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Reuters reported on 15 March, citing executive officers of the automaker. The carmaker is relocating production from Ukraine to North Afric...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: French tire maker Michelin suspends operations in Russia
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 15 March that it would be suspending its industrial activity in Russia as well as exportations to Russia from other countries. According to the press release, the company’s Davydovo plant in Russia that manufactures passenger car ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Leoni expects negative impact on sales for financial year 2022
    Leoni has announced that it expects lower sales, EBIT before exceptional items and free cash flow for financial year 2022 compared to a previous guidance due to the war in Ukraine, a company press release on 15 March read. The company expects the reduced production volumes and partial production los...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Mercedes-Benz downsizes production in Hungary as suppliers shutter plants in Ukraine
    Mercedes-Benz downsizes the production by cutting down shifts from three to two in some areas of its plant in Kecskemét, Hungary, effective from March 16 until the end of the month, reports news agency MTI. Russia-Ukraine conflict led to the shutting down of component supplier plants in Ukraine for...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Bridgestone suspends manufacturing activities and new investments in Russia
    Japanese multinational auto parts manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation announced via press release on 14 March that it would be suspending local manufacturing in and exports to Russia in response to the ongoing conflict in the Ukrainian region. According to the press release, the company, as part...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: EU automakers seeks to replace Ukrainian auto parts
    EU automakers such as Volkswagen and BMW are trying to shift to alternate suppliers of crucial parts built in Ukraine from far away countries like China and Mexico, according to a report published by Reuters on 14 March 2022. Volkswagen group is seeking to convince major suppliers to move their Ukra...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Rehau Group suspends operations in Russia and Belarus
    Swiss polymer solutions and automotive parts manufacturer Rehau Group announced via press release on 4 March that it was suspending operations in Russia and Belarus in response to military operations initiated by Russia on 24 February in Ukraine. The company stated that Russia, in particular...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Luxoft to exit Russian market
    Luxoft has announced its decision to exit the Russian market due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, according to an official statement earlier this week. “We strongly oppose the war in Ukraine and stand by those who are suffering as a result. We are doing everything we can to help...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Volkswagen CEO warns of severe economic damage from prolonged war
    In an interview with The Financial Times on 10 March 2022, Volkswagen (VW) chief executive officer Herbert Diess has warned that a prolonged conflict between Russia and Ukraine would result in severe economic damage, worse than the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for the European c...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Hyundai cancels plan to resume operations at its factory in St Petersburg
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor has canceled its plans to resume operations at its factory in Russia owing to persisting supply disruptions amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to a news report filed by Yonhap News on 8 March 2022. The news agency said that the vehicle man...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Russia’s biggest carmaker Avtovaz to partially resume operations
    Russia’s biggest carmaker Avtovaz plans to partially resume operations at its Togliatti and Izhevsk manufacturing facilities from 16 March despite a persistent shortage of components, according to a Reuters report on 10 March 2022. Citing the carmaker, the report stated that Avtovaz plans to ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Stellantis halts shipments to and from Russia
    Stellantis has suspended import and export of cars from Russia amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to The New York Times on 10 March. The automaker jointly operates a small manufacturing facility with Mitsubishi in Kaluga and employs about 2,700 people. Significance: Stellant...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Bosch suspends production in Ukraine
    Bosch decided to suspend its production in Ukraine, Pledge Times reported on 9 March. The suspension is in line with many other manufacturers and suppliers who have taken a similar approach to ensure employee safety and on the back of shortages of components from supply chain constraints. Bosch has ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nynas halts purchase of tire raw materials from Russia
    Swedish manufacturer of specialty naphthenic oils and bitumen products announced via press release on 2 March that the company had decided to halt purchase of feedstock of Russian origin from western non-Russian suppliers in response to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. According to the press ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Suzuki suspends car exports to Russia and Ukraine
    Suzuki has ceased vehicle deliveries to Russia and Ukraine from its Hungarian manufacturing plant, as of March, according to a report published by Reuters on 10 March 2022. Around 10,000 Suzuki cars are exported annually to Russia and Ukraine, the company said. Suzuki is also trying to shift th...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Leoni says production interrupted at two wire harness factories in Ukraine
    Leoni’s operations in Western Ukraine has been interrupted because of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Reuters reported 2 March. Leoni has two wire harness factories in western Ukraine. The company is looking to compensate for production losses because of “interruptions in our two pla...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Hyundai halts production in Russia due to supply chain disruption
    Hyundai Motor announced that it had canceled plans to restart operations at its manufacturing facility in Russia, according to a press release published by Automotive News on 9 March. The automaker initially paused operations at its St Petersburg plant owing to semiconductor shortages...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Continental suspends tire manufacturing in Russia, working on shifting production
    Continental has halted production at its factory in Kaluga, Russia, and is working on identifying other facilities where it can increase production to compensate its loss from the Russian plant, according to a press release published by Reuters on 9 March. The Kaluga plant produces and manufact...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Fujikura Automotive suspends operations at Lviv Plant
    Japanese supplier Fujikura Automotive halts operations at Lviv Plant in Lviv city following the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, the company announced in a press release on 1 March. The halt in production is in line with many other manufacturers and suppliers who have taken a similar approach to ensur...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Aptiv relocates production units out of Ukraine
    The US-based technology supplier Aptiv decides to relocate the high-volume production units of its ancillary parts out of Ukraine over a couple of months, as reported in Automotive News Europe on 25 February 2022. The company’s decision comes in response to supply chain constraints caused by the o...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: BMW to resume production lines in Germany
    German automaker BMW will resume its production line next week at its Munich and Dingolfing plants, according to news published by Reuters on 10 March 2022. The company suspended its production owing to supply chain constraints concerns caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. However, the company sai...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nickel prices surge in response to geopolitical tensions
    Futures and forwards exchange London Metal Exchange (LME) published a notice on 8 March that it was suspending trading in nickel following an unprecedented increase in nickel contracts causing short sellers struggling to pay margin calls. The price of nickel surged to over USD100,000 per metric&n...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nokian Tyres moves production of key product lines out of Russia due to logistical issues
    Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tyres announced via press release on 8 March that the company is activating its contingency plans to mitigate financial and operational impacts to its business in response to the Russia-Ukraine crisis. According to the press release, the contingency plans include:...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Gestamp halts production in Russia due to component shortage
    Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp announced that it would be halting production at its four Russian plants in response to supply-chain constraints caused by geopolitical tensions in the Russia-Ukraine region, according to a press release published by the company on 7 March. The company stated that...
    Battery raw material price hikes may pose additional pressure to OEMs' electrification roadmaps
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may exacerbate price pressure on critical battery raw materials and result in less affordable EVs, with battery input costs increasing by over 7,000 USD for several popular models.  Prices of lithium, nickel and cobalt, which can represent some 27% of the total ba...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Yandex halts testing of self-driving cars in the US
    Yandex, a Russia based autonomous vehicle technology company decided to halt its on-road testing program in the US, The Verge reported, citing Automotive News on 4 March 2022. The company said that it would cease testing its autonomous robo-taxi fleets and sidewalk autonomous delivery service, ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Volkswagen stops production line due to component shortage
    German automaker Volkswagen has halted its production line at its home plant in Wolfsburg in Germany by at least a week due to a shortage in parts supply that are manufactured in Ukraine, according to a report published by Automotive News Europe on 7 March 2022. On similar lines, the production at B...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Shortage of several critical parts leaving German OEMs exposed
    The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has disrupted production at several supplier facilities, forcing them to announce temporary production suspensions or shifts of production operations to other sites, opening another front for carmakers scrambling to stabilize their production output in light of the on...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Michelin pauses production at European sites
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 3 February that it would be halting production at some of its European plants in response to supply-chain problems caused by geopolitical tensions in the Russia-Ukraine region. The company stated that it was facing logistical and tr...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Magna halts production at its Russian plants
    Canadian automotive parts manufacturer Magna halts operations in Russia following the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, the company operates six facilities and employs around 2,500 people, according to The Globe and Mail on 4 March. Significance: The Russia-Ukraine conflict has triggered a wave...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Gentherm’s Ukraine plant operating at normal capacity
    In response to an investor query on the potential impact of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict on its operations, the global supplier of innovative thermal management technologies, Gentherm Inc. said that its manufacturing plant in Vynohradiv, Ukraine, which is near the Hungary border, is oper...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Illuminating the neon supply impact on the semiconductor industry
    Neon is used for the manufacturing of mature process nodes, which are already under supply chain pressure. The reduction in gas supply will likely lead to higher neon prices but will this cause any significant supply shortages of semiconductors? The supply chain and technology team of IHS Markit ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Aluminum prices surge due to logistical issues
    Aluminum prices surged to a record high on 1 March after western sanctions hit the Russian industry in response to Russian military operations in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. According to the metal price index of the London Metal Exchange (LME), the price for aluminum rose to USD3,604 p...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict creates new supply chain issues for the automotive industry
    Military operations by Russian armed forces in Ukraine since 24 February and the subsequent economic sanctions placed on Russia by international states have raised concerns about the possibility of supply chain and price inflation issues for materials and components critical for the global auto...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Volvo cars suspends shipments to Russia
    Volvo Cars has suspended car shipments to Russia until further notice due to the ongoing geopolitical actions between Russia and Ukraine, according to a statement published by Reuters on 28 February. The Swedish automaker’s decision aligns with the potential risks associated with trade relations b...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict may disrupt supply of raw materials used in making chips
    The mounting tensions amidst a potential Russia-Ukraine conflict is increasingly bothering the global industry stakeholders who estimate that the struggle between the two countries could negatively impact the recovering supplies of semiconductors, several reports claim. According to a Reuters report...
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