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    EVBox and and has·to·be sign EV charging roaming agreement
    EVBox and has.to.be have signed an roaming agreement for electric vehicle (EV) charging services, EVBox announced in a press release on 7 April. Under the agreement, both companies will grant each other access to their charging networks that are spread throughout Europe. “We at EVBox are on a m...
    COVID-19 pandemic: voestalpine expects pandemic to impact performance in FY2019/20
    In a press release dated 7 April, voestalpine announced that it expects coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to negatively influence the financial result of the fiscal year 2019/20 which ended 31 March 2020, both operationally and through one-time effects. Voestalpine expects a slightly redu...
    09-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    M&A: Novelis receives last clearance from European Commission for acquisition of Aleris
    Novelis Inc. has received the final clearance from the European Commission for its proposed acquisition of Aleris Corporation, a global supplier of rolled aluminum products, Novelis announced in a press release on 8 April. Novelis secured final approval from the Commission for the sale of Aleri...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Michelin, CEA, other industrial partners collaborate to produce reusable face mask in France
    Michelin has joined forces with The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and other industrial partners to help in the production of reusable face masks in France to fight the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Michelin announced in a press release on 8 Ap...
    09-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: UK delays roll-out of clean air zones until 2021
    The UK government is planning to delay the roll-out of clean air zones until January 2021, Autocar reported on 7 April, citing a letter from Rebecca Pow, a junior minister at the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra). This is to allow the government and companies to focus attent...
    08-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Osram appoints Kathrin Dahnke as CFO
    The supervisory board of Osram Licht AG has appointed Kathrin Dahnke as new CFO, according to a company press release on 7 April. Effective 16 April, she will be responsible for the financial business of Osram. "Kathrin Dahnke has extensive experience with medium-sized as well as listed companies...
    LANXESS develops all-plastic brake pedal for electric sports car
    LANXESS’ High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit, in partnership with BOGE Elastmetall, has developed what it claims to be the first all-plastic brake pedal for a mass-production battery-electric sports car, LANXESS said in a press release on 7 April. BOGE Elastmetall is a global provide...
    08-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Skoltech develops new cathode material for metal-ion batteries
    Researchers from the Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology (CEST) have developed a new cathode material based on titanium fluoride phosphate for metal-ion batteries, according to a press release on 23 March on CEST website. The new material achieves high energy performance and stable ope...
    08-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Henkel withdraws financial forecast for FY 2020
    Henkel has withdrawn its financial forecast for the fiscal year 2020, published in the Annual Report 2019, due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 7 April. Henkel said that as soon as it is possible to make a sufficiently reliable evaluation o...
    08-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Volvo to use ‘Recharge’ label for all electric models with charging cables
    Volvo will use the ‘Recharge’ label as a suffix for all its electric models with charging cables, which will include battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the company announced in a press release on 7 April. Volvo Cars has also announced the addition of T...
    Audi e-tron Sportback features high-voltage battery system and recuperation
    In a press release dated 2 April, Audi has revealed more powertrain details about the new all-electric e-tron Sportback. The crossover will come with a 95 kWh high-voltage battery system with recuperation, which enables a range of 446 kilometers (277.1 miles), according to WLTP. Each axle is fitted ...
    07-Apr-2020 News New Products
    ‘Multi-Car Collision Avoidance’ project in UK aims to prevent motorway pileups
    The Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has initiated a new project to prevent motorway pileups, IoT Tech News reported on 27 March. The project, called Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA), is led by a consortium including Applus Idiada, Cranfield University, We...
    Volkswagen receives 20,000 orders for all-electric e-up!
    Volkswagen (VW) has received 20,000 orders for its all-electric e-up! model in Germany over the first three months of 2020, the automaker announced in a press release on 30 March. Significance: The increased demand comes after VW updated the e-up! for the 2020 model year in 2019 with a much longe...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Benteler produces holders for face masks on 3D printers at Spanish plant
    Benteler has announced that it will be producing holders for face masks on 3D printers, a company press release on 6 April read. The holders are used to produce masks and will be donated to the Galician health service in Spain due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Significance:...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    EV sales in Norway fall 35.1% y/y to 6,966 in March
    Sales of electric cars in Norway fell 35.1% year on year (y/y) to 6,966 units, in March, according to (Opplysningsrådet for veitrafikken) OFV, which cited data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Zero-emission cars constituted 55.9% of Norway’s total car market in March, compared...
    Mercedes-Benz conducts research on organic battery technology for EVs
    Mercedes-Benz is conducting research on development of battery technology for electric vehicles (EV), Autocar reported on 2 April, citing Andreas Hintennach, Mercedes' senior manager of battery research. The technology was showcased by Mercedes-Benz on its Vision AVTR concept car unveiled earlier th...
    COVID-19 pandemic: voestalpine adopts short-time work, temporary shutdowns in plants across various countries
    In a press release dated 23 March, voestalpine announced that it is adopting short-time work in around 50 European Group companies in Austria as well as Germany, Belgium, and France. The company also said that several sites in countries including France, Italy, Peru, Brazil, and the US hav...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Michelin partially resumes production in France
    French tire maker Michelin has partially restarted production activities in France, according to a report filed by news publication Franceinfo on 4 April. The company has restarted production at three sites located in Troyes (Aube), Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire) and Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme). Acc...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres’ Russian factory set to resume production on 6 April
    Nokian Tyres is resuming operations at its Russian factory in Vsevolozhsk on 6 April, as previously planned, the tire maker announced in a press release on 4 April. “The restrictions adopted by the President Decree dated 2 Apr 2020, extending the "nonworking regime' until the end of April, do n...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Gerhardi operates production plants at reduced capacity in Germany
    Automotive supplier Gerhardi has scaled down operations at its plants in Germany to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The company is currently operating three days per weeks for two weeks (30 March to 8 April) at its plants in Ibbenbüren, Lüdenscheid...
    03-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    EV startup e.GO Mobile applies for protective shield procedures
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup e.GO Mobile has applied for protective shield procedures to order self-administration at the Aachen District Court, the company announced in a press release on 2 April. "This is another challenge from the outside in the only five-year history of e.GO. Our mainly st...
    Audi plans to launch 20 all-electric models by 2025
    Audi is planning to launch 20 all-electric models globally by 2025, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. These upcoming  all-electric vehicles will be underpinned by four distinct platforms—Modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo), J1: The performance electric platform, Modula...
    PEV sales in UK more than doubles y/y to 4,566 units in February
    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) have more than doubled year on year (y/y) in February to 4,566 units, compared to 2,104 units in February 2019, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders announced on its website. The huge increase was mainly due to the significant growth in demand for bat...
    Hengst develops active crankcase ventilation for BMW
    Hengst SE has developed an active crankcase ventilation, called Blue.tron, for BMW, according to a company press release on 12 March. The company informed that the new product will be equipped in the upcoming generation of 3L 6-cylinder diesel engine systems from BMW; passenger vehicle ser...
    03-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Minda Industries suspends manufacturing operations at Spanish plant
    Indian auto components supplier Minda Industries is suspending manufacturing operations of Clarton Horn in Spain, a subsidiary of Minda Industries limited, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic according to a report by Press Trust of India on 31 March. "This is being done to ensure...
    03-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Freudenberg's net sales rises marginally to USD10.6 billion in 2019
    Freudenberg Group has reported a sales of EUR9.46 billion in the full year ended 31 December 2019, compared to EUR9.45 billion (USD10.6 billion) in the previous year, according to a company press release on 1 April. Operating income of the Freudenberg Group, however, fell 9.9% year on year (y/y) to ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: GF curtails production at European plants
    Georg Fischer (GF) has announced that it will curtail production at some of its plants in Europe due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 2 April. GF said that it is adapting its own production capacity in Europe and introducing short-time work...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    HELLA’s sales decline 6.2% y/y to USD5.3 billion in first nine months of FY 2019/20
    HELLA has reported a decline of 6.2% year on year (y/y) in sales to EUR4.8 billion (USD5.3 billion) in the first nine-month period (1 June 2019 to 29 February 2020), the German company said in a press release on 2 April. Currency and portfolio-adjusted sales fell by 3.7% y/y. The adjusted EBIT decre...
    Continental to close Palmela brake shoe plant in Portugal in 2021
    Continental will end production at its automotive plant in Palmela, Portugal by the end of 2021, according to a company press release on 17 March. Continental has been manufacturing front brake shoes at the factory for 25 years. The closure will affect approximately 370 employees. Continental will o...
    COVID-19 pandemic: TOFAS to suspend vehicle production in Turkey for two weeks
    Tofaş, a joint venture (JV) between Turkey's Koç Holding and Italy's Fiat Chrysler, will suspend production in Turkey starting 3 April evening until 20 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Daily Sabah on 1 April citing the company's statement to t...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Magna suspends operations at Slovenian paint shop
    Magna International has suspended operations at its Slovenian paint factory. The Slovenian paint factory will remain closed for two weeks due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by SeeNews on 1 April. The company had earlier planned to restart production in the...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    24-Autohof opens new EV charging park in Germany
    24-Autohof, IONITY, and TESLA have jointly opened a new electric vehicle (EV) charging park in Lutterberg, Germany, on 27 March, 24-Autohof announced in a press release on its website. The EV charging park can accommodate up to 20 vehicles charging simultaneously. The four ultra-fast charging statio...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Continental withdraws financial guidance for fiscal year 2020
    German auto component supplier Continental has withdrawn its financial guidance for fiscal year 2020 due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 1 April. Continental expects an impact of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ACEA estimates production loss of 1.2 million vehicles due to plant shutdowns
    The comprehensive suspensions on manufacturing activities by automakers in Europe to prevent spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, have resulted in production loss of at least 1.23 million vehicles, according to data compiled by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Associa...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Henkel develops new solutions for printed electronics
    Henkel has developed a new conductive carbon-ink ‘Loctite ECI 7007’ for printed electronics used in several industries including automotive, the company announced in a press release on 31 March. The stretchable Loctite conductive inks are able to be processed into the surface of an automotive in...
    01-Apr-2020 News New Products
    ChargePoint, Allego, EVBox form alliance for EV charging solution
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging-service providers ChargePoint, Allego, EVBox have formed an alliance to support the roll out of consumer-centric EV policies in Europe. ChargePoint announced in a press release on 31 March. Named ‘ChargeUp Europe’, the alliance was launched during the REVOLUTI...
    Škoda’s new Octavia, Karoq, Kodiaq, Superb, feature Climatronic Air Care System
    Škoda’s new Octavia, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Superb models feature ‘Climatronic Air Care System,’ which monitors the air quality in the vehicle, detects increased pollen or fine dust concentrations, and responds automatically, the automaker said in a press release on 31 March. The system is availa...
    01-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli extends plant closure in Romania
    Pirelli Tyres Romania, a subsidiary of Italy's Pirelli Group, has extended production suspension at its plant in Slatina without stating a possible date, according to a report by SeeNews on 31 March. The company has now decided not to reopen its plant on 1 April as previously planned. "As a resul...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: AD Plastik suspends production at two Russian plants
    Croatian manufacturer of plastic products for the automotive industry AD Plastik is temporarily closing its two production plants in Russia due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a press release on 30 March. "We hereby inform the investment public that the decision ...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Air Liquide, PSA, Schneider Electric, Valeo set up task force for production of respirators
    Respirator maker Air Liquids has teamed up with auto parts manufacturer Valeo, automaker PSA, and electrical equipment company Schneider Electric, to produce some 10,000 respirators in 50 days, between the beginning of April and mid-May, to help coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, Val...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Kostal suspends production at plant in Bulgaria
    German automotive supplier Kostal has suspended production at its plant in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria, as orders from automotive customers fell sharply amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, local media website Dnevnik.bg reported. As of 30 March, the company has 2,000 employees working at...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota suspends operations at Russian plant for five days
    Toyota has suspended manufacturing operations at its St Petersburg plant in Russia for five days this week from 30 March to 3 April, according to a report by Kyodo News. With this, the Japanese automaker has suspended manufacturing operations at nine of its plants in Europe and Russia to prevent the...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Johnson Matthey to close all Clean Air plants outside mainland China
    Johnson Matthey has announced that it will close all Clean Air plants operating outside China due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 30 March. For the fiscal year ending 31 March 2020, Johnson Matthey expects an impact of around GBP50 million (US...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Powercell receives order for PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks from Bosch worth USD1.2 million
    Powercell has received an order for its PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks from Bosch, the company announced in a press release on 30 March. The order is worth SEK11.5 million (USD1.1 million). Powercell said that it expects the order to have a positive financial impact during the first quarter 2020...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Recticel temporarily closes European facilities
    Recticel has suspended its automotive activities in Europe as most European OEMs have shut down their assembly plants in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 27 March. In other business segments, customer demand has been rapidly fallin...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Elringklinger's sales grow 1.6% y/y to USD1.9 billion in 2019
    Elringklinger has reported an increase of 1.6% year on year (y/y) in its sales to EUR1.7 billion (USD1.9 billion) during the full year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 30 March. Profit for the period, however fell by 90.6% y/y to EUR4.1 million. EBIT during t...
    BMW reveals details of i Hydrogen NEXT fuel cell SUV
    In a press release dated 30 March, BMW has revealed powertrain details for its fuel-cell sport utility vehicle (SUV) i Hydrogen NEXT. The fuel cell system for the powertrain for the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT generates up to 125 kW (170 hp). It also features a peak power battery which adds more power, taki...
    31-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Michelin to prepone Dundee tire plant closure in Scotland
    Michelin's passenger car tire plant in Dundee, Scotland, which was targeted for closure by June 2020, will be closed permanently due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by European Rubber Journal on 30 March. The French tire-maker will not restart manufacturing...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ferrari extends production suspension at Italy plant to 14 April
    Ferrari has said that it plans to resume production at its Maranello and Modena plants in Italy from 14 April, but this decision will be subject to supply chain continuity, according to a company press release on 27 March. The Italian luxury car maker, along with most international OEMs have suspend...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Continental participates in Series A funding round at lidar startup Blickfeld
    Continental has invested in Munich-based lidar startup Blickfeld, according to a press release on 20 March. Blickfeld has completed its Series A financing round, which was led by the venture capital unit of Continental together with Wachstumsfonds Bayern, which is managed by Bayern Kapital, with par...
    30-Mar-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen extends production suspension at German plants
    Volkswagen has further extended production suspension at its German plants for four working days until 9 April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The plants affected are Dresden, Emden, Osnabrück, Wolfsburg, and Zwickau as well as the Volkswagen Co...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Brembo to extend plant shutdown in Italy till 3 April
    Brakes-supplier Brembo has announced a further extension of production suspension of its Italian operations in Stezzano, Curno, Mapello, and Sellero until 3 April due to the emergency situation in Lombardy caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the extraordinary measures take...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Faurecia closes large number of European facilities
    Faurecia has announced temporary closures of a “large number of its production sites” in Europe as well as in North and South America, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 27 March 2020. “We are going through an u...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Grammer 2019 profit after tax up 87.5% y/y to USD48.7 million
    Grammer has confirmed its previously announced preliminary results for the financial year (FY) ended 31 December 2019, the company said in a press release on 30 March. The Germany-based automotive interior supplier’s profit after tax increased 87.5% year over year (y/y) to EUR43.5 million (USD48.7...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Umicore temporarily shuts down plant outside Asia
    Umicore has decided to close most of its catalyst production capacity outside Asia, according to a company press release on 26 March. Umicore said that it will resort to temporary unemployment where applicable. The downtime is expected to continue until automotive OEMs restart production again. ...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres suspend production at US and Russian plants
    Nokian Tyres has announced that it will temporarily suspend production at its Dayton factory in the US and its factory in Russia due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 26 March. The Dayton factory closure is effective from 27 March,...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    LG Chem raises USD520 million from EIB for EV battery plant in Poland
    LG Chem has raised EUR480 million (USD520 million) in a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Poland, EIB announced in a press release on 26 March. The loan will be given to LG Chem’s Polish subsidiary LG Chem Wroclaw Energy to suppor...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Rehau suspends production at plant in UK
    REHAU has announced that it has temporarily suspended all production at its plant in Blaenau Ffestiniog in Wales, UK, according to a notice on the company website. Rehau has also closed down its head office in Ross-on-Wye. Production is expected to remain suspended until the government advises it is...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: OSRAM announces temporary plant shutdown in Italy, US
    German lighting supplier OSRAM Licht AG is suspending manufacturing operations in Italy and the United States owing to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, sources told IHS Markit. According to company’s website, the company operates OSRAM Sylvania Inc.;&n...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli to extend temporary plant closures in Europe until 3 April
    Marelli has extended the suspension of production activities in the majority of its European plants for next week, until 3 April, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 26 March. “This measure is related to all Europea...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Sales of PEV in Sweden nearly doubles in first two months of 2020 to 10,839 units
    Sales of plug-in electric cars in Sweden grew 97.7% year on year (y/y) to 10,839 units during the first two months of 2020, Statistics Sweden (SCB) announced in a press release earlier in March. During the January–February period, plug-in electric cars accounted for 26.9% of total passenger car sa...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Schaeffler Group suspends guidance for financial year 2020
    Schaeffler Group has suspended its guidance for the financial year 2020 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. Schaeffler said that a package of measures is being implemented to manage the crisis and a new guidance is expec...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Rolec EV temporarily suspends manufacturing operations
    Rolec EV has decided to temporarily suspend its manufacturing operations in the UK due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 25 March. Rolec EV said that production is on hold until the government announces that it is safe for empl...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renault halts production in Turkey
    Renault has announced its plans to gradually and temporarily suspend most of its operations in Turkey due to disruptions in the global supply chain processes caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The automaker decided to tempor...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hankook to suspend production in US, Hungary for two weeks
    South Korean tire-maker Hankook is suspending manufacturing at two of its plants in the US and Hungary due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Tire Business on 25 March. The company decided to close its Clarksville, Tennessee plant in the US and Racalmas pla...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Vishay expects operational issues at facilities in Philippines, Malaysia and France
    Vishay Intertechnology has said that due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company will face operational issues at facilities in Philippines, Malaysia, and France, which will impact deliveries on a series of products. It added that its plants in China continue to return t...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford announces production suspension in South America, UK
    US automaker Ford Motor has suspended operations in the UK, Brazil, and Argentina due the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Ford shut its Dagenham engine plant in east London on 23 March and the Bridgend engine plant in South Wales will temporarily cease production from the end of the...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Grupo Antolin begins production of protective masks, medical gowns
    Grupo Antolin has launched several initiatives to begin production of medical equipment and address the shortage of protective equipment in Spanish hospitals amid sharp increase in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases in the country, the Spain-based automotive supplier said in a press...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    MAHLE opens new battery testing center in UK
    MAHLE Powertrain has opened a new, dedicated facility for the extensive testing of battery modules in the UK, according to a report by Green Car Congress on 24 March. The new testing center, based at the powertrain specialist’s Northampton technical center, enables the strip-down and disassembly o...
    25-Mar-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 pandemic: Plastic Omnium to gradually suspend production in Europe, Americas
    Plastic Omnium is suspending production in Europe and the Americas in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. The company’s European plants have been gradually shut down since mid-March, based on its automotive customers...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Volkswagen to halt production in Russia due to supply shortage
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced plans to halt production in Russia over a supply shortage as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spreads in Europe, according to a report by Reuters on 24 March. The production will be suspended from 30 March until 10 April at Volkswagen’s vehicle pl...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres to adjust production in Russia, halts construction of new testing center in Spain
    Nokian Tyres has informed that the company is adjusting production in Russia amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 23 March. In Russia, the company is adjusting its production output in line with the global demand ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bridgestone to cut production at European facilities
    Bridgestone EMIA (Bridgestone) has announced that its plants in Europe will be either temporarily closed or reduce production in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 23 March. The company decided to close its Béthune plant in France a...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Autoneum curtails production at plants across various regions
    Autoneum has announced that it will cut production at several plants across various regions due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 23 March. The company has decided a set of measures to increase the flexibility of personnel and material ...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ACTIA Group temporarily suspends production at French plants
    ACTIA Group has decided to temporarily suspend production at its French plants, the company announced on its website. The suspension is for two weeks and resumption of production is scheduled to start from 1 April 2020. “To follow up on the confinement directives communicated by the French governm...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: MAHLE to suspend operations at all European sites by 25 March
    MAHLE has announced that it has started successively suspending production at all its plants in Europe due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. All European production sites are being successively closed down in a controlled mann...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Norsk Hydro curtails production across various regions
    Norsk Hydro has announced that it is reducing and halting production at some sites to meet changes in demand, while implementing firm actions to protect people and business, according to a company press release on 19 March. Norsk Hydro said that reducing or halting production at plants may lead to t...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Schaeffler cuts production in Europe
    In a press release dated 19 March, Schaeffler announced that it will adjust its production capacities in Germany and Europe. Schaeffler said that adjustments will be made location by location and will consider the specific requirements in the divisions. The company agreed to a set of measures yester...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Tenneco suspends operations at German plant
    Tenneco has announced that it has suspended operations at its Wiesbaden plant in Germany owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release read. Tenneco added that it anticipates the closure to continue until 19 April but could be extended depending on the situation....
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    INTERVIEW: Ambient lighting market expected to double from EUR2 billion to EUR4 billion within the next seven years, says Dr James Gourlay, CTO/Technical Director at designLED
    Multiple technological developments are shaping the automotive lighting industry. To compete with changes in the industry, manufacturers are focusing on incorporating new lighting features within a vehicle that not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also help create different moods for vehicle p...
    23-Mar-2020 News Interviews
    COVID-19 pandemic: Benteler closes operations at plants in Czech Republic, France, and Spain
    Benteler is temporarily suspending operations in Spain, the Czech Republic, and France due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 20 March. The company is also taking other precautionary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. These measur...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF suspends operations in Europe, North America
    Major German auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen announced that the company is suspending many operations in Europe and North America over the coming days due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a statement from Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch suspends production at German plants
    Bosch has announced suspension of production at its German locations due to a reduction in customer demand as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Germany-based supplier said in a press release on 20 March. The company informed that starting 25 March, it will drastically...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Brembo extends production suspension in Italy until 29 March
    Italian brakes supplier Brembo announced on 19 March that it would extend the temporary suspension of its four Italian plants in Stezzano, Curno, Mapello, and Sellero until 29 March due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “For the company, postponing is an act of responsib...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli announces production suspension in Italy, North America
    Pirelli has announced production suspension in Italy and North America to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus, according to two separate press releases by the company last week. According to a company press release on 22 March 2020, the tire maker has suspended tire p...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Sogefi to suspend production activities across plants in Italy, France, and Spain
    Sogefi has decided to temporarily suspend production activities across its plants in Italy, France, and Spain, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Europe, the company said in a press release on 22 March. The company’s move will impact its all three divisions: Air & Cooli...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Denso, Ficosa, Teksid temporarily close plants in Italy
    Japanese auto parts supplier Denso closed its car air-conditioning systems manufacturing plant in Poirino, Italy, from 13 March to 16 March after its two employees were tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus, La Stampa reported last week.     La Stampa al...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Nissan, partners complete V2G trial project in Germany
    Nissan, TenneT, and The Mobility House have completed a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in Germany, the automaker announced in a press release on 16 March. As part of a showcase project (SINTEG) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, batteries from all-electric ...
    BMW to offer all-electric powertrain in next-generation 7-Series
    In a press release dated 18 March, BMW has announced that it will offer an all-electric powertrain in the next-generation 7-Series. The luxury sedan is expected to be made available in four different types of drivetrain: as a highly efficient diesel-, or petrol-driven car; as an electrified plu...
    20-Mar-2020 News New Products
    POLICY: Serbia announces subsidy program for EVs
    Serbia has introduced a new subsidy program for purchase of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid vehicles, SeeNews reported on 16 March, citing a statement from the government. Under the program, light all-electric vehicles will be eligible for EUR5,000 (USD5,300) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bentley to stop production at British factory for four weeks
    Bentley announced it will suspend production at its British factory from the end of 20 March for four weeks over the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. The automaker expects the factory to reopen on 20 April. Core business functions will c...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: JLR to temporarily suspend production at UK plants from next week
    Luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that it would temporarily suspend production at its manufacturing facilities in the UK from next week due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. The automaker intends to resume producti...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Constellium announces plan to reduce or suspend production
    Constellium announced that it will reduce or suspend activities at certain manufacturing sites in recognition of the disruption caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Netherlands–based company said in a press release on 19 March 2020. Constellium said the company’s “fi...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Michelin suspends production at some European factories
    Michelin has suspended production at some of its European facilities "for at least one week" due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 18 March. The company has decided to close, for at least one week, its production facilities located in the Eu...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Porsche to stop production for two weeks in Germany
    Porsche has said that it will suspend operations in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig in Germany for two weeks due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 18 March showed. The plants will be closed from 21 March. The carmaker added that it is preparing for a decline in...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Autoliv to adjust production, take cost reduction actions
    Autoliv is proactively taking measures to minimize any consequences for customers and mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the company, the Swedish supplier of vehicle safety systems said in a press release on 19 March 2020. In response to this, Autoliv is...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: HELLA cuts outlook for current fiscal year
    HELLA has cut its outlook for the current fiscal year ending 31 May 2020 due to the impact on business by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the German lighting and electronics company announced in a press release on 18 March. “Sales and earnings forecast for current fiscal year lik...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renault suspends production at Mioveni plant in Romania until 5 April
    Renault has suspended production at its Mioveni plant in Romania from 19 March until 5 April in light of current developments related to the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 18 March. The production activity in Mioveni plants will...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Peugeot to offer additional subsidy for purchase of all-electric cars in UK
    Peugeot has announced that it will offer a subsidy of GBP500 (USD607) to add to the updated Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) of GBP3,000 for its all-electric models in the UK, according to a company press release on 16 March. The additional subsidy will be given for all orders and registrations before the 3...
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