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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Electrification pushing chassis component technology trends
    Earlier in March, Volkswagen, and Japan-based automotive components supplier, NSK, formed a partnership between their steering divisions to further the level of innovation in automotive steering technology. Today, even with a commoditized component such as the steering system, automakers and supplie...
    Intelligent braking: Trends and drivers
    Vehicle systems today are increasingly attempting to reduce driver dependence in the event of a crash, apart from day-to-day driving. Braking systems are also being looked at from a critical eye in this respect, in order to further the safety cause in an imminent autonomous future. No longer looking...
    Chassis evolution and outlook
    It is a common belief that the chassis of a vehicle has had limited evolution, when compared to other sectors of the car, such as powertrain or electronics. However, in the last decade, the chassis has seen several advancements, not just in terms of its structure, but also the way the chassis is con...
    Rear-, four-wheel steering technology in steer-by-wire systems
    Rear- or four-wheel steering has become synonymous with luxury. There are several factors contributing to the growth in demand for rear-steering systems, and perhaps the biggest factors are the need for improved comfort and handling higher safety solutions in a vehicle. As the automotive industry pr...
    Vehicle dynamics: From motorsports to customized driving
    The concept of vehicle dynamics has not only shaped the way a car drives on a fundamental level, but also has indirectly made consumers aware and more willing to spend for comfort and handling when choosing a car. Premium OEMs have been the champions of developing cars with more improved vehicle dyn...
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    2019 Geneva Motor Show: Lightweight, high-performance chassis component technology, platform sharing gain traction
    Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is the first big car show for the year for the European automotive market. Showcases pointed to a renewed product focus on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. This trend has been visible across other global shows this year, such as 2019 NAIAS...
    2019 NAIAS: A balance between performance, comfort, and vehicle dynamics
    This year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) showcased that the product focus for the North American automotive market is also on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. The show hosted automakers looking to renewing interest by showcasing high-performance cars and SUV...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    2018 has been a busy year for the global chassis components sector as a major shift toward weight savings and electronification of braking, steering, and suspension systems emerged. The word active was abundantly used across the chassis components sector as the industry came to understand the benefi...
    Active suspensions help introduce 48-volt systems
    The need for more power without spending too much on it to meet emission regulations is a tightrope that automakers and suppliers alike are walking on. The 48-volt architecture is considered helpful in this situation. With traditionally mechanical components being given electric assistance or made f...
    Power steering systems market and technology trends
    Today’s power steering systems market is a consequence of the drive to create a favorable environment for autonomous and electrified vehicles. This trend has given rise to the following main trends: Close to complete penetration of EPS systems globally, including small markets such as India ...
    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...
    Electronic suspension sub-component trends
    Adaptive suspension/damping systems are becoming key to the future of suspensions as the technology within the car moves towards autonomous driving. Innovation towards adaptive damping is necessary, as it holds great potential to enhance comfort within the cockpit. The next step for such technologie...
    Readying brakes for the future
    The global automotive ecosystem is moving towards electrification and ADAS, consequently pushing automakers and suppliers to adapt braking systems to these changes. This is giving rise to automakers and suppliers looking for new ways to differentiate products, and an electrified engine and advanced ...
    Advanced Steels
    The automotive industry has been using steel as a de facto material since the very first commercialized car designed by Karl Benz in 1885. The car had tubings made of steel while the driver compartment was created with wood panels. Since then the usage of steels has increased exponentially in automo...
    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 ...
    2018 Geneva Motor Show: All about electrification and comfort
    "The luxury car makers continue to present their new models and worldwide sales set new records in 2017. But behind the glamour and the finery are plenty of worry wrinkles," Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, director of German-based Center Automotive Research told AFP news agency as the 2018 Geneva Motor Show...
    PSS market players focus on parallel growth in technology and production
    Positive global automotive market conditions, alongside technology and regulatory changes are pushing developments in the global power steering sector. IHS Markit expects the global power steering systems (PSS) market to grow at a CAGR of 1.8% from 2016 to 2023, to reach a market size of more than U...
    SupplierInsight Analysis - Issue 1, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month E-Mobility How are tranmission manufacturers and the wider automotive industry preparing and positioning for impending rise in hybrid demand? Thermal Modest projected adoption by global OEMs is expected ...
    Electrified suspension systems in EVs and HEVs (regenerative systems)
    With global governments mandating a crackdown on CO2 emissions and fuel economy, automakers are looking to electric vehicles (EVs) to help achieve their CO2 emission targets. This has led to a rise in EV sales globally, particularly seeing an increase in popularity in North America and Europe. In pa...
    Hybrid Transmission Developments
    With the introduction of tighter legislative scrutiny on emission norms across various regions around the world, OEMs and suppliers are continuously developing solutions across the entire driveline. Advancement in hybrid transmissions is one such technological development domain where conventional i...
    Reinventing the tire
    Dominant trends in the global passenger car market, such as electrification and autonomous driving, are pushing technological improvements in various component sectors of a vehicle. These include changes in the powertrain and chassis for improvements, such as fuel efficiency, traction and stability ...
    Morocco: Africa’s gateway to the global automotive industry
    The African market "should be our market", Toyota South Africa head Johan Van Zyl had once said, talking about potentially missing the opportunity at the Automotive Industrial Development Centre Conference in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This was in 2009, when the lack of free-trade agreements (FTA...
    IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Chassis Insights
    The Frankfurt Motor Show has long been the platform automakers and suppliers use to showcase what they have been working towards and what they are looking to pass on to the industry in the future. The 2017 edition has been an iteration of that concept, this time to create a “by-wire” culture. ...
    Adaptive damper market and technology trends – IHS Markit Study
    Based on damping control type, the shock absorber can be categorized into passive, semi-active, and fully-active systems. Broadly speaking, semi-active and fully-active dampers are included under the ‘adaptive damper’ umbrella. Semi-active dampers combine the mechanical shock absorber (from p...
    ANBS: ‘Braking’ into ADAS, autonomous technology
    The global braking systems market is shaping OEM and supplier strategies for the future through integration of electronics systems. A growing trend is increasing involvement in active safety and automated driving space. Case in point – Autoliv Nissin Kogyo Braking Systems (ANBS). The supplier s...
    ‘Steering’ the transition between driver and autonomous driving
    Autonomous driving, though still seen as a trend decades away, is catching up and in many ways influencing the way automakers invest in technology. Among the technology changes seen recently, steering and braking are being significantly impacted, as they remain key safety areas in a vehicle. And saf...
    Continental pushes towards lighter, automated vehicles with MK C1
    Current weight optimization steps in vehicles, being taken for CO2 emission reduction and better fuel efficiency, are leading to innovation in the chassis sector. Continental’s electro-hydraulic MK C1 integrated braking system (IBS) is a good example of that. The supplier claims MK C1 is a key tec...
    Geneva Motor Show 2017: Advancements in chassis technology
    Advancement in chassis technology has been pushing growth in the automotive industry, particularly in the braking and steering system sectors. The Geneva Motor Show 2017 seemed to demonstrate a similar view this year. The technological advancements showcased included improved braking and steering sy...
    SupplierInsight Analysis – Issue 3, 2017
    NEWS The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month.    SOFTWARE On March 13, 2017 Intel announced its acquisition of Mobileye, perhaps the most significant M&A event to date in the autonomous driving sector with significant impact over the next d...
    Eyes on the road: autonomy impact on adaptive dampers
    The prospect of ramping up autonomy levels is rapidly fostering innovation in vehicles across a wide array of component areas. One focus area for innovation is the suspension, where increased level of autonomy could potentially enhance comfort in the cockpit by using camera to predict ...
    Regulations drive global AEB market
    Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems are considered to achieve for fully-autonomous driving what seat belts did for car safety. After the widespread introduction of anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and brake assist systems, AEB is expected to be the next step towards ‘driverless driving’. F...
    Light as a Leaf
    “The demands made in the automobile industry on the cost efficiency and reliability of production processes are huge,” says Frank Fetscher, head of business development at Benteler-SGL Automotive Composites. Automakers today are looking for low-cost, high-volume production processes suitable for...
    Handing over the reins to steer-by-wire systems
    In the past decade, the experience inside a car’s cockpit has changed dramatically, from mere aesthetic interiors to platforms for technological growth.  With the increased involvement of electronics in the automotive sector, conventional mechanical auto components such as steering systems...
    Brake caliper material trends
    Cast-iron has historically dominated the caliper materials sector, owing to its relative low cost and good mechanical properties. However, the use of bigger brake discs to enable higher braking power has resulted in the need to deploy bigger calipers, resulting in an increase in weight, adding to th...
    China braking market trends
    The Chinese brake market is becoming increasingly sophisticated, adding several brake types such as Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and electronic parking brake (EPB) that were previously not present or held a niche segment in the market. In 2015, Germany-based Continental reported in its Q2 earnings c...
    Damping control technologies development
    Demand for improved comfort and handling is growing across a broad range of vehicle segments, from compact cars to luxury sedans, resulting in increased usage of advanced electronic controls with the objective to control ride quality and offer greater comfort to cabin occupants. Fully active shock a...
    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...
    Seven trends affecting suppliers’ business
    Matteo Fini, Senior Manager, Global Component Forecasting, IHS Automotive Over the last few years, there has been a number of overarching megatrends developing in the automotive supplier sector. The way that OEMs conduct their business is changing and this has a huge impact in the way that the...
    New powertrain development and regulation
    For OEMs, trying to balance the myriad demands placed on global powertrain development has never been harder. All major global automotive markets have in place increasingly stringent legislation focused on controlling carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and exhaust gas emissions—such as particulates an...
    Are carbon fibre and aluminium on the cusp of mainstream usage in light vehicles?
    Cadillac is set to use aluminium as a key material in its upcoming CT6 sedan, with high-strength aluminium utilised for the safety cage surrounding the occupants. The structural portion of the B-pillar is made up of high-strength steel, which helps to improve visibility in addition to offering mass ...
    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...
    Steering system design enters a new age
    The function of a steering system is to accurately guide the vehicle under all driving conditions. When the vehicle is steered, the driver’s intentions are communicated using an intuitive rotational motion of the steering wheel. This motion is translated by the steering system into a wheel cut ang...
    Opel Vivaro’s boost to the UK supplier industry
    In recent times, the UK automotive industry, aided by a number of initiatives by the SMMT, the Automotive Council (A body which ensures close co-operation between the UK government and the automotive industry) and the new Automotive Investment Organisation (A unit of UK government industry departmen...
    The changing landscape of the automotive interiors industry
    This year, two leading North American suppliers, Johnson Controls (JCI) and Visteon, took steps to exit their vehicle interiors business. JCI entered into an agreement with China-based Yanfeng Automotive Trims Systems to merge most of assets of their interior business via a joint-venture, in which Y...
    ECM 15th European Automotive Congress 2014: Barcelona
    At this year’s ECM Congress in Barcelona, there were a number of key presentations from OEMs and tier one suppliers that tackled how the industry is set to develop over the next few years. Dr. Oliver Maiwald, Senior Vice President Powertrain Technology and Innovation, Continental AG, gave a pr...
    Issue 5, 2014
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    Race in global powertrain market heats up as suppliers look to maintain a technical advantage
    The company will launch these new applications in gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and hybrid powertrains for both light passenger and commercial vehicles. The announcement shows how the race in the global turbochargers market is heating up. The company expects turbochargers’ penetration in vehi...
    The key drivers in chassis development
    In chassis applications the opportunities to reduce weight have two major benefits. Any contribution to fuel economy reduction is important, but for many chassis and suspension parts the reduction of unsprung weight is even more significant, offering improvement in handling performance and drive dyn...
    Improving the internal combustion engine
    ROUEN, France – Renault is developing a plug-in hybrid and PSA Peugeot-Citroen its Hybrid Air system, but both companies count on improvements to internal combustion engines – particularly those running on petrol  -- to meet future CO2 emission challenges profitably. Studies by PSA Peug...
    Automotive electronics suppliers face a unique set of challenges
    The automotive industry places unusual demands on electronic systems, when compared to the demands of other sectors: Despite the rapidly increasing value content of electronic components in vehicles, they must remain affordable to the consumer. To achieve this, the industry requires relative...
    Suppliers at the Tokyo Motor Show
    AISIN AW CO., LTD. Aisin AW, Japan’s leading automatic transmission manufacturer, displayed its latest two-motor hybrid system. The rear-drive unit was was developed for the 2.5L Toyota Crown Hybrid which went on sale in Japan in December 2012.  Designated ‘AWRHT25’, the system subseq...
    Plastic Omnium introduces blend of materials into lightweighting efforts
    William Diem FRANKFURT — Plastic parts rimmed in steel that can be applied to the body in white with spot welds in the body shop have moved from Plastic Omnium’s technical centre into series production. The wheel wells in the boots of the Peugeot 308 and 308 SW, as well as the 5- and 7-s...
    Valeo generates interest in its superchargers
    William Diem Valeo SA has 15 clients interested in its electric supercharger as a way to improve acceleration at low engine speeds, and by the end of the decade Valeo expects to be selling about two million a year. The technology was conceived at Ford Motor Co. more than a decade ago and passed ...
    Front-end modules ready to roll
    Today’s front-end module (FEM) includes a structural frame on which can be installed headlamps, auxiliary lights, engine-cooling and energy-absorption systems, air guides, electronic devices and hood latches, as well as various reservoirs and other components. Some integrate the bumper, while othe...
    Hybrid growth challenges North American supply base
    Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and BMW are busy scouting for US based companies that can supply much-needed hybrid powertrain components, enabling the automakers to compete with Toyota and Honda in America’s hybrid sweepstakes.Sales of gasoline-electric vehicles are spiking in the United St...
    Questions & Answers
    Dr Karl-Thomas NeumannMember of Executive Board responsible for Automotive Systems, Continental AG You gave a number in your annual report for the effect of steel price rises on your earnings last year, 16m down, is it likely to be more this year, have you got an idea?Actually I can't say any figur...
    Questions & Answers
    Continental has about 30% of its business in North America, the business, particularly in the electronics and the brake and chassis areas, has been growing substantially. SupplierBusiness interviewed William L Kozyra - President & CEO Continental Automotive Systems in August 2005 at Travers...
    Tenneco Automotive announces five new contracts worth €318m
    Tenneco Automotive has been awarded more than €318m annualized in five new contracts from OEM customers.  Under these contracts, which will be initiated in late 2006 and 2007, Tenneco will supply emission control and ride control products and systems.  Tenneco Automotive received contrac...
    Wiring systems – more functions, over fewer metres, at less cost
    A partly preformed engine compartment wiring harness Demand for comfort, convenience and safety features continues to rise, placing ever more strain on the power and data networks in modern cars. At the same time, fewer platforms and more niche variants dictate the need for simplified and modular s...
    Seating – adding value in an increasingly competitive world
    Seating is highly outsourced – 100% in North America and 86% in Europe. In Japan seats are supplied mainly by keiretsu suppliers. Outsourcing has increased recently as there has been a shift in overall responsibility from the OEM to the supplier with regard to market research, design, engineering,...
    Supplying DaimlerChrysler – focus on cost reduction
    Supplier relations at DaimlerChrysler have deteriorated and European suppliers fear there is worse to come. While respondents to the SupplierBusiness.com supplier satisfaction survey have rated all the European-based suppliers surveyed so far (VW, Renault-Nissan, PSA, BMW) as broadly increasingly at...
    Covisint reverses out of auctions
    Only data messaging stands between Covisint and irrelevanceCOVISINT'S EXIT from the reverse auctions business signals a further retreat into portal services and data messaging for the once influential online services provider. These days Covisint has a different business model in mind and the auctio...
    J. D. Power research uncovers North American consumer preferences
    Factory fitted equipment tends to have fewer problems than dealer-fitted systems, according to analysis by J. D. Power.  Analysts found that for sound systems, remote keyless entry systems and security systems new-vehicle owners reported the fewest number of problems with systems installed by t...
    Toyota changes approach to modules and systems
    TOYOTA is finally feeling the pressure to turn to modules and systems developed and assembled by its suppliers. Toyota has been reluctant to turn over much responsibility to suppliers but supplier executives say Toyota's approach is slowly changing. Over the last two years Toyota has begun restructu...
    TRW Automotive – private company, public disclosure
    TRW AUTOMOTIVE is an enigma. Since its acquisition by the Blackstone group in February 2003, the company has become a privately held company, with no publicly traded common stock and no listing on any national exchange. For most companies this often translates into a dearth of operating information ...
    Bosch business model
    Despite the industry slowdown and cost cutting in production investment, Bosch raised its spend on research and development in the automotive division from €1.9bn in 2001 to €2.1bn in 2002. Senior management says that the research and development spending, which has been around 7% of sales, may ...
    Bosch’s new business area
    Bosch is looking to grow a third major new business for the automotive division by the end of the decade – the "sensitive car".The business builds on several areas where Bosch is strong – integrating adaptive cruise control with park assist sensors with engine management systems and chassis cont...
    Diesel market prospects
    Bosch expects sales of diesel equipped cars to grow from 14m  in 2003 to 17m  in 2007 and 20m in 2012. Western Europe is expected to continue to see steady growth from the 40.3% share of registrations in 2002 towards 50% in the next few years. Eastern Europe is also expected to show steady...
    Fehrenbach’s challenge
    Franz FehrenbachBosch CEO"Fehrenbach has a reputation among colleagues as an unpretentious, accessible executive with his feet on the ground" Robert Bosch has been one of the most successful first tier European automotive suppliers in the last decade, solidifying a leading position in ABS into a gl...
    New brake systems introduction stalls
    Wolfgang Chur - Bosch head of automotive sales Chassis systems is Bosch’s second largest division with sales of just under €5bn in 2002. Bosch built its chassis systems business on the success of its electronically controlled Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) systems, launched in the 1970s. The company h...
    Volkswagen raises technology stakes
    Volkswagen is raising the technology stakes for the new vehicles off its PQ35 platform, in particular Audi’s 2003 A3, the VW Touran (both on sale now) and most significantly Golf V, which will debut at the Frankfurt IAA in September. Aisin, BorgWarner and ZF Lenksysteme (ZFLS) are the suppliers mo...
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