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    CEVA launches high-performance sensor hub DSP architecture for automotive applications
    CEVA has announced the availability of SensPro, a high-performance sensor hub DSP architecture for a range of sensor processing and sensor fusion workloads for contextually aware devices, a company press release on 7 April read. The architecture and cores will be made available for general licensing...
    09-Apr-2020 News New Products
    INVESTMENT: Toyoda Gosei invests in IoT service provider Uhuru
    Toyoda Gosei Co has made an investment in Uhuru Corp, the company said in a press release on 8 April. Uhuru provides solutions using data in cloud computing and edge devices. The details of the investment were not disclosed. The collaboration will allow Toyoda Gosei to enhance value in products a...
    09-Apr-2020 News Investments
    Synopsys develops 64-bit ARC processor IP for automotive control and infotainment
    Synopsys has developed new DesignWare ARC HS5x and HS6x processor IP families for high-performance embedded applications such as automotive control and infotainment, the company said in a press release on 7 April. The processors can be configured for real-time operations and contains an advanced ...
    08-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: NXP Semiconductors expects Q1 FY 2020 revenue to fall 3.5% y/y to USD2.02 billion
    NXP Semiconductors has further cut its first quarter for full year 2020 estimates, citing worse than anticipated impact from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release from 7 April read. The company expects the first quarter revenue to fall around 3.5% year on year (y/y) to...
    08-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    M&A: Infineon gets final regulatory approvals to acquire Cypress Semiconductor
    Infineon Technologies has announced it has received all necessary regulatory approvals for its acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corp, a company press release on 7 April showed. Infineon expects to close the transaction within five business days. The transaction will be funded through a combin...
    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...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lear publishes ‘Safe Work Playbook’ to address challenges related to resuming operations
    Lear has published ‘Safe Work Playbook’, an interactive guide on steps and best practices for health and safety procedures, cross-functional teamwork, operating disciplines, and training for employees in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press re...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Denso, Tokyo Institute of Technology set up ‘Denso Mobility Collaborative Research Center’ 
    Denso Corp has announced that it has established the Denso Mobility Collaborative Research Center jointly with Tokyo Institute of Technology, a company press release on 1 April read. The research center will promote joint research with the support of Tokyo Tech’s open innovation platform from r...
    INVESTMENT: NXP Semiconductors invests in Fabless semiconductor company Kalray
    NXP Semiconductors has invested EUR8 million (around USD9 million) in Kalray, a company press release on 2 April read. Using NXP’s automotive solutions and Kalray MPPA (Massively Parallel Processor Array) intelligent processors, the companies will develop safe, reliable, and scalable solution...
    06-Apr-2020 News Investments
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 6 April 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Denso’s US plant to produce face shields for healthcare workers
    Denso has announced that its manufacturing facility at Tennessee, US, will be producing thousands of face shields to help protect health care workers from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Initially Denso’s employees in Tennessee designed, produced, and donated 30 prototype...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Elmos Semiconductor to resume short-time operations from mid-April
    Elmos has said that it would resume short term operations from mid-April, according to a company press release on 3 April. Additionally, the company announced that management board will waive 10% of their monthly salaries. “The introduction of short-time work will moderate the financial consequ...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: SMMT urges UK government to introduce measures to support automotive suppliers
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) has requested that the UK government immediately introduce measures to supports auto parts suppliers whose business have been severely hit due to comprehensive production suspensions at their customers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, R...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Varroc extends temporary closure of all Indian factories until 14 April
    Varroc Engineering Limited has stated that it will extend the temporary closures of its production facilities in India until 14 April, according to a notice sent by the company to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 1 April. The shutdown is being extended due to the lockdown imposed by the government of In...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli extends European shutdown until 13 April
    Marelli has extended temporary suspension of production activities at majority of its plants in Europe until 13 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release sent to IHS Markit on 3 April. According to the company, the extension is applicable to i...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Supplier Plant Downtime Tracker (updated on 6 April)
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    06-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Karma Automotive develops new power inverters for faster EV charging
    Karma Automotive has developed two new silicon carbide (SiC) inverters to improve electric vehicle (EV) charging, the company said in a press release on 2 April. The SiC traction inverters will be used in both future Karma vehicles and company partners. The flexible architecture design in a 400V ...
    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
    Foresight Autonomous, FLIR Systems enter agreement for development of QuadSight vision system
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings has signed an agreement with FLIR Systems under which the parties will develop, market, and distribute Foresight’s QuadSight vision system, combined with FLIR Systems’ infrared cameras, to a wide range of prospective customers. According to a press release dated ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nexteer produces protective masks and face shield headbands
    Nexteer Automotive has announced that it will be using its 3D printers in Michigan, United States, and Tychy, Poland, to make plastic protective masks and face shield headbands to help medical professionals fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 1 Ap...
    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...
    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
    M&A: Austrian sensor specialist ams completes USD1.8 billion share sale to fund Osram acquisition
    ams has announced that it has completed a CHF1.75 billion (USD1.81 billion) share sale to partially fund the acquisition of Germany-based Osram Licht, according to a company press release on 31 March. ams shareholders exercised the subscription rights for 117.5 million new shares, corresponding to 6...
    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
    Melexis launches MLX91377 ASIL-ready Hall sensor IC for electric power-assisted steering
    Melexis has unveiled the MLX91377 ASIL-ready Hall sensor IC, it said in a press release on 31 March. The Hall sensor ICs are suitable for use in safety-critical automotive systems such as electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). The MLX91377 can operate at a temperature of up to 160°C with low o...
    01-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Leoni’s full year 2019 revenue falls 5% to USD5.43 billion
    Leoni posted a 5% year-on-year (y/y) fall in full year 2019 revenue, according to a company press release on 30 March. While revenue came in at EUR4.85 billion (USD5.43 billion), it posted a consolidated net loss of EUR435 million, compared to a profit of EUR73 million in the full year ended 31...
    Diodes gets approval from Taiwanese authorities for acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor
    Diodes has announced that it has been granted approval by authorities in Taiwan for the acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor (LSC), according to a company press release on 30 March. Approvals from the authorities include the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission and the Foreign Investment Approval from the I...
    Cree unveils Wolfspeed 650V silicon carbide MOSFETs for EV onboard charging
    Cree has unveiled Wolfspeed 650V silicon carbide MOSFETs, enabling next-generation electric vehicle (EV) onboard charging (OBC), the company said in a press release on 30 March. The MOSFETs are available in surface mount and through-hole packages. The 15 mΩ and 60 mΩ 650V devices uses Cree’s ...
    31-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Stoneridge withdraws FY 2020 financial guidance
    Stoneridge has withdrawn its full year 2020 financial guidance due to uncertainty over demand created by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 30 March. In 2019, 41% of sales were to automotive customers, 33% to commercial vehicle customers, 18% ...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Key takeaways from the Automotive Ethernet Congress 2020
    With the growing number of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles on the road, ethernet in automotive is inevitable and will become crucial. The sixth edition of the annual Automotive Ethernet Congress was held in Munich on 12 and 13 February 2020. During the event, industry leaders and expert...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian automotive suppliers’ association ACMA seeks government relief
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACMA) has sought relief measures for the local auto component industry to withstand the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the association said in a press release on 27 March. According to the association, which has...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 March 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Rico Auto, Hi-Tech Gears, Sandhar, Exide Industries closes production at Indian facilities
    Several automotive suppliers in India have announced suspension of manufacturing operations at their production facilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a regulatory filing, Sandhar Technologies has announced suspension of manufacturing operations at i...
    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: Magna, Linamar, Martinrea join forces to build ventilators in Canada
    Canadian auto parts suppliers Magna, Linamar, and Martinrea, alongside the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) and the province of Ontario have joined forces to build ventilators to treat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Canada, according to a press release on 27 Mar...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Automotive Suppliers - IHS Markit Survey
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    29-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Infineon withdraws outlook for fiscal year 2020
    Infineon Technologies has withdrawn its outlook for the fiscal year 2020 owing to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 26 March. Infineon had earlier forecast a 5% year-on-year revenue growth for fiscal 2020. The company ...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renesas says Malaysian operations running at limited capacity
    Renesas Electronics has provided an update on its Malaysian and Chinese operations on 26 March. The company says its Renesas Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. unit has partially resumed operations on 21 March, while Renesas Semiconductor KL Sdn. Bhd. partially resumed operation from 26 March, and I...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Tenneco shuts plants in many Indian cities
    Tenneco has announced that it has shut down its plants in Bangalore, Patiala, and Bhiwadi due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 25 March read. The announcement comes after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi imposed a 21-day lockdown of the entir...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Brose to stop operations at most European locations from today
    Brose has announced that it is stopping work at most of its European plants to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 26 March. The company’s executive management reached agreements with work councils to stop production at all...
    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
    Austrian sensor firm ams expects to close Osram deal in Q2 2020
    ams has announced that, with respect to the acquisition of Germany-based Osram Licht, it expects the public offer to close in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. In a press release dated 19 March, the Austrian company has said it has increased its direct shareholding in OSRAM to 23.4%, funded from ex...
    TDK absorbs its wholly-owned subsidiary TDK-EPC Corporation
    TDK has decided to absorb and merge its wholly-owned subsidiary TDK-EPC Corporation, the company announced in a press release on 25 March. TDK Corporation will be the surviving company and TDK-EPC Corporation will be dissolved. The effective date of merger is scheduled to be 1 July 2020. Sig...
    Tire pressure monitoring systems to become an increasingly prevalent feature in automobiles
    Safety has become an incredibly important priority for today’s automotive manufacturers. Vehicles are becoming increasingly powerful and more complex, and when that is coupled with improving road infrastructure in many parts of the world and a steadily rising density of automobiles, it has the pot...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Plant closures by OEMs, suppliers in India will lead to loss of USD300 million in revenue per day, says industry body
    The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has said that plant closures by OEMs and suppliers in India, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, will lead to a loss of INR23 billion (USD302 million) in revenue per day, reported Economic Times daily citing Press Trust ...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Ford recalls approximately 248,900 vehicles in US over side door latch issue
    Ford is recalling approximately 248,900 vehicles in the US over an issue with side door latches, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA). The recall affects certain MY 2014–15 Ford Fiesta hatchbacks and sedans, and MY 201...
    26-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    Eyesight Technologies, Ariel University collaborate to study drivers state behind the wheel
    Eyesight Technologies has announced a collaboration with Ariel University, under which the university’s ‘Mobile Laboratory’ (M-Lab) will provide Eyesight with unique datasets to study the state of drivers behind the wheel. Eyesight Technologies will use M-Lab’s field tests and data from t...
    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
    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
    Hyundai Mobis develops in-cabin systems
    Hyundai Mobis has developed an in-cabin safety alert system for detecting rear-seat passengers, according to a company press release on 24 March. The system uses radar sensors with a Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) to prevent child vehicular heatstroke deaths. The radar-based ROA system alerts a driver to...
    25-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Toyota recalls 39,000 MY 2020 Highlander SUVs in US due to problem with auto stop-start
    Toyota is recalling nearly 39,000 vehicles in the US over problem with auto stop-start, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA). The recall affects certain model-year 2020 Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Significa...
    25-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mahindra CIE, Sundaram Clayton suspend operations in India
    Indian automotive components supplier Mahindra CIE and Sundaram Clayton have announced operation suspensions in the country due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.   Mahindra CIE and units including Aurangabad Electricals has suspended operations at all the manufacturing uni...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    ADASKY wins contract to supply thermal cameras for AV
    ADASKY announced that it has won a strategic contract to supply its thermal cameras for an autonomous vehicle (AV), a company press release on 23 March read. ADASKY said its Viper thermal camera is a high-resolution, thermal perception system and can recognize pedestrians at distances over 2...
    24-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: ROHM partially operating plants in Philippines and Malaysia
    ROHM has announced that due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it has reduced production capacity and is only partially operating its plants in Philippines and Malaysia. In a press release dated 23 March, the company added that it has a quarantine system including temperature measu...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive suppliers in India suspend manufacturing operations
    Several automotive suppliers in India have announced suspension of manufacturing operations at their production facilities to prevent spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Mint reported on 23 March. In a regulatory filing, Minda Corporation said that it is suspending manufacturing ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Elmos Semiconductor to reduce work time at production facilities by up to 50%
    Elmos Semiconductor will reduce work time by around 50% for certain production related operations initially, the company said in a press release on 23 March. The decision comes following the uncertainty over demand after OEMs and other suppliers have suspended operations due the coronavirus disease ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Delphi to temporarily suspend North American and European operations
    Delphi Technologies has announced a temporary suspension of its operations in North America and Europe due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 19 March read. Leoni has decided to implement these measures in the wake of OEMs shutting operations alon...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Leoni expects significant impact on sales, earnings, liquidity
    Leoni AG has announced that it expects a considerable impact on sales, earnings, and liquidity due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 23 March read. Leoni added that the level of impact cannot be measured at this stage. The company will close its ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Panasonic to suspend battery production at Tesla JV in US
    Panasonic will temporarily suspend production at its battery joint venture (JV) with US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc. in Nevada, US, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a Reuters report on 23 March. According to the report, Pana...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli temporarily suspends operations at several North American facility
    Marelli has announced a temporary suspension of production at several of its North American facilities in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which is resulting in lower demand and supply chain bottlenecks, according to a company press release on 23 Marc...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Aptiv to draw USD1.4 billion on revolving credit facility
    Aptiv has announced several measures to enhance its financial flexibility and liquidity amid uncertainty due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 23 March. The company has decided to draw down all the remaining amount, approximately US...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Continental, Plastic Omnium to halt production in Europe
    Continental has announced the suspension of production in Europe due to lowered demand, supply chain bottlenecks, and protection of employees as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spreads throughout the continent. According to a report by Automotive News Europe, Germany-based Continent...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Minda Industries suspends production in many Indian states
    Minda Industries has decided to suspend the manufacturing operations in Northern India, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra till further notice, the company said in a press release on 22 March. Following government directives and OEMs announcing production closure due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-1...
    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: paragon to reduce production at German plants
    paragon has announced that it will temporarily reduce production at its manufacturing sites in Germany to a minimum following the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 19 March showed. The action comes following moves by automotive manufacturers to close their plan...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 March 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Veoneer expects plants to operate at 20–30% of capacity in next 2–4 weeks in Europe, North America
    Veoneer has said that it anticipates its production facilities in Europe and North America to operate in the range of 20–30% of capacity for two to four weeks owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It also expects temporary facility closures. Based on that, it expe...
    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: Denso announces partial shutdown of North American facilities
    Denso has announced a partial shutdown at its North American facilities in a bid to adjust to customer production changes and prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. The company said many of its North American faci...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli to temporarily halt manufacturing at majority of European plants
    Marelli has decided to temporarily suspend operations at the majority of its production facilities in Europe for the next week in response to the sharp increase in infection and deaths due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 19 March. “I...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Qualcomm to demonstrate benefits of multicast communication in 5G C-V2X
    Qualcomm has announced that it will demonstrate benefits of reliable multicast communication in the 5G C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) ecosystem, a company press release on 19 March. The advantage that multicast communication will bring with distance-based groups and sensor sharing introduced...
    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: Osram considers temporary closure of some production facilities
    German lighting and electronics supplier Osram Licht is considering temporary closure of some of its production facilities in response to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 18 March. However, the company has not disclosed which of ...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Melexis, Eyeware partner to develop advanced driver monitoring system
    Melexis has announced a partnership with Eyeware to develop an advanced driver monitoring system (DMS) which uses Eyeware’s attention-monitoring technology, a company press release on 17 March showed. The attention-monitoring technology uses Melexis’ new MLX75027 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors ...
    19-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Autotalks’ V2X solution passes dual-band Wi-Fi precertification
    Autotalks has completed Wi-Fi 5 precertification for its evaluation kit based on the second-generation vehicle-to-everything (V2X) dual-mode (DSRC and C-V2X) chipset, the company said in a press release on 17 March. The testing was done by an authorized test laboratory of the Wi-Fi Alliance, using A...
    Kia recalls 18,091 vehicles in Australia over issue with hydraulic ECU
    Kia Motors has issued a recall of 18,091 vehicles in Australia over an issue with Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU), according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 17 March. The recall affects 3,288 units of model year (MY) 2006–09 Kia BL Sorento...
    18-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Velodyne says no disruption to order receipt, shipments yet
    Velodyne has announced that there has been no disruption its order receipt, shipments, and customer service as of now owing to the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the company's press release on 16 March. Velodyne says it continues to manufacture new produc...
    17-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    STMicroelectronics develops ‘Smart Gateway Platform’ for automotive gateway, domain controller applications
    STMicroelectronics has unveiled the Smart Gateway Platform (SGP) for prototyping automotive smart-gateway and domain-controller applications, the company said in a press release on 16 March. The modular Smart-Gateway Platform is built on gigabit Ethernet communication between Telemaco3P microproc...
    17-Mar-2020 News New Products
    SiC power semiconductors manufacturer UnitedSiC announces distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics
    UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, has announced a distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics, according to a company press release on 16 March 2020. The new partnership will provide Digi-Key customers with worldwide, 24-hour availability of UnitedSiC’s ...
    u-blox’s FY 2019 sales drops 2.1% y/y to USD396.6 million
    Switzerland-based wireless and positioning technologies specialist u-blox has a drop of 2.1% year on year (y/y) in revenues to CHF385.1 million (USD396.6 million) for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 13 March. EBIT (adjusted) amounted to CHF43.1 million...
    Commercial Vehicle Group’s FY 2019 net income falls 62% y/y to USD15.8 million
    Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) has reported a drop of 62% year on year (y/y) in net income to USD15.8 million for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 17 March. The company recorded a marginal growth of 0.3% y/y in revenues to USD901.2 million. CVG reported...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 March 2020
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    Mitsubishi Motors recalls 102,616 vehicles in Australia over issue with tow bar wiring harness
    Mitsubishi Motors has issued a recall of 102,616 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the tow bar wiring harness, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 12 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2015–19 Mitsubishi MQ and MR Triton vehicle...
    16-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Auto suppliers in Hubei province resuming production in orderly manner, says minister
    According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 13 March, the vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, Xin Guobin, has stated that automotive components and parts manufacturers based in the Hubei province are resuming manufacturing operations in an orderly...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    INVESTMENT: Kyungshin Cables plans to build new factory in Serbia to produce EV charger cable sets
    South Korean company Kyungshin Cables plans to invest EUR20 million (USD22.3 million) to build a new factory for electric vehicle (EV) charger cable sets in Smederevska Palanka, Serbia, according to a press release on 6 March on the official website of the Development Agency of Serbia (RAS). The loc...
    16-Mar-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 pandemic: Disruption in auto parts import from China to affect vehicle production in India, says industry association
    According to a press statement issued by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on 11 March, Rajan Wadhera, the president of SIAM, stated that automotive manufacturers in India import roughly 10 percent of the raw materials that are required for manufacturing processes from China. ...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Argus, NXP develop new solution for automotive Ethernet networks
    Argus Cyber Security and chip maker NXP Semiconductors have announced a new integrated solution that allows automakers to protect Ethernet network communications based on the NXP S32G vehicle processor, Argus said in a press release on 12 March 2020. The joint solution consists of Argus's Etherne...
    13-Mar-2020 News New Products
    M&A: TE Connectivity acquires majority stake in sensor maker First Sensor AG
    TE Connectivity (TE) has acquired a majority stake in sensor specialist First Sensor AG, according to a company press release on 12 March 2020. TE, through its wholly owned subsidiary TE Connectivity Sensors Germany Holding AG, holds a total of 71.87% stake in First Sensor. First Sensor is a tech...
    Infineon launches new packages for 80V and 100V MOSFETs for 48V applications
    Infineon Technologies has launched new packages for its 80V and 100V metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) with OptiMOS™ 5 technology to meet the different requirements of 48V applications, according to a company press release on 12 March 2020. Infineon offers a range of ...
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    Mitsubishi Electric develops MEMS lidar solution for autonomous vehicles
    Mitsubishi Electric has developed a compact microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based light detection and ranging (lidar) solution, according to a company press release on 12 March. The new lidar solution irradiates objects by laser and uses a dual-axis (horizontal and vertical) MEMS mirror to scan...
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    Suppliers to the new BMW 8 Series
    The second generation BMW 8 Series is assembled at BMW's facility in Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW 8 Series from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 51 units. If you would like your company included in t...
    NXP announces new automotive digital key solution
    NXP Semiconductors has developed a new automotive digital key solution that allows smartphones and key fobs to communicate, store, authenticate, and share digital keys with vehicles in a secured manner, the Dutch company said on 10 March. It enables new and convenient features like key sharing, mult...
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    Marelli to relocate North American headquarters to Southfield, US
    Marelli will relocate its North American headquarters to Southfield, Michigan, US, according to a press release on 9 March 2020. To this end, the company has signed a multiyear lease and will occupy nearly 200,000 square feet of the brownfield site in Southfield, with room to grow. The three-story b...
    Elmos develops CMOS-based 3D ToF imager for object and gesture recognition in vehicles
    Elmos Semiconductor has developed a CMOS-based 3D time of flight (ToF) imager for applications in the vehicle interior and exterior, the company said in a press release on 10 March. The E527.31 has a normal operating mode and a sleep mode to reduce power consumption. Applications in the inte...
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    ON Semiconductor unveils new SiC MOSFET devices for on-board EV chargers, charging stations
    ON Semiconductor has unveiled two silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET devices for automotive applications, the company said in a press release on 10 March. The devices can be used for on-board electric vehicle (EV) chargers and charging stations. The new 1200 V and 900 V SiC MOSFETs deliver faster ...
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    COVID-19 outbreak: STMicroelectronics does not expect material disruption to operations in Italy
    In light of the restrictions imposed by the Italian government in an effort to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics has said that it does not see any material disruption to operations in the country and that it is running regularly. ...
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    M&A: Cypress gets CFIUS clearance for merger with Infineon Technologies
    Cypress Semiconductor Corp has announced the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has, on completion of its review of the proposed merger transaction between Cypress and Infineon Technologies AG, determined that there are no unresolved national security concerns. The ...
    COVID-19 outbreak: IHS Markit expects supply chain issues to improve in China from end March
    Extended closures of automotive suppliers’ facilities in mainland China, which have taken place since the Lunar New Year annual holidays in the second half of January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have severely affected the global supply chain. Some ci...
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    Vishay unveils automotive grade IHDM inductor
    Vishay Intertechnology has developed an automotive grade IHDM inductor with rated current up to 150 A for under the hood applications, the company said in a press release on 9 March. The IHDM-1008BC-3A contains powdered iron alloy core technology and provides stable inductance and saturation over an...
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    Gentherm appoints Matt Fisch as new SVP and CTO
    Gentherm has announced the appointment of Matt Fisch as the senior vice president (SVP) and chief technology officer (CTO), a company press release on 10 March read. He will join the company on 6 April 2020. Fisch will ideate Gentherm’s technology strategy, product engineering, research an...
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