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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
    IHS Markit: Update of semiconductor supply issues on light vehicle production
    Since late 2020, there has been disruption within the supply chain of semiconductors to the automotive sector. Pressure built as the industry recovered from the widespread lockdowns implemented in the first half of 2020. Furthermore, the recovery cycle clashed with increasing demand from the wider c...
    First quantitative assessment of the impact of the integrated circuit (IC) shortage on light vehicle production 
    In December 2020, IHS Markit published a comprehensive update on the impact of the semiconductor supply shortage on the automotive market, the link for which can be found here. Toward the end of 2020, it was evident that a shortage in the supply of semiconductors would disrupt the automotive indu...
    Automotive semiconductor demand running ahead of 2020 expectations
    IHS Markit conducted a survey in July that asked 30 automotive semiconductor suppliers about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) viral pandemic. According to the survey, most respondents saw demand for automotive semiconductors rebounding faster than expected compared to a previous...
    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...
    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...
    Electrification of automotive water pumps and rising demand for auxiliary coolant pumps
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is the dominant propulsion system technology driving the global transportation industry and has remained so for the better part of the century since the dawn of the automobile. The ICE generates the power required to drive the wheels using the energy derived from...
    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...
    EPS drives demand for subcomponent systems market
    About seven suppliers cater to 75% of the world’s power steering systems (PSS) demand, serving more than ten customers. However, the supplier base for electronic control units (ECUs) and motors is less expansive than that for PSS. To put this in perspective, two-thirds of the PSS ECU demand i...
    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 ...
    Increasing focus on rear-row comfort
    The automotive industry of late has been largely influenced by the term ‘Autonomous,’ which a decade ago was seen mainly as industry-jargon. With stringent efforts being put together to bring higher-levels of autonomy to life, vehicular architecture at a component level has sent the designers ba...
    Vehicle Access Control System – Technology Outlook
    The automotive industry has witnessed several enhancements in the last few years in electric and electronic components used in various applications. These are mainly security and safety features that improve comfort of the passenger. The area of vehicle access systems is of key interest to both vehi...
    IHS Markit analyzes factors behind expected massive growth in China's 48V mild hybrid demand in future
    Automakers are exploring every possible way to improve fuel efficiency and reduce vehicle emission levels, which are difficult to be met by some OEMs using conventional 12V technology. In the markets where clean legislation is driving electrification rapidly, such as China and Europe, the 48V techno...
    Analysis of adoption of 48V technology for non-hybrid applications by region – IHS Markit study
    The demand for hi-tech features in modern cars is growing rapidly, resulting in higher power requirements. As more high-power devices are being added to light vehicles, it is becoming increasingly difficult to implement the functions based on a 12V supply, both technically and economically. The...
    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...
    Geneva Motor Show: Electric and Electronic trends
    Electric and electronic systems impact almost every part of the car, the powertrain, infotainment, safety, convenience and comfort. The earliest applications of electronics in vehicles were innovated keeping in mind the fundamental need to control the engine, but automakers are now hard-pressed to i...
    Impact of autonomous driving technology on electronics
    In the modern car, every aspect of the vehicle is communicating with each other to optimize performance and provide the most comfortable, safest ride possible. Vehicles capable of autonomous operation are in the early stages of development today for use on the roads in the near future. To move auton...
    High voltage propulsion systems require fundamental changes in the wiring harness 
    Ever since the creation of the first motor car, the automotive industry has looked for innovations to improve vehicles. Cars now feature innovations such as start-stop technology, self-park, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, wireless internet connectivity, built...
    Power adjusted seats to see 50% fitment rate in light vehicles by 2021 - IHS study
    Car seating has changed over the years to make seats more ergonomically sound and comfortable. It has to comply with two key requirements – comfort and safety – but despite this seemingly simple remit, its design is complex. The write-up analyses increasing demand for multi contour seats, which ...
    Sunroof system fitment in China to remain ahead of other markets around the globe – IHS study
    While sunroofs were limited mostly to high-end cars until some time back, buyers now prefer economy class cars fitted with luxury features; a key factor leading to an immense growth of sunroof systems in cars. However, a sunroof is more than just an exquisite feature of a car as it permits the appro...
    In-depth analysis of Omron's keyless vehicle access control systems business in Japan
    Automotive electronics is probably one of the most, if not the most important trend in the global automotive industry today. It impacts almost every part of the car, the powertrain, infotainment, safety, convenience and comfort. IHS has observed that consumers are putting a lot of value on electroni...
    What is holding back the growth of ‘keyless go’ systems? -- IHS study
    Growing desire for smart convenience features and foolproof security is driving the demand for keyless access control systems in vehicles. The keyless entry system uses integrated circuits that transfer the electromagnetic signals to lock or unlock the vehicle door, providing high convenience and en...
    Asia-Pacific to drive growth of keyless entry systems market by 2020 - IHS study
    The automotive industry has been leveraging the potential of the electric and electronic components in most of the application areas in a bid to enhance passenger comfort and safety and security features in the vehicles. There has been a rapid increase in technological advancements in the automotive...
    Central Body Control Module Market Trends
    Electronic content in cars has been steadily increasing since the first digital engine control modules were introduced in the 1980s. Automobiles are becoming more reliant on electronic components, which contribute to 90% of car innovations and new features – from emission level regulations to safe...
    Modularity sets Delphi's 48V mild-hybrid system apart from competitors' systems – IHS study
    IHS Senior Research Analyst Christian Müller attended the technical demonstration of Delphi's 48V mild-hybrid technology held at Delphi's Wuppertal Technical Center in Germany in May 2016. It was a technology inclined press event which put together Delphi's senior technical team, leading market ana...
    The European supply base adapts to the “new normal”
    European OEMs and suppliers are facing similar operating challenges; for example, the impact of excess capacity on profitability and the redistribution of production between high cost countries and low cost ones. As we have seen, European production volumes are about 10% below their pre-crisis level...
    UK-based tier suppliers plan for re-shoring of part production in UK, but labour issues persist
    According to a report published by the Automotive Council UK in March 2015, the relocation of part production from outside the UK back into the country, a process known as re-shoring, represents a GBP3 billion opportunity for tier one companies and a GBP2 billion opportunity for upstream part suppli...
    South Korea’s suppliers see gains beyond their borders
    South Korean automotive suppliers have pretty much grown in tandem with South Korean carmakers, especially Hyundai and Kia. This has worked well for the suppliers and in some cases has helped automotive suppliers, such as Hyundai Mobis and Hyundai Wia, become global players. However, going forward, ...
    EDITORIAL – SupplierBusiness’ most read articles in 2014
    January – Future demand for manual transmissions IHS Automotive took an in depth look at the manual transmission market and where it is heading. Though the technology is at a high state of development, there are still new elements being added. Six is expected to be the ideal number of speeds ...
    Issue 10, 2014
    Could new suppliers shake up the seating systems market? Interview: Andreas Maashoff, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating Suppliers to the VW Passat and Renault Twingo cutaway Mexico’s resurgence continues       &nbs...
    “We are working to reduce the weight of our seating systems ... we are aspiring to reduce the overall seat weight by half.”
    When we last spoke some 18 months ago Johnson Controls had introduced the Synergy Seat Gen 3 which demonstrated your thinking with regard to reducing the weight and complexity of seating systems while maintaining their comfort and safety characteristics. What have been the major developments in this...
    The health of the North American supply base
    Glenn Mercer Last year our overview of the health of the North American supplier business concluded that thanks to: “a combination of still-growing (but slowing) vehicle production volumes, costs that are under control, capital burdens that are steadily rising, and attitudes toward pricing tha...
    Mexico continues to report double-digit growth in vehicle sales; production also up
    The AMIA has reported that light-vehicle sales in the domestic market jumped 11.2% year on year (y/y) compared with November 2013, a bit less than October’s 14.3% or September’s 13.7% result, to 111,645 units. Monthly sales volumes were led by passenger cars at 72,236 units, while light trucks c...
    Issue 5, 2014
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    Mercosur nations are looking for a localised automotive supply base
    Mercosur or Mercosul is a free trade agreement known informally as the ‘Common Market of the South’. Established in 1991, Mercosur today, with a combined population of 276.8 million, is the fourth largest trading bloc in the world; behind the EU (European Union), NAFTA (North American Free Trade...
    Europe’s supply base is still failing to deal with overcapacity issues
    The European automotive supply base is a key industrial sector in Europe with five million people employed at component manufacturers in 2012 and a major contributor to European innovation with, according to European supplier association CLEPA, over EUR15 billion spent annually by suppliers around t...
    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...
    Aisin Seiki plans to increase overseas sales share to 50% by 2020
    AISIN SEIKI HAS announced plans to raise overseas sales to 50% of its total volumes from the current 30% by 2020 as demand in Japan deteriorates on the back of deflation and depopulation, reports Bloomberg. The company plans to expand production capacity at its overseas facilities to achieve the tar...
    Eurozone crisis starts to affect automotive outlook in 2012
    The Western European passenger car market fell by 3.0% in November following a 1.1% decline year-on-year in October according to IHS Automotive's latest forecast – a significantly higher rate of decline than the YTD fall of 1% that was posted in the first ten months of the year. The acceleration i...
    2010 Market Analysis
    2010 started with the auto industry in recuperation mode where numerous players, whether automaker or supplier, managed to secure a narrow recovery, whilst smaller lower-tier suppliers have still not recovered from the 2008 global recession. The demand for new cars is escalating at a decent pace, wi...
    Results round-up for Q4 of 2009
    Johnson Controls reports 15% sales increase in for last quarter of 2009Johnson Controls has reported a 15% increase in net sales to US$8.4bn in the first quarter ended 31 December 2009. Net income stood at US$366m as against a net loss of US$608m in the same quarter last year. The company recorded a...
    GKN sees capacity expansion in Indian marketplace
    GKN driveline predicts global growth of 5–6%, driven by double digit growth in emerging markets, mainly China and India, while growth in mature markets will be in the lower single digit region. It has positioned itself in higher growth markets, helping the company to gain dominant market shares in...
    Automotive sensor market to exceed $10bn in 2006
    Strategy Analytics forecasts that the market for automotive sensors will reach $10bn in 2006.The company says that the enhancements will drive automotive sensor revenues up to $15.8bn by 2012, ensuring steady growth  for sensor vendors throughout the decade.The largest growth will be for silico...
    European Automotive supplier finances
    Funding requirements are rising for suppliers as the demands place on them to globalize and to invest in new technologies increase. Medium sized suppliers in the second tier are increasingly being asked to move operations internationally in order to support the most recent wave of investments by fir...
    Siemens VDO: From turnaround to global aspirations
    Part of the Siemens AG group, Siemens VDO was formed in April 2001 through the merger of Mannesmann VDO with Siemens Automotive to form one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive electronic and mechatronic systems. Siemens VDO saw sales up 7% in its most recent financial year (to end Septe...
    Continental: Supplier sector star
    Dr Karl-Thomas NeumannMember of Executive Board responsible for Automotive Systems, Continental AG"In the area of vehicle dynamics and suspension control in we are filling a niche that to date has hardly been tackled by engineering service providers, as only very few companies have the required broa...
    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...
    Expanding possibilities: roof modules and systems
    Currently the roof systems and roof modules market is still limited to relatively small volumes and niche vehicles. However, as the possibilities of system and module supply become more developed, OEMs will begin to seize the opportunity and the market is likely to develop. Alistair Hill analyzes th...
    Heuliez: Tigra underpins current performance
    To meet the increasing demands of customers, the Heuliez Group has recently focused on the strategy of acquiring overall competence in the field of automotive body-in-white (BIW) for small and medium vehicles. The Tigra project for Opel represents the latest step forward along this road for the Fren...
    Karmann: Increasing success in North America
    Karmann Fact box 2004 production: 93,617 vehicles; 85,500 roof modules 2004 sales: €2.9bn (estimated) Models assembled: Audi A4 convertible; Mercedes-Benz CLK convertible; Chrysler Crossfire coupé; Chrysler Crossfire roadster Production Facilities: Wilhelm Karmann GmbH, Osnabrück, Ge...
    Porsche stresses closeness with suppliers
    Porsche is one of Europe's smallest carmakers and is also one of its most successful. Good relationships with suppliers have been integral to that process, and will be key as Porsche looks to expand further with a possible fourth model line, a decision on which will be made this year. Susan Brown as...
    Questions and Answers
    Audi plans to assemble the next A4 Cabrio in-house, BMW might move the X-3 successor to Spartanburg and the French OEMs are rapidly in-sourcing.  Are the niche assemblers facing leaner times?I don't think so. In fact we see above average growth rates for our sector in the medium-term. This conc...
    Pre-festive season calm
    Share price activity slowsFollowing a fairly active period for share price movements through October and into early November, a noticeable lull has ensued. Investors appear willing to sit on the sidelines ahead of the Christmas break and wait for the torrent of full-year results to begin to flow fro...
    Growing risks for suppliers in China
    Leading industry voices are warning that despite the huge opportunities that the industry's volume growth prospects represent, the industry still has very significant challenges.The possibilities of a growth slowdown and a fall in prices in China have refocused industry concerns on export competitiv...
    Denso: The supplier industry benchmark
    Financial performanceDenso was the world’s most profitable automotive supplier in 2003. Its operating margin of 7.4% for fiscal year ending 31 March 2004, gave it a profit of $1.79bn, about 20% more than the number two supplier in global absolute automotive profitability, Robert Bosch. Johnson Con...
    Japan: Access to the OEMs
    Japan is not necessarily an attractive investment location for suppliers. Despite being the second largest car market in the world, growth has been flat for many years and it can be hard to win business with Japanese vehicle manufacturers who have strong keiretsu ties and/or a long-term good working...
    As semiconductor demand rises, shortages are possible, says trade association
    A shortage of semiconductors four years ago caused supply problems for automotive companies. Booming demand for mobile phones and office equipment left carmakers scrambling for components for critical electronic control units (ECUs) and sensors. Now the scenario may be about to be repeated.Global ch...
    Montupet – new contracts promise enhanced prospects from 2005
    Montupet, headquartered in Clichy, France, has experienced a challenging period recently despite overall growth in a number of its key product areas. The supplier manufactures unmachined and finished cast aluminium engine parts (cylinder heads and blocks and intake manifolds), machined and painted w...
    Investment in automotive component plants announced in January 2004
    During January 2004 Linamar completed the first phase of its construction of a new plant in Bekescsaba, south east Hungary, at a cost of HUF1.5bn (€5.70m, 31 January 2004). Total investment in the plant will amount to HUF4bn (€15.2m, 31 January 2004). The first phase investment includes expansio...
    Bosch set to become No. 1
    DELPHI CLUNG to the top sales position among the world's automotive suppliers in 2003. But No. 2 Bosch narrowed the gap considerably and is poised to become the industry leader in 2004. Meanwhile, Visteon and Lear each fell in worldwide sales rankings in 2003 as Denso and Johnson Controls moved up, ...
    Covisint reverses out of auctions growth in 2004
    German chassis and transmission specialist awaits pay off from heavy investmentZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG expects global vehicle production -- including light trucks -- to rise by 3% in 2004. Germany's third largest supplier expects Europe and North America to grow 2%, while car production in China rises...
    ZF Friedrichshafen ready to ride wave of growth in 2004
    German chassis and transmission specialist awaits pay off from heavy investmentZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG expects global vehicle production -- including light trucks -- to rise by 3% in 2004. Germany's third largest supplier expects Europe and North America to grow 2%, while car production in China rises...
    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...
    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...
    Growth in India lags China, but prospects for suppliers are improving
    A growing Indian economy and new vehicle market is creating opportunities for suppliers, and India's more export-oriented industry is adding to the growth potential. After years of sluggish development, Indian vehicle production in 2003 moved past the one million level. Global Insight, the economic ...
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