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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
    Evolution of car dashboards
    The rapid evolution of dashboards is one of the most exciting and visible areas of advancement in automotive technology. A dashboard is a control panel that is located directly ahead of a vehicle's driver, displaying instrumentation and controls. Dashboards al...
    Moldable optical silicone use gaining traction in LED lighting applications
    There has been growing interest from designers in moldable optical silicones for improving the performance of lamps or luminaires. Recent developments aim to improve the integration of silicone optics into the LED fixture, for instance, by overmolding optical grade silicone onto thermoplastic substr...
    Key technology trends in instrument panels
    Over the years, the role of an instrument panel (IP), or a dashboard, in the vehicle cockpit has evolved significantly. Apart from technology integration, IPs also supplement the overall aesthetic value of the cabin. In modern vehicles, an IP acts like a place holder for various components and syste...
    Better prospects for carbon fiber in automotive industry on the horizon
    The advantages that carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) deliver for the automotive industry are significant in almost every performance criterion imaginable, when compared to materials such as steel or aluminum. CFRPs are considered to have high tensile strength, low weight, low density, reduced...
    Material and lightweighting sector round-up – 2019
    The year 2019 has not been the most cheerful for the automotive industry, as the slowdown in automotive sales made itself felt across most regions in the world. Many estimates put the decline in automotive sales to be somewhere in the region of 3-5% year on year in 2019. The softening of China’s m...
    Lightweighting and electrification drive demand for adhesives and sealants
    The speed at which automakers have had to bring changes to their cars over the last decade has been unprecedented. Not only have the vehicles and the technologies used in them changed, but the materials used to build a vehicle and the process of manufacturing them have also undergone tremendous...
    Steel in the age of automotive electrification
    Change has been the name of the game in the automotive industry for the last couple of years, and the most prominent has been the advent of electric vehicles (EV). The change in powertrain technology is also expected to bring about a change in how the vehicles are manufactured. The build of EVs is e...
    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...
    Application of biobased materials in vehicles
    Carmakers are already adopting parts made from different plant fibers, but new research on biobased materials suggest they will be able to incorporate such materials in a much larger scale in the future. Biobased materials will be increasingly used in future vehicles because of the environmental and...
    Additive manufacturing progressing from rapid prototyping to series production
    The automotive industry is gradually adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in its design and manufacturing strategies. The technology offers potential benefits such as innovative designs, lighter and safer products, shorter lead times, and lower cost. However, there are st...
    Sunroof solutions in automotive
    The automobile roof has been generally treated as another closure component protecting the occupants from environmental and NVH conditions. There has also been an element of safety combined with the design of passenger cells and connection of the pillars. However, over time the roof has become an in...
    Electric Mobility - material choices affecting affordability
    The e-mobility disruption in the automotive industry has reached more than the critical global mass and is now gunning to replace conventional ICE propulsion technologies from pole positions in markets across the world. It is not the breakthrough kid in business now and hence needs to address the re...
    New innovations in door solutions
    Responsible for a number of vital interior functions, including occupant protection, curbing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, and functioning as a casing for door elements, the door trim panel of today has gone through a substantial evolution over the years. As an intrinsic component of...
    EDITORIAL: Palladium demand to remain strong over next few years due to new emission norms, shift toward petrol vehicles
    The demand for palladium is expected to remain strong in the near-term due to introduction of tougher vehicle emission norms and a marked shift in consumer preference from diesel to petrol (gasoline) engines―the auto industry consumes more than half of all palladium supply globally. Palladium is a...
    Indian Automotive Industry – Lightweighting Scenario
    Lightweighting has been repeatedly touted as one of the most-favored OEM strategies to meet the stricter deadlines and demands of the future business, especially considering the increased regulations over emissions, fuel efficiency and safety standards. Globally, lightweighting has been progressivel...
    Seating Subsystem Lightweighting
    The seating subsystem in the interiors component area is estimated to account for more than 40% of the total component area weight and up to 6% of the total vehicle weight. In terms of additional comfort and luxury features, one of the first targets for OEMs is to improve the driving experience even...
    Geneva Motor Show 2019 : Material sector insights
    The Geneva Motor Show 2019 was tracked extensively by IHS Markit, not only in terms of important OEM launch developments but also from the point of view of the supply chain and technology trends that the show offered. With analysts on the ground covering the show, there were many insights that could...
    Natural fibers and hemp usage in automotive
    Natural fibers derived from plant stalks or leaves have long been used for industrial purposes especially in the textile and medicine industry. However, plant fibers have been finding other important functions such as being used as matrix components for composites for the construction industry. The ...
    GRAPHENE as an Automotive material
    Graphene has long been christened the gold mine of new age materials since its first discovery in 2004 by a team of two scientists at Manchester University. A single-atom, two-dimensional thick film of carbon-graphene is known to have strength, electrical conductivity and flexibility, all of which a...
    Lightweighting in BIW Component Systems
    The body-in-white, or BIW, forms one of the most critical vehicle component systems in defining both the final external contour of a car and determining its crash worthiness. Acting as the basic skeleton of the car to which the other component systems are bolted/mounted, the BIW needs to perform var...
    Impact of Autonomous and ADAS technologies on Vehicle weight
    Autonomous Vehicles (AV) are one of the most talked innovations across the automotive industry. Autonomous driving aims at using technology to aid fully automated driving of a vehicle from one place to another, while ensuring that all road hazards and traffic conditions are rightly identified and re...
    Sheet Molding Compounds
    The use of Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) in the automotive industry has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. SMC is a variety of composite containing a polyester/polymer matrix with glass and carbon fibers. The composite gets its name from the specific compression molding process in wh...
    Automotive Plastics
    The automotive industry forms a major clientele for engineering plastics, and the usage of advanced plastics has been on a steady increase for cars. The average weight of plastics and polymer composites used in a car is easily above 160 kg and is increasing. In terms of volume, these plastics a...
    Cold start engine warm-up strategies
    The introduction of RDE and equivalent regulations around the world dictate the need to adhere to lower nitrogen oxides (NOx) levels and fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) requirements, and thus mandate the environment-friendly design of next generation of internal combustion engines (ICEs). A highlighted c...
    WLTP and its implications on lightweighting
    Emissions testing and performance have always been an imperative part of vehicular performance as well as homologation. The need to control nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars is critical to control environmental pollution. Therefore, countries of the world have always put i...
    Cylinder Deactivation Technology Developments
    Automotive OEMs are now required to adhere to stricter fuel efficiency and emission standards. Engine downsizing has assisted in achieving this with turbocharging deployed to maintain total power output. Under an alternative to only turbocharging, cylinder deactivation technology offers temporary do...
    Advanced transparent materials
    The use of glass in automotive started with the idea of segregating the passenger cabin from the driver while providing a panoramic view and less NVH to the occupants. The early carriage type cars were designed like this only. With the advent of assembly line cars and new designs, the entire driver ...
    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...
    48V Architecture – A decompounding and lightweighting opportunity !
    The biggest challenge for the entire automotive industry nowadays, apart from meeting increasing customer expectations, perhaps is meeting the global emission norms and fuel mileage regulations. The largest markets of the world including China, USA, Europe, and India have started to put stricter nor...
    Electric vehicles: The impact of materials and lightweighting on their mass-scale adoption
    Electric vehicles (EVs) have been experiencing increasing sales on a considerable basis in the last four to five years. Their sales, as part of the global car sales, may not be that significant (slightly higher than 1.5% of the global car sales for 2017), but the year-on-year increase is so impressi...
    EDITORIAL– High import tariffs on steel and aluminum could increase production cost for automakers, suppliers in US
    Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation to impose a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on imports of aluminum into the United States. President Trump, however, temporarily exempted Canada and Mexico from this new tariff regime amid ongoing renegotiations with the two ...
    Barriers to magnesium proliferation in automotive
    Magnesium has been on the radar of automotive industries for a long time as a suitable material for light weighting. It inherently offers a weight reduction of more than 75% when compared to steel and more than 33% compared to aluminum. It has good ductility, superior noise and vibration dampening c...
    Fuel Injection Technological Developments
    Recent developments in powertrain technology have focused on two domains – overall efficiency and emission control. Automotive OEMs and suppliers have dedicated considerable amounts of their research and development budget bringing to market environmentally friendly solutions with reduced fuel con...
    Aluminum in Automotive – Progressing to the next level
    Aluminum has become one of the most preferred materials for automotive OEMs and suppliers over the years. While the first ever sports car featuring an aluminum body was showcased way back in 1899 at the Berlin International Motor Show, the shift to aluminum didn’t happen quickly. Most of this had ...
    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 ...
    EDITORIAL - Start-ups pushing innovation in automotive industry
    At the CES 2018 earlier this month, little-known Aurora Innovation announced two partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen Group to help them bring self-driving cars to market by 2021. The start-up, established in 2016 by Chris Urmson, the former head of Google Self-Driving Car project, in partnershi...
    The Carbon Fiber Supply conundrum
    Carbon fiber reinforced polymers or CFRP as they are more commonly called nowadays have recently become the next big thing for lightweighting of the future. Almost all automotive OEMs are either already using CFRPs in their product portfolio or are researching to use them soon. IHS Markit’s ong...
    Variable Compression Ratio Engines
    The increased industry requirement for fuel consumption improvement and reduction of pollutant emissions is pushing the industry to adopt new technologies for gasoline engines as they compete for longevity in the face of electrification alternatives. The recent trend for engine downsizing and forced...
    Additive manufacturing and automotive lightweighting
    Additive manufacturing is the process of creating three-dimensional objects by depositing/printing layer by layer using a software-controlled printer. The process is also known as 3D printing in industry circles, and is touted as one of the most innovative manufacturing processes. It can manufacture...
    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...
    Trends in interior lighting
    Modern automotive lighting is all about enhanced performance with advanced design. Most car manufacturers are always on the leading edge of technology in this competitive world, and every year there is a new technological advancement which raises the bar. In lighting, one such technological miles...
    Regulations in front lighting
    Regulations play an important role in equipping vehicles with latest technologies in a specific country/ region. Forward lighting is an important part of the vehicle as it enables drivers to guide the vehicle safely during the night time along varying road geometries and to identify obstacles and pe...
    Increase in ECU demand in front lighting
    Over the years, cars have become a mobile network of control modules which operate everything from powertrain to climate control to lighting. Electronic control units, commonly referred to as ECUs, control electrical systems in a vehicle. Automotive ECUs are used across various segments including co...
    Interview with MLS India on Global LED market in automotive industry
    LED is the next key technology for automotive lighting and it is therefore perhaps no surprise that more and more suppliers begin to offer solutions. China-based LED lighting manufacturer, MLS Co Ltd, recently launched its premium LED package in India. In an interview with IHS Automotive, the com...
    The Right Refrigerant
    Even as Europe prepares for the January 2017 deadline for using HFO1234yf refrigerant in all new cars, the debate between the two refrigerants – CO2 and YF – continues to linger. We spoke with David Smith-Tilley, Director, Supplier Solutions, IHS Automotive, about an update on the issue. The ...
    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...
    “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...
    New technologies could overhaul the established order in automotive seating
    The fitment rates for various seat features such as powered and memory functions, lumbar support and massage have been increasing and will continue to do so as vehicle interiors become “smarter”. Much of the technology in today’s seats is electric or electronically driven and can be remotely c...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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 ...
    Hot Stamping: The heat is on to produce lightweight automotive components
    by Vanessa Scholfield Why Hot Stamping? As demand grows across the automotive industry for higher safety and environmental standards together with greater fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions, vehicle manufacturers have been looking at new technologies to form light weight components ...
    Johnson Controls looks at gestures
    by William Diem In another decade, drivers might just have to point to a spot on the instrument panel to turn off the radio, or swipe to the right to send an image of the destination map to the passenger, who could examine it to choose a restaurant. And for carmakers, this project from Johns...
    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...
    Where Hella studies the future
    Part of Hella’s success as a small, family-owned business competing with larger, public companies is its strategy of forming joint ventures with partners that bring differing expertise to new projects. The company extends this philosophy to research as well. The L-LAB, a research institute that fo...
    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...
    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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