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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Behr-Hella expects to grow faster in India than its global business
    Auto component major Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH (BHTC) has announced that its Indian business is expected to grow at twice the rate of its global businesses, The Economic Times reported on 22 June. The company intends to tap into the expanding domestic market as a critical sourcing base for elect...
    Hyundai Mobis introduces 'Smart Cabin' controller to analyze vital signs of occupants
    Hyundai Mobis has announced that it has develop an integrated controller that analyzes the driver's vital signs, such as posture, heart rate, and brainwaves, according to a press release on 23 June 2022. The Smart Cabin Controller comprises four sensors for detecting the vital signs of passe...
    24-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Röhm supplies illuminated air vents to Spanish carmaker SEAT for Ibiza and Arona models
    Methacrylate company Röhm has announced that the company supplied its Plexiglas illuminated air vents for the SEAT Ibiza and Arona models, according to a press release published by Röhm on 21 June. The illuminated air vents are made from Röhm’s light scattering Plexiglas molding compound. Th...
    24-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Lanxess expands Tepex composites range with new sustainable product variants
    Specialty chemical company Lanxess has expanded its Tepex thermoplastic composites portfolio by developing recycled or bio-based resources to produce materials with structural lightweight and strong mechanical properties, it said in a press release on 21 June. Dr. Dirk Bonefeld, head of Global Pr...
    Micron receives ISO 26262 ASIL-D functional safety certification
    Memory solutions company Micron has announced that the company has received International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) D certification of memory for its low-power double data rate 5 (LPDDR5) DRAM, it said in a press release on 20 June. The solu...
    NHTSA amends side impact protection testing rule to improve child safety seat
    The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a final rule that enhances the protection of children during side-impact collisions by updating testing criteria for child safety seats, the safety regulator said in a press release on 22 ...
    BMW equips new M4 GT4 with Bcomp natural fiber parts
    Swiss natural fibre company Bcomp announced via press release on June 20 that its natural fiber reinforced plastic (NFRP) components had been extensively used by German automaker BMW in the new M4 GT4 model. According to the press release, the GT4 is now the serial GT vehicle with the highest pro...
    ŠKODA Auto to present sustainability concepts at Greentech festival 2022
    ŠKODA Auto has announced that the company will present sustainable concepts at Greentech festival 2022 in Berlin, Germany, the Czech automaker said in a press release on 21 June.   Karsten Schnake, Board Member for Purchasing at ŠKODA Auto, “As a car manufacturer, we are aware of our dis...
    TouchNetix unveils force-sensing chips for touchscreen surfaces
    TouchNetix has unveiled pure force-sensing chip AX54A for use in smart touch surfaces, touch button clusters and other solutions that require touch integrations, according to a press release published by the company on 14 June. The TouchNetix patented Force-Sensing technology enables seamless int...
    22-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Archroma introduces Perapret AIR liq purification textile technology
    Specialty chemicals company Archroma has introduced Perapret AIR liq, light-activated air purification sustainable technology solution for use in all kinds of fabrics, it said in a press release on 20 June. The company leverages the use of nano sized dioxide titanium (TiO2) that helps in preserving ...
    22-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Holographic startup LNGIN Technology raises USD14.87 million in Series A+ funding
    Hangzhou-based holographic technology startup LNGIN Technology has raised CNY100 million (USD14.87 million) in Series A+ funding, Pandaily reported on 20 June. This round featured joint investment by Geely Technology Group and Qianhe Capital. According to the report, the funds raised will be used...
    Taiwan-based Everlight to supply miniLED devices for automotive display backlighting in second half of 2022
    Everlight Electronics, a provider of LED packaging services has announced that the company will begin shipping miniLED devices for vehicle display backlighting in the second quarter of 2022, Digi Times reported on 20 June. According to the report, COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions in China hamp...
    AutoVaz to produce cars without airbags, other safety features amid international sanctions
    Russia-based automaker AutoVaz has announced that the company began producing cars without safety features such as, air bags, anti-lock braking systems, electronic stability control or emergency retraction locks on seat belts, NBC News reported on 14 June. According to the report, AutoVaz had hal...
    Autoliv adapts to new business conditions, confirms 2022 financial targets
    According to a press release on 20 June 2022, Autoliv, a supplier of automotive safety systems, has said that it is adapting to new business conditions and is beginning to see results from its price increase negotiations with customers to offset inflationary pressures. According to the component ...
    Cipia to supply driver monitoring solution to Chinese automaker Chery for the EU market
    Cipia, a supplier of artificial intelligenc (AI) computer vision in-cabin automotive solutions has announced that it has won a design contract for an electric vehicle (EV) with carmaker Chery to supply driver monitoring system (DMS) solutions, according to press release by Cipia published on 20 June...
    Porsche recalls all-electric Taycan vehicles in mainland China over faulty seat harness
    Porsche China is recalling all-electric Taycan vehicles in mainland China citing damage from seat harness while adjusting the front driver and passenger side seats, according to a report by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on 17 June. According to the report, recall includes ...
    20-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Porcher Industries launches thermoplastic composites for vehicle interior applications
    Porcher Industries has launched a new line of thermoplastic composite stiffeners for the automotive industry composed primarily of flax fibers for thermoplastic composites, Composites World reported on 9 June. According to the report, Porcher’s composites will be sold as textiles that can be th...
    20-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Solvay unveils new 'Tecnoflon peroxide curable fluoroelastomers' polymerization technology
    Solvay has announced that the company unveiled a new portfolio of high performance Tecnoflon peroxide curable fluoroelastomers (FKM) produced without the use of fluorosurfactants, according to a press release published by the company on 15 June. Georges Houtappel, EVPt Automotive Business, Solvay...
    20-Jun-2022 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 20 June 2022
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    Stellantis recalls Chrysler vehicles in US over faulty fuel pump and rearview mirror image display
    Stellantis is recalling Chrysler vehicles in the United States following the discovery of two safety concerns in specific models that could compromise fuel delivery or rearview mirror image display, TrixAbia reported on 16 June.   According to the report, Stellantis stated that the reca...
    17-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Dolby, Dirac partner to develop in-car audio
    Sweden-based audio company Dirac has announced via a press release on 16 June that it partnered with Dolby on high-performance in-vehicle audio experience. According to the press release, both Dirac and Dolby have spent decades in developing technologies that deliver the best possible sound exper...
    Visteon to expand manufacturing facility in India
    Visteon has announced that the company is expanding its local optical bonding manufacturing facility in Chennai, India, Autocar Professional reported on 13 June.   Qais Sharif, vice president, Display Product Line, Visteon, said, “We have been focused on growing our India capabilities not ...
    17-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Pricol appoints Priyadarsi Bastia as CFO
    Pricol has announced the appointment of Priyadarsi Bastia as chief financial officer, Autocar Professional reported on 15 June. Significance: Priyadarsi Bastia carries 22 years of corporate experience in finance, accounting, taxation, treasury, product costing, budgeting, pricing, process control...
    Autoneum updates 2022 financial outlook as a result of Russia-Ukraine conflict
    Autoneum has announced that the company updated its 2022 financial year (FY) outlook caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to a press release on 15 June. The global components shortage has affected several manufacturers along with rising inflation resulting in reduced vehicle product...
    Covestro extends contract with CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann until 2028
    Materials company Covestro has announced that Dr. Markus Steilemann will remain as CEO for a further five years, according to a press release published by the company on 10 June. Mr. Steilemann has been a member of the Covestro Board of Management since September 2015 and its CEO since June 2018. ...
    Flex to build new electronic components manufacturing facility in Mexico
    Flex has announced that the company is building its new automotive manufacturing plant in Jalisco, Mexico, according to a press release published by the supplier on 14 June. Flex said the new 145,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will serve as a strategic in-region automotive manufacturin...
    15-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Hopium unveils hydrogen powered Machina Vision concept car’s interior
    French manufacturer of high-end hydrogen-powered sedans Hopium has unveiled Machina Vision concept car’s interior details, according to a press release published by the automaker on 14 June. Significance: The Machina Vision concept provides pillar-to-pillar display offering a digital landscape ...
    15-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Grupo Antolin unveils interior and exterior functional lighting solutions
    Grupo Antolin has unveiled lighting solutions for German automaker’s BMW all-electric iX, according to a press release published by the Spanish supplier on 8 June. The lighting system includes both internal and external interactive lighting that also doubles as a warning on vehicle’s exterior. ...
    Mitsubishi Chemical supplies bio-based ‘Durabio’ front grille material to Suzuki’s S-Cross SUV
    Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group (MCHG) has announced that the company has supplied bio-based engineering plastic, Durabio for use in front grille of the Suzuki S-Cross sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a press release published by MCHG on 24 May. This marks the first time Suzuki has ad...
    14-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Yanfeng Automotive starts construction of new plant in Mexico
    Global vehicle interiors company Yanfeng Automotive has announced that it started construction on a new manufacturing plant with an investment of USD17 million in Coahuila, Mexico, Milenio reported on 9 May. Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís, Governor of Coahuila, said, “The automotive industry con...
    14-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Tachi-S reports FY 2021 net sales at USD1.69 billion, up 4.32% y/y
    Japan-based Tachi-S reports fiscal year (FY) 2021 net sales at JPY206.44 billion (USD1.69 billion) with a year-on-year (y/y) decrease of 4.32% compared to JPY198.50 billion in 2021 for the twelve months ended 31 March 2022, according to a filing by the company on 13 May. Operating loss was reported ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 13 June 2022
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    Hyundai Mobis to showcase new technologies at Tech Show in France
    Hyundai Mobis, the technology arm of the Hyundai Motor Group has announced that it will introduce 27 new technologies at the Tech Show between 14 and 15 June to be held at JP Beltoise Circuit, a racing track in France, according to a press release published by the Korean supplier on 9 June. Axel ...
    13-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Avery Dennison Performance expands automotive electronics portfolio
    Avery Dennison Performance Tapes has announced a new automotive electronics portfolio for OEMs and suppliers that consists of integrated products for the interior and exterior vehicle applications such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), user experience, lighting, and safety, it said in a ...
    13-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Sony Electronics develops two new car AV receivers
    Sony Electronics has developed two new car AV receivers, it said in a press release on 10 June. The XAV-AX6000 and the XAV-AX4000 include new features such as fully wireless smartphone conversion, allowing drivers to use voice control for navigation or playing music. “We are excited to add thes...
    13-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Polestar partners with Global Fashion Summit to drive sustainable vehicle interiors
    Swedish electric vehicle (EV) maker Polestar has announced a partnership with the 2022 Global Fashion Summit aiming to find new suppliers to join the automaker’s Polestar 0 project to create a complete climate-neutral car by 2030, according to a press release by the company on 8 June. ...
    Volkswagen reveals interiors of all-electric ID.Buzz
    Volkswagen (VW) has revealed the interiors of the all-new ID.Buzz electric vehicle (EV) including a fully digital operating cabin and innovative features, according to a press release published by the German automaker on 8 June. Jozef Kabaň, head of Volkswagen Design, said, “We have developed ...
    Toyoda Gosei outlines ‘three pillar’ strategy to strengthen business areas
    Japanese automotive supplier Toyoda Gosei has announced its ‘three-pillared’ medium-to-long term business plan which involves innovation in products and manufacturing as well as targeting 'strategic growth areas', according to a financial report by the company on 28 April.     ...
    Brose to invest USD20.6 million to expand operations in Mexico
    Brose will invest MXN404 million (USD20.6 million) investment to expand its operations in Queretaro, Mexico, which will create 110 highly specialized jobs, according to a report published by Mexico Business News on 1 June 2022. This is the first investment announcement made by Governor ...
    10-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Qualcomm, PATEO expand partnership to develop Qinggan intelligent cockpit platform solution
    Qualcomm Technologies has announced that it has collaborated with PATEO CONNECT+ (PATEO) in the automotive intelligent cockpit field, according to a press release by PATEO on 7 June 2022. The companies will expand their partnership to develop solutions for vehicle intelligence, smart car connecti...
    Visteon introduces image processing algorithm to reduce screen glare in vehicle displays
    Visteon Corporation has introduced TrueColor Image Enhancement to improve cockpit display image with reduced glare across full range of ambient lighting conditions, it said in a press release on 8 June. The image processing algorithm enables increased image output quality to reduce driver distractio...
    09-Jun-2022 News New Products
    LG Innotek plans to invest USD80 million in Mexico
    LG Innotek has announced that it plans to expand its operations in San Juan del Ro, Queretaro, Mexico, offering a new source of employment, according to a report published by Cluster Industrial on 30 May 2022. LG's Director, Mauricio Sanchez, indicated that the investment for this year will be US...
    08-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Kia recalls Sorento, Sportage models in Australia due to faulty heater core element
    Kia Australia has recalled around 31,000 Sportage mid-size SUVs and Sorento seven-seat sport utility vehicles (SUVs) due to a software malfunction that could lead to a vehicle fire, Daily Mail Australia reported on 7 June. The recall applies to model year (MY) between 2015 and MY 2021 along with ...
    08-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    DSP Concepts, LG Electronics collaborate to deploy AI-powered audio to automakers
    LG Electronics (LGE) has announced that it partnered with DSP Concepts to roll out artificial intelligence (AI) powered sound for automakers, according to a press release by BusinessWire on 7 June. Jeonghyu Yang, VP, Leader of the SoC Fundamental Technology Lab at CTO Division in LGE, said, "Base...
    Mitsubishi Motors recalls MY 2022 Outlander in the US over faulty seat belt locking retractor
    Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) is recalling 2,865 model year (MY) 2022 Outlanders in the United States citing seat belt locking retractor malfunction, Consumer Affairs reported on 3 June. According to the report, Mitsubishi said the issue with bearing plate located inside the seat belt au...
    07-Jun-2022 News Recalls
    Grupo Antolin reports Q1 2022 net sales at USD1.09 billion, down 8.82% y/y
    Grupo Antolin has reported first quarter net sales at EUR981 million (USD1.09 billion) with a year-on-year (y/y) decrease of 8.82% compared to EUR1.07 billion in the first quarter of 2021 for the three months ended 31 March 2022, according to a filing by the company on 30 May. Operating income was r...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 06 June 2022
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    LG Electronics’ software testing center in Korea receives accreditation from TÜV Rheinland
    LG Electronics has announced that its software testing center in Korea is now a designated TÜV Rheinland appointed laboratory after receiving accreditation from the global testing body TÜV Rheinland, according to a press release published by LG Electronics on 2 June. The software testing center is...
    Continental unveils sustainable Benova Eco Protect material for vehicle interiors
    Continental has unveiled its premium surface material Benova Eco Protect for sustainable vehicle interiors, according to a press release published by the German supplier on 2 June. The material is currently manufactured at Continental’s German facility and is expected to be made available at its W...
    06-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Sumitomo Chemical, Newlight Technologies to jointly develop eco-friendly materials for vehicles
    Sumitomo Chemical has announced via press release on 31 May that it partnered with US-based Newlight Technologies, Inc. to develop polypropylene (PP) compounds for automotive interiors and bumper applications using carbon neutral biomaterial obtained by microorganisms from methane called AirCarbon. ...
    ZF Friedrichshafen establishes new technology center in India
    Global technology company ZF Friedrichshafen has announced the establishment of a new technology centre in Hyderabad, India, according to a report published by The Hindu on 1 June 2022. The complex, which spans 300,000 square feet, is the group's largest software hub. It will be essential to the ...
    03-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Microchip launches AUTOSAR-ready dsPIC33C digital signal controllers
    Microchip Technology Inc. has launched Automotive Open System Architecture (AUTOSAR)–ready, ISO 26262–compliant digital signal controllers (DSCs), it said in a press release on 2 June. Microchip aims to accelerate development of high-level system optimization while driving costs down throug...
    03-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Baidu-backed automotive startup JiDU unveils ROBO-01 concept car’s interior
    Shanghai-based startup JiDU, Baidu’s electric vehicle (EV) making arm with Geely, unveiled interior details for its first concept car, the ROBO-01, and showcased the brand’s unique ‘robot aesthetics,’ Pandaily reported on 1 June. The vehicle will officially debut at ‘ROBODAY’ on 8 June. ...
    02-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Joyson Electronics to build new automotive electronics development center in Mexico
    Joyson Electronics has announced that the company will build a new technology research and development (R&D) center in Mexico with focus on automotive electronics that include artificial intelligence (AI) design and development, next-generation automotive cockpit and other related products, IMed...
    02-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Canada-based Axiom Engineered Systems opens new injection molding facility in the US
    Axiom Engineered Systems, an Axiom group company has announced that it opened a new injection molding facility in Capac, Michigan, US, according to a press release published by the company on 31 May. The facility marks the first establishment in US and includes plastic injection manufacturing, wareh...
    01-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Toyoda Gosei Invests in wireless technology startup Space Power Technologies
    Toyoda Gosei has announced that the company invested in Kyoto-based wireless power startup Space Power Technologies, according to a press release published by the Japanese supplier on 27 May. Space Power Technologies is based on the original research conducted by Dr. Shinohara of Kyoto University. ...
    01-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Toyota introduces new cabin monitoring system to detect vehicle occupants
    Toyota Connected North America (TCNA) has unveiled its Cabin Awareness concept technology, which employs millimeter-wave, high-resolution 4D imaging radar to identify passengers (even some pets) in vehicles and has the capability of detecting them if they are ever left behind, according to a press r...
    01-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Tata Motors acquires Ford’s Sanand factory in Gujarat, India to expand production
    Indian automaker Tata Motors’ subsidiary Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Ltd (TPEML) has signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ford India Pvt Ltd (FIPL) and the Government of Gujarat for acquiring the latter’s passenger vehicle manufacturing plant in Sanand, Gujarat, news p...
    STS Group to build new plant in China to manufacture interior and hard exterior trims
    Germany-based automotive interior and exterior parts supplier STS Group AG has announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Taixing City to build a new manufacturing plant to further expand its presence in China, according to a press release published by the co...
    31-May-2022 News Investments
    TI Fluid Systems receives EU grant for new air conditioning research project for passenger cars
    Global supplier TI Fluid Systems has announced via press release on 28 May that the company’s plant in Jablonec, Czechia, has received EU grant for innovation. The project aims at developing a new product line of air conditioning components for passenger cars. According to press release, the ne...
    Mahindra earmarks capex of USD1.5 billion for automotive business, EVs
    Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M) plans to incur a capital expenditure of INR154 billion (close to USD2 billion) in its farm equipment, automotive, and electric vehicle businesses during 2022–24 period, news publication Business Standard reported on 31 May 2022. The report furth...
    Transforming interior concepts, autonomous vehicles pushing airbag technology trends
    Airbags have been one of the essential passive safety technologies in vehicles, along with seatbelts. Automakers developed the idea to use airbags as a supplemental restraint system (SRS) for added occupants’ safety. With increasing safety regulations from rating bodies, such as New Car Assessment...
    Asahi Kasei, Silentium partner on active road noise cancellation technology for vehicles
    Asahi Kasei Microdevices has entered into a licensing agreement with Silentium for Quiet Bubble (QB) Active Road Noise Cancellation (ARNC), according to Asahi Kasei’s official press release on 31 May 2022. The ARNC technology minimizes road vibration noise in milliseconds. AKM has been gra...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 May 2022
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    Karma Automotive appoints Nicholas David as Interior Design Director
    US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker, Karma Automotive has announced the appointment of Nicholas David as director, interior design Karma automotive, according to a press release by the automaker on 27 May. Nicholas David will lead the company’s global interior design development at Karma’s desi...
    BASF doubles Irganox antioxidant production capacity in Singapore
    BASF has announced via press release on 17 May that it expanded its production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox 1010 at its manufacturing plant in Jurong Island, Singapore. The new addition includes an integrated production line that will double its existing output.   Hermann Althoff, SV...
    27-May-2022 News Investments
    ams OSRAM unveils ‘Icarus’ DMS at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2022
    ams OSRAM has unveiled ‘Icarus’ proof-of-concept 3D sensing system for driver monitoring system (DMS) to support features such as augmented reality head-up display (AR-HuD), secure driver authentication, and advanced drowsiness detection, according to a press release published by the company on ...
    27-May-2022 News New Products
    BMW recalls vehicles in the US over sunroof software issue
    BMW of North America is recalling more than 61,221 vehicles due to a faulty sunroof control unit that allows them to be closed without the key fob being present in the car, ConsumerAffairs reported on 23 May. The closing of the sunroof is a violation of federal regulations under “Power-operated wi...
    27-May-2022 News Recalls
    Euro NCAP publishes third round of crash test results for 2022
    Euro NCAP has announced its third batch of safety results for 2022 with the KIA EV6, the Mercedes C-Class, Volvo C40 Recharge, and Volkswagen's new Multivan receiving the highest five-star rating, according to a press release on 25 May 2022. The Opel/Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308, are both received...
    UltraSense Systems develops touch solutions for Asahi Kasei’s AKXY2 concept car
    UltraSense Systems has developed touch solution to operate door and canopy entry/ closure system for AKXY2 concept car, according to a press release published by UltraSense Systems on 25 May. The touch user interface enables occupants with seamless door and canopy access replacing traditional door h...
    26-May-2022 News New Products
    Hyundai to recall Accent, Elantra vehicles in the US over exploding seat belt pretensioner
    Hyundai Motor America is recalling 281,000 vehicles citing faulty seatbelt pretensioner, Reuters reported on 24 May. The seatbelt pretensioners could explode and strike occupants with metal fragments, causing injuries. The recall includes 239,000 vehicles in the US and around 42,000 vehicles in C...
    25-May-2022 News Recalls
    Hyundai Transys to showcase sustainable seating concepts at Milan Design Week
    Hyundai Transys, Hyundai Motor Group affiliate has announced it will showcase mobility seating concepts built from sustainable materials at Spazio Lineapelle at Palazzo Gorani during Milan Design Week in Italy, it said in a press release on 24 May. Hyundai Transys first unveiled at Lineapelle 202...
    HELLA introduces slim light ambient vehicle lighting system
    HELLA, a Forvia company has introduced smart ambient solutions, slim light system for integrated in-vehicle lighting, according to a press release published by HELLA on 24 May. The new ambient lighting system can be embedded between several interior trim layers. Yves Andres, responsible for the B...
    25-May-2022 News New Products
    Asahi Kasei to showcase new AKXY2 concept car at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2022
    Japan-based Asahi Kasei has announced the company will showcase its concept car AKXY2 at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2022 in Yokohama, Japan, according to a press release published by the Japanese supplier on 18 May. The concept car is focused around three ‘S’ theme areas that include s...
    24-May-2022 News New Products
    Faurecia to invest USD147 million in new interiors plant in Mexico
    Faurecia, a Forvia Group company has announced an investment of USD147 million to construct a new shared plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, that will have instrument panels, production lines for other interior modules, technologies and processes such as plastic injection, vibration welding, ultrasonic wel...
    24-May-2022 News Investments
    Ford recalls F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks in the US over faulty driver’s airbag
    Ford Motor is recalling more than 310,000 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks citing faulty driver’s airbag that may not deploy during an impact, Autoevolution reported on 19 May. The faulty deployment is due to dust ingress into the steering wheel resulting in friction at the clock spring ribbon ca...
    23-May-2022 News Recalls
    Grammer supplies center console to Volkswagen’s Multivan
    Supplier of automotive interior components Grammer AG has announced via press release on 19 May that the company supplied center console for Volkswagen’s Multivan. The new Multivan features redesigned interior space, the shift-by-wire system has enabled Volkswagen to relocate the gear selector ...
    23-May-2022 News New Products
    Lear to acquire seating climate control specialist I.G. Bauerhin
    Lear Corporation has announced via press release that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire seating climate control specialist I.G. Bauerhin (IGB) for EUR140 million (USD147.49 million), according to a press release published by Lear Corporation on 20 May.   Lear President and CE...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 May 2022
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    INTERVIEW: Dr. Andrew Kee, Director of Sustainability and Corporate Scientist at Woodbridge Foam Corporation
    Woodbridge is a global manufacturer that provides specialized fully integrated foam solutions for various markets including automotive, commercial, recreational, packaging, healthcare, and building products. IHS Markit (Now a part of S&P Global) recently interviewed Dr. Andrew Kee, Director of S...
    23-May-2022 News Interviews
    Toyota Boshoku supplies seats, interior components for all-electric Toyota bZ4X
    Toyota Boshoku has announced that its seating and interior components have been equipped in Toyota’s bZ4X battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 13 May.    According to the press release, the BEV features sport-style seats, rear row ...
    20-May-2022 News New Products
    Hyundai Motor unveils ‘Ondol’ inspired mobility concept for autonomous vehicles
    Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled its interior mobility concept for autonomous vehicles inspired by the Korean traditional floor heating system ‘Ondol’ that enables occupants to rest inside or sleep during commute, according to a press release published by the Korean automaker on 19 May. Hyund...
    20-May-2022 News New Products
    Lear Corporation acquires seating materials company Thagora Technology
    Lear Corporation has announced its acquisition of Romania-based seating materials specialist Thagora Technology SRL, according to a press release published by Lear Corporation on 19 May.   Frank Orsini, Lear executive vice president and president, Seating, said, “Thagora offers L...
    Yanfeng, ARC Automotive partner to produce airbag inflators
    Yanfeng Automotive Interiors has announced that it partnered with US-based ARC Automotive to develop and produce airbag inflators, according to a press release published by Yanfeng on 19 May. Alex Qin, CEO, ARC Automotive Inc., said, “With Yanfeng as a strong partner we can expand our activitie...
    Volvo to offer advanced in-vehicle air purification system
    Volvo Cars has announced it would be offering cutting-edge air purification in its latest cars, according to a press filing on 18 May. The Advanced Air Cleaner is part of the air purification technology available on new 90 and 60 series models. CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly by Allergy Stan...
    19-May-2022 News New Products
    Genesis develops NVH testing program to enhance GV60 cabin
    Genesis has announced that it developed the latest noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) technology and testing to improve cabin refinement in the all-electric GV60 for optimal in-cabin comfort, according to a press release published by the automaker on 17 May.   Christopher Mills, head of N...
    19-May-2022 News New Products
    Grupo Antolin appoints Ramón Sotomayor as CEO
    Grupo Antolin has announced that it appointed Ramón Sotomayor Jauregui as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), according to a press release published by the company on 17 May. Sotomayor, has been tasked with updating the company's business plan to establish the group as a global provider of techn...
    Rivian says dispute with seat supplier Commercial Vehicle Group can affect van production
    According to The Wall Street journal (WSJ) on 16 May, electric vehicle (EV) startup Rivian Automotive has announced that its legal battle with seating supplier Commercial Vehicle Group could affect the production of Amazon’s electric van orders.   According to court documents acquired by W...
    Bekaert reports Q1 2022 net sales at USD1.46 billion, up 23% y/y
    Bekaert has reported first-quarter net sales at EUR1.38 billion (USD1.46 billion) with a year-on-year (y/y) growth of 23% compared to EUR1.12 billion in the first quarter of 2021 for the three months ended on 31 March 2022, according to a filing by the company on 11 May 2022. Bekaert’s Rubber R...
    Porsche recalls 6,072 Taycan EVs in China over faulty child seat installation
    Porsche has announced a recall for 6,072 Taycan electric vehicles (EVs) citing an issue with rear seat belt latch harness in some of the vehicles that may not be wired correctly and could interfere with the fixed locking bar in the ISOFIX fixing port in the right rear seat, according to a statement ...
    17-May-2022 News Recalls
    CEO Thorsten Seehars to leave Grammer AG at the end of May 2022
    Grammer AG has announced via press release on 16 May that CEO Thorsten Seehars will leave the group at the end of May 2022. According to the company, the chairman of the board and the supervisory board had mutually agreed to end their term of office on 31 May 2022. Mr. Seehars' responsibilities will...
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    Tachi-S reports 4% y/y rise in net sales for FY 2021 at USD1.60 billion
    Japanese interior parts supplier Tachi-S has reported a 4% year-on-year (y/y) growth in net sales for FY 2021 at JPY206.44 billion (USD1.60 billion), according to a company press release on 13 May. The company posted a net loss of JPY2.06 billion compared with operating loss of JPY13.70 billion in t...
    Plastic Omnium targets economic revenue to over USD15.80 billion by 2030
    France-based Plastic Omnium has announced a strategic growth plan to increase revenue to over EUR11 billion (USD11.59 billion) in 2025 and above EUR15 billion by 2030, according to a press release published by the company on 12 May. New expansion and growth plan will support the French suppliers’ ...
    ABC Technologies reports Q3 2022 net sales at USD285.77 million, up 31.13% y/y
    ABC Technologies has reported third quarter net sales at USD285.77 million with a year-on-year (y/y) increase of 31.13% from USD217.92 million in the third quarter of 2021 for the three months ended 31 March, according to a filing by the company on 13 May. Operating income for the quarter was report...
    Kongsberg Automotive reports Q1 2022 revenue at USD228.3 million, up 0.6% y/y
    Kongsberg Automotive has reported first-quarter revenues at EUR218.8 million (USD228.3 million) with a year-on-year (y/y) increase of 0.6% compared to EUR217.5 million in the first quarter of 2021 for the three months ended 31 March 2022, according to a filing by the company on 13 May 2022. Operatin...
    Nexperia introduces new portfolio of MOSFETs for automotive airbags
    Nexperia, a semiconductor company has launched ‘BUK9M20-60EL’ a new portfolio of application-specific MOSFETs (ASFETs) for automobile airbag applications, according to a press release on 12 May 2022. The BUK9M20-60EL is a single N-channel 60 V, 13 mOhm logic level MOSFET in LFPAK33 packaging. ...
    13-May-2022 News New Products
    Adient inaugurates new plant in Morocco to produce seat covers
    Adient has inaugurated a new MAD72 million (USD7.10 million) seating facility to produce automotive seat covers in Morocco, Daily Morocco reported on 12 May.   Adient Automotive Seating Morocco contributes to the Moroccan automotive market, which is expected to reach an integration rate of m...
    13-May-2022 News Investments
    SABIC reports Q1 2022 revenue at USD14.01 billion, up 3% y/y
    Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has reported first quarter revenue at SAR52.64 billion (USD14.01 billion) with a year-on-year (y/y) increase of 3% from the first quarter of 2021 for the three months ended, according to a filing by the company on 12 May. Net income was reported at SAR6.47 ...
    AGC supplies light-control panoramic roof for upcoming all-electric Lexus RZ
    Japanese supplier AGC has announced that the company supplied its light-control panoramic roof with Low-E coating for upcoming Lexus’ all-electric RZ battery electric vehicle (BEV), according to a press release by AGC on 11 May. The new light control sunroof with high solar control and heat ins...
    12-May-2022 News New Products
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