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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
    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...
    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 - Custom duty hike in India expected to cut imports of auto parts
    In its latest Union Budget for financial year (FY) 2018/19 presented last week, the Indian government has proposed to double basic custom duty on import of certain key components such as engines, transmission, brakes and others parts from 7.5% currently to 15%. The government also increased custom d...
    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...
    Impact of autonomous driving on more than just seating
    The idea of ‘self-driving’ vehicles does sound impressive especially when we are able to witness glimpses of this technology in some of the modern day cars with the help of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The fact that we are able to not only imagine but also physically witness this t...
    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...
    China to provide strongest growth in seating systems market in the next five years
    China is set to become the biggest seat market for Adient over the next five years, according to CEO Bruce McDonald. The company, that previously formed the automotive seating and interiors business for Johnson Controls, is set to take the majority of the country’s seat assembly market according t...
    Rising stretch on safety to propel airbag demand in India
    Occupant safety is gradually becoming a key selling point for vehicles and no automaker wants to be behind in this trend. In March 2016, Honda announced that all of its new models in India would be equipped with dual airbags, while existing models would be gradually equipped with the airbags by Apri...
    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...
    Opel Vivaro’s boost to the UK supplier industry
    In recent times, the UK automotive industry, aided by a number of initiatives by the SMMT, the Automotive Council (A body which ensures close co-operation between the UK government and the automotive industry) and the new Automotive Investment Organisation (A unit of UK government industry departmen...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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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