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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
    SPAC-led public listing is on rise in automotive industry
    As the name suggests, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) is formed with the sole purpose to raise capital through an initial public offering (IPO) to acquire or merge with another company to help the latter go public. Such companies are newly founded and do not have any commercial operatio...
    Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit 2019 – An Overview
    The 4th edition of Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit, held last month (16-17 October 2019) in Paris, France, is a go to event for mobility innovation with a strong focus in active mobility, electrification, autonomous vehicles, corporate mobility, data and connectivity, and shared mobility. ...
    EDITORIAL: ZF expected to further intensify focus on electromobility and autonomous driving
    Germany-based ZF is aiming for “Vision Zero”, a world with zero emissions and zero accidents. Under this strategy, ZF is currently developing many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving solutions that can drastically reduce accidents. The company also has a strong portf...
    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...
    EDITORIAL – Continental’s Powertrain business to become more dynamic after spin-off
    Continental is the latest tier-1 supplier to jump on the bandwagon of companies hiving off business divisions into standalone companies. Last month, the Germany-based company announced major organizational realignment to keep pace with a dynamic marketplace. The group will create a holding structure...
    EDITORIAL – ZKW’s acquisition to help LG accelerate growth rate of its vehicle components division
    With the acquisition of Austria-based ZKW, which specializes in vehicle front lighting systems and related electronics, South Korea-based electronics giant LG has now gained a strong position in the competitive automotive lighting industry, which is witnessing a significant technological change with...
    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 – Aptiv looks at bright future ahead
    Delphi Automotive’s decision to spin off its ‘Powertrain Systems’ business into a standalone company was one of the key corporate developments in the automotive supplier industry in 2017. The spin-off was completed last month, over three months ahead of the schedule, when the erstwhile Delphi ...
    LA Auto Show: SUVs, CUVs, and services steal the show
    Past the usual news on electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles at the LA Auto Show, was a mass announcement of new service plans, CUVs, and SUVs. Hyundai announced the all-new Kona, a compact crossover with a size that makes it the smallest SUV in Hyundai’s lineup. The Kona features a var...
    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...
    SupplierInsight Exclusive: Assessing Brexit’s impact on the UK’s supply chain
    The prospect of the UK pursuing a “hard Brexit” approach, meaning leaving the single market and reverting to WTO tariff schemes, raises questions on the competitiveness of UK auto manufacturing in the long run, given the inter-twined nature of both the outbound and inbound logistics supporting t...
    Will active safety suppress passive safety for future cars?
    The moment a car steps out on the roads from a showroom, it enters the real-world. Facing real life scenarios, it has so far been impossible to predict and avoid collisions which would result in damages to the vehicle and injuries to the occupants. Thus, to gear-up for any unforeseeable circumstance...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Who has the power in purchasing?
    This last month has seen the latest announcement from a joint-alliance of OEMs that they are looking to make further cost savings. Renault-Nissan formally confirmed that that is aiming to achieve at least EUR4.3-billion (USD5.85 billion)-worth of annualised synergies between the two automakers by th...
    Tech innovations needed to kick-start the European automotive market
    Julian Buckley Automotive industry executives believe that opening new markets for European products and the development of new-to-market innovations are the keys to breaking the market out of the current doldrums and into a new period of growth. Speaking at the 14th European Automotive Cong...
    The conditions are right for an acquisition frenzy. So why aren’t more deals getting done?
    A convergence of factors in recent months has given the impression that the automoitve supply industry the verge of pushing the to a more heated consolidation phase than had even been anticipated for 2011. Many of those factors are the result of adjustments in the industry's basic business model as ...
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