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    COVID-19 pandemic: Hengst Filtration to start production of breathing masks in Germany
    Hengst Filtration is gearing up to start production of breathing masks at its plant in Münster, Germany, after 12 April (Easter), in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release last week. “We are now using our high level of expertise in air fi...
    09-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Garrett Motion draws down revolving credit, withdraws FY 2020 outlook
    Swiss powertrain components supplier Garrett Motion has announced that it has withdrawn its outlook for the present fiscal year and taken steps to tide over the volatile market conditions caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A business update will be provided when the company ...
    08-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Freudenberg FY 2019 sales climbs 1.6% y/y in mainland China, local investments rise by 83%
    Germany-based automotive components and technology firm, Freudenberg, has announced its financial results for the fiscal year 2019. According to a press release issued by Freudenberg on 8 April, the company has stated that it registered sales of EUR9.47 billion (approximately USD10.37 billion) durin...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lear publishes ‘Safe Work Playbook’ to address challenges related to resuming operations
    Lear has published ‘Safe Work Playbook’, an interactive guide on steps and best practices for health and safety procedures, cross-functional teamwork, operating disciplines, and training for employees in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press re...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: IAC, Mann+Hummel, ZF announce layoffs in US
    The extended production suspensions by most of automakers in the United States amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has severely affected their supplier base. Several tier-1 suppliers in the largest automotive market in North America have announced temporary stoppage of manufacturin...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Benteler produces holders for face masks on 3D printers at Spanish plant
    Benteler has announced that it will be producing holders for face masks on 3D printers, a company press release on 6 April read. The holders are used to produce masks and will be donated to the Galician health service in Spain due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Significance:...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 9,791 vehicles in US to replace engine oil plugs
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 9,791 vehicles in the United States to replace engine oil plugs, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) on 20 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2018–19 S560 and Maybach S560 vehicles equi...
    07-Apr-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hyundai Wia suspends operations at engine plant in South Korea for four days
    Hyundai Wia, a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group, has temporarily suspended operations at its manufacturing plant in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, for four days from 6–9 April, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, BusinessKorea reported on 7 April. The Pyeongtaek ...
    07-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 6 April 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Denso’s US plant to produce face shields for healthcare workers
    Denso has announced that its manufacturing facility at Tennessee, US, will be producing thousands of face shields to help protect health care workers from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Initially Denso’s employees in Tennessee designed, produced, and donated 30 prototype...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Audi offers MY 2020 S6 and S7 with electric-powered compressor in US
    Audi is offering its model year (MY) 2020 S6 and S7 with electric-powered compressors (EPC) in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. The EPC comes  paired to the 2.9L, twin-turbocharged turbo fuel stratified injection (TFSI) V6 engine. It consists of an electr...
    06-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: SMMT urges UK government to introduce measures to support automotive suppliers
    The Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) has requested that the UK government immediately introduce measures to supports auto parts suppliers whose business have been severely hit due to comprehensive production suspensions at their customers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, R...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Varroc extends temporary closure of all Indian factories until 14 April
    Varroc Engineering Limited has stated that it will extend the temporary closures of its production facilities in India until 14 April, according to a notice sent by the company to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 1 April. The shutdown is being extended due to the lockdown imposed by the government of In...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Tenneco withdraws FY 2020 outlook, cuts production globally
    Tenneco has decided to withdraw its first quarter and full year financial guidance issued in March due to the uncertainty driven by the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated negative impact on demand, according to a company press release on 3 April. Additionally, the compa...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli extends European shutdown until 13 April
    Marelli has extended temporary suspension of production activities at majority of its plants in Europe until 13 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release sent to IHS Markit on 3 April. According to the company, the extension is applicable to i...
    06-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Supplier Plant Downtime Tracker (updated on 6 April)
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    06-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Kongsberg to raise EUR100 million to meet liquidity needs
    Kongsberg has announced that it intends to raise around EUR100 million through a mixture of convertible bonds and shares in order to meet its liquidity needs, the company said in a press release on 3 April. It will also increase its credit facility of EUR20 million. The liquidity need...
    03-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Rheinmetall to supply German authorities with up to 6 million masks 
    Rheinmetall has announced that it would be supplying high-quality respiratory protection masks to the German government, a company press release on 2 April read. Around a million Chinese-made masks will be supplied to the Bundeswehr procurement authorities in Koblenz. Along with a partner compa...
    03-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    M&A: BorgWarner-Delphi acquisition clears regulatory hurdle
    US-based automotive powertrain components supplier BorgWarner’s planned acquisition of Delphi Technologies has received the requisite antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission. The acquisition is being monitored closely since it came under risk when Delphi drew down its full USD500 mil...
    Hengst develops active crankcase ventilation for BMW
    Hengst SE has developed an active crankcase ventilation, called Blue.tron, for BMW, according to a company press release on 12 March. The company informed that the new product will be equipped in the upcoming generation of 3L 6-cylinder diesel engine systems from BMW; passenger vehicle ser...
    03-Apr-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF suspends operations at Marysville plant in US
    German auto components manufacturer ZF has put manufacturing operations on hold and laid off 800 of its employees at its production facility situated in Marysville, Michigan, United States, owing to the widespread coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a report filed by news publ...
    03-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nexteer produces protective masks and face shield headbands
    Nexteer Automotive has announced that it will be using its 3D printers in Michigan, United States, and Tychy, Poland, to make plastic protective masks and face shield headbands to help medical professionals fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 1 Ap...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Freudenberg's net sales rises marginally to USD10.6 billion in 2019
    Freudenberg Group has reported a sales of EUR9.46 billion in the full year ended 31 December 2019, compared to EUR9.45 billion (USD10.6 billion) in the previous year, according to a company press release on 1 April. Operating income of the Freudenberg Group, however, fell 9.9% year on year (y/y) to ...
    Uno Minda to invest USD4.4 million in Toyoda Gosei Minda JV
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. will transfer its all shares in Toyoda Gosei South India Pvt. Ltd. (TGSIN) to Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN), a joint venture (JV) between Uno Minda and Toyoda Gosei (TG), in 2020, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 2 April. To this end, Minda Industr...
    02-Apr-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bharat Forge, Rico Auto extends operations suspensions in India until 14 April
    Two Indian suppliers Bharat Forge and Rico Auto have announced extension of suspension of production activities in India until 14 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to their regulatory filings on 31 March. Bharat Forge had announced on 23 March about producti...
    02-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Continental withdraws financial guidance for fiscal year 2020
    German auto component supplier Continental has withdrawn its financial guidance for fiscal year 2020 due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 1 April. Continental expects an impact of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    REGULATION: US NHTSA, EPA release final SAFE Vehicles Rule on fuel economy standards
    The United States government has finalized its rollback of automotive emission norms which were initially adopted during the Obama administration. The rule, which required carmakers to improve efficiency in increments of 5% on an annual basis until the year 2026, now require annual increments of jus...
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF, Mahle implement collective holidays at plants in Brazil
    ZF has decided to put all of its 5,000 workers in Brazil on collective holidays, starting from 1 April until 12 April to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, M-Brain reported. The German supplier has been gradually reducing some activities in Brazil...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Air Liquide, PSA, Schneider Electric, Valeo set up task force for production of respirators
    Respirator maker Air Liquids has teamed up with auto parts manufacturer Valeo, automaker PSA, and electrical equipment company Schneider Electric, to produce some 10,000 respirators in 50 days, between the beginning of April and mid-May, to help coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, Val...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    M&A: BorgWarner issues statement regarding breach of agreement by Delphi Technologies
    American powertrain components manufacturer BorgWarner has issued a statement regarding its impending acquisition of Delphi Technologies. According to a press release issued by the company on 31 March, BorgWarner has stated that Delphi Technologies PLC provided notice to the lenders pursuant to its ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bharat Gears suspends operations at all plants in India until 14 April
    Bharat Gears has announced that suspension of operations at all its plants in India will continue until 14 April due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according company press release on March 31. It includes plants in Faridabad in Haryana, and Mumbra and Lonand in Maharashtra. ...
    01-Apr-2020 News COVID-19
    Powercell receives order for PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks from Bosch worth USD1.2 million
    Powercell has received an order for its PowerCell S3 fuel cell stacks from Bosch, the company announced in a press release on 30 March. The order is worth SEK11.5 million (USD1.1 million). Powercell said that it expects the order to have a positive financial impact during the first quarter 2020...
    JATCO develops new 9-speed automatic gearbox for RWD vehicles
    Japanese automotive transmission manufacturer JATCO has developed an all-new 9 speed automatic transmission that has been designed specifically for rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles. According to a press release from the company, this new transmission, named the JR913E, incorporates an oil pressure sy...
    31-Mar-2020 News New Products
    e-Turbos and e-Boosters to register increased adoption in the near future
    Automobile owners of today demand more features, more comfort, more safety, and more value for their money. A significant section of people want to drive the cars they own faster, a requirement that can be attributed to rapidly improving road infrastructure available in many countries today. However...
    Elringklinger's sales grow 1.6% y/y to USD1.9 billion in 2019
    Elringklinger has reported an increase of 1.6% year on year (y/y) in its sales to EUR1.7 billion (USD1.9 billion) during the full year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 30 March. Profit for the period, however fell by 90.6% y/y to EUR4.1 million. EBIT during t...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian automotive suppliers’ association ACMA seeks government relief
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACMA) has sought relief measures for the local auto component industry to withstand the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the association said in a press release on 27 March. According to the association, which has...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 March 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Rico Auto, Hi-Tech Gears, Sandhar, Exide Industries closes production at Indian facilities
    Several automotive suppliers in India have announced suspension of manufacturing operations at their production facilities to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a regulatory filing, Sandhar Technologies has announced suspension of manufacturing operations at i...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Magna, Linamar, Martinrea join forces to build ventilators in Canada
    Canadian auto parts suppliers Magna, Linamar, and Martinrea, alongside the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) and the province of Ontario have joined forces to build ventilators to treat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Canada, according to a press release on 27 Mar...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Nexteer 2019 sales drops 19% y/y to USD3.58 billion
    Nexteer Automotive has reported its annual results for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019.  According to a company press release on 29 March, revenues in 2019 declined 8.6% year on year (y/) to USD3.58 billion. Net profit also fell by 38.7% y/y to USD232.4 million, largely reflecting the im...
    SNT Corporation April–December net income drops 19.6% y/y to USD7.7 million
    Japanese auto components manufacturer SNT Corporation has released its financial results for the first nine months ended 31 December 2019, according to a press release on 14 February. The company reported a decline of 19.6% year on year y/y in its net profit to JPY850 million (USD7.7 million). ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Faurecia closes large number of European facilities
    Faurecia has announced temporary closures of a “large number of its production sites” in Europe as well as in North and South America, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 27 March 2020. “We are going through an u...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Automotive Suppliers - IHS Markit Survey
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    29-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bekaert says plant shutdowns to significantly impact first-half 2020 results
    Bekaert has announced that plant shutdowns and a slump in demand owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will significantly weigh on its first-half financial results of fiscal 2020, a company press release on 26 March read. The company will update its forecast on 13 May. Be...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Tenneco shuts plants in many Indian cities
    Tenneco has announced that it has shut down its plants in Bangalore, Patiala, and Bhiwadi due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 25 March read. The announcement comes after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi imposed a 21-day lockdown of the entir...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Magna withdraws outlook for FY 2020, provides update on plant operation
    Canadian automotive technology firm Magna has announced that it has withdrawn its outlook for the fiscal year 2020 in light of the uncertainties posed by the widespread coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press release issued by Magna dated 26 March, the company stated th...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli to extend temporary plant closures in Europe until 3 April
    Marelli has extended the suspension of production activities in the majority of its European plants for next week, until 3 April, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 26 March. “This measure is related to all Europea...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Schaeffler Group suspends guidance for financial year 2020
    Schaeffler Group has suspended its guidance for the financial year 2020 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. Schaeffler said that a package of measures is being implemented to manage the crisis and a new guidance is expec...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    ZF 2019 sales drop marginally y/y to USD40.9 billion
    ZF’s sales declined 1% year-over-year (y/y) to EUR36.5 billion (USD40.9 billion) in the financial year ended 31 December 2019, the automotive supplier said in an annual press conference in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 26 March. Adjusted for currency and merger and acquisition (M&A) effects, sa...
    Ford recalls 54,292 vehicles in Canada over problem with hydraulic control unit
    Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for 54,292 vehicles in Canada over a problem with the hydraulic control unit, according to a company press release on 25 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2006–10 Ford Fusion, MY 2006–10 Mercury Milan, and MY 2006–10 Lincoln MKZ veh...
    26-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: AAM withdraws FY 2020 outlook, provides updates on liquidity
    US-based auto components supplier American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. has announced that it has withdrawn its financial outlook for the fiscal year 2020 period due to the uncertainties posed by the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press statement i...
    26-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: BorgWarner revises business outlook for FY 2020
    American automotive parts and components supplier, BorgWarner, has issued a business update in light of the widespread coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press statement issued by BorgWarner on 24 March, the company has mentioned that it has liquidity of approximately USD2....
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota recalls 39,000 MY 2020 Highlander SUVs in US due to problem with auto stop-start
    Toyota is recalling nearly 39,000 vehicles in the US over problem with auto stop-start, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA). The recall affects certain model-year 2020 Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Significa...
    25-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford to extend North American plant closures beyond 30 March
    Ford is reassessing its plans to resume manufacturing operations at its North American facilities on 30 March as it had earlier expected, and it is likely to extend it beyond that date, as the automaker has seen a sharp increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last few days, the auto...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    ZF, WABCO expect to complete merger in Q2 2020
    According to a press release issued on 24 March, American auto parts maker WABCO and German auto components supplier ZF Friedrichshafen have stated that both companies have received all the requisite approvals from relevant regulatory authorities, with the exception of the Chinese State Administrati...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Plastic Omnium to gradually suspend production in Europe, Americas
    Plastic Omnium is suspending production in Europe and the Americas in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company announced in a press release on 24 March. The company’s European plants have been gradually shut down since mid-March, based on its automotive customers...
    25-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Dana withdraws FY 2020 financial outlook
    Dana has decided to withdraw its full-year financial guidance in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the US-based automotive supplier said in a press release on 23 March. The company said its first quarter financial results will be impacted primarily by the changes in custo...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive suppliers in India suspend manufacturing operations
    Several automotive suppliers in India have announced suspension of manufacturing operations at their production facilities to prevent spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Mint reported on 23 March. In a regulatory filing, Minda Corporation said that it is suspending manufacturing ...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Delphi to temporarily suspend North American and European operations
    Delphi Technologies has announced a temporary suspension of its operations in North America and Europe due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release on 19 March read. Leoni has decided to implement these measures in the wake of OEMs shutting operations alon...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyoda Gosei appoints new chairman, president
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has appointed Naoki Miyazaki as the new chairman of the company and Toru Koyama as the new president, according to a company press release on 23 March. Miyazaki is currently serving as president, while Koyama is currently serving as executive vice president. The company said t...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Martinrea withdraws financial guidance
    Martinrea International Inc. has announced that the company is withdrawing its financial guidance for the first quarter of 2020 as well as its 2021 outlook amid the uncertainty regarding the duration and business impact owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a compan...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli temporarily suspends operations at several North American facility
    Marelli has announced a temporary suspension of production at several of its North American facilities in response to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which is resulting in lower demand and supply chain bottlenecks, according to a company press release on 23 Marc...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ElringKlinger reduces production at Europe, North America, India, Brazil
    ElringKlinger, the auto parts supplier based out of Dettingen an der Erms, Germany, has announced that it will be cutting its manufacturing operations across multiple locations, as a fallout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press statement issued on 23 March, the automoti...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Continental, Plastic Omnium to halt production in Europe
    Continental has announced the suspension of production in Europe due to lowered demand, supply chain bottlenecks, and protection of employees as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spreads throughout the continent. According to a report by Automotive News Europe, Germany-based Continent...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Minda Industries suspends production in many Indian states
    Minda Industries has decided to suspend the manufacturing operations in Northern India, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra till further notice, the company said in a press release on 22 March. Following government directives and OEMs announcing production closure due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-1...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: MAHLE to suspend operations at all European sites by 25 March
    MAHLE has announced that it has started successively suspending production at all its plants in Europe due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. All European production sites are being successively closed down in a controlled mann...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 March 2020
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Schaeffler cuts production in Europe
    In a press release dated 19 March, Schaeffler announced that it will adjust its production capacities in Germany and Europe. Schaeffler said that adjustments will be made location by location and will consider the specific requirements in the divisions. The company agreed to a set of measures yester...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Tenneco suspends operations at German plant
    Tenneco has announced that it has suspended operations at its Wiesbaden plant in Germany owing to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a company press release read. Tenneco added that it anticipates the closure to continue until 19 April but could be extended depending on the situation....
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Benteler closes operations at plants in Czech Republic, France, and Spain
    Benteler is temporarily suspending operations in Spain, the Czech Republic, and France due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 20 March. The company is also taking other precautionary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. These measur...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF suspends operations in Europe, North America
    Major German auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen announced that the company is suspending many operations in Europe and North America over the coming days due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a statement from Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch suspends production at German plants
    Bosch has announced suspension of production at its German locations due to a reduction in customer demand as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Germany-based supplier said in a press release on 20 March. The company informed that starting 25 March, it will drastically...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Sogefi to suspend production activities across plants in Italy, France, and Spain
    Sogefi has decided to temporarily suspend production activities across its plants in Italy, France, and Spain, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Europe, the company said in a press release on 22 March. The company’s move will impact its all three divisions: Air & Cooli...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Denso, Ficosa, Teksid temporarily close plants in Italy
    Japanese auto parts supplier Denso closed its car air-conditioning systems manufacturing plant in Poirino, Italy, from 13 March to 16 March after its two employees were tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus, La Stampa reported last week.     La Stampa al...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli to temporarily halt manufacturing at majority of European plants
    Marelli has decided to temporarily suspend operations at the majority of its production facilities in Europe for the next week in response to the sharp increase in infection and deaths due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said in a press release on 19 March. “I...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association in US seeks government aid
    The trade group for US auto parts makers has asked the government for emergency grants and tariff relief to help combat the adverse economic impact due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 20 March. The Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has ...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Garrett Motion resumes production at Wuhan plant
    Swiss auto components supplier Garrett Motion has announced that it has resumed operations at its facility in Wuhan, China. The city of Wuhan, located in China’s Hubei province, was the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press statement issued on 19 March, ...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: SKF announces measures to reduce impact on operations
    As a result of the increasing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Sweden-based bearing and seal manufacturing firm SKF has announced its intention to lower its production output. According to a press statement issued by the company on 19 March, SKF will take steps that inc...
    20-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Honda to suspend production at North American plants for six days from 23 March
    Honda has announced plans to suspend production activities at its plants in North America from next week (23 March) for six days in response to expected decline in vehicle demand due to the economic impact of the  coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press relea...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    FCA recalls 33,237 vehicles in US over issue with clutch pressure plate
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall of 33,237 vehicles in the US over an issue with the clutch pressure plate, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 3 March. The recall covers certain model year 2018–20 Jeep Wrangler ...
    17-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 March 2020
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    BMW to end production of i8 plug-in hybrid sports car
    BMW is planning to stop the production of its plug-in hybrid sports car i8, Autocar reported on 11 March, citing a confirmation from BMW. The production is expected to cease by the middle of April. Significance: The i8 was the first model by BMW under its ‘i’ label. The production versio...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Auto suppliers in Hubei province resuming production in orderly manner, says minister
    According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 13 March, the vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, Xin Guobin, has stated that automotive components and parts manufacturers based in the Hubei province are resuming manufacturing operations in an orderly...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Disruption in auto parts import from China to affect vehicle production in India, says industry association
    According to a press statement issued by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on 11 March, Rajan Wadhera, the president of SIAM, stated that automotive manufacturers in India import roughly 10 percent of the raw materials that are required for manufacturing processes from China. ...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Linamar's sales fall 2.6% y/y to USD5.6 billion in 2019
    Linamar has reported a fall of 2.6% year on year (y/y) in its sales to CAD7.4 billion (USD5.6 billion) during the full year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 11 March. Net earnings for the same period fell 27.2% y/y to CAD430.4 million. Sales in the Transportation segme...
    Vitesco secures order for catalytic converter heating elements from European OEM
    In a press statement issued on 12 March, German automotive components supplier Vitesco Technologies has announced that it has won an order from a European OEM for electric heating elements to be used in diesel catalytic converters. This e-catalyst is from the Emicat brand and will be installed ...
    Tenneco to supply exhaust system for MY2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    Tenneco is supplying its advanced exhaust and powertrain technologies for the model year (MY) 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Tenneco announced in a press release on 12 March 2020. Tenneco’s Clean Air and Powertrain Business Groups is supplying the complete cold-end exhaust system, as well as a ...
    Mercedes-Benz to offer plug-in hybrid powertrain in seven variants of new E-Class
    Mercedes-Benz is offering the plug-in hybrid powertrain in seven E-Class variants ranging from diesel to petrol, Saloon to Estate, and rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, the automaker announced in a press release on 3 March. Mercedes- Benz will be offering the electrified variants in the...
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    BASF launches Tri-Metal Catalyst for catalytic converters in light-duty gasoline vehicles
    BASF has tested and launched a new Tri-Metal Catalyst technology for use in catalytic converters in light-duty gasoline vehicles, the company announced in a press release on 10 March. Developed in collaboration with Sibanye-Stillwater and Impala Platinum, the technology is expected to enable a parti...
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    ZF forms JV with Wolong Electric Group for electric motors and components
    ZF has officially signed an agreement with Wolong Electric Group to set up a joint venture (JV) for manufacturing electric motors and electric components, ZF announced in a  press release on 10 March. ZF holds a 26% share in the JV, and the remaining shares are held by Wolong Electric. Named&nb...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 8 Series
    The second generation BMW 8 Series is assembled at BMW's facility in Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW 8 Series from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 51 units. If you would like your company included in t...
    New Škoda Octavia G-TEC to get CNG powertrain
    According to a press release issued by Škoda on 10 March, the Czech Republic-based car manufacturer has announced that its upcoming Octavia G-TEC will have a compressed natural gas (CNG) powertrain when it goes on sale in the second half of this year. This G-TEC powertrain is already available o...
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    Hyundai recalls 13,552 vehicles in Canada for potential fuel hose leak, fire risk
    Hyundai has issued a recall of 13,552 vehicles in Canada over the risk of fuel leakage, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 3 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2013–14 Hyundai Sonata sedans produced between November 2012 and January 2014 for the Canadian mark...
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    Marelli to relocate North American headquarters to Southfield, US
    Marelli will relocate its North American headquarters to Southfield, Michigan, US, according to a press release on 9 March 2020. To this end, the company has signed a multiyear lease and will occupy nearly 200,000 square feet of the brownfield site in Southfield, with room to grow. The three-story b...
    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies develops DIAvent battery sealing technology
    German auto components supplier Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a new battery sealing technology, according to a press statement released by the company on 10 March. The company states that this new technology, referred to as DIAvent, provides pressure compensation during normal opera...
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    New Honda CR-V gets two-motor hybrid powertrain technology
    The latest-generation Honda CR-V will get the company’s new two-motor hybrid powertrain, according to a press release issued by the Japanese carmaker on 27 February. While this system is similar to the one seen in the Honda Accord Hybrid, improvements have been made to the vehicle’s battery, the...
    10-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 outbreak: IHS Markit expects supply chain issues to improve in China from end March
    Extended closures of automotive suppliers’ facilities in mainland China, which have taken place since the Lunar New Year annual holidays in the second half of January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have severely affected the global supply chain. Some ci...
    10-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    BASF and Hengst develop reusable spin-on oil filter
    BASF and Hengst have developed a reusable plastic spin-on oil filter module known as 'Blue.on' for vehicles, BASF announced in a press release on 4 March. The companies claim that the new product is the world’s first reusable plastic spin-on oil filter module for cars. It is made from Ultrami...
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    Kia recalls 51,465 vehicles in US over issue with fuel rail
    Kia has issued a recall of 51,465 vehicles in the US over issue with fuel rail, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 21 February. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2011–12 Sedona vehicles. The recall is expected to begin 16 ...
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