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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
    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 ...
    Management Changes (Issue 5, 2017)
    American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has appointed Tolga Oal as senior vice-president of AAM Corporate. In addition to new role, however, Oal will continue his current position as president of AAM North America and will remain in charge of managing AAM’s driveline business in North America. ...
    Management Changes (Issue 4, 2017)
    Air International Thermal has appointed Rejie Samuel as its new CEO. Samuel succeeds Todd Sheppelman, who has resigned from the company. Samuel, who is currently serving as the chief operating officer of the company, has over 25 years of leadership and industry experience. Arconic has announced 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...
    Management Changes (Issue 3, 2017)
    Akebono Brake Industry has announced certain personnel changes, effective 1 April 2017, according to a company press release. The company has appointed Takeshi Saito as assistant to president and CEO. Saito will also continue his current role of senior managing executive officer and in-charge of Fri...
    Management Changes (Issue 2, 2017)
    Delphi Automotive has appointed David Paja as senior vice-president and president of Electronics and Safety (E&S) division. Paja replaces Jugal Vijayvargiya, who has resigned from the post to pursue other career opportunities. Most recently, Paja served as president of Honeywell Security & F...
    Management Changes (Issue 1, 2017)
    American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM) has appointed Donald E. Wright as vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Wright will continue to lead the development and execution of AAM’s information technology strategy. Wright joined AAM in 2012 as executive director and CIO.  Pr...
    Management Changes (Issue 10, 2016)
    BorgWarner has appointed Michael S. Hanley to the board of directors and also the Audit team Committee of the board of directors, the company announced in a press release on 9 November. Hanley is also a director of publicly held Shiloh Industries. In his previous assignment, Hanley served as the par...
    Management Changes (Issue 8, 2016)
    Akebono Brake Industry has announced a slew of changes in its managerial team with effect from 1 October, promoting as many as 17 officials within the company. The company has appointed Hiroshi Idei as head of its advanced research and development (R&D) group, Toshifumi Maehara as assistant head...
    Management Changes (Issue 7, 2016)
    Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has moved one step closer to market its self-driving car technology by hiring a former senior executive of Airbnb, Shaun Stewart. Stewart is joining Alphabet as a director of Google self-driving car project. He will help the firm to commercialise its self-driv...
    Management Changes (Issue 6, 2016)
    Akebono has appointed Wilm Uhlenbecker as chairman of Akebono Brake Mexico.  esides the new role, Uhlenbecker will continue his responsibilities as managing executive officer and president and CEO of Akebono Brake Corporation. Apple has hired Dan Dodge, the former head of BlackBerry’s auto...
    Management Changes (Issue 2, 2016)
    Akebono Brake has appointed Masami Nagasaki as president of Akebono Brake (Thailand) Co. Ltd. and president of A&M Casting (Thailand) Co. Ltd. Currently Nagasaki is the assistant head of the Global Purchasing division. Additionally, Keiichi Oka will assume the role of senior manager of Corporate...
    Management changes (Issue 10, 2015)
    Alcoa has announced executive management appointments for the Value-Add Company, according to a press release dated 24 November. Ken Giacobbe, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Alco’s Engineered Products and Solutions business, is appointed CFO of the Value-Add Company. Klaus Kleinfeld, chairma...
    Management changes (Issue 4, 2015)
    Continental has named James Bayley new vice-president of commercial vehicles and aftermarket (CVAM) business unit within the company’s Interior Division in North America; Bayley will replace Jerry Gabbard. In his new role, Bayley will be responsible for the company’s strategic development and ov...
    Management changes (Issue 3, 2015)
    Akebono Brake has appointed Yoshimasa Ogino as chairman, president and CEO of the company effective 1 April 2015.  Prior to this role, Ogino was chairman of Akebono Brake. He will continue to be a member of Akebono Brake’s board. Alcoa has named José Aurélio Drummond president of Latin ...
    Management changes (Issue 1, 2015)
    American Axle & Manufacturing has named Donald L. Joseph its new president, Asia (vice-president, AAM Corporate. In this role, he will continue to lead the company’s regional business, engineering and manufacturing activity from American Axle’s Asia Headquarters and Engineering Center locate...
    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...
    Management changes (Issue 10, 2014)
    American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has announced a few new management appointments. “We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of Nigel Francis and Jon Morrison to the AAM executive management team.” said David C. Dauch, chairman, president and CEO, AAM. Axion Power Inte...
    Management changes (Issue 9, 2014)
    Apollo Tyres has appointed Mathias Heimann as its president of Europe and Americas and CEO of its European subsidiary, Apollo Vredestein, according to Autocar Professional. Heimann has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and production. Heimann has earlier worked for years with Continent...
    Management changes (Issue 8, 2014)
    Bayer, a Germany-based plastic materials supplier to the automotive industry, has appointed Frank H. Lutz as the new chief financial officer (CFO) of the group’s MaterialScience business, effective 1 October 2014. Lurz succeeds Axel Steiger-Bagel, who will take over as a senior representative in B...
    Management changes (Issue 7, 2014)
    3M has promoted Ippocratis Vrohidis as vice-president (VP) for the company’s operations in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, effective 1 July 2014, reports AMEinfo. Most recently, Vrohidis served as VP of Finance for Asia Pacific at 3M. In his new role, Vrohidis will be work from Dubai in t...
    Management changes (Issue 6, 2014)
    3M has promoted Ashish K. Khandpur to senior vice-president of Research and Development (R&D) and chief technology officer, effective yesterday (14 July). Khandpur replaced Frederick J. Palensky, who has retired from 3M. Akebono Brake has announced changes in its management body, eff...
    Management changes (Issue 5, 2014)
    Johnson Controls has appointed two of its existing corporate officers to new leadership roles to lead the company and develop its enterprise capabilities in Asia Pacific, according to a company press release. Beda Bolzenius will relocate to Shanghai, China to assume the expanded role of vice-chairma...
    Management changes (Issue 4, 2014)
    Aisin Seiki has named Yoshiaki “Yoshi” Kato as president of the Aisin Technical Center of America in Plymouth, Michigan. Kato joined Aisin in 2006 and most recently served as senior managing officer of Aisin’s research and development sector in Japan. His work history includes 25 years with To...
    Management changes (Issue 3, 2014)
    DuPont’s Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Scott Coleman has resigned. Coleman was leading DuPont’s marketing and sales practices and competencies, marketing services and the DuPont Brand. The comp Akebono Brake has promoted, Kazuo Matsumoto from officer-in-charge of Manufacturing ...
    Management changes (Issue 2, 2014)
    DuPont’s Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Scott Coleman has resigned. Coleman was leading DuPont’s marketing and sales practices and competencies, marketing services and the DuPont Brand. The company will name Coleman’s replacement later. Federal-Mogul has appointed Daniel A. Ni...
    Management changes (Issue 1, 2014)
    American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has promoted Alberto L. Satine as senior vice-president of its Global Driveline Operations. Prior to his current position, he served as group vice-president, Global Sales & Business Development at the company. In his new role, Satine will lead AAM’s driv...
    Management changes (Issue 10, 2013)
    Asahi Glass (AGC) has made changes in its management positions effective 1 January 2014. Kei Yonamoto has been appointed Executive Vice-President, Representative for the Americas, Glass Company. Yonamoto was earlier Brazil Global Project Team Leader. Yoshiaki Tamura has been appointed as Executive V...
    Management changes (Issue 9, 2013)
    Akebono Brake has announced a few senior management changes, effective from 1 November. Among the main changes are: Keiichi Oka, who is currently general manager of the Corporate Planning Department, will become president and director of Akebono Brake (Thailand) Co. Ltd, as well as general manager o...
    Management changes (Issue 8, 2013)
    BASF Coatings GmbH has named Thomas Hartmann as Managing Director and Industrial Relations Director of, effective 1 September 2013. Hartmann has succeeded Eva Müller, who has assumed a new position within the BASF Group. Commercial Vehicle Group’s (CVG) Chief Financial Officer (CFO), ...
    Management changes (Issue 7, 2013)
    American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has named its President and CEO, David C Dauch as Chairman of the company with an immediate effect. The post of chairman fell vacant after the company’s co-founder and Executive Chairman Richard E Dauch passed away earlier this month. David Dauch has been as...
    Management Changes (Issue 6, 2013)
    Alcoa has appointed Roy Harvey as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of its Global Primary Products (GPP) business unit effective immediately. In his new role, Harvey will oversee day-to-day operations of the company’s 22 aluminium smelters and nine alumina refineries worldwide, as well as bauxite ...
    Management changes (March 2013)
    Akebono Brake is to merge several of its divisions into single entities. Current head of Production Planning, Kazuo Matsumoto, will relinquish his responsibility to head of Manufacturing, Seiji Onoda, who will head up the combined group. Matsumoto will remain Managing Executive Officer; Officer-in-c...
    Management changes (Feb 2013)
    Alcoa has appointed John Martin as the President of Global Primary Products, U.S.. Martin will be responsible for global primary product locations in the U.S. which includes six operating smelters, an alumina refinery and potlining recycling facility. Bob Lenney and Steve Rombough named as Massena...
    Management changes (Jan 2013)
    Alcoa has appointed William F. Oplinger as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), says the company’s press release. Oplinger succeeds Charles D. McLane, who is retiring from the company. Oplinger will assume the new role on 1 April 2013. Since September 2007, McLane has been Executive Vice-Preside...
    Latest Management Changes
    Webasto has appointed Holger Engelmann as the new CEO of its holding company Webasto SE effective 1 January 2013. On the same date, he will also take over as the Chairman of the Management Board of Webasto SE. Engelmann is currently deputy CEO and head of Webasto's roof business. He succeeds Franz-J...
    Latest managerial appointments
    11 June 2012: Robert Remenar stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nexteer Automotive. Nexteer Chairman Guibin Zhao succeeds Remenar as the new CEO whereas the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Laurent Bresson will take over as the new President. Remenar will remain on the company’s Boa...
    Latest Managerial Appointments
    Bosch has appointed Mike Mansuetti as the President of the North American business. In July this year, Mansuetti will replace Werner Struth, who will remain the Chairman of the company and a board member of its German parent company. Fujitsu Semiconductor America has appointed Satoru Yamaguchi as P...
    Latest Managerial Appointments
    ACCURIDE Corporation has announced the appointment of Gregory A. Risch as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with immediate effect. Risch has already been serving as interim CFO since October 2011. William M. Lasky, Chairman of Corporation’s Board of Directors, has decided to step do...
    Latest Management Changes
    3M has elected Inge G Thulin as its new President and CEO, effective 24 February 2012. Thulin will succeed George W Buckley, Chairman, President and CEO of the company, who will retire on 1 June this year. Thulin has been serving as COO of the company since May last year. With this appointment he ha...
    Latest Managerial Appointments
    Autoliv announced that its Chairman, Lars Westerberg has decided to resign from the company’s Board of Directors. Westerberg will be leaving Autoliv after spending nearly 13 years. He became President and CEO of the company in February 1999. Eight years later, in 2007, he was elected as Chairman o...
    Latest management changes
    Haldex appointed Ulf Ahlén as new CEO. Ahlén replaces Jay Longbottom who will continue in his role as President - North American operations. He will also assume the additional role of Executive Vice-President, Haldex Air Control division. The appointments are effective by the end of this month. G...
    Latest management changes
    Altair Nanotechnologies appointed H. Frank Gibbard as new President and CEO. Gibbard has replaced Terry Copeland. Stephen B. Huang has been appointed Vice-President and CFO, succeeding John Fallini. Both Gibbard and Huang assumed their new positions on 18 September. Clarcor appointed Christopher L....
    Latest management changes
    Bosch has appointed new executives for its automotive technology business. All the appointments are effective 1 January 2012. Klaus Meder has been appointed as President of the Automotive Electronics division, succeeding Christoph Kübel. He will oversee the division’s engineering activities. Gerh...
    Latest management changes
    Bosch India has named Soumitra Bhattacharya as chief financial officer (CFO), effective 1 July, reports the Economic Times. He will also serve as the alternate director to B Bohr, the part-time director of the company. Bhattacharya recently served as the unit's senior vice-president and was looking ...
    Latest Management Changes
    Continental has announced management changes in its Passenger and Light Truck Tire (PLT) division. The changes will come into effect from 1 June 2011. As part of the move, Christian Kötz will take over as the head of PLT Replacement EMEA (Europe, the Mideast and Africa). Kötz will report to Nikola...
    Latest management changes
    Yokohama Rubber promoted Tadanobu Nagumo to the post of Chairman and President from his current role as the President and representative director. He will also continue to serve as the representative director of the company. The company also named Hikomitsu Noji, currently the director and Senior Ma...
    Latest management changes
    Goodyear Asia Pacific appointed Mike Martens in charge of the company’s Australia and New Zealand businesses. Martens took charge of the position from 1 March 2011 and will continue as the Vice President of Goodyear Asia Pacific OTR. Martens replaced Judith Swales who left the company to pursue no...
    Latest management changes
    Revstone Industries appointed Dan Dressler as the Vice-President of global purchasing and supplier development. Dressler will be responsible for the development of the company’s procurement strategy, policies and procedures. Dressler brings around 11 years of automotive experience in engineering, ...
    Latest Management changes
    Toyota appointed Robert Young as the Vice-President of purchasing at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc (TEMA). Young is currently working as general manager of materials and vehicle parts purchasing including electrical, body, steel and structural commodities in North Am...
    Latest Management Changes
    Dura Automotive has appointed Jeff Stafeil as the company’s new CEO. Stafeil replaces Tim Leuliette.  Stafeil was Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Financial Officer of Dura. Martin Becker has also been promoted to become EVP and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Dura, replacing Tom Cha...
    Latest management changes
    Visteon, having emerging from bankruptcy, has appointed eight of its nine-member board of directors. Donald Stebbins Visteon's CEO and Karl Krapek former President and Chief Operating Officer of United Technologies Corp. will continue to serve the company's board. Among the new members, the company ...
    Latest appointments
    UQM Technologies named Eric Ridenour as the company’s new President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Ridenour will eventually be appointed as the company’s CEO. Ridenour’s appointment as COO is effective from 1 September 2010 onwards. He will assume responsibility of the CEO from 1 December ...
    Latest Management Changes
    Grammer AG appointed Hartmut Müller as the company’s new CEO. Müller follows Dr. Rolf-Dieter Kempis who has been CEO since 2007. Müller has been a member of the Executive Board since 2007. He is currently in charge of Strategic Product Planning, Internal Control, R&D, Legal and IT. In addition,...
    Latest management changes
    BASF has appointed its CFO, Kurt Bock, as the company’s new CEO. Bock replaces current CEO, Juergen Hambrecht, who is retiring next year. Bock has served as the company’s CFO since 2003. He also handles BASF’s North American operations. Bock joined BASF in 1985 and in 1992 moved to Robert Bosc...
    Latest management changes
    Grammer AG appointed Manfred Pretscher as a new member of the Executive Board. The company’s Chairman, Dr. Rolf-Dieter Kempis will quit from the company’s Executive Board as of 31 July 2010. Thereafter, designated Executive Board Chairman Hartmut Müller, CFO Alois Ponnath and Manfred Pretscher ...
    Latest management changes
    Clarcor appointed David J. Fallon as the new Chief Financial Officer. Fallon replaced Bruce Klein, who announced his retirement after 15 years of service with the company. Prior to this appointment, Fallon was the Vice-President, Finance. Earlier, he worked as the Chief Financial Officer for Noble I...
    Latest management changes
    Federal-Mogul President and CEO Jose Maria Alapont decided to extend his term of employment until March 2013. He will also continue to serve as a member of the board of directors. Alapont has been working as the President and CEO, and board member of the company since March 2005. He has also served ...
    Latest management changes
    Bosal Group appointed Aad L Goudriaan as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 April 2010. Aad Goudriaan was previously President and Vice-President of Paccar at DAF Trucks. Goudriaan joined DAF Trucks in 1987 and rose to the position of President of the company in 2004. Clarion Corporation ...
    Latest appointments
    Kumho Tire named Yuong Nam Byun as President and Managing Director of Kumho Tire Europe GmbH. Byun has held several leadership positions with Kumho, with the most recent as the Managing Director of Sales for Central and South America. Lotus Group appointed Dr. Robert Hentschel as the Director, Lotu...
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