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    Osram appoints Kathrin Dahnke as CFO
    The supervisory board of Osram Licht AG has appointed Kathrin Dahnke as new CFO, according to a company press release on 7 April. Effective 16 April, she will be responsible for the financial business of Osram. "Kathrin Dahnke has extensive experience with medium-sized as well as listed companies...
    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
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 6 April 2020
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    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: 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: 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
    HELLA’s sales decline 6.2% y/y to USD5.3 billion in first nine months of FY 2019/20
    HELLA has reported a decline of 6.2% year on year (y/y) in sales to EUR4.8 billion (USD5.3 billion) in the first nine-month period (1 June 2019 to 29 February 2020), the German company said in a press release on 2 April. Currency and portfolio-adjusted sales fell by 3.7% y/y. The adjusted EBIT decre...
    Koito completes absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary
    Koito has announced the completion of its absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary KI Holdings Co., Ltd. (KIHD), the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 1 April. The company informed that post merger, there will be no change to Koito’s company name, head office address, name ...
    M&A: Austrian sensor specialist ams completes USD1.8 billion share sale to fund Osram acquisition
    ams has announced that it has completed a CHF1.75 billion (USD1.81 billion) share sale to partially fund the acquisition of Germany-based Osram Licht, according to a company press release on 31 March. ams shareholders exercised the subscription rights for 117.5 million new shares, corresponding to 6...
    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
    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 Impact on Automotive Suppliers - IHS Markit Survey
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    29-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lumileds suspends production activities at US, Malaysian plants
    Lumileds is suspending production activities at its plants in Malaysia and the United States to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and protect health of its employees, sources told IHS Markit. The company is temporary closing operations at its site in San Jose in ...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: OSRAM announces temporary plant shutdown in Italy, US
    German lighting supplier OSRAM Licht AG is suspending manufacturing operations in Italy and the United States owing to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, sources told IHS Markit. According to company’s website, the company operates OSRAM Sylvania Inc.;&n...
    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: North American Lighting suspends production at various US plants
    North American Lighting (NAL), a Koito Group Company, has announced a suspension of production activities at various plants in the United States in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 20 March. The company suspended operations at its ...
    27-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Austrian sensor firm ams expects to close Osram deal in Q2 2020
    ams has announced that, with respect to the acquisition of Germany-based Osram Licht, it expects the public offer to close in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. In a press release dated 19 March, the Austrian company has said it has increased its direct shareholding in OSRAM to 23.4%, funded from ex...
    ADASKY wins contract to supply thermal cameras for AV
    ADASKY announced that it has won a strategic contract to supply its thermal cameras for an autonomous vehicle (AV), a company press release on 23 March read. ADASKY said its Viper thermal camera is a high-resolution, thermal perception system and can recognize pedestrians at distances over 2...
    24-Mar-2020 News New Products
    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
    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: 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: 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
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 March 2020
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    INTERVIEW: Ambient lighting market expected to double from EUR2 billion to EUR4 billion within the next seven years, says Dr James Gourlay, CTO/Technical Director at designLED
    Multiple technological developments are shaping the automotive lighting industry. To compete with changes in the industry, manufacturers are focusing on incorporating new lighting features within a vehicle that not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also help create different moods for vehicle p...
    23-Mar-2020 News Interviews
    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: HELLA cuts outlook for current fiscal year
    HELLA has cut its outlook for the current fiscal year ending 31 May 2020 due to the impact on business by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the German lighting and electronics company announced in a press release on 18 March. “Sales and earnings forecast for current fiscal year lik...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Eypex, Proper Group form alliance to develop automotive lighting components
    Eypex Corporation and Proper Group International have signed a binding letter of intent to form a strategic alliance to jointly design, develop, market and manufacture automotive lighting components, according to an Eypex press release on 17 March 2020. The partnership will focus on the automotive m...
    19-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Osram considers temporary closure of some production facilities
    German lighting and electronics supplier Osram Licht is considering temporary closure of some of its production facilities in response to the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 18 March. However, the company has not disclosed which of ...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    New SEAT Leon features full-LED headlamps
    The all-new SEAT Leon features a range of lighting technologies integrated both in the exterior and interior of the vehicle, according to a company press release on 16 March 2020. The model features full LED headlamps that offer improved vision, increasing the visibility of dark roads ...
    17-Mar-2020 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 March 2020
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    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
    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...
    HELLA to start series production of new headlamp technology ‘SSL100’ at Mexican plant in mid-2020
    HELLA announced that the company will start series production of new headlamp technology ‘SSL100’ at  its Mexican plant in mid-2020, according to a press release on 10 March. Series production of the headlamp is scheduled to start in the middle of the year at the Mexican HELLA plant in Irap...
    11-Mar-2020 News New Products
    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...
    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
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 9 March 2020
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    Osram CFO Ingo Bank resigns
    Osram Licht AG’s CFO Ingo Bank has resigned from the post, according to a company press release on 6 March. Bank has been appointed CFO of Austrian sensor specialist ams AG as of 1 May 2020. His term will run for three years. Osram’s CEO Olaf Berlien will also head the finance department...
    Osram develops new LED for fog lamps
    Germany-based lighting supplier Osram has developed a new LED for rear fog lamps—Synios P2720 CR—to improve visibility in poor weather conditions, according to a company press release on 3 March. The Synios P2720 CR enables compact rear fog lamp designs. The company said despite its small dimens...
    04-Mar-2020 News New Products
    DS Automobiles’ new DS 9 sedan features ‘Active LED Vision’ headlights
    The DS Automobiles, a French premium luxury automaker, has announced its flagship sedan, the 2020 DS 9, featuring ‘Active LED vision headlights’, a hybrid powertrain, a lush interior, and a range of high-tech safety features, according to a company press release on 24 February. “To make drivin...
    03-Mar-2020 News New Products
    MY2020 Volkswagen e-Golf features adaptive LED headlights
    Volkswagen’s new 2020 e-Golf features LED headlights with Adaptive Front-light System (AFS), the automaker announced in a press release in late February. The new e-Golf is equipped with LED headlights that are bright, bold and highly energy efficient. The AFS helps optimize distribution of light f...
    03-Mar-2020 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 02 March 2020
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    COVID-19 outbreak: Geneva International Motor Show is cancelled
    The 90th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), which was scheduled to be held from 5–15 March 2020 at Geneva, Switzerland, has been canceled due to confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Switzerland. In a press release issued on 28 February, the organizers of the eve...
    02-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    ZKW reports sales of around USD1.39 billion in 2019
    Austrian lighting supplier has reported sales of EUR1.25 billion (approximately USD1.39 billion) for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 13 February. As of 31 December 2019, ZKW employs around 10,000 people at ten locations in eight countries. ZKW had r...
    New Renault Talisman features LED Matrix Vision technology
    The new Renault Talisman features LED MATRIX Vision headlamps, according to a company press release on 26 February. The automaker said that the full range of the New Talisman also comes fitted with full LED lights. Adaptive headlights are equipped with LED MATRIX technology and come with d...
    27-Feb-2020 News New Products
    HELLA expects sales growth of 5–10% in medium term
    Germany-based lighting and electronics expert HELLA expects a medium-term target corridor for sales growth of 5% to 10% and a medium-term profitability target of at least 8%, the company said in a press release on 26 February. At the Capital Markets Day in Berlin, HELLA said the company will continu...
    Prospects of integrating lidar sensors in headlamps
    Automakers are exploring headlamps as a location for lidar sensors to achieve automated driving functionalities. According to IHS Markit, vehicles in future will have digital lighting system that will include a camera, lidar, and other sensors combined with artificial intelligence (AI) to understand...
    Yanfeng showcases smart surface technology for intuitive HMI
    Yanfeng is showcasing its smart surface expertise, according to a company press release on 25 February. The new ‘Smart Surface Demonstrator’ consists of seven intuitive human-machine interface (HMI) solutions that are seamlessly integrated into different surfaces. The company informed that its S...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Stanley Electric’s net profit down 22.7% y/y to USD210.6 million in April–December 2019
    Stanley Electric Company has posted a 22.7% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income at JPY22.9 billion (USD210.6 million) for the first nine months ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release. Net sales for the period fell by 8.1% y/y to JPY202.2 billion. Operating income also drop...
    Ford recalls 217,185 vehicles in North America over issue with LED headlights
    Ford has issued a safety compliance recall in North America affecting a total of 217,185 vehicles over issue with LED headlights, the automaker said in a press release on 25 February. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2018–20 Ford F-150 vehicles. The recall affects 166,196 vehicles in the ...
    26-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 24 February 2020
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    Valeo reports 43% y/y decline in FY2019 net income to USD350 million
    Valeo’s net income declined 43% year over year (y/y) to EUR313 million (USD350 million) in the financial year ended 31 December 2019, the company said in a press release on 20 February. Sales increased by 2% y/y to EUR19.5 billion. Original equipment (OE) sales increased by 1% y/y to EUR16.4 billi...
    Varroc Lighting reports fire accident at Indian plant
    Varroc Engineering has reported a fire at its Hinjewadi automotive lighting plant in Pune, India. According to a BSE filing by the company, the fire occurred at Varroc Lighting Systems India Private Limited, a plant that manufactures lighting products for four wheelers in India. “The fire incidenc...
    Lumax Industries’ Q3 net profit down 61.1% y/y to USD2.6 million
    Lumax Industries has reported a 61.1% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net profit to INR188.9 million (USD2.6 million) for the third quarter ended 31 December 2019, according to a company regulatory filing in early February. Profit before tax for the period was also down by 59.4% y/y to INR251.9 millio...
    Osram increases savings target from EUR220 million to EUR300 million by 2022
    German supplier Osram Licht has increased its savings target from EUR220 million to EUR300 million by 2022, according to a company press release on 18 February. Osram has increased savings target due to increased efficiency and the initiated measures. "But of course, we will not get Osram back on tr...
    BMW recalls 683 vehicles in US over issue with rear reflex reflectors
    BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling 683 vehicles in the United States over an issue with rear reflex reflectors, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2020 X7 xDrive4...
    18-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    Ichikoh’s FY2019 net income down 46.5% y/y to USD47.8 million
    Ichikoh Industries, a Valeo company, has reported a 46.5% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net profit to JPY5.2 billion (USD47.8 million) for the fiscal year ended 31 December, according to a company press release on 13 February. Net sales for the year amounted to JPY133 billion, down 5.4% y/y. Lower s...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 17 February 2020
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    Marelli to open new R&D center in Italy for body and lighting electronics, sensors aimed at ADAS
    Marelli has announced plans to open a new research and development (R&D) center in Turin, Italy, the company said in a press release on 14 February. The R&D center, with a total surface area of over 3,000 square meters on five floors, is located near Marelli’s plant in Turin. It will have ...
    17-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Mazda recalls 36,760 vehicles in US over issue with LED daytime running lights
    Mazda is recalling 36,760 vehicles in the United States over an issue with LED daytime running light (DRL), according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2016 Mazda CX-5 sport utility vehicles. Signi...
    13-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Consumer Analysis 2019
    Watch an on-demand replay now Our webinar will provide a summary of the 2019 Automotive Consumer Analysis, tracking the changing automotive lifestyles of today’s consumer. The topics covered include Connected Services & Apps, User Experience, and NEW for 2019, E-Mobility. Taking input fr...
    12-Feb-2020 Insights Webinars
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz GLA
    The second generation Mercedes Benz GLA is assembled at Daimler's facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz GLA from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 127,000 units. If you would like your compa...
    Motherson Sumi System’s Q3 net profit down 30.4% y/y to USD37.8 million
    Motherson Sumi Systems Limited (MSSL) has reported a 30.4% year-on-year (y/y) decline in consolidated net profit (attributable to owners) to INR2.7 billion (USD37.8 million) for the third quarter ended 31 December 2019, according to a regulatory filing. Revenue from operations in the quarter under r...
    ams to enter into ‘Domination and Profit and Loss Transfer Agreement’ (DPLTA) with Osram
    Austria-based sensor specialist ams has announced its firm intention to implement a ‘Domination and Profit and Loss Transfer Agreement’ (DPLTA) between its wholly-owned subsidiary ams Offer GmbH and Germany-based Osram Licht AG in the context of its acquisition of the latter, ams said in a press...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 10 February 2020
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    Koito invests USD50 million in US-based lidar startup Cepton
    Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Koito) has invested USD50 million to acquire shares of Cepton Technologies, Inc. (Cepton), a US-based startup company that designs and manufactures lidar for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, the two companies said in separate ...
    07-Feb-2020 News Investments
    OSRAM reports USD7.8 million net profit in first quarter
    OSRAM has reported a net profit of EUR7 million (USD7.8 million) for the first quarter ended 31 December 2019, compared with a net loss of EUR81 million in the same period a year ago, according to a press release on 6 February. Revenue for the quarter grew 5.4% year on year (y/y) to EUR873 mill...
    ON Semiconductor unveils automotive LED drivers and controllers for vehicle lighting applications
    ON Semiconductor has launched a new family of LED drivers and controllers for vehicle lighting applications, according to a press release on 4 February. Aimed specifically at low power solid state lighting, the new family comprises two LED drivers—NCV7683 and NCV7685 and two current controllers—...
    05-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Lumax Industries to showcase range of automotive products
    Lumax Industries will showcase a range of automotive products at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 in India, Autocar Professional reported on 3 February. The company will exhibit automotive lighting, seat structures and mechanism, integrated plastic modules, electricals and electronics, emission control, ...
    04-Feb-2020 News New Products
    ZKW integrates LG Electronics’ rear light business
    ZKW Group, which was acquired by LG Electronics in 2018, is integrating the rear light business of LG Electronics, ZKW announced in a press release on 23 January. To this end, the Austrian lighting major is integrating LG Electronics’ rear light production in Ningbo, China. The company also establ...
    04-Feb-2020 News Investments
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 03 February 2020
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    COVID-19 outbreak: Initial impact on automotive supply chain
    On Thursday midnight (30 January), The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China confirmed 9,692 cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), including 213 deaths, in mainland China. In Central China's Hubei province, where the epidemic is believed to have originated, 5,...
    31-Jan-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Hyundai Mobis’s 2019 net profit up 21.5% y/y to USD2 billion
    Hyundai Mobis has reported a 21.5% year-on-year (y/y) increase in net profit to KRW2.3 trillion (USD2 billion) in the financial year ended 31 December 2019, the company said in a statement. Sales increased 8.2% y/y to KRW38 trillion. Higher sales helped the leading South Korean supplier to record a ...
    Koito announces absorption-type merger of wholly owned subsidiary
    Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has announced an absorption-type merger of its wholly-owned subsidiary, KI Holdings Co., Ltd. (KIHD), the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 30 January. The merger would be effective 1 April 2020. The merger is an absorption-type merger in which Koito is the s...
    Koito’s net profit down 14.5% y/y to USD399.7 million in first nine months of 2019
    Koito's net profit declined 14.5% year on year (y/y) to JPY43.5 billion (USD399.6 million) in the first nine months ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 30 January. Net sales for the period were also down marginally (0.6%) y/y to JPY604.4 billion. The Japanese automot...
    Automotive Lighting expands operations in Mexico
    Automotive Lighting is expanding its operations in Mexican city Juarez, according to a report by Mexico Now on 28 January. The expansion, which is likely to create 758 job, includes 22 production lines. The company recently purchased a building located on Hermanos Escobar Avenue, where it plans to i...
    29-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Adaptive headlamp market to record strong growth over next five years
    As the name suggests, adaptive driving beam (ADB) implies active control of headlamp beam patterns. Headlights with ADB technology are smart lighting systems that help drivers see further without blinding oncoming vehicles and other road users. First ‘matrix LED adaptive’ headlamps came into the...
    HELLA develops illuminated radiator grille for BMW X6
    Germany-based lighting and electronics major Hella has developed an illuminated radiator grille for the new BMW X6, according to a company press release on 27 January. The illuminated radiator grille is available to customers as an optional extra under the name BMW "Iconic Glow". The third-generatio...
    ams investors approve capital increase for Osram acquisition
    Austrian sensor specialist ams AG announced that the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting has approved the capital increase in form of an up to EUR1.6 billion rights issue to fund its all-cash takeover of Germany-based lighting major Osram Licht AG, according to a company press release on 24 Ja...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 27 January 2020
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    Lumileds appoints Matt Roney head of automotive business unit
    Lumileds has appointed Matt Roney as president of the Automotive Business Unit, the company said in a press release on 16 January. Matt will be based at Lumileds Farmington Hills office. Matt will succeed Mircea Buzgar-Nazare, who will become the company’s senior vice president for Business Transf...
    Texas Instruments’ FY 2019 net income down 10% y/y to USD5 billion
    Texas Instruments (TI) has reported a 10% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income to USD5 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, the company announced in a press release on 22 January. The American semiconductor company reported an 8.8% y/y drop in revenue to USD14.3 billion. Lower sal...
    CES 2020: Aptiv showcases smart interior sensing innovations
    Aptiv demonstrated some smart interior sensing innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas earlier this month. It showcased its interior sensing platform with the latest cameras and radars whereby the system can recognize and respond to drivers’ and passengers’ body positioning, ge...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 20 January 2020
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    Magna expects continued growth in sales, improvement in EBIT margin over next three years
    Magna has released its financial outlook for 2020 and 2022, expecting continued growth in sales and improvement in EBIT margin, the company said in a press release on 16 January. For 2022, Magna forecasts sales in the range of USD40.5 billion to USD43.5 billion and EBIT margin in the range of 7.6% t...
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: 2020 CES Recap
    Watch an on-demand replay now Our CES webinars focus on how the trends of the connected car, autonomous driving, software advances, EVs and HMI are creating new opportunities for the automotive and high-tech industries. Join us again this year post CES 2020, arguably one of...
    16-Jan-2020 News Webinars
    Everlight showcases automotive lighting solutions at NEPCON Japan 2020
    Taiwan-based Everlight Electronics is showcasing its complete automotive production lines and related modules such as mini LED lamps, smart multi array lamps and fish scale rear lamps at the NEPCON Japan this week, LEDinside reported on 15 January. The display includes the company’s EL SMARTLED se...
    16-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Hella’s H1 sales declines 6.7% y/y USD3.6 billion
    German automotive lighting and electronics supplier Hella has reported a 6.7% year-on-year (Y/Y) drop in sales to EUR3.3 billion (USD3.6 billion) for the first six months ended 30 November 2019, according to a press release on 14 January. The company posted a drop of 57.1% in EBIT to EUR230 million ...
    Osram develops LED for ultra-slim headlights
    Osram has developed a new LED ‘Oslon Boost HM’ that enables ultra-slim headlamp designs in vehicles, according to a company press release on 14 January. In addition to headlamps, the new Oslon Boost HM can be used in combination with other LEDs, to provide an additional high beam. The LED is als...
    15-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Audi A1
    The second generation Audi A1 is assembled at Audi's facility in Martorell, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A1 from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 81,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feat...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 13 January 2020
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    HELLA BHAP Electronics starts series production in China
    HELLA BHAP Electronics, a 50:50 joint venture (JV) has started series production of components for lighting electronics in China, HELLA announced in a press release on 9 January. The plant, spanning across a production area of 7,000 square meters, initially began production of control units for sunr...
    MARELLI collaborates with XenomatiX to develop modular lidar system
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    CES 2020: Elmos exhibits dynamic rear lights in Audi A8 demo vehicle
    Elmos is exhibiting its dynamic rear lights equipped in an Audi A8 demo vehicle at the 2020 CES in Las Vegas,  United States, the company said in a press release on 6 January. This multichannel LED controller for exterior lighting features advanced network interface capabilities and allows dire...
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    Porsche recalls 645 vehicles in China over issue with hazard warning lights
    Porsche will recall 645 imported vehicles in China due to safety hazards, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation. The recall affects Porsche 911 Series vehicles manufactured between 7 January 2019 and 11 December 2019. Significance: In the af...
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