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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
    Why the Nissan-Envision AESC gigafactory is strategic for UK’s EV battery supply chain
    Unveiling its strategy to put the UK at the center of its electric vehicle (EV) game plan for Europe, Nissan, along with its battery partner Envision AESC, made a crucial announcement on 1 July to jointly invest GBP1 billion (USD1.37 billion) in the northeastern region to set up the country’s firs...
    Stellantis’s EV roadmap hinges heavily on its battery strategy
    Amsterdam-based Stellantis announced its vehicle electrification strategy for this decade and beyond on its EV Day on 8 July. The parent company to over a dozen iconic brands, including Fiat, Citroën, Peugeot, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Maserati, plans to pump in EUR30 billion (over USD35 bill...
    Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit 2019 – An Overview
    The 4th edition of Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit, held last month (16-17 October 2019) in Paris, France, is a go to event for mobility innovation with a strong focus in active mobility, electrification, autonomous vehicles, corporate mobility, data and connectivity, and shared mobility. ...
    Cancellation of Dyson EV project: Lessons for new EV start-ups
    Dyson Technology has decided to shelve its plan to produce an electric vehicle (EV) as it could not find a way to make the vehicle commercially viable. In an email to its employees, a copy of which was published by Business Insider on 11 October, the company’s founder Sir James Dyson said the comp...
    EDITORIAL – Refueling infrastructure, government support still insufficient for fuel cell technology to gain significant traction
    Though both battery electric vehicles (BEV) and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are expected to be popular zero-emission technologies in the long term, the former is expected to gain more market share relatively in the near term on the back of factors such as wider government-industry collaborati...
    EDITORIAL – Strong network of publicly accessible DC fast chargers key to increasing EV adoption
    Lack of charging infrastructure is often cited as one of the main reasons behind slow sales of electric vehicles (EV). However, will installing normal chargers (<=22kW) be enough to expel range anxiety? This is a question that is being asked more often these days. According to Zap-Map, a UK-based...
    EDITORIAL – Removing foreign ownership cap will bolster China's position as top EV market
    The recently concluded 2018 Beijing Motor Show gave the world a peek into what OEMs have planned for the Chinese market in the electric vehicle (EV) segment. A big chunk of the automakers at the show presented their new EVs, some of which were world premieres. Not only did automakers display their p...
    SupplierInsight Analysis - Issue 1, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month E-Mobility How are tranmission manufacturers and the wider automotive industry preparing and positioning for impending rise in hybrid demand? Thermal Modest projected adoption by global OEMs is expected ...
    EDITORIAL – Automakers will need clear government policy to solidify EV plans for India
    The ongoing Auto Expo 2018 in India is carrying a similar theme seen in a few other auto shows around the world over the past couple of years—that is electrification. There are over 50 companies, including passenger vehicles, two-wheelers and commercial vehicle companies, showcasing at the event, ...
    EDITORIAL – Solid-state battery development could dictate success of EVs in future
    A commercially viable battery technology that can help electric vehicles (EV) successfully replace internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles as the preferred mode of road transportation, is arguably the most sought-after innovation in the automotive industry today. Although liquid electrolyte-based ...
    SupplierInsight Analysis – Issue 3, 2017
    NEWS The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month.    SOFTWARE On March 13, 2017 Intel announced its acquisition of Mobileye, perhaps the most significant M&A event to date in the autonomous driving sector with significant impact over the next d...
    SupplierInsight Exclusive: Assessing Brexit’s impact on the UK’s supply chain
    The prospect of the UK pursuing a “hard Brexit” approach, meaning leaving the single market and reverting to WTO tariff schemes, raises questions on the competitiveness of UK auto manufacturing in the long run, given the inter-twined nature of both the outbound and inbound logistics supporting t...
    Consolidation trend in the interior sector: review and outlook
    The automotive interior sector is going through a spate of consolidation moves, ranging from medium-sized to large acquisitions as well as exits, all of which have impacted the supplier landscape and industry stakeholders at large. Although most of these moves appear to have been driven by independe...
    Interview: Byron Foster, Adient
    The interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: R. Bruce McDonald [CEO of Adient] was quoted as saying: "As the market leader in the automotive seating industry, Adient is well-positioned for growth and margin expansion as we commit to reinvesting in the business on a global bas...
    Brexit remains top of the agenda with UK supply and logistics executives
    In his opening remarks, Chris Ludwig, editor of the Automotive Logistics group, noted that British prime minister Theresa May had announced that Article 50 would be invoked in March 2017. This would start the legal process to withdraw the UK from the EU. Beyond that, there has been no firm indicatio...
    Interview with Phil Haydon and David McDonald, Honda
    Is it accurate to say that 40% of output from HUM (Honda UK Manufacturing, Swindon) is now going to North America? Phil Hadon (PH): It will be. When it reaches maximum volume it will be 40%. How has homologation been managed by the suppliers for the new market, looking at such elements as glas...
    Marchionne attempts to square the circle of cost versus technology ownership
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Google have recently announced a partnership to expand Google's self-driving test fleet. FCA and Google engineers will work together to integrate Google's self-driving technology into the all-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The two companies will co-locate in a faci...
    OEMs and suppliers comment on UK’s EU membership referendum
    The European Union referendum campaign officially started on April 15. This will lead up to a ballot on June 23 which will indicate whether UK residents are in favour of staying in or leaving the EU block of countries. Those eligible to vote include UK residents (England, Scotland, Wales and Norther...
    Difficult challenges ahead in development of China’s supply base
    Profitability under attack Organically formed as the outcome from the development of the automotive industry at OEM level, the automotive component supply base in China is characterised by its fragmentation, formed of approximately 20,000 companies supplying 108 automakers. During the dawn of th...
    German OEMs’ Nokia maps deal is crucial as they look for advantages over tech companies
    BMW Group, Daimler and Audi have confirmed the joint purchase of Nokia’s mapping technology unit HERE, according to a company press release. The big three German premium car manufacturers saw off competition from a number of major organisations including Uber Technologies and Microsoft according t...
    Issue 10, 2014
    Could new suppliers shake up the seating systems market? Interview: Andreas Maashoff, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating Suppliers to the VW Passat and Renault Twingo cutaway Mexico’s resurgence continues       &nbs...
    The health of the North American supply base
    Glenn Mercer Last year our overview of the health of the North American supplier business concluded that thanks to: “a combination of still-growing (but slowing) vehicle production volumes, costs that are under control, capital burdens that are steadily rising, and attitudes toward pricing tha...
    Chinese investigations into foreign firms highlight tensions between the local and global OEMs and suppliers
    The Chinese government has started releasing the findings of various probes into the auto industry, resulting in price adjustments of vehicles and spare parts from foreign brands operating in China. The steady stream of investigations into allegations of monopolistic strategies in China has been con...
    The medium- and heavy-commercial vehicle truck market
    Commercial-vehicle manufacturers around the world face a complex set of challenges that together add up to mounting pressure on their profit margins. Companies are grappling with the impact of the double-dip recession in Europe, with intensifying competition from emerging-market players, with the in...
    “We think that overall the DS5 in China is better than the one available in Europe.”
    What role does Chang An play in purchasing for the CAPSA joint-venture? The Purchasing entity in the JV has two major roles, sourcing and investment decisions. For these areas, all employees involved in direct sourcing are employed by Chang An. As far as processes, Chang An has some strategies ...
    Supplier investment needed to ensure bright future for automotive in the UK
    With presentations from key industry figures, the 2014 SMMT International Automotive Summit in Canary Wharf, London attracted 200 senior industry delegates and projected a generally positive outlook for the future of the UK automotive industry. However a few challenges need to be addressed to ensure...
    Europe’s supply base is still failing to deal with overcapacity issues
    The European automotive supply base is a key industrial sector in Europe with five million people employed at component manufacturers in 2012 and a major contributor to European innovation with, according to European supplier association CLEPA, over EUR15 billion spent annually by suppliers around t...
    Who has the power in purchasing?
    This last month has seen the latest announcement from a joint-alliance of OEMs that they are looking to make further cost savings. Renault-Nissan formally confirmed that that is aiming to achieve at least EUR4.3-billion (USD5.85 billion)-worth of annualised synergies between the two automakers by th...
    “We offer suppliers a reliable volume and a good platform to show their products.”
    Can you outline how purchasing works across BMW? It’s important to look at four major topics when it comes to making purchasing decisions at the BMW Group. These are cost, quality, flexibility and innovation. Honestly, I don’t think we have a cost issue. This is because we have very good int...
    Tech innovations needed to kick-start the European automotive market
    Julian Buckley Automotive industry executives believe that opening new markets for European products and the development of new-to-market innovations are the keys to breaking the market out of the current doldrums and into a new period of growth. Speaking at the 14th European Automotive Cong...
    Carmakers race to Mexico, but not all suppliers are keen to follow
    The rush to Mexico among European, Japanese and North American carmakers has reached a fever pitch. Now automakers are working overtime to convince suppliers to follow them south of the border, though not all component manufacturers are falling in line. The pitch is coming especially hard from G...
    Difficult decisions
    As recently as the 1990s, it was not unusual for an OEM to manufacture a single model at each dedicated production site. Extending this business model across a division meant that a considerable network of plants was required to deliver a full range of vehicles. More recently, OEMs have developed an...
    What does the handover of Chrysler to Fiat mean for suppliers?
    Italian automaker Fiat finally became the majority owner of Chrysler as it took its stake up to 53.5%, after finalising a deal with the US Treasury Department to take the last government-held 6% stake in the company. Fiat reportedly paid the Treasury USD500 million for the stake, which marks the US ...
    The conditions are right for an acquisition frenzy. So why aren’t more deals getting done?
    A convergence of factors in recent months has given the impression that the automoitve supply industry the verge of pushing the to a more heated consolidation phase than had even been anticipated for 2011. Many of those factors are the result of adjustments in the industry's basic business model as ...
    One year after the recalls: the new Toyota
    It has been a year since Toyota's world was changed by the unintended acceleration crisis and the massive recalls that hammered its reputation for quality and safety, as well as the blinding amount of bad publicity and headlines it generated. But in the twelve months since then, a revised system of ...
    Peugeot-Citroën Purchasing Strategy
    The long-term guidelines for the new course of PSA purchasing strategy were clear when Varin took the reins of PSA in June 2009, following the defenestration of Christian Streiff. In his words he expressed the need for PSA “to pursue the excellence in the relationship with it suppliers” which wo...
    Dan Knott readies Chrysler's supply chain for the growth ahead
    Dan Knott is waiting for suppliers to show they truly believe that Chrysler's production volumes are coming back strong. He'll know for sure when they begin to ramp up their capacity. Knott, Chrysler's head of purchasing, is particularly concerned about winning the trust of makers of electronic co...
    Ford gets a close-up look at its suppliers' financial and operating conditions
    Ford Motor Company has been keeping a close eye on the well-being of its suppliers in this time of volatility in the auto industry – and so far it is paying off. Nowadays, parts makers are coming to Ford to divulge their problems instead of keeping them under wraps. That reflects an improved lev...
    How Bob Socia Shifted Gears at GM Purchasing
    Bob Socia was on a mission when he replaced Bo Andersson as General Motors’ global purchasing chief one year ago, just as the automaker was pulling out of Chapter 11. One of the first things Socia recognised was that he had very different priorities than his predecessor. “Bo Andersson was spen...
    Renault’s Purchasing Strategy
    Renault’s purchasing policy is being deployed along two major strategic directions, both leveraging the partnership with Nissan, one from a technical point of view (standardisation and technical strategy), the other from a sourcing point of view, which is based on a sensible supplier base manageme...
    Toyota’s dilemma over how to react to pedal storm
    Amid what some consider the worst crisis the company has ever faced, a group of nervous Toyota suppliers gathered in Erlanger, Kentucky, on March 10 to hear Senior Vice President Don Esmond address the automaker’s annual supplier conference. What they heard was partly encouraging. Esmond promise...
    A new look for General Motors (GM) purchasing
    General Motors purchasing chief Bob Socia is in a difficult position. The 35-year GM veteran, who replaced Bo Andersson last summer, must manage a vast and still unstable supply chain at the post-Chapter 11 GM with a smaller staff. In addition, he must adapt to his new bosses’ demands for clos...
    A new look for General Motors purchasing
    General Motors purchasing chief Bob Socia is in a difficult position. The 35-year GM veteran, who replaced Bo Andersson last summer, must manage a vast and still unstable supply chain at the post-Chapter 11 GM with a smaller staff. In addition, he must adapt to his new bosses’ demands for closer...
    Ford’s purchasing organisation and strategy
    The car maker’s supply base is formed by about 1,500 production suppliers – meaning those companies whose parts are physically installed in the vehicle – and roughly 7,000 non-production supplier companies. Ford’s purchasing is headed by Tony Brown, who oversees a purchasing budget of about ...
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