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    Impact of COVID-19 on Automotive UI/ UX Market
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly disrupted all aspects of the automotive supply chain. Global efforts to control the spread of the virus have impacted both demand and supply, and in turn the industry cumulating in a sharp decline in production. Both automakers and auto...
    29-May-2020 Insights COVID-19 Pinned
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Supplier Plant Downtime Tracker
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    06-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19 Pinned
    COVID-19 pandemic: Germany doubles its contribution to EV purchase subsidy as part of stimulus package
    German government has doubled its contribution to electric vehicle (EV) purchase subsidy to EUR6,000, up from EUR3,000, Reuters reported on 4 June. The subsidy is applicable to vehicles costing less than EUR40,000. The increase in subsidy for EV purchase is part of Germany’s EUR130-billion stimulu...
    04-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impacts on ride-hailing services in Latin America
    When restriction measures were implemented to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, which constrained passenger transportation, many service segments, including ride-hailing companies, felt a sudden and intensive drop in the demand for their services. As the situation has no precedent t...
    04-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Meritor announces additional cost and liquidity actions
    Meritor, Inc. has announced additional cost and liquidity actions in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release on 3 June 2020. Meritor also announced its plan, subject to market and other conditions, to offer USD300 million aggregate principal amount of unsecured senior...
    04-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Rolec Services resumes production in the UK
    Rolec Services has resumed production in the United Kingdom, the company said in a press release on 13 May. The company said that all employees were following various measures, such as social distancing and a robust hygiene routine. “The safety of our team is paramount. Therefore, we will con...
    02-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Cooper Tire resumes limited production at the El Salto, Mexico, plant
    US automotive tire manufacturer Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has announced that it has begun the process of restarting manufacturing operations at its production facility located in El Salto, Mexico. According to a press release issued by Cooper Tire on 1 June, the company stated that ...
    02-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: EV startup Rivian reopens manufacturing plant in the US
    US-based electric vehicle (EV) startup has resumed work at its manufacturing plant in Illinois, in the United States, news website Electrek reported on 28 May. According to the report, lockdown has led to a delay in starting the production of R1T all-electric pickup truck and all-electric sport util...
    01-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Yokohama restarts production at Salem plant in US from 1 June
    Yokohama Corp. of North America is restarting production at its Salem plant in Virginia, United States, from 1 June, ending eight weeks of being idled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Tire Business on 29 May. Significance: Yokohama informed that it has implemented new safe...
    01-Jun-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Autoliv updates business and market outlook
    Autoliv has provided its latest updates on business and market outlook amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a company’s press release on 29 May. According to the Sweden-based supplier, the automotive industry has entered a start phase in most markets in recent weeks, however, the output r...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: GM, Ford use fast-payment programs to help cash-strapped suppliers
    General Motors (GM) and Ford are using fast-payment programs set up with financial lenders to help cash-strapped small suppliers survive production shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Reuters report on 28 May. GM began its “Early Payment Program” in August 2019 with...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: CEAT resumes partial operations at Maharashtra plant
    Indian tiremaker CEAT has partially resumed operations at its plant in Mumbai, Maharashtra in India, according to a company filing with Bombay Stock Exchange on 27 May. The company has resumed operations with restricted movement of manpower as permitted by the concerned authorities, while taking all...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch gradually ramping up production at Romanian plants
    German auto parts supplier Bosch is gradually ramping up production activities at its plants in Romania after a temporary slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a company press release on 27 May. The company has put in place various protection measures for its employees in Romania....
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs by 2025
    Automotive components and systems supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen, has announced that it plans to axe up to 15,000 jobs, which represents nearly 10% of the company’s staff, by the year 2025 in response to falling demand across the globe. According to a report filed by Automotive News on 28 May, an in...
    29-May-2020 News COVID-19
    Impact of COVID-19 on Automotive UI/ UX Market
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly disrupted all aspects of the automotive supply chain. Global efforts to control the spread of the virus have impacted both demand and supply, and in turn the industry cumulating in a sharp decline in production. Both automakers and auto...
    29-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Marelli secures USD1.21 billion in additional funding
    Automotive supplier Marelli has announced that it has secured additional funding from its shareholders and leading banks. According to a press statement released by Marelli on 27 May, the company has stated that it secured JPY130 billion (USD1.21 billion) from KKR, its shareholder, and its leading J...
    28-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch to resume operations in Mexico
    German automotive parts supplier Bosch has received the government approval in Mexico to restart operations, according to a Reuters report on 28 May. “We have already received approval from the health authorities to reopen, which we will do gradually and with staggered shifts in all our locatio...
    28-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Minda Industries’ Indian plants operating at 10–20% capacity utilization
    India-based Minda Industries has informed about the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the company. According to a regulatory filing on 27 May, the company said that it has now received approvals to start production at all manufacturing plants in India with limited staff and capacity. Accord...
    28-May-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: COVID-19 Coverage Part 2
    Watch an on-demand replay now COVID-19 has had a big impact on the world economy with the automotive industry being no exception. During this webinar our AutoTechInsight experts will evaluate the supply chain status of China, India and Southeast Asia and analyze disruption levels, the status...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mcity to reopen connected and automated vehicle test facility in US
    Mcity is hoping to open its test facility in the coming weeks after it was shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it said in a press release on 26 May. Located at the University of Michigan, US, Mcity says it is well-positioned to "make connected and automated vehicle testing safer and more efficie...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: GM’s autonomous car unit Cruise lays off nearly 8% staff
    General Motors’s (GM) autonomous car unit Cruise is laying off nearly 8% of its workforce to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Reuters report on 14 May. Cruise will offer affected workers financial support to help them transition, plus healthcare coverage through the end of the ...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bharat Forge resumes operations at Mundhwa and Chakan plants in India
    Bharat Forge is resuming operations in a phased manner at Mundhwa and Chakan plants in India after obtaining permission from the respective local district authority, the company said in a regulatory filing on 25 May. The company is following all the guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of Home Affa...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ACEA, CLEPA, other associations in EU call for ambitious recovery plan for automotive sector
    The European Automobile Manufacturer Association (ACEA), European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs (CECRA), European Tire and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), European business organisations, and the trade unions for the sector ha...
    27-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Michelin restarts manufacturing operations in Mexico
    France-based tire manufacturer, Michelin, has announced that it will be restarting its facilities located in Mexico. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 26 May, two of Michelin’s manufacturing plants located in Mexico, which had been on temporary lockdown due to the COVID-19 ...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: Thailand’s FTI mulls repurposing auto parts plants to make medical devices or aircraft parts
    The auto part industry club under the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is conducting a feasibility study on repurposing local auto parts manufacturing plants to build medical devices or aircraft parts, the Bangkok Post reported on 26 May. “The club wants to support its members adjusting their b...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Falken Tyre India resumes operations in Gurgaon
    Falken Tyre India has resumed operations in Gurgaon, according to a company press release on 22 May. The company said that it is one of the first few foreign tire manufacturers to have been granted the official approval to resume its operations on 19 May. Commenting on the resumption of its opera...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: MARELLI to produce PPE in Japan
    MARELLI has announces a number of new initiatives in Japan to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the company press release said on 22 May. These efforts include production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in Japan using MARELLI’s expertise, facilities, equipment...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: HELLA specifies outlook for FY 2019/20
    HELLA has specified its outlook for fiscal year ending 31 May 2020 based on current information and circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the German supplier said in a press release on 25 May. The company now expects group sales in the range of EUR5.7 billion (USD6.2 billion) to EUR5.8...
    26-May-2020 News COVID-19
    How COVID-19 will fast-track health and wellness features in the automotive industry
    As the world is adapting to live the “new normal,” the widespread economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is becoming clearer by the day. For industries across the world, the key challenge is not just to fight the pandemic but also to manage its social and economic conse...
    26-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: GM to restart transmission plant in Mexico
    General Motors has announced that it will be reopening its manufacturing facilities in Mexico. According to a report filed by news publication Detroit Free Press on 21 May, the company has completed regulatory health and safety procedures and has now received approval from the Government of Mexico t...
    25-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian supplier highlights labor shortage issue in ramping up operations
    Labor shortage on the back of mass exodus of migrant labor from industrial belts may prove to be a challenge in scaling up operations, Sunjay Kapur, chairman of India-based Sona Comstar, was quoted as saying in a report by ETAuto on 21 May. The Indian supplier has started operations at Indian plants...
    25-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF secures USD1.48 billion in additional liquidity
    German automotive components and systems supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG has announced that it has strengthened its liquidity in order to provide it with increased financial flexibility to overcome the challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a press statement issued by ZF on 20...
    21-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bridgestone temporarily shuts down plants in Japan
    Bridgestone Corporation has announced a temporary phased shutdown of its plants in Japan owing to the market situation and decline in the demand, according to a company press release on 20 May. The company has temporarily halted production at Kurume, Nasu, and Hofu plants located in Fukuoka, Tochigi...
    21-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mahindra Electric resumes operations in India
    Mahindra Electric, the electric vehicle (EV) business unit of the Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has resumed operations in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, ETAuto reported on 18 May. The EV maker will initially operate at 30% capacity before gradually increasing this up to 50%. ...
    20-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Continental increases liquidity with two bonds valued at USD1.64 billion
    German automotive parts and components supplier, Continental, has taken steps to further reinforce its liquidity in light of the unstable market conditions brought on by the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a press release issued by Continental on 19 May, ...
    20-May-2020 News COVID-19
    5G in-vehicle deployment forecast expected to drop in stages due to COVID-19 pandemic
    The utilization of 5G is just getting to a nascent stage, but the disruption caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic across the supply chain has already begun to impede its progress. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an organization setting global mobile network stand...
    19-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: wejo partners with eight states in the US to track people movement using connected car data
    Connected vehicle data specialist wejo has partnered with eight states in the US to use car data to track the public’s movements during the lockdown due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Telegraph reported on 18 May. wejo said that it has signed seven new public sector clien...
    19-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Munjal Showa partially resumes operations at Indian plans
    Auto components supplier Munjal Showa Ltd has resumed partial operations at its manufacturing facilities located at Gurugram, Manesar, and Haridwar following relaxation given by the government for the ongoing third phase of lockdown, according to a regulatory filing by the company with BSE. The comp...
    19-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: JTEKT resumes partial operations at Indian plants
    JTEKT has received conditional permission by the concerned government authorities to resume operations at its plant located in Chennai, according to a regulatory filing by the company with Bombay Stock Exchange on 16 May. Significance: The company will ramp up its production activities based on c...
    19-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Panasonic resumes production at Tesla's plant in Nevada, US
    Panasonic has resumed battery cell production at Tesla’s gigafactory in Nevada, US, news website The Verge reported on 15 May, citing information from the company. However, Panasonic will keep the operations at Tesla’s Buffalo, New York, solar panel factory suspended. “We will not restart manu...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Linamar ramping up production at select plants in North America and Europe
    Linamar Corp is focused on resuming production at its factories in North America, CEO Linda Hasenfratz stated, as quoted by Bloomberg on 15 May. The Canada-based company has established safety protocols based on screening, masks, and establishing physical barriers to keep people apart, as well as cl...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Indian suppliers Endurance, Hi-Tech Gears, Rico Auto, Suprajit, Subros and others partially resume operations
    Several automotive parts and components suppliers based in India have begun to restart operations in a phased manner. These companies’ production facilities had been put on temporary suspension due to the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Indian government during late March 2020 owing to the coro...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: Automotive suppliers in India to put USD4 billion worth investment on hold until 2022
    Automotive suppliers in India are likely to defer their planned capital expenditure of USD4 billion until 2022 as they stare at unutilized capacity due to low demand and shift focus on preserving cash amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a top official of the Auto Component Manufac...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli to restart operations at UK plants on 18 May
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli has announced that it will be restarting production at its plants in the United Kingdom on 18 May. According to a press release issued by Pirelli on 14 May, the company has stated that it will resume operations at its manufacturing facilities located at Carlisle and...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ZF Steering Gear partially resumes operations in India
    ZF Steering Gear (India) Limited has resumed operations at its plants located in Village Vadu Budruk, Pune, and at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, after obtaining permissions from the local district authorities, according to a regulatory filing by the company on 11 May. “The company is slowly prepar...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bosch commences fully automated production of face masks at German plant
    Bosch has launched the first special production line for face masks at its plant in Stuttgart-Feuerbach in Germany, according to a company press release on 15 May. “Containing coronavirus is a challenge for society as a whole. By equipping our associates with masks we make ourselves, we are hel...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Daimler to suspend operations at Alabama plant in US due to auto parts supply shortage
    Daimler will idle its Mercedes-Benz Cars assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US, this week due to auto parts supply shortage from Mexico, Reuters reported on 16 May. The German automaker have given its workers options to either use vacation time or leave without pay and apply for state and federa...
    18-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19: Impact on European type-approval regulations
    Regulation is a strong market force throughout the automotive industry, and the autonomy sector is no different. In fact, given the central role of safety in the autonomy sector—from basic driver assistance to automated driving to autonomous mobility—regulations play a particularly critical role...
    16-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Federal-Mogul Goetze partially resumes operations at Bangalore plant in India
    Automotive powertrain components maker Federal-Mogul Goetze India Ltd. has filed a notice with the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) informing about the resumption of manufacturing operations at its plant in Bangalore, India. According to the notification ...
    15-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli to resume production at UK plants from 18 May
    Pirelli will resume operations at its UK plants from 18 May plant two months after it closed amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report by Tyre Press on 14 May. The company said it will reopen its plants located in in Carlisle and Burton in the United Kingdom. Si...
    15-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: PPAP Automotive resumes production at Tamil Nadu facility in India
    PPAP Automotive Limited has resumed operations at its Tamil Nadu facility in India after obtaining requisite permission from respective district administration, the company said in a BSE filing on 9 May. Significance: PPAP had earlier suspended operations at all of its manufacturing facilities on...
    15-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: NRB Bearings resume operations at select plants in India
    NRB Bearings has resumed operations at certain plants in India, according to a BSE filing by the company on 13 May. The company has restarted operations at plants located in Maharashtra (except the plant in Chikalthane in Aurangabad), Telangana, and Uttarakhand, after receiving the requisite approva...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford to restart engine plants in Spain and UK next week
    Ford will restart production at its engine plants in the United Kingdom and Spain from next week, the automaker announced in a press release on 13 May. While the two engine plants in the UK located in Dagenham, Essex and in Bridgend in South Wales will start operations from 18 May, the Spanish plant...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Gabriel starts operations at Dewas plant in Madhya Pradesh
    Gabriel has informed that the company has received conditional permission by the concerned government authorities to resume operations at its plants located in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, the Indian supplier said in a filing with BSE on 12 May. The company has said that now all of its plants are resum...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Benteler says global restart of production in full swing
    Benteler has informed that the global restart of production at its facilities is in full swing, the company said in a press release on 11 May 2020. The company is currently driving the restart of its plants worldwide with all efforts. “As a reliable partner, it is our goal to continue to ensure...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bridgestone resumes operations at Pune and Indore plants in India
    Japanese tiremaker Bridgestone has resumed operations at two of its Indian manufacturing plants, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 13 May. The company has resumed manufacturing activities at its plant in Pune, Maharashtra, and Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Significance: These plants were...
    14-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: French supplier Novares goes into temporary receivership
    Novares went into temporary receivership at the end of April, according to a report by Reuters on 11 May. The French automotive supplier sought protection from its creditors after its sales dropped sharply due to  the coronavirus disease 2019  (COVID-19) pandemic and the company struggled ...
    13-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Hyundai, Aptiv redeploy autonomous vehicles to deliver meals in Las Vegas
    Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, which established an autonomous driving joint venture (JV) in March 2020, have deployed self-driving vehicles in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, to deliver meals to vulnerable people, VentureBeat reported on 11 May. The JV’s three autonomous BMW 5-Series sedans are suppo...
    13-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: UK supplier Arlington Automotive appoints administrators for restructuring
    The UK subsidiary of Arlington Automotive Group has appointed Duff & Phelps as administrators to restructure its struggling business due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 11 May. The company employs around 600 people at its sites in Coventry, Newton Aycliff...
    12-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford and 3M ship powered respirators for healthcare workers
    Last week, Ford began shipping powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) from its Vreeland facility near Flat Rock, Michigan, US, for healthcare workers who are fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 6 May. Ford developed the PAPR in ...
    12-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nokian Tyres restarts construction of new testing center in Spain
    Nokian Tyres has restarted construction of its new testing center in Spain, following local instructions, the tiremaker said in a press release on 11 May. Significance: Nokian Tyres had temporarily closed its manufacturing facilities in Russia, Finland, and the United States in late March. At the...
    12-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Waymo to resume autonomous vehicle operations in US city Phoenix
    Waymo is resuming its autonomous vehicle operations in Metro Phoenix Area in Arizona, United States from on 11 May, the self-driving company of the Alphabet Group said in a blog last week. The company will restart its operations by first relaunching its self-driving test fleet, followed by its resum...
    11-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Shiloh Industries withdraws FY 2020 outlook
    Shiloh Industries, Inc. has announced that the company is withdrawing its fiscal year 2020 guidance provided in December 2019 due to the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 8 May. Significance: US-based Shiloh In...
    11-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: JK Tyre partially restarts operations in India
    Indian tiremaker JK Tyre & Industries Ltd has partially resumed operations in India, the company said in a press release on 8 May. The company said after adhering to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and permissions granted by the respective state governm...
    11-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19: Impact on the lighting sector
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has become a global crisis since its onset in late 2019, affecting almost all countries and economies with over 2 million people directly infected by the virus worldwide at the time of writing. In affected countries, manufacturing operations have been...
    10-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive industry associations in India urge government to allow restart of operations
    The three key automotive industry associations in India—the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufactures (SIAM), the Automotive Components Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA)—have urged the Indian government to give go-ahead signal ...
    08-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Federal Mogul Goetz partially resumes operations in Indian city Patiala
    Federal-Mogul Goetze (India) Limited has partially resumed operations at its plant in Patiala, Punjab, according to a filing with BSE on 7 May. Federal-Mogul Goetze (India) Limited was established in 1954 as a joint venture with Goetze-Werke of Germany. Goetze-Werke of Germany is now owned by Fed...
    08-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Yazaki reduces Mexican workforce by about 20%
    Yazaki North America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Yazaki Group, is cutting its Mexican workforce by nearly 20%, according to a Reuters report on 6 May. The reduction will result in 14,500 job losses. "Yazaki must adjust its production capacity to match customer demand, which has dramatically redu...
    08-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Gabriel partially resumes operations at two Indian plants
    Gabriel has partially resumed operations at two of its plants in India that cater to the passenger car market, the company said in a filing with BSE on 6 May. The company has resumed operations at plants located at Chakan in Pune, Maharashtra; and Sanand in Gujarat. The company said that it ...
    08-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Pricol restarts production at Coimbatore plants in India
    Pricol Limited has resumed operations partially at its plants in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, from 6 May, after obtaining necessary approval from the government for the same, the company said in a filing with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 5 May. The company will provide updates on its other plants, once...
    07-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: MRF partially resumes operations at certain plants in India
    MRF has partially resumed operations at certain manufacturing facilities in India, the company said in a filing with BSE on 6 May. “Based on the various relaxations and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and by the respective State Governments and permission...
    07-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Mahle prepares to resume production in Europe
    Mahle has announced in a press release on 30 April that the company is preparing intensively for the resumption of production in Europe. The company had suspended production at all its plants in Europe due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in late March. “We have delivery capa...
    07-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Kumho resumes production at US plant
    Kumho Tire has resumed production at its facility in Macon, Georgia in the United States, according to a report by Modern Tire Dealer on 6 May. "We decided to reopen our Macon plant yesterday (5 May), and it has resumed production with enhanced safety procedures until the 15th of this month," acc...
    07-May-2020 News COVID-19
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: COVID-19 Coverage Part 1
    Watch an on-demand replay now COVID-19 has had a big impact on the world economy with the automotive industry being no exception. AutoTechInsight is evaluating and analyzing technology deployment, regulatory and supply chain impacts of COVID-19 in light of  various containment directives and...
    06-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: ACEA seeks two-year delay in introduction of 2022 Euro NCAP protocols
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has requested the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) for a two-year delay in the planned introduction of 2022 protocols, the ACEA said in a press release last week. The protocol calls automakers in the European Union (EU) marke...
    06-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Nissan extends free trial of NissanConnect services
    Nissan has announced an extension of the free trial of NissanConnect services to its customers in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We are extending your previously expired NissanConnect Services Premium trial with 3 additional months of service on a complimentary basis. ...
    06-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Onstar offers complimentary in-vehicle data to current Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac owners
    Onstar has offered complimentary data to Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac owners, in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a statement on its website read. Model year (MY) 2015 and newer vehicles and cars with data plans provided by AT&T are eligible for the services. ...
    06-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ACEA estimates EU-wide production loss of 2.31 million vehicles due to plant shutdowns
    The comprehensive suspensions of vehicle manufacturing activities in the European Union (EU), including the United Kingdom, to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, have resulted in the production loss of at least 2.31 million vehicles, according to an estimate by the E...
    06-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: AD Plastik to partially resume operations in Europe
    AD Plastik has informed that the company will partially resume operations at certain sites in Europe after its key automotive customers had resumed production, according to a company press release on 5 May. “Our customer Automobile Dacia has continued production in Romania. Initially production wi...
    06-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bharat Forge to resume partial operations at Baramati plant in India
    Bharat Forge has announced that it is gearing up to commence partial operations at its Baramati plant in Maharashtra, India, a company press release on 5 May showed. "We expect production to commence by end of the week, post completion of mandatory safety check and training of personnel on p...
    06-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Umicore furloughs 10% employees; expects significant impact on FY 2020 results
    In a press release dated 30 April, Umicore announced that it has  furloughed 10% of its workforce to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The company said that it is also delaying certain investments and expects capital expenditures for 2020 to be in a range ...
    05-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: MARELLI partners with Lifenet Healthcare to enable safe return to production activities
    MARELLI has partnered with Lifenet Healthcare to support the safe return of production activities in Italy where the government has started easing on the lockdown on 4 May, after nearly two months, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the company said a press re...
    05-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Sumitomo Rubber plans to restart US plant operations on 11 May
    Sumitomo Rubber USA LLC is preparing to resume production at its tire plant in Tonawanda in New York, US, on 11 May, according to a report by Modern Tire Dealer. Significance: The company had suspended production at its Tonawanda tire plant in New York for approximately two weeks starting 20 Apri...
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Rico Auto resumes limited manufacturing in India
    Rico Auto has resumed partial operations at certain plants in India, the company said in a regulatory filing on 3 May. The company has restarted production activities at Bawal plant and Dharuhera on 27 April and 28 April, respectively. Rico’s Pathredi plant resumed operations on 2 May. The company...
    05-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Bharat Gears resumes limited operations at certain Indian plants
    Bharat Gears has informed that it has resumed partial operations at plants located in Faridabad, Haryana and  in Lonand, Satara District in Maharashtra only to meet out the supply chain for essential commodities/services, the company said in a BSE filing on 3 May. In addition, Bharat Gears exte...
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    COVID-19 pandemic: PPAP Automotive resumes operations at certain Indian facilities
    PPAP Automotive Limited has resumed operations at its Rajasthan and Gujarat facilities in India after obtaining requisite permission from respective district administration, the company said in a BSE filing on 28 April. Significance: The company had earlier suspended operations at all of its manu...
    05-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Freudenberg commences production of face masks
    Freudenberg has started producing mouth-nose masks to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 4 May 2020. The masks under the brand name ‘Collectex’ will be available from 11 May initially only in Germany. The company’s three Business ...
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Sandhar to partially resume operations in India on 6 May
    Automotive components maker Sandhar Technologies Ltd. has announced its plan to resume production in a limited capacity at its facilities in India. Operations at these facilities had been put on temporary hold since the month of March due to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. ...
    05-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: CEAT partially resumes operations in India
    Indian tire maker CEAT has partially resumed operations at certain plants in India, according to a company filing with Bombay Stock Exchange on 4 May. “The company is able to partially resume its functioning at its plants located at Nasik, Nagpur (Maharashtra), and Halol (Gujrat), with restricted ...
    05-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: JTEKT receives permission to gradually restart production in India
    The Indian division of auto components maker JTEKT has announced that it has received the requisite approval to resume operations in a phased manner at its production facilities in India. Operations at these plants had been suspended due to the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Indian government du...
    05-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Connected car company Automatic Labs to shut operations by end-May
    Automatic Labs has decided to discontinue its connected car product, service and platform due to the adverse impact on business caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it said in a notice on its website. The company will shut down its operations on 28 May. The company said tha...
    04-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Suppliers warn Michigan Governor of risks of delaying production resumption
    The US-based associations for automotive suppliers, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), have told the Michigan State Governor Gretchen Whitmer that they are ready to resume operations, Reuters reported on 1 May. These associatio...
    04-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: ROHM releases update on operations in Philippines and Malaysia
    ROHM has announced that production is gradually recovering at its ROHM Electronics Philippines unit after the company negotiated with the authorities. The unit manufactures IC, sensors/MEMS, transistors, diodes, and resistors. ROHM-Wako Electronics (Malaysia) resumed normal operations from 29 Apr...
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Chilean miner SQM may delay investments in lithium production capacity expansion
    Chilean miner SQM is planning to postpone investments towards expanding lithium production capacity in 2020 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Reuters reported on 23 April, citing SQM board chairman Alberto Salas. SQM expects significant fall in demand for lithium from the auto...
    04-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Aptiv outlines measures to slowly ramp up operations in Europe, North America
    Kevin P Clark, CEO of Aptiv has outlined measures the company has taken in the last month to slowly ramp up operations in Europe and North America. In an email shared with Aptiv employees and published on the company’s website on 1 May, Clark said that his senior leadership team has worked tireles...
    04-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyo Tire resumes production at Georgia plant in US
    Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. has resumed operations at its tire manufacturing plant in Georgia, US, from 3 May, according to a report by Tire Business on 30 April. The company is taking additional measures to ensure the health and safety of all of its employees based on guidelines from the Ce...
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Spark Minda receives permission to start operations at certain Indian plants
    Spark Minda has received permission from the state and local administrations to resume operations at certain Indian plants, the company said in a press release on 30 April. The company is restarting operations at its plants located in Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh, Pantnagar in Uttrakhand, a...
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    COVID-19 pandemic: Pirelli resumes production activities in Italy starting 4 May
    Pirelli is preparing to gradually resume production activities in Italy from today (4 May), according to a company press release. The company is taking measures to ensure the protection of its employees’ health and workplace safety. To this end, Pirelli is collaborating with the Università degli ...
    04-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Lumax Industries resumes partial operations at Indian plants
    Lumax Industries has announced that it has received permission to resume partial operations of manufacturing activities in India, according to a company’s filing with BSE on 1 May. The company is undertaking all the necessary measures and complying with all the conditions imposed by the authori...
    04-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: u-blox releases update on business operations
    Switzerland-based wireless and positioning technologies specialist u-blox has announced it is maintaining full operations and activities despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus pandemic, according to a company press release from 27 April. The company added it is in cl...
    01-May-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: EV startup Byton furloughs about half its 450 employees at US headquarters
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup Byton has furloughed nearly half its employees working at its headquarters in Santa Clara, California, United States, because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus pandemic, news website electrek reported on 21 April, citing a Byton spokes...
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