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    Key takeaways from the Automotive Ethernet Congress 2020
    With the growing number of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles on the road, ethernet in automotive is inevitable and will become crucial. The sixth edition of the annual Automotive Ethernet Congress was held in Munich on 12 and 13 February 2020. During the event, industry leaders and expert...
    E-mobility sector round-up – 2019
    The electrification of transportation segment has been one of the megatrends for a couple of years, and 2019 was no different. The number of new electrified models showcased and launched during the year was high, and so were the investments announced by automakers, suppliers and technology stak...
    Material and lightweighting sector round-up – 2019
    The year 2019 has not been the most cheerful for the automotive industry, as the slowdown in automotive sales made itself felt across most regions in the world. Many estimates put the decline in automotive sales to be somewhere in the region of 3-5% year on year in 2019. The softening of China’s m...
    Highly integrated electric drives forecast to record strong demand
    Automakers are employing a number of methods to make electric vehicles (EVs) more efficient, including innovative materials for building the vehicles and various cell chemistries for better battery systems. Another technology that is gaining traction in the industry is the highly integrated electric...
    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. ...
    Illuminated grill/logo and contour lighting outlook in lower segment vehicles
    Nowadays, an increasing number of automakers are using exterior lighting (other than headlamps and tail lamps, which are used for traditional lighting functions) such as contour lighting, logo and grill illumination as one of the ways to differentiate their vehicles on the road. However, such lighti...
    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...
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors i...
    EV battery production in Europe enters the fast lane
    From being almost non-existent on a global battery production map a couple of years back, Europe has emerged as a key location for setting up electric vehicle (EV) battery cell development and manufacturing facilities. There has been a strong push from national governments and the European Unio...
    New incentive policies will promote EV component manufacturing in India
    The electromobility industry has started taking shape around the world with some countries taking a big lead, especially China, the United States and Norway. India too is now pushing hard to catch up with these leaders through aggressive incentive policies. In February this year, the Indian governme...
    EDITORIAL – Gaping gap between EV wireless and plug-in charging technologies
    The future of automotive is electric and autonomous. While almost all automakers have set up a roadmap to fully embrace electric vehicles (EV), many of them are now also channeling a good chunk of their investments towards developing autonomous driving technologies. Although real-world applicat...
    Vehicle entry system – A review of current trends
    Technology disruptions have led to the evolution of vehicle access systems from traditional lock-and-key systems to keyless entry technology. Keyless vehicle access control systems are fully automated systems featuring an electronic locking feature that secures access to the vehicle electronically, ...
    EDITORIAL: AABC Conference outlines solid-state progress, signals potential supply chain constraints
    Key stakeholders from across the automotive battery landscape came together at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego last week for the 19th annual US edition of the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC). The event brings together expertise from the academic and scientific communities, ...
    Automotive Image Sensors – A Review of Current Trends
    Sensors have played a pivotal role in the automotive industry, as knowing the state of various systems within the vehicle is ever more important. Sensors are also increasingly being used to gather information about a vehicle’s surroundings and are being integrated more and more into several i...
    2019 ADAS sensor conference observations and summary
    The ADAS Sensor Conference 2019 provided numerous insights into the current state of the industry and technology from both financial and technical perspectives. The combination of sensors continues to be the trend with most still favoring the combination of radar, image and lidar. However ...
    EDITORIAL – EV charging roaming interoperability to play a major role in pushing EV adoption
    It is not very often that we see competing companies coming together to share their core technology and resources, especially when it can directly affect their business. Partnerships of this nature are now regularly happening in the EV charging infrastructure segment across major EV markets, where n...
    Vehicle electrification to spur robust market for electrification-related sensors
    With hybrid and electric vehicles finally making significant headway among consumers, sensors related to system electrification are on a fast track to solid market expansion, according to a new IHS Markit report on passenger-car-related electrification sensors. Global revenue for vehicle-electrif...
    From infotainment consolidation to domain fusion and vehicle functions in the cloud
    The central body control module was the first ECU to become a sort of hub or gateway managing multiple basic functionalities related to doors, windows, seats, lighting and air conditioning. However, infotainment is currently the vehicle domain where the most radical consolidation is happening. Cockp...
    Connected Gateways Market – A Review of The Current Situation
    Automobiles used to be very simple, with electrics covering all but the basics with lighting and ignition. Over time, and with the development of integrated circuitry, electronics entered the vehicle with single wires being used as control lines between switches and actuators. Modern vehicles featur...
    Government Mandates for Autonomous Features Support Sensor Advancements in Vehicles
    With an ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road and a resulting increase in road accidents, governments spring into action. It is expected that road accidents cost most countries around 3% of their annual GDP. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.25 million people die ea...
    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...
    Automotive Ethernet Congress recap from Munich
    The Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich is an important and quite technical event for experts in vehicle networking that want to be informed about the latest developments and meet other industry leaders. The congress welcomed not only European visitors but also a significant number of Asian ...
    Automotive Cabin Comfort – The rising application of seat thermal management
    In automotive design, passenger comfort is a central element along with the other performance and efficiency parameters. Manufacturers invest a lot of resources to ensure the highest degree of ambiance, ergonomics, and user experience for the occupants. Extreme seasonal swings in ambient temperature...
    The shift towards automatic transmissions drives the market for transmission ECUs
    More severe global emission regulations lead vehicle manufacturers to look at the entire vehicle to optimize fuel consumption. One area of interest to vehicle manufacturers is replacing manual transmissions with automatic transmissions, allowing for a higher number of gear ratios. This enables small...
    EDITORIAL: ZF expected to further intensify focus on electromobility and autonomous driving
    Germany-based ZF is aiming for “Vision Zero”, a world with zero emissions and zero accidents. Under this strategy, ZF is currently developing many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving solutions that can drastically reduce accidents. The company also has a strong portf...
    EDITORIAL – Investments in EV battery recycling set to increase
    Demand for electric vehicles (EV) is expected to become stronger in the coming years with the advancement in battery technology and reduction in their price. According to the International Energy Agency, the number of EVs on roads globally could touch 125 million by 2030. The increasing number of EV...
    Electronics component consolidation on the rise
    The automotive industry is facing immense pressure from end users for more features at lower costs. This has created an opportunity for industry players to innovate and change the electronic architectural design in several areas of the vehicle. Modern cars consist of several electronic control un...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    2018 has been a busy year for the global chassis components sector as a major shift toward weight savings and electronification of braking, steering, and suspension systems emerged. The word active was abundantly used across the chassis components sector as the industry came to understand the benefi...
    EDITORIAL – Novelis strengthens position in automotive industry
    Aluminum suppliers globally are redrawing their strategies to meet growing demand for the metal in the automotive market as OEMs move to a multimaterial approach to align their product development plans with industry megatrends such as lightweighting and electrification. According to The Aluminum As...
    Trends in the wiring harness industry
    Automotive wiring harnesses are an assembly of wires that transmit power and signals to electronic control units (ECUs), actuators, and other onboard electronics. Components commonly connected to the wiring harness are control units, sensors, and actuators, including the onboard diagnostic computer,...
    EDITORIAL – Suppliers expected to increase investments on innovation of new thermal management solutions for e-mobility
    The advent of electrified vehicles (EV) is bringing about massive changes in the value chain of the automotive supplier industry, especially in the powertrain segment. With an electric motor and battery pack powering the vehicle, and no combustion engine to support the cabin heating and cooling func...
    Trends in the automotive high voltage battery market
    The battery is one of the major components in EVs, as it influences the range which the vehicle can cover in electric mode. It is expected that the market for alternative propulsion vehicles will grow significantly in the coming years, and with it the battery market. Major trends that influence the ...
    Global automotive safety supplier market insights
    The global automotive safety industry has been home to a number of ground-breaking developments of late, shaping up to be a dynamic industry rather than being a placid one. However, this was not always the case. A decade ago, the global automotive safety supplier market was majorly dominated by trad...
    Autoliv-Veoneer spinoff: Implications on active and passive safety
    While technology addition has already strengthened its foothold when it comes to the automotive component side of things, the role of technology has also started to create ripples on the business side of the automotive market. OEMs as well as suppliers are now investing a substantial amount of time ...
    Gallium Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) Technologies – A Big Opportunity for Power Devices
    Gallium Nitride (GaN) is becoming a promising semiconductor technology for high performance microwave, radio frequency and millimeter wave devices. GaN devices enable operation at much higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures over conventional semiconductor materials such as silicon. &nbs...
    EDITORIAL – Battery swapping model need deep collaborations in EV industry to gain traction
    Battery-swapping technology seems to be making a comeback as an alternative to electric vehicle (EV) charging through cables or wirelessly. The technology allows drivers to exchange their EV’s exhausted battery with a recharged one at a battery swapping station in a few minutes. Battery-swapping h...
    Shared mobility impact on interiors in future
    The automotive industry at present is on the verge of being transformed by a convergence of several disruptive technology-driven megatrends, out of which Shared Mobility remains one of the crucial ongoing trends. Its increasing adoption is gradually impacting the automotive industry, while in the ne...
    Fleet management in commercial vehicles—a big opportunity for passive entry systems
    Traditionally, technological innovation appeared in passenger cars earlier than in heavy commercial vehicles. Among the features that are about to make the transition from this traditional approach are passive entry systems. Moreover, the trend of passive entry systems moving toward the use of mobil...
    EDITORIAL – Ningbo Jifeng’s majority shareholding in Grammer bodes well for the latter’s long-term growth
    The pall of uncertainty over Grammer’s ownership structure due to the rising influence of the Hastor family on the company’s administration and management, has cleared now with China-based Ningbo Jifeng Auto Parts grabbing a majority shareholding in the Germany-based vehicle interior parts ...
    EDITORIAL – Continental’s Powertrain business to become more dynamic after spin-off
    Continental is the latest tier-1 supplier to jump on the bandwagon of companies hiving off business divisions into standalone companies. Last month, the Germany-based company announced major organizational realignment to keep pace with a dynamic marketplace. The group will create a holding structure...
    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...
    Artificial Intelligence in Automotive Sector
    Artificial intelligence (AI) technology has been available since the 1980s when expert systems became available. However, the required computing power at affordable prices only became available after 2010 for embedded systems. AI systems use algorithms and data to represent intellectual functions of...
    EDITORIAL – Automotive to remain a key growth driver for Constellium
    Constellium continues to position itself to benefit from rising aluminum content per vehicle across key automotive markets, as automakers intensify their focus on lightweight vehicle manufacturing and electrification to meet stringent fuel economy and CO2 emission regulations. Against this back...
    Shift-by-Wire – Technology Outlook
    The automotive landscape has been changing for several years with the fitment of automatic transmissions ever increasing. As transmissions get an increasing number of gears, several OEMs are shifting from mechanical linkages to shift-by-wire (SBW) techniques. Historically, systems that make the v...
    Smart instrument panels for cabins of tomorrow
    The manufacturing sector globally is on the cusp of another ‘revolution’ driven primarily by technology. The automotive industry, being no different, has been at the receiving end of the technology penetration and we are already witnessing new inroads leading to vehicles of tomorrow. Within the ...
    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...
    EDITORIAL – ZKW’s acquisition to help LG accelerate growth rate of its vehicle components division
    With the acquisition of Austria-based ZKW, which specializes in vehicle front lighting systems and related electronics, South Korea-based electronics giant LG has now gained a strong position in the competitive automotive lighting industry, which is witnessing a significant technological change with...
    EDITORIAL – Cummins focusing on creating strong product portfolio for commercial vehicle electrification
    For decades, Cummins has enjoyed a position among the leading diesel engine manufacturers in the world. Now with the age of diesel-powered vehicles seemingly coming to an end and the advent of electric mobility, Cummins is focusing on building a strong product portfolio of electrification technologi...
    Evolving interior and safety sector of the Indian automotive industry
    As one of the fastest-growing automotive markets in the world, India has significant potential. Poised to be one of the key automotive markets globally, India’s increasing light vehicle production trend is evidence of its expanding automotive industry, which in turn also stimulates automotive comp...
    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, ...
    Increasing focus on rear-row comfort
    The automotive industry of late has been largely influenced by the term ‘Autonomous,’ which a decade ago was seen mainly as industry-jargon. With stringent efforts being put together to bring higher-levels of autonomy to life, vehicular architecture at a component level has sent the designers ba...
    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 ...
    EDITORIAL – Aptiv looks at bright future ahead
    Delphi Automotive’s decision to spin off its ‘Powertrain Systems’ business into a standalone company was one of the key corporate developments in the automotive supplier industry in 2017. The spin-off was completed last month, over three months ahead of the schedule, when the erstwhile Delphi ...
    LA Auto Show: SUVs, CUVs, and services steal the show
    Past the usual news on electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles at the LA Auto Show, was a mass announcement of new service plans, CUVs, and SUVs. Hyundai announced the all-new Kona, a compact crossover with a size that makes it the smallest SUV in Hyundai’s lineup. The Kona features a var...
    ANBS: ‘Braking’ into ADAS, autonomous technology
    The global braking systems market is shaping OEM and supplier strategies for the future through integration of electronics systems. A growing trend is increasing involvement in active safety and automated driving space. Case in point – Autoliv Nissin Kogyo Braking Systems (ANBS). The supplier s...
    Innovation in tail lamp functionality
    Tail lights are on the rear of the vehicle with some of them having reflective material inside them to help amplify the light, which allows them to appear brighter and larger. These lights are turned on when the headlights turn on, and in case of automatic lights, they turn on when the vehicle turns...
    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...
    Lighting trends at 2017 Geneva Motor Show
    The automotive industry is at a point where it is preparing for its future in moving ever deeper into such advanced technologies as lighting, ADAS, infotainment and car interiors. Auto shows have been the best way to let the world know about various new technologies and cars expected to be launched ...
    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...
    Adient: business impact and outlook
    Operating as an independent company, Adient – the result of a spin-off from its parent Johnson Controls has taken charge of the automotive seating and interior business. Post October 2016, Adient’s common stock began trading independently as the new ‘separated’ automotive arm of Johnson Cont...
    Review of thermal management issues in HEVs
    The objective of a thermal management system in vehicles has been traditionally described as to configure cooling systems for the engine and powertrain so that engine and transmission quickly reach operating temperature to keep fuel consumption and emissions as low as possible.’ An engine thermost...
    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...
    Will active safety suppress passive safety for future cars?
    The moment a car steps out on the roads from a showroom, it enters the real-world. Facing real life scenarios, it has so far been impossible to predict and avoid collisions which would result in damages to the vehicle and injuries to the occupants. Thus, to gear-up for any unforeseeable circumstance...
    Regulations in front lighting
    Regulations play an important role in equipping vehicles with latest technologies in a specific country/ region. Forward lighting is an important part of the vehicle as it enables drivers to guide the vehicle safely during the night time along varying road geometries and to identify obstacles and pe...
    Increase in ECU demand in front lighting
    Over the years, cars have become a mobile network of control modules which operate everything from powertrain to climate control to lighting. Electronic control units, commonly referred to as ECUs, control electrical systems in a vehicle. Automotive ECUs are used across various segments including co...
    Nissan's sale of Calsonic Kansei stake to help supplier expand internationally amid shrinking home market
    Calsonic Kansei is a leading manufacturer of cockpit module, front-end module, exhaust systems, air-conditioning unit, compressor, instrument panel, instrument cluster, electronic components, radiator, condenser, muffler, and converter for the automotive industry. Nissan is Calsonic's primary custom...
    Acid test awaits OEMs as they gear up for European real-world emission tests
    With tougher European real-world emission testing procedures expected to be implemented within the 2017-2020 timeframe, will the move prompt automakers to move away from engine downsizing and build bigger engines to meet emission targets? “Currently the new procedures for Europe (to test) both on ...
    In-depth analysis of Omron's keyless vehicle access control systems business in Japan
    Automotive electronics is probably one of the most, if not the most important trend in the global automotive industry today. It impacts almost every part of the car, the powertrain, infotainment, safety, convenience and comfort. IHS has observed that consumers are putting a lot of value on electroni...
    Interview with MLS India on Global LED market in automotive industry
    LED is the next key technology for automotive lighting and it is therefore perhaps no surprise that more and more suppliers begin to offer solutions. China-based LED lighting manufacturer, MLS Co Ltd, recently launched its premium LED package in India. In an interview with IHS Automotive, the com...
    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...
    Supplier Analysis: Osram
    The automotive lighting sector has been through much advancement in the past few years with all the latest technologies such as light-emitting diode (LED), organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and laser lights. Several lighting companies have spun off their business to follow a more focused approach,...
    Increased supplier concentration in HVAC Module Space
    The global automotive heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) module market has been changing in the last few years. Currently, the market is dominated by five prominent players -- Denso, Mahle, Valeo, Hanon Systems and Calsonic Kansei – catering to ten major automakers. Between them, the ...
    OLED: Future of Automotive Lighting
    The automotive industry is witnessing a number of developments in technology in various segments; lighting being one of them which is becoming an important factor for automotive design. Until a few years ago, automakers focused on the shape of the car more than anything else. Headlight technology ha...
    Laser lights: Technology for premium buyers
    Headlights are one of the most prominent features of a car which help in building brand perception and convey a certain attitude of the vehicle. However, it is not only the shape and design of the headlight that build the brand, it is the use of the latest technology; the latest one being laser ligh...
    Hybrid and electric vehicles: Corporate Talks
    Audi plans three EVs by 2020 Audi aims to have three electric car models by 2020 and for electric vehicles (EV) to account for 25-30% of its sales by 2025, chief executive Rupert Stadler has said.  Stadler said that Audi's offering of electric cars would include small vehicles in the A-segme...
    Modularity sets Delphi's 48V mild-hybrid system apart from competitors' systems – IHS study
    IHS Senior Research Analyst Christian Müller attended the technical demonstration of Delphi's 48V mild-hybrid technology held at Delphi's Wuppertal Technical Center in Germany in May 2016. It was a technology inclined press event which put together Delphi's senior technical team, leading market ana...
    Samsung SDI exits fuel cell business to focus on EV battery business
    In another major strategy move Samsung SDI has decided to exit from the hydrogen fuel cell business and focus on electric vehicle batteries. The South Korean company is in talks with a buyer to sell its fuel cell production-related equipment as well as patents. While Samsung SDI did not disclose the...
    Day-time running lights drive LED usage in cars
    LED DRL becoming popular "The introduction of daytime running light (DRL) for cars, trucks and buses makes them more visible, which will increase road safety. This will make a positive contribution to our goal of reducing fatalities on European roads whilst being more fuel efficient than existin...
    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...
    Interview: Frank Lubischer Senior vice-president, Global Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Nexteer
    Can we start by getting some background history on Nexteer? What is now Nexteer first introduced electric power steering (EPS) in 1999. That was the first product. At that time we were part of Delphi. In 2010 we were bought by Pacific Century Motors (PCM), based in E-Town, Beijing. Since 2013 we...
    The European supply base adapts to the “new normal”
    European OEMs and suppliers are facing similar operating challenges; for example, the impact of excess capacity on profitability and the redistribution of production between high cost countries and low cost ones. As we have seen, European production volumes are about 10% below their pre-crisis level...
    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...
    Seven trends affecting suppliers’ business
    Matteo Fini, Senior Manager, Global Component Forecasting, IHS Automotive Over the last few years, there has been a number of overarching megatrends developing in the automotive supplier sector. The way that OEMs conduct their business is changing and this has a huge impact in the way that the...
    New powertrain development and regulation
    For OEMs, trying to balance the myriad demands placed on global powertrain development has never been harder. All major global automotive markets have in place increasingly stringent legislation focused on controlling carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and exhaust gas emissions—such as particulates an...
    UK-based tier suppliers plan for re-shoring of part production in UK, but labour issues persist
    According to a report published by the Automotive Council UK in March 2015, the relocation of part production from outside the UK back into the country, a process known as re-shoring, represents a GBP3 billion opportunity for tier one companies and a GBP2 billion opportunity for upstream part suppli...
    “I think as industry volume continues to increase in Mexico, across automotive and all other industries, there is some capacity risk in border flow.”
    Have the suppliers delivering to GM had any problems delivering parts for the recalled models? Our suppliers have done an outstanding job in expeditiously supplying the dealers in support of the recalls with continued support in meeting our current production requirements. We’ve worked very cl...
    Schaeffler showcases its next generation of chassis, engine and transmission technologies
    The Schaeffler Group is most widely known for manufacturing bearing products and related specialty coatings for use across a variety of industries.  But the company also develops and produces various engine, transmission and chassis parts for OE automotive customers under the INA, Luk and FAG b...
    South Korea’s suppliers see gains beyond their borders
    South Korean automotive suppliers have pretty much grown in tandem with South Korean carmakers, especially Hyundai and Kia. This has worked well for the suppliers and in some cases has helped automotive suppliers, such as Hyundai Mobis and Hyundai Wia, become global players. However, going forward, ...
    EDITORIAL – SupplierBusiness’ most read articles in 2014
    January – Future demand for manual transmissions IHS Automotive took an in depth look at the manual transmission market and where it is heading. Though the technology is at a high state of development, there are still new elements being added. Six is expected to be the ideal number of speeds ...
    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...
    New technologies could overhaul the established order in automotive seating
    The fitment rates for various seat features such as powered and memory functions, lumbar support and massage have been increasing and will continue to do so as vehicle interiors become “smarter”. Much of the technology in today’s seats is electric or electronically driven and can be remotely c...
    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...
    With gasoline still dominant, what lies in future for the internal combustion engine?
    A recent study released by Bosch has suggested that the gasoline (petrol) engine still dominates the global automotive powertrain. The study suggests that nearly all new car buyers in China go for vehicles powered by petrol engines. In Japan and the United States, petrol engines has roughly 75% shar...
    Relations between suppliers and OEMs deteriorate as pressure increases to tighten purchasing costs
    Heightened friction between OEMs and suppliers on cost reduction matters is the main factor behind the deterioration of relations between automakers and suppliers globally in 2014, according to suppliers who took part in the annual Global OEM-Supplier Relations Study conducted by IHS Automotive. The...
    The top 25 automotive suppliers in the world
    The current decade is shaping up well for the global automotive supplier industry. The industry continues to record strong growth in sales, despite prolonged weakness in vehicle demand in key markets like Europe and highly volatile demand in emerging markets. Amid such an unpredictable business envi...
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