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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Are UK-based OEMs at risk of failing local content requirements in Brexit deal blow?
    The EU has rejected calls from Brexit’s chief negotiator Lord David Frost to include components as ‘local content’ if they imported from countries with which both the EU and the UK have trade deals with or are in the processing of finalizing, such as Japan and Turkey.   Under this so-c...
    Chassis evolution and outlook
    It is a common belief that the chassis of a vehicle has had limited evolution, when compared to other sectors of the car, such as powertrain or electronics. However, in the last decade, the chassis has seen several advancements, not just in terms of its structure, but also the way the chassis is con...
    2019 Geneva Motor Show: Lightweight, high-performance chassis component technology, platform sharing gain traction
    Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is the first big car show for the year for the European automotive market. Showcases pointed to a renewed product focus on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. This trend has been visible across other global shows this year, such as 2019 NAIAS...
    EDITORIAL – Strong outlook for vehicles production in India to drive investments in local supplier industry
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) held its annual convention in New Delhi (India) last month to highlight the achievements of the industry as well as the challenges. Like every year, top executives from automakers and suppliers as well as Indian government ministers ...
    ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
    The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to t...
    EDITORIAL: Future Tech business to drive Hyundai Mobis medium-to-long-term growth
    Hyundai Mobis has been a major supplier of key modules and systems for the automotive industry for over 40 years. Currently, the company’s product portfolio for OEMs includes chassis modules, cockpit modules and front-end modules as well as safety systems, braking systems, steering systems, lighti...
    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 ...
    ZF/Brakes India: Tapping into India’s EPB market
    Parking brakes are not the most “intriguing” component for creative innovations. However, automakers and suppliers have been relatively active throughout the years trying to push for new solutions in this field, according to Paolo Martino, chassis principal analyst at IHS Markit. Parking brakes ...
    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 ...
    In-car Wireless Charging
    Wireless charging is expected to grow not only for consumer devices but also for automotive applications over the next several years. In-car wireless charging has the potential to be integrated as either a supplement or replacement to plug-in charging. Chrysler, General Motors, and Toyota were the f...
    Kumho Tire-Doublestar stalemate ends
    Touted to be one the largest deals between South Korea and China in the recent past, Kumho Tire’s buyout by Chinese tire maker Quingdao Doublestar seems to have reached its finale. Reports of renewed activity related to Kumho Tire’s solvency issues came to light in early 2015 when news report...
    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...
    Impact of New Light Sources on HMI Applications
    For the past decade, car manufacturers and suppliers have focused on design and development of the interior , which includes interior lighting. Ambient lighting has been an integral part of the innovative approach followed by various automakers to be on par with the competition in the industry. In a...
    Continental pushes towards lighter, automated vehicles with MK C1
    Current weight optimization steps in vehicles, being taken for CO2 emission reduction and better fuel efficiency, are leading to innovation in the chassis sector. Continental’s electro-hydraulic MK C1 integrated braking system (IBS) is a good example of that. The supplier claims MK C1 is a key tec...
    Use of sustainable materials in car interior
    The quest towards scouting for sustainable materials for vehicle applications has led automakers to search for new and innovative ways. So much so, that their collaboration outside the industry has resulted in some interesting partnerships. Like in the case of Ford which partnered with tequila produ...
    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...
    Trends in interior lighting
    Modern automotive lighting is all about enhanced performance with advanced design. Most car manufacturers are always on the leading edge of technology in this competitive world, and every year there is a new technological advancement which raises the bar. In lighting, one such technological miles...
    Lighting as a communication device with the environment
    For decades drivers had to attend to and interpret only one language while behind the wheel – the rules of the road. As we move toward the more advanced and technology-driven world where drivers communicate with each other, cars are also expected to communicate with each other; cars communicate wi...
    Interview: Jim Bovenzi, General Motors
    This interview took place in January 2017.   Julian Buckley: Can we start by getting an outline of your responsibilities? Jim Bovenzi: This is a group we put together about two years ago, we call it Demand and Supply. It's the bridge between the sales and marketing organization and the s...
    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...
    Interview with Tarcisio Telles, Plasticos Mueller and Tecnoplast
    Can you give a brief explanation of the relationship between Plasticos Mueller and Tecnoplast? In June 2015, the owner of Plasticos Mueller, Ricardo Jacob, bought a second plastics company, Tecnoplast. It was a difficult decision, as Brazil was still in the middle of the biggest economic crisis i...
    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...
    Interview with Pam Fletcher, General Motors
    Unlike a lot of electric vehicles, the Ampera-e looks like a standard car. Was the design intended to broaden the appeal of the car? We talked to our customers and did a lot of research. That didn’t start with this car, it goes back to the first-generation Volt.  Our customers were saying ...
    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...
    Interview with GreenFuel Energy Solutions: CNG has good prospects in India
    CNG has become “popular” in India because of their lower operating cost. Government does not provide any subsidy on the vehicle itself such as no tax break; but due to economical cost of operation, everybody is “looking” at it. “If you see the running cost, petrol is the highest, then is L...
    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: Contracts
    Company Product Details Borgwarner, Hyundai Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve BorgWarner is supplying its advanced exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve for the new Hyundai Ioniq sedan and the Kia Niro crossover sport utility vehicle...
    Suppliers question Tesla’s ambitious production expansion plans
    Tesla’s ambitious production expansion plans to reach annual production capacity of 500,000 units in 2018, two years ahead of the original schedule, have surprised suppliers. The US-based electric carmaker has revised its production plans in light of overwhelming response from customers for its la...
    Hybrid and electric vehicles: Current Affairs
    Japanese automakers will expand their research and development (R&D) budget during fiscal year (FY) 2016/17 in a bid to better respond to tightening environmental regulations and develop new technologies. Key Japanese automakers, including Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi and Fuj...
    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...
    Mobileye plans not to renew Tesla contract; US regulator completes preliminary investigation into fatal Model S crash
    Mobileye has decided to not renew a contract with Tesla to supply the automaker with its EyeQ3 image-analysis chips, the Israel-based maker of driver-assistance chips and software said in an earnings call conference on Tuesday (26 July). Mobileye’s chief technology officer (CTO) Amnon Shashua said...
    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...
    Automakers urge governments to make conditions favourable for autonomous vehicle testing
    Volvo Cars has announced that it is to begin an autonomous driving test programme next year which it has described as the "most ambitious" currently underway. The programme, called 'Drive Me London', will begin in early 2017 with "semi-autonomous driving cars" and will expand 100 cars by 2018. Thisw...
    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...
    Seating market remains highly fragmented as as OEMs put greater pressure on price reductions
    When looked at on a regional basis, the supply of seats is fairly concentrated amongst a small number of suppliers, but because there are also significant differences between the supply base in each of the major markets, on a global level the seat market remains surprisingly fragmented; JCI (soon to...
    A look inside Toyota’s plant in Burnaston, United Kingdom
    Burnaston was Toyota’s first European plant, having opened in December 1992, making the D-segment Carina E, later succeeded by the Avensis.  Production of the Corolla began in 1998, with this model and its successor being produced both in the UK and Toyota in Turkey; however, since 2013, with...
    The Indian Automotive Supply Base
    Speed bumps The supplierindustry has had to manoevre a couple of rough patches in the recent past, especially in FY 2008/09, during the global economic slowdown, and more recently in FY 2013/14, owing to a slowdown in economy and vehicle sales and production in India. According to an estimate, m...
    “The pursuit of [a] vertical integration strategy has helped IAC reduce its dependency on sub-suppliers.”
    SupplierBusiness spoke with, Marcus Nyman, Senior Vice President Commercial for IAC in Europe who is responsible for IAC’s business with Volvo Cars: Nyman oversees the activities of the global CBUs (Customer Business Units) for IAC’s European vehicle company customers, covering Business Developm...
    “Looking at the cost of a vehicle today in the industry, about two-thirds of the added value comes from suppliers.”
    Can you outline the purchasing strategy at Mercedes-Benz? Customers buy a Mercedes-Benz because of the superior innovation and quality experience. This is why our first priorities are to deliver those innovations together with our colleagues from Research & Development, and to ensure top qua...
    “We are not looking for the cheapest suppliers, we’re looking at which supplier we have and which is producing the parts we need. ”
    Alpina is only importing about 40 units of the new XD3 SUV into the UK (based on the BMW X3). Why so few, for a market that likes diesels, premium badges and SUVs? The X3 is produced in the United States, in Spartanburg, and the plant is not as flexible as the BMW plants here in Bavaria. It’s ...
    “The annual value of the UK component supply contracts for the Discovery Sport and Jaguar XE together is expected to be over £1bn. These have 50-55% UK content.”
    How has JLR and its purchasing policy and organisation changed in the last couple of years? David Allen (DA): I think we have to see everything in terms of the changes which our product launches since then have brought about, as well as the major investments in our facilities. In 2013, we were s...
    Klaus Ziegler, executive vice president of Purchasing, SEAT
    How does Purchasing at SEAT tie in with operations at Wolfsburg and the VW Group? We are part of the metrics organization between the brands and the Group. There are a lot of localized and decentralized decisions made in the regions by the brands. This is balanced by centralized activities in Wo...
    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...
    Global platforms increase levels of parts consolidation
    The leading global automakers are rethinking their platform strategies in response to the pressures generated by intensifying competition, new global consumers, and state regulators. The trend toward a strategic consolidation around modular architectures or “megaplatforms” is replacing the earli...
    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...
    The rise of purchasing supplier ‘clubs’
    GM’s new parts-buying programme, is said to forgo conventional supplier bidding and focus more on an analysis of the suppliers’ facilities and costs. Suppliers who agree to be part of a new programme, called the One Cost Model, will receive long-term contracts from the automaker for periods rang...
    “There are a few instances where the supplier has a virtual monopoly. To some extent, that supplier can actually command the price they want.”
    Stephan Presser, vehicle engineering manager for the new Focus You mentioned that three areas of the car have undergone significant redevelopment, the steering, the stability control system and the NVH characteristics. Were these developed in-house or by suppliers? Suppliers play a major rol...
    Car Cutaway: Chevrolet Volt
    Click the image above to zoom into component areas
    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...
    Hyundai and Kia rely on an established supply base in their purchasing strategy
    Purchasing at Hyundai Kia is currently based on three primary sourcing channels: internal production; group sourcing, and external procurement. Internal production covers the development and manufacture of key components, predominantly engines and transmissions. Group sourcing covers delivery of par...
    “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...
    Japanese OEMs and suppliers’ production strategy
    Japanese automakers have long used Japan as an export base to meet demand in international markets, but the appreciation of yen against the US dollar and euro, especially between 2007 and 2012, forced many Japanese automakers to reduce dependence on domestic production for exports and invest in over...
    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...
    “We are working to reduce the weight of our seating systems ... we are aspiring to reduce the overall seat weight by half.”
    When we last spoke some 18 months ago Johnson Controls had introduced the Synergy Seat Gen 3 which demonstrated your thinking with regard to reducing the weight and complexity of seating systems while maintaining their comfort and safety characteristics. What have been the major developments in this...
    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...
    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...
    Anti-crash sensors sales set to boom over coming years
    Anti-collision sensors including radar, cameras, ultrasound and lidar are expected to see a big increase in both shipments and fitment rates because of the growing awareness of driving safety from both consumers and vehicle manufacturers. IHS Automotive predicts that the global sales of collision av...
    Flurry of mergers and acquisitions reshape the automotive semiconductor supplier landscape
    Capped by the announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry has recently been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market, according to IHS. In two major deals announced recently,...
    How does Honda select new suppliers?
    Supply base development “Honda will buy from the most competitive suppliers in order to fulfil customer satisfaction.” Taken directly from the Honda Supply Team website, this umbrella statement highlights what Honda considers to be the most important elements of any given tier relationsh...
    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...
    How Jaguar Land Rover lightweights material
    Dr White began with a reference to the D7u architecture which now provides the foundation for the Range Rover, the Range Rover Sport and now the long-wheel-base Range Rover and other models yet to be released. It is clear that successful execution of JLR’s product strategy will be dependent on ens...
    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...
    Automotive electronics suppliers face a unique set of challenges
    The automotive industry places unusual demands on electronic systems, when compared to the demands of other sectors: Despite the rapidly increasing value content of electronic components in vehicles, they must remain affordable to the consumer. To achieve this, the industry requires relative...
    What future does the manual transmission have?
    Worldwide Today, manual transmissions (MTs) are fitted in about half of all light-duty, on-highway vehicles built globally. Moreover, IHS Automotive forecasts that this share will not diminish significantly, over the next seven years. Admittedly, the manual transmission is quite well developed, ...
    The Cascada: the cabriolet to move Opel upmarket?
    Ian Henry The Opel Cascada occupies an unusual place in the market; it is somewhat bigger than the C-segment cabriolets like the Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet and Peugeot 308 CC, although it is not as expensive as the more premium Audi A5 Cabriolet and which it matches more in terms of size. ...
    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...
    Quoros search for an orginal look
    William Diem China’s newest automaker has the passion of youth and the wisdom of age behind it, and the strategy employed is the same that Toyota used when it created Lexus in 1989. Qoros could be the first Chinese-brand car to make a mark in the west in 2014, but first it will try to conquer ...
    Honda’s Global Sourcing Strategy
    Honda’s approach to global sourcing is based on the idea of achieving ‘global competitiveness locally’. The Japanese carmaker has been very cautious in the implementation of this strategy despite having a number of cost competitive countries such as Thailand and Taiwan, while looking to decent...
    Volkswagen’s Purchasing Strategy
    The purchasing function at Volkswagen is expected to contribution indirectly towards the achievement of the corporate targets the company as a whole. These take the form of the three main 2018 objectives; leading customer satisfaction and quality, having a pre-tax margin in excess of 8% and deliveri...
    China’s state-owned automotive suppliers eyeing US acquisitions
    CHINA’S STATE-OWNED automotive suppliers are looking for US acquisitions in 2012s. In May 2011, the Chinese government earmarked USD60bn to acquire industrial assets in the US. China’s willingness to acquire companies in the US may stem from their need to grow their expertise in technology. The...
    Toyota Purchasing Strategy
    Toyota’s purchasing strategy has been traditionally conservative, having relied for years on the partnership model with a close-knitted Japanese supplier network backing the carmaker’s growth inside and outside Japan as well as its technology and quality demands. As its scope became more global,...
    2010 SupplierBusiness OEM-Supplier Survey
    The SupplierBusiness 2010 OEM-Supplier relations survey is the fifth edition of the survey that gives an overview of the which OEMs have the best and worst relationships with there suppliers, and in which areas they are strongest and weakest. The survey provides an excellent opportunity for supplier...
    General Motors (GM) Purchasing Strategy
    GM is widely acknowledged as the first automaker to have implemented strategic sourcing back in the 1980s, the aim of which is to monitor current purchasing spend, assess the supply market and drive supplier selection over a defined set of criteria. GM remains the master the art of strategic sourcin...
    OEM restructuring and the implications for suppliers
    THE last two years have been eventful for the global automotive industry and associated companies, with the entire industry witnessing one of the most severe crises since the great depression. The aftermath of the events from 2008 was more pronounced in 2009 with GM and Chrysler’s going through (a...
    A new era of prominence for purchasing heroes may be dawning
    Traditionally, the purchasing function in the automotive industry has been seen as an un-glamorous grind, a backwater, and a career dead-end. The caricature of purchasing men and women is one of droids, focused exclusively on the cost-down war of attrition. They are dour, long-serving staffers with...
    How Magna, with its autonomous units, is dealing with the centralised, global buying structures of modern OEMs
    The challenge for Magna, with its highly-decentralised history, is responding to the ever-more-centralised purchasing departments of most major OEMs. One of the most successful suppliers in the world, Magna runs as nine quasi-autonomous units, including Magna Steyr, Cosma, Intier and Magna-Donnelly...
    Automotive sales soar in Russia
    After the sinister murder of journalist Alexander Litvinienko in London last November, it is easy to think Russia has not changed much since the Cold War. But while Russia still remains a mystery to many, vehicle manufacturers are starting to invest heavily in this vast country. Research by Roland B...
    OEMs plan to increase purchase of components from China
    Global OEMs are planning to increase their component sourcing from China. For GM, their Chinese purchasing office is a key part of their global plans. GM is already doing a large amount of purchasing from its Chinese purchasing operations. "GM is looking at even greater sourcing from its Chinese pur...
    Why the Fiat turn-round creates opportunities for suppliers
    Few can doubt a turn-round is in progress at Fiat Auto. Recent financial results were ahead of expectations, with Fiat posting its fourth consecutive quarterly profit in Q3 2006. Group revenues were up 11.4% to €11.8bn (US$15bn) while net profits were €195m. Net profits for the full year are exp...
    PSA demands higher quality, say suppliers
    In our OEM-Supplier Relations Survey 2006, suppliers noted a new focus in PSA’s purchasing activities during 2005-06. In particular they highlighted the carmaker’s willingness to reward cost savings ideas and thoroughness in preparation for model launches. But the company also made a big increas...
    PSA holds its own amongst peers
    2006 has been a tough year for French carmakers. As a consequence, their ratings in our OEM-Supplier Relations Survey 2006 have suffered. But although Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) suffered a drop in attractiveness as a commercial partner this year – rated behind closest peers Renault and Toyota – it w...
    BMW is a preferred industry partner
    In our OEM-Supplier Relations Survey 2006, suppliers rated BMW as the most attractive OEM to work with – higher than Toyota and well above domestic rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz. A marked area where BMW fared well with suppliers was over the question of demands to reduce prices. The majority...
    American Axle: Opinions divide as GM still calls the shots
    Bears still have the upper hand –These must be frustrating times for American Axle & Manufacturing’s (AAM) management team. Despite ongoing efforts to stress its increasing success in winning business with a broader range of OEM, and other customers, while simultaneously pointing to an expan...
    Suppliers in North America focus on Japanese business
    Large or small, suppliers are still shifting more resources to the Japanese automakers at the expense of the US domestics. Studies shows that suppliers are continuing to shift capital investment and research and development expenditures to their Japanese customers and decreasing their investments in...
    Delphi restructuring the end of illusions
    The scale of restructuring at Delphi, and the acceleration of changes at General Motors that are accompanying it, are dramatic. They expose the long-term costs of General Motors strategy in the late 1990s of floating off the bulk of its parts division as a separate business rather than selling the i...
    Nissan looks for steady progress in purchasing
    But the group faces challenges in maintaining its stellar performance. One of the challenges faced by Nissan is maintaining its progress and avoiding falling further behind Toyota. Not competing directly with Toyota was one of the key steps behind the Nissan recovery. By avoiding overstretch and con...
    Nissan Note
       CHASSIS/UNDERBODY   Brake Lines (inc. bundles) TI Automotive Coil springs (rear) thyssenkrupp Column type Electric Power Steering JTEKT Europe Fuel Check Valves for all engine variants Piolax Fuel Delivery Module (all engines) TI Automotive Quick C...
    Nissan's keiretsu suppliers in Japan
       Name of Company Prefecture/City Parts/Products Ahresty Tokyo Aluminium die-cast parts Aisan Industries (Aisan Kogyo) Kanagawa Fuel pumps, throttle bodies and engine valves Aisin AW Aichi Prefecture Automatic transmissions and car navigation systems Aisin Seik...
    Suppliers to Nissan Altima
    CHASSIS/UNDERBODY Activated carbon canister Mahle Actuation vacuum boosters Bosch Brake hose assembly Hitachi Cable Brake lines TI Automotive Fill limit vent valve cap as tier 2 to Inergy Nifco Front caliper Tokico Front coil spring NHK Group (NASCO) Front stabilizer...
    Ford Galaxy/SMAX saw closer co-operation with a few key suppliers
    The new Ford Galaxy and SMAX were developed under the Ford Product Development System before the change in direction and focus on fewer suppliers at Ford, but the way that the program team worked with suppliers shows how some suppliers have become more important in the development of vehicles at For...
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