David Sedgwick

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Recent articles
Suppliers prepare for growth, allocate more funds for M&A
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
North American suppliers are budgeting more funds for mergers and acquisitions as they seek to boost market share and expand product lineups. ...


Suppliers see money in software
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18 | UPDATED: 8/18/14 11:37 am ET - corrected
Harman International, a top producer of speakers and other in-car audio equipment, plans to ease out of hardware so it can concentrate on software as its core automotive ...


Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little ti ...


Confident parts makers plan to expand and hire
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Flush with cash and fat order books, North American suppliers are increasing capital expenditures, hiring workers and raising funds for possible acquisitions. ...


Novelis beefs up recycling of aluminum
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Novelis Inc. is putting its new automotive aluminum recycling line through final testing to reuse scrap from customer Ford Motor Co. ...


Automakers make room for Pandora
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16
Internet radio is starting to look like a must-have infotainment feature, judging by the number of Pandora users. ...


GM finishes grading its top 200 suppliers
11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
General Motors has completed assessments of its 200 largest suppliers under a program dubbed Strategic Supplier Engagement and has begun assessing the next 200. ...


J.D. Power pans in-car voice recognition systems
5:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
In-car voice recognition systems work so poorly that automakers should give up trying to add new features and go back to the basics, said Kristin Kolodge, JD Power's exec ...


Software is key to sizzling active safety market, Delphi exec says
3:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
The $14 billion global market for collision avoidance and driver assistance is expected to grow about 25 percent a year -- a growth rate that has established active safet ...


ZF-TRW talks mean industry megadeals are possible
3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Somehow, it always seems like a good time for mergers and acquisitions, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. ZF’s proposed acquisition of TRW has put the en ...


Johnson Controls experiments with interiors that change colors
1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Johnson Controls is experimenting with car interior surfaces that could change colors to match the motorist's whim. ...


California prepares for hydrogen fuel stations
3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Now that Toyota and other automakers are preparing to introduce fuel-cell vehicles in California, entrepreneurs are starting to build a network of hydrogen fuel stations. ...


Why automakers can't beat up suppliers any more
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Remember the old days when automotive purchasing czars such as General Motors' Inaki Lopez and Ford's Carlos Mazzorin threw their weight around with suppliers? Those days ...


North American tooling demands growing from foreign automakers
12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
As North American production rises, Asian and European automakers are asking their tool-and-die suppliers to set up shop in North America, a consultant says. ...


Less costly head-up displays are catching on
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Head-up displays, mainly at home in sports cars and luxury models, are about to go mainstream. ...


Novelis expects to double auto aluminum production in 4 years
9:08 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4 | UPDATED: 8/4/14 12:44 pm ET - clarifies production forecast
Novelis, the world's largest sheet aluminum producer, expects to double its North American production of automotive aluminum by 2018 or so from 2014 levels. ...


How researcher quantifies the value of good supplier relations
10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
What is it worth for an automaker to have good relations with its suppliers? For Honda and Toyota, quite a lot, according to a study published today by researcher John He ...


American Axle plans tech center in Detroit
11:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
American Axle & Manufacturing plans to build a technical center at its Detroit headquarters to develop prototype components and to test manufacturing lines, CEO David Dau ...


Chinese supplier lays plans to revive Fisker and give itself a jolt
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
If Lu Guanqiu has his way, his Wanxiang Group will bring the Fisker Karma back to life and establish the Chinese supplier as a high-profile coach-builder in the United St ...


Chinese suppliers quickly finding a home in the U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
North America may seem like a distant dream for China's automakers, but that's not the case for suppliers. ...


Here come Chinese suppliers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Some Chinese automotive suppliers are no longer content just to export products to North America. Now, they're building factories or buying companies to manufacture parts ...


Toyota asks suppliers for disaster plans
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
To protect itself from production bottlenecks caused by unforeseen disasters, Toyota Motor Corp. has asked 400 North American suppliers to identify any key parts that are ...


Toyota steps in to avert supply bottlenecks
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
As North American production rises to record levels, Toyota Motor Corp. is taking steps to prevent production glitches among its suppliers. ...


Carmakers bet on big global platforms to cut costs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The auto industry's switch to global platforms is rapidly picking up momentum. In 2020, the top 10 platforms are expected to generate production of 27. ...


American Axle's push to diversify drives growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. ...


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