State of Suppliers
EV bodies: 'Part of the power source'July 31, 2017
The race to supply tomorrow's carsJuly 31, 2017
Mobileye lets cars keep eyes on the roadJuly 31, 2017
Dayco's vacuum pump keeps it simpleJuly 31, 2017
In self-driving age, digital maps are crucialJuly 31, 2017
STATE OF SUPPLIERS: Faurecia tests passengers on the moveJuly 31, 2017
STATE OF SUPPLIERS: Nvidia's technology processes trillions of impulses to replicate human thinkingJuly 31, 2017
STATE OF SUPPLIERS: Mighty Aisin tackles lowly parking lotJuly 29, 2017
In Mexico, BMW builds supply base from scratchAug. 1, 2016
Super Duty spurs supplier rush to Ky.Aug. 1, 2016
Suppliers from Thailand, Spain and France are among those putting down roots in Kentucky. The parts industry newcomers say the state is an ideal location to supply not only Ford but the Japanese, Korean and German plants that have sprung up across the Southeast.
Test for Tesla: Luring suppliers to Calif.Aug. 1, 2016
New wave of European suppliers hits SouthAug. 1, 2016
As European automakers Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo build or expand their assembly plants in the Southeast, a new wave of Tier 2 and Tier 3 European suppliers are coming to set up their first North American factories.
GM's supplier-friendly initiatives bear fruitAug. 1, 2016
Infiniti, Mercedes share a car — and suppliersAug. 1, 2016
Mobis wants to crack into North AmericaAug. 1, 2016
The woman behind Volvo's U.S. beachheadAug. 1, 2016
Katarina Fjording, Volvo vice president of purchasing and manufacturing for the Americas, is heading the construction of the brand's $500 million greenfield factory in South Carolina. She will oversee the manufacturing plant and work on the selection of suppliers to build the new generation of the S60 compact sedan for global markets.
Volvo's catch-up gameAug. 1, 2016
At last, Volvo is joining other luxury automakers in building vehicles in the United States. Making that happen -- and catching up with competition that has been building luxury vehicles here for years -- will take the Chinese-owned Swedish brand into some supply chain operations that are new to Volvo.
A new breed of software engineerAug. 3, 2015
Today's Volvo XC90: A rolling computer chipAug. 3, 2015
When the XC90 was introduced in 2002, it had as many as 38 electronic control units -- small computers that receive data from sensors and components and issue control instructions. Now, it has as many as 107.
Seeking N.A. niche, China's Minth expands in MexicoAug. 3, 2015
Minth Group, a maker of roof racks, hopes to gain a niche in North America. The company supplies the Detroit 3 along with Audi, BMW, Honda and Nissan, and it already has three plants in Mexico and one in Michigan.
Diversity is Calsonic Kansei's top priorityAug. 3, 2015
Hiroshi Moriya, CEO of Calsonic Kansei Corp., wants a bigger slice of sales from customers beside Nissan Motor Co., its top shareholder with a 42 percent stake. He also wants to internationalize Calsonic Kansei's management. Of its 23 top global executives, only three are non-Japanese. Finally, he wants to develop new products by mixing and matching the company's broad range of components.
OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliersAug. 3, 2015
Tier 1 companies are struggling to build networks of Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in Mexico because smaller vendors are reluctant to shoulder the financial risk, says Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.
Performance rules -- despite the push for more mpgAug. 3, 2015
Former Toyota exec leads supplier into new eraAug. 3, 2015
Swift and secure vehicle software updates?Aug. 3, 2015
When it comes to connected cars, Redbend, an Israeli software company, is sitting in a prime position. As automakers add software to vehicles, those systems will require updates, just as home computers and mobile devices do. And Redbend's specialty, first developed for the smartphone and personal computer markets, is to update software quickly and efficiently.
Denso maps out two-pronged mpg driveAug. 3, 2015
Yasushi Yamanaka, the newly appointed global r&d chief at Toyota Group mega supplier Denso Corp., is chasing two elusive methods to radically improve fuel efficiency by 2025. And neither involves sexy next-generation technologies such as electric-gasoline hybrids.
JTEKT targets diversification and steer-by-wire technologyAug. 3, 2015
JTEKT Corp. is not just the world's biggest supplier of steering systems, it is the world's 19th largest auto parts supplier, period. Yet to President Tetsuo Agata, his company is still not a “real global company.” Of JTEKT's 40 top executives, for example, only one is a non-Japanese.
Nissan inspired by high-end fashionAug. 2, 2015
Nissan wanted some European fashion to move its American-made Maxima sedan further upscale for 2016. It turned to Alcantara, the Italian producer of material used in high-end apparel and automotive seating, to give the Maxima SR sport package the look of some exotic European sport coupes.
GM powertrain plan calls for advancing on many frontsAug. 1, 2015
When you ask Dan Nicholson about a certain powertrain or technology, he doesn't tell you why it can't be done. Chances are, he'll tell you where it fits in General Motors' ambitious global powertrain portfolio. Nicholson, 51, who took over as GM's vice president of global powertrain late last year.