Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 29 May 2017 06:00:00 EST IHS manager Jackson moves to OESA Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The Original Equipment Suppliers Association has tapped IHS veteran Mike Jackson as its executive director of strategy and research. Gentex hires robots as production moves stateside Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mirror supplier Gentex ended production at foreign plants in favor of American ones. But to do that, Gentex needed robots. Friendly robots apply for supplier jobs Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A new wave of lower-cost, flexible and more delicate robots wants to work on the assembly line. Trade anxiety rising among suppliers Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Supplier executives say uncertainty about trade policy is making it difficult to make decisions about their manufacturing needs. Valeo bets on 48-volt mild-hybrid tech for growth Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Valeo is making a big bet on 48-volt "mild hybrid" technology, which the supplier sees as a cost-effective way for automakers to meet tightening emissions standards and to deliver power to new energy-consuming components such as electric... Gestamp opens randd center near Detroit Sat, 27 May 2017 08:52:35 EST Spanish-owned Gestamp North America, a metal parts supplier, opened its first randd facility in the US in suburban Detroit. Bosch tied to diesel-cheating claims against fourth carmaker Fri, 26 May 2017 09:17:29 EST Bosch was linked to emissions-cheating allegations against a fourth automaker, raising questions about the supplier's role in the scandal gripping the car industry. Prosecutors confirm Bosch is under suspicion in Daimler emissions probe Fri, 26 May 2017 07:17:25 EST German prosecutors confirmed they are investigating whether Bosch employees were involved in an alleged fraud at Daimler to manipulate emission tests on diesel cars. Mahle will build air conditioner compressors in Changshu Fri, 26 May 2017 08:32:12 EST Germany's Mahle Group has invested 24 million euros in a plant in the east China city of Changshu to produce compressors for automotive air conditioners. Continental supplies control system for Great Wall gearbox Fri, 26 May 2017 08:22:27 EST Continental has started supplying a transmission control system to China's Great Wall Motor Co. for its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. May U.S. auto sales projected to rise -- slightly Thu, 25 May 2017 11:49:26 EST U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to rise very slightly in May from a year ago, narrowly snapping the industry's streak of four consecutive monthly declines. Prosecutors investigate Bosch employees in Daimler probe, report says Thu, 25 May 2017 06:55:55 EST German prosecutors who searched Daimler's offices this week as part of a probe into diesel pollution are also investigating employees at Bosch, a report said. Bosnian activists fail to secure seats on Grammer board Thu, 25 May 2017 03:46:08 EST Bosnia's Hastor family failed in a bid to get three representatives onto the supervisory board of German supplier Grammer at the annual shareholder meeting. Grammer rejects call to replace chairman in shareholder tussle Wed, 24 May 2017 08:44:08 EST German supplier Grammer braced for a showdown with Bosnian investor group Cascade at its shareholders' meeting, rejecting a demand to replace the chairman of the annual general meeting. Study says drivers don't trust ride-hailing firms to build self-driving cars Tue, 23 May 2017 12:45:50 EST Consumers are less likely to view ride-hailing companies as reliable autonomous-vehicle manufacturers, according to a global study published by Inrix. Cox Automotive spreads its racing bets Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Racing is a huge part of the marketing strategy across Cox Automotive's media brands, which include Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader. Here's why. Track time is a form of therapy for supplier CEO Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Whipping a high-revving sports car or a torquey low-revving Detroit muscle car around a track at high speeds is a form of therapy for Bill Kozyra, CEO of TI Automotive, a Tier 1 supplier of fuel system parts. BorgWarner CEO serves as trophy presenter Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST For a company that makes turbochargers, it's hard to imagine a happier event than last year's Indianapolis 500. Mueller, overseer of Takata fund, gets new assignment Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A federal judge in Detroit may need to find someone else to oversee a compensation fund for victims of defective Takata airbags. Renault, PSA commit to raise orders from troubled supplier Sun, 21 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Renault and PSA have committed to increasing their orders from ailing components-maker GMandS Industry after their CEOs spoke with French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, his ministry said. German supplier Grammer faces watchdog probe amid power struggle Fri, 19 May 2017 06:55:09 EST Germany's financial watchdog will launch an investigation into market manipulation allegations against Grammer. Honeywell opens $300 million automotive refrigerant plant Fri, 19 May 2017 12:54:22 EST Honeywell said it launched production of its eco-friendly Solstice yf refrigerant in its new $300 million plant in Geismar, La. Daicel, Toyoda Gosei plan capital tie-up to expand airbag businesses Fri, 19 May 2017 07:19:05 EST Japanese suppliers Daicel and Toyoda Gosei said they will invest in each other's equity, deepening ties as both companies expand their airbag businesses. First Shift: U.S. ready to sue Fiat Chrysler Thu, 18 May 2017 08:30:00 EST U.S. said to be ready to sue FCA; GM to halt India sales, sell S. Africa unit; Mueller, Trump and Takata; Wrangler-based pickup spied; Do more techy cars equal more totaled cars? Former FBI boss expected to leave role at Takata fund to head U.S. election probe Wed, 17 May 2017 21:33:19 EST Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is expected to resign from a role overseeing a fund for Takata airbag victims to head the new U.S. election probe. Subaru weighs Sweden's Autoliv as camera supplier, report says Wed, 17 May 2017 15:28:14 EST Subaru is considering Autoliv's stereo cameras for its driver-assist system as the Japanese automaker looks for options beyond longtime supplier Hitachi, Bloomberg reported. First Shift: Ford slashing 1,400 salaried jobs Wed, 17 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford slashing 1,400 salaried jobs; Volvo weighs exit from diesel business; Uber CEO sought partnership with Tesla, new book reveals; Magna system blends cameras, side-view mirror. BMW adds Delphi as autonomous development partner Tue, 16 May 2017 10:19:06 EST BMW added Delphi as a new partner in its development of advanced autonomous systems, signaling a new stage in bringing self-driving cars to market by 2021. Commerce Dept. investigates steel imports used in auto parts Tue, 16 May 2017 14:00:00 EST The Department of Commerce is looking into U.S. steel industry complaints that foreign competitors have gained an unfair advantage by selling at artificially low prices. The moral quandary frustrating autonomous advocates Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Self-driving cars: The solution to preventable traffic deaths or dystopian robot killers... or both? In our latest podcast episode, we investigate the contradictory ways the public talks about autonomous tech. Mexico fines Panasonic over Ficosa acquisition Mon, 15 May 2017 11:39:57 EST Mexico's competition watchdog fined Panasonic for failing to disclose that its purchase of Spanish parts maker Ficosa would boost its indirect ownership of Ficosa Mexico. GM gets its groove back with suppliers Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 EST General Motors ranks just behind Toyota and Honda in the opinion of suppliers surveyed in a closely watched annual study. Nissan dropped to last place. GM commits to 'green' natural rubber for millions of tires Mon, 15 May 2017 15:00:00 EST GM is pledging to buy sustainable natural rubber for the 49 million tires it buys a year under a plan aimed at helping small farmers while protecting company profits by ensuring the material's long-term availability. German supplier Schaeffler hit by explosion; 13 people injured Mon, 15 May 2017 07:43:25 EST Thirteen people were injured, four of them seriously, in an explosion at a German factory operated by ball-bearings maker Schaeffler, police said. Lyft partners with Waymo for self-driving cars Mon, 15 May 2017 03:31:50 EST Ride services company Lyft and Waymo, an automotive business owned by Google parent Alphabet, have launched a self-driving vehicle partnership, bringing together two rivals to dominant ride-sharing service Uber. Suppliers turn to matchmaking events Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Auto parts suppliers in Tennessee mingled and table hopped from customer to customer here last week in a bid to "speed date" their way to new business contracts. To grow globally, Jeep turned to driveline maker GKN Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The redesigned 2017 Compass is the key to Jeep's strategy to grow its global sales. And the key to the Compass is an innovative driveline system developed by GKN. Nvidia beats Intel in Toyota self-driving battle Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Toyota's self-driving vehicles will carry Nvidia's platform, making the chipmaker the dominant supplier of the brains of autonomous vehicles. Workers at French supplier destroy machines Sat, 13 May 2017 11:01:12 EST Workers at a French supplier facing liquidation have destroyed machinery and say they have rigged gas tanks to explode in an effort to put pressure on customers, including Renault and PSA, to commit to enough orders to keep the plant open. Delphi: Self-driving taxis bound for U.S. Sat, 13 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Delphi expects to announce plans for a new self-driving taxi service in a U.S. city -- most likely Boston or Pittsburgh -- within the next month or so. Auto sector has mixed Q1 Fri, 12 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Shareholder value growth slowed considerably for automakers in the first three months of 2017 but improved for partsmakers and car retailers, according to the latest Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services... Magna Q1 net income rises 19% to $586 million Thu, 11 May 2017 08:52:07 EST Diversified Canadian auto supplier Magna International said its net income rose 19 percent to $586 million as profit margins increased in all segments. Continental re-thinks HMI to prepare for move to autonomous cars Thu, 11 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The role played by HMI technology is changing as vehicles process more information in the autonomous age. After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize Wed, 10 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to a vehicle assembly plant? Jenoptik set to open Michigan tech campus Wed, 10 May 2017 16:02:46 EST Jenoptik, a German company that specializes in metrology and laser machines for the auto industry, expects to be fully operating its 16-acre technology campus in suburban Detroit by Monday. Toyota to use Nvidia tech in self-driving cars Wed, 10 May 2017 15:57:33 EST Toyota plans to use Nvidia's autonomous driving platform for its upcoming self-driving cars. The chipmaker announced the partnership at its annual GPU Technology Conference. Takata reports 3rd consecutive annual loss Wed, 10 May 2017 04:28:41 EST Takata reported a full-year net loss of 79.6 billion yen ($699.04 million) - its third consecutive annual loss - as the embattled supplier faces bankruptcy over costs related to the recall of its potentially deadly airbag inflators. Roush opens engineering center for electric, autonomous vehicles Tue, 9 May 2017 15:19:10 EST Automotive supplier Roush Industries has opened an engineering center in suburban Detriot that will create about 150 jobs, mostly in engineering and data science. Continental names new head of China operations Tue, 9 May 2017 05:19:40 EST Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China, as president of the company's China operations. Tang replaces Ralf Cramer, will leave the company after his contract expires in August. Continental ups sales outlook, eyes strong Q2 Tue, 9 May 2017 04:10:32 EST Continental has slightly raised its full-year sales guidance and expects business to stay strong in the second quarter despite further rising material costs. %]