State of Suppliers
Volvo's catch-up gameMon, 01, Aug 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.
The woman behind Volvo's U.S. beachheadMon, 01, Aug 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.
Mobis wants to crack into North AmericaMon, 01, Aug 2016
Korea's biggest supplier, Hyundai Mobis, is determined to break into more North American supply chains and is building the capacity to do it.
Super Duty spurs supplier rush to Ky.Mon, 01, Aug 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.
New wave of European suppliers hits SouthMon, 01, Aug 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.
Test for Tesla: Luring suppliers to Calif.Mon, 01, Aug 2016
Suppliers want to do business with EV-maker Tesla - but that doesn't necessarily mean manufacturing in California.
GM's supplier-friendly initiatives bear fruitMon, 01, Aug 2016
In a play for better designs and lower-cost parts, General Motors is offering suppliers two-generation contracts and no-bid contracts.
Infiniti, Mercedes share a car — and suppliersMon, 01, Aug 2016
Daimler and its suppliers in mainland Europe dominate Infiniti QX30's composition.
In Mexico, BMW builds supply base from scratchMon, 01, Aug 2016
BMW will create a new North American supply base at the company's San Luis Potosi plant.
Nissan inspired by high-end fashionSun, 02, Aug 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 frontsSat, 01, Aug 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.
A new breed of software engineerMon, 03, Aug 2015
As auto suppliers beef up their software development, the hunt for software talent has taken on the urgency of a gold rush.
Former Toyota exec leads supplier into new eraMon, 03, Aug 2015
Toyota Motor Corp. sees high-tech braking as so critical to its next-generation vehicles, it has sent one of its highest-profile executives to run Advics, its brake-making affiliate.
Denso maps out two-pronged mpg driveMon, 03, Aug 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.
Today's Volvo XC90: A rolling computer chipMon, 03, Aug 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.
JTEKT targets diversification and steer-by-wire technologyMon, 03, Aug 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.
Swift and secure vehicle software updates?Mon, 03, Aug 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.
Performance rules -- despite the push for more mpgMon, 03, Aug 2015
Right now, we are in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid.
OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliersMon, 03, Aug 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.
Diversity is Calsonic Kansei's top priorityMon, 03, Aug 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.
Seeking N.A. niche, China's Minth expands in MexicoMon, 03, Aug 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.