State of Suppliers

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Toyota-affiliated Denso readies technology for other automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Denso Corp., the world's No. 2 parts supplier, is developing advanced radar sensors as it seeks to catch Robert Bosch and Continental in the market for parts that prevent accidents.... Read More »

Can transparency help GM mend supplier ties?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
GM's Strategic Supplier Engagement process was rolled out this spring in an effort to smooth contentious supplier relations that have kept GM from accessing the best of suppliers' technical innovations. It is gaining fans.... Read More »

Supplier goal: 'Emperor of the electrical world'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Kunihiko Ohnuma, CEO of Hitachi Automotive Systems, isn't shy about his quest to transform his company into the "emperor" of electric and hybrid powertrains.... Read More »

After investment, Aisin eyes N.A. profit surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
After scrambling to improve its North American manufacturing base, Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki Co. targets a dramatic improvement of profit margin in the region. But its biggest challenge remains finding high-quality American subsuppliers.... Read More »

M-B, Infiniti engines get global input

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To source fuel-efficient engines for their new small, premium cars, competitors Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti joined forces to create the Infiniti Powertrain Plant. Its an engine plant that is a little bit German, a little bit Japanese, a little bit American and very much global.... Read More »

Toyoda Gosei aims to be 'real global supplier'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyoda Gosei Co., the Toyota Motor Corp.-affiliated Japanese auto parts supplier, boasts all the hallmarks of a global industrial giant. But to President Tadashi Arashima, it's just a small Japanese player. He wants to change that.... Read More »

Q&A

Toyota steps in to avert supply bottlenecks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As North American production rises to record levels, Toyota Motor Corp. is taking steps to prevent production glitches among its suppliers. Bob Young, the automaker's North American purchasing chief, is providing assistance to 50 suppliers that are struggling to keep up with Toyota's production needs.... Read More »

Carmakers bet on big global platforms to cut costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
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 27.8 million vehicles, according to IHS Automotive, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit. That's up from 19.2 million units this year.... Read More »

Q&A

Comau helps automakers meet changing mpg goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As fuel economy standards grow more stringent, automakers are turning to aluminum and other lightweight materials and more complex manufacturing methods to meet their goals. And they have turned to Comau Inc., a subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A., to make their designs buildable.... Read More »

NSK: Electric power steering saves fuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
NSK Ltd., a Japanese auto supplier best known for its ball bearings, sees a big future in electric power steering as carmakers rush to boost fuel economy. But its engineers are avoiding steer-by-wire technology now coming to market.... Read More »

Q&A

Magna Steyr hunts acquisitions that will add expertise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To compete in the hotly contested market for engineering services, Austrian supplier Magna Steyr is heading in new directions. Karl-Friedrich Stracke, head of contract manufacturing and engineering at the unit of Magna International Inc., is betting on targeted acquisitions and growth in China.... Read More »

Tape emerges as go-to wonder bond

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Time was, any vehicle worth its mettle was a lumbering construct of solid steel welded together by fiery robots. But increasingly, today's cars are being held together in ways other than hot-fused metal. Tape is the new go-to bonding agent.... Read More »

Electric turbocharger eliminates lag, Valeo says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2014
French supplier Valeo has developed an electric turbocharger that it says eliminates "turbo lag." The new turbocharger is powered by an electric motor instead of exhaust gases.... Read More »

Suppliers may offer cameras to watch drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
Many of the cars on sale today carry as many cameras as a cluster of paparazzi, pointing five or more lenses at lane lines and blind spots to assist drivers. The next step, experts say, could be cameras that observe the driver instead of the road.... Read More »

Chrysler pilots no-bid contracts on new minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Chrysler Group is using its next minivan to pilot a collaborative, no-bid purchasing system that guarantees favored suppliers a profit but requires them to open up their financial books.... Read More »

Suppliers are snapping up smaller robots to boost productivity, reduce worker strain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
North American suppliers are on a pace to boost robot purchases 22 percent to a record 7,872 units this year.... Read More »

Internet radio gains traction with motorists

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Automakers are rushing to add Internet radio apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Aha to their infotainment systems.... Read More »

Ford strengthens bonds with its elite suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
The majority of Hau Thai-Tang's budget -- 65 percent -- now goes to an elite lineup of just 104 preferred suppliers that Ford calls its Aligned Business Framework.... Read More »

BorgWarner automates supplier parts monitoring

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
The ideas of a 19th-century Russian mathematician are helping BorgWarner Inc. minimize costly parts disruptions and other glitches in its supplier network.... Read More »

Denso expects safety technology boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Denso Corp., the world's No. 2 parts supplier, expects its safety technology business to surge starting in 2015, when tougher European auto safety standards take effect.... Read More »

Distress to success: A German supplier's story

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
When the Berlin Wall fell in East Germany, supplier VEB GPM endured the ultimate shock therapy.... Read More »

Nissan's next supply wave: Mississippi

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
To make its big new assembly plant in Canton, Miss., feasible 10 years ago, Nissan Motor Co. had to recruit suppliers to the remote area.... Read More »

Jatco's job: Boost CVT efficiency, acceptance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Jatco Ltd., a leading maker of fuel-efficient continuously variable transmissions, is seeking ways to make the pulley-style gearboxes more appealing to U.S. customers.... Read More »

STATE OF SUPPLIERS

How Delphi Automotive beat the odds in vast corporate turnaround

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Delphi Automotive may be based in suburban Detroit, but to understand the company's turnaround, consider it a company without borders. For tax purposes, Delphi is incorporated in the United Kingdom. The company's once-vast network of U.S. factories is nearly gone, replaced by a growing network of plants in China, Mexico and eastern Europe.... Read More »

Q&A: KLAUS ZEHENDER, DAIMLER AG PURCHASING

M-B purchasing boss wants to tap emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Klaus Zehender, vice president of procurement for Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, aims to buy more parts in emerging markets and to encourage suppliers in those markets to export to Western countries.... Read More »

STATE OF SUPPLIERS

UAW turns up the heat on Flex-N-Gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Tthe UAW and its allies used the NFL draft to turn up a corporate campaign and organizing drive directed at the new owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, Shahid Khan, who also owns U.S. auto supplier Flex-N-Gate.... Read More »

STATE OF SUPPLIERS

Delphi rebirth began with slash-and-burn bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Delphi's painful slog through Bankruptcy Court took four years -- but that's where its turnaround began.... Read More »

STATE OF SUPPLIERS

New boss shifts Jatco into growth gear

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Shortly after taking the helm at Japanese transmission maker Jatco Ltd., new President Takashi Hata -- an outsider with no automotive experience -- dropped a bombshell on his r&d unit. Develop a fuel-efficient transmission that costs half the current level and have the new product ready for market by 2018.... Read More »

STATE OF SUPPLIERS

Auto companies scramble for engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
As the auto industry rebounds, automakers and suppliers are competing for engineering talent, sending salaries climbing.... Read More »

STATE OF SUPPLIERS

Feds test vehicle-to-vehicle safety net

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
This month, the industry will start finding out whether the Next Big Thing in safety is vehicle-to-vehicle communications. In Ann Arbor, Mich., a consortium of automakers, suppliers, federal officials and academics are preparing to launch a fleet of 3,000 vehicles equipped with transmitters that will broadcast their locations to one another.... Read More »

STATE OF SUPPLIERS

For supplier innovation, team speed is crucial

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Auto suppliers have until Sept. 7 to apply for the 2013 Automotive News PACE Awards. Innovation is increasingly important to suppliers and to the industry as automakers struggle with numerous challenges.... Read More »

STATE OF SUPPLIERS

Merging smartphone, autos is a slow process

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
General Motors took about a year to scout offerings and develop, test and integrate BringGo, an application that will display maps on the Chevy MyLink infotainment system's touch screen. That's lightning fast in the automotive realm -- and glacial by app developer standards.... Read More »

STATE OF THE SUPPLIERS

Early bet on China pays off for Delphi

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2012
Two decades ago, Delphi bet early -- and big -- on the China market, and that investment is paying off.... Read More »

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