Suppliers

Bosch to sell laser-based radar by '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH will sell a laser-based radar known as lidar by 2020 to meet demand for high-tech sensors in autos...
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EDITORIAL

Slowdown ahead?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Five years into a long, steady auto sales recovery, economists and forecasters are seeing darker clouds on the horizon....
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EDITORIAL

Loose lips can sink supplier-carmaker relationships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wants some of the profits that suppliers are getting....
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Confident parts makers plan to expand and hire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Flush with cash and fat order books, North American suppliers are increasing capital expenditures, hiring workers and raising funds for possible acquisitions....
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Novelis beefs up recycling of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Novelis Inc. is putting its new automotive aluminum recycling line through final testing to reuse scrap from customer Ford Motor Co....
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ZF plans big expansion of Shanghai r&d center

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is investing 50 million euros (412 million yuan) in a fivefold expansion of its Shanghai headquarters and research hub....
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Mopar, 3M team up for Jeep map decals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
A consumer looking to personalize a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler or Cherokee designs a map online that will later be installed by a dealer on the SUV's hood....
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Automakers make room for Pandora

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Internet radio is starting to look like a must-have infotainment feature, judging by the number of Pandora users....
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Smartphone camera makers see next opportunity in cars

2:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
South Korean smartphone camera makers are tapping the surging yet more technologically demanding market for vehicle cameras to dull the impact of slowing growth in global handset sales....
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Autoliv ups focus on fast-growing active safety business

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Autoliv, the world's largest maker of seat belts and airbags, is reorganizing to put more focus on its fast-growing, high-margin active safety business....
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ZF talks for TRW said to hinge on Bosch JV exit

Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 CET
ZF's ambitions to takeover TRW and become the world's No. 2 supplier are being held up by negotiations to exit a steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch, according to people familiar with the matter....
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U.S. awards more than $55 million in vehicle technology grants

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
The Department of Energy has awarded more than $55 million in grants to companies including Ford, Delphi Automotive Systems and others for advanced vehicle technology r&d projects....
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Auto-paint supplier seeks $1 billion from IPO, report says

11:20 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Axalta Coating Systems, DuPont's former auto-paint unit, is working with Citigroup and Goldman Sachs on an initial public stock offering with hopes of raising $1 billion, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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Ford demonstrates Magna's seamless rear window on new F-150

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Ford today demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups....
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German gov't wants e-bikes to replace trucks for local deliveries

Aug. 11, 2014 14:49 CET
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is looking for ways to encourage electric bikes to replace trucks for local freight shipments in Germany. BMW and Daimler's subsidiary, Smart, already offer e-bikes....
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LG Display wants 30% auto-screen share by 2018

Aug. 11, 2014 06:04 CET
LG Display, the world's second-largest flat panel maker, is aiming to nearly double its share of the in-vehicle auto screen market....
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Supply of new Mercedes GLA will be tight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz USA expects its GLA compact crossover to be in short supply when the vehicle debuts in September because of the segment's growing popularity....
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A slap in the face of Chrysler suppliers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
For five years, Chrysler Group has been slowly building its once-tattered relations with suppliers. Then, in about three minutes last week, CEO Sergio Marchionne called that hard-won trust into question....
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BREAK-IN POINT

In era of giant suppliers, startups are winning auto business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
It can be a struggle for newcomers and unknowns to win business in an industry where suppliers are consolidating into a few, ever-larger corporations with global factory footprints. But one expert says the window of opportunity is now open a bit wider than before....
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EDITORIALS

Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Toyota is asking 400 North American suppliers to detail their disaster plans in an effort to minimize the harm and duration of future production shutdowns....
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Brembo wins new Japanese motorcycle and first-time aviation contracts

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Italian brake specialist Brembo expects to conclude a supply contract with a fourth high-end Japanese motorbike manufacturer and is also expanding into the aviation sector....
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Delphi, now based in Britain, to contest IRS push for U.S. tax filings

11:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Delphi Automotive said it would "vigorously contest" pressure by U.S. tax authorities to file taxes in the United States as a domestic company, when its tax base is in the United Kingdom....
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Technology access, global scale to drive rise in supplier mergers, study finds

10:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Mergers, acquisitions and other deals in the auto supply chain are poised to increase this year for the first time since 2011 as companies seek new technology and enough heft to meet demand from automakers worldwide. The number of transactions in the segment should rise 13 percent to about 211 from 186 last year, a new study says....
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Magna Q2 profits rise 23% to $510 million on higher N.A., Europe output

6:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Auto supplier Magna International's second-quarter profits increased 23 percent to $510 million on higher vehicle output in North America and a continuing recovery in Europe. The company raised its full-year sales forecast to $35.6 billion to $37.3 billion from $34.9 billion to $36.6 billion....
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China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast

8:50 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said....
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