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Wilbur Ross steps down as chairman of IAC to take bank board spot
4:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21
Wilbur Ross, the billionaire turnaround artist who launched International Components Group in 2006, is stepping down as IAC’s board chairman to take a senior positi ...

Takata faces nationwide recall order for driver's-side airbags
5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18 | UPDATED: 11/18/14 10:45 pm ET - adds details, responses
Federal safety regulators are seeking to expand regional recalls of faulty driver's-side airbags made by Takata into a nationwide campaign, prompting the supplier to warn ...

Suppliers start moving closer to GM plants
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
General Motors' drive to cut $900 million a year from its North American logistics spending in 2015 and 2016 is beginning to bear fruit. ...

Semiconductor demand spurs merger activity
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Spurred by fast-growing markets for infotainment and collision avoidance, semiconductor suppliers are bulking up with a wave of mergers. ...

In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. ...

Rehired exec at center of Takata storm
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15
This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the center of a fresh co ...

Takata to hike inflator output at Mexico plant
5:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13
Under heavy pressure to boost output of replacement inflators for airbags amid a recall crisis, Takata is preparing to build two new production lines at its plant in Monc ...

Minority suppliers get Tier 1 help
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 | UPDATED: 11/19/14 12:57 pm ET - Correction
Canny minority suppliers, who typically lack the global size and cutting edge r&d for competitive technology, are forming partnerships with Tier 1 companies to handle maj ...

ZF and TRW usher in new era of deals
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
In the wake of ZF's $13.5 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive, other merger and acquisition deals are bubbling up. ...

Feds push Takata to outsource inflators Rivals TRW
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Under pressure from federal regulators, airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. has asked rival suppliers if they can help produce replacement inflators for the company's custom ...

Suppliers warn spot shortages could pop up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2
If North American light vehicle output keeps rising next year, some suppliers warn that spot shortages could develop. ...

Takata taps rivals to help build replacement inflators
6:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30 | UPDATED: 10/31/14 10:43 am ET - adds details
Takata, under pressure from federal regulators, has asked rival suppliers if they can help produce replacement inflators for the company's airbag customers. ...

Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers
10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21 | UPDATED: 10/22/14 5:09 pm ET - adds letter to NHTSA boss
Automakers are forming a consortium to deter hackers who might try to breach a vehicle's security system -- an effort that has gotten the blessing of federal regulators. ...

JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. ...

Ford shrinks its supplier 'watch' list
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Despite a blitz of model launches this year -- topped by the aluminum F-150 pickup -- Ford Motor Co. has fewer vendors on its "watch" list of suppliers that are strugglin ...

Ford and suppliers jointly benchmark competitors' vehicles
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
Ford is inviting suppliers to help benchmark other companies' vehicles and parts before Ford launches new models -- a move that is starting to pay dividends. ...

Demand skyrockets for collision-avoidance sensors
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Fully autonomous cars may be a decade away, but the sensors they'll need for collision avoidance -- radar, cameras, ultrasound and lidar -- have become a big business alr ...

Ford asks top suppliers for disaster plans
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Ford Motor Co. is asking Tier 1 suppliers to make backup production plans for key plants that could disrupt Ford's vehicle assembly if they shut down. ...

Panasonic takes simple path to 'smart' voice
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
How can automakers help motorists who struggle with voice recognition, the technology that generates more customer dissatisfaction than any other in-vehicle gadgetry? Pan ...

Battery maker shrugs off Tesla competition
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
After years of disappointment, the EV market is ready to grow, predicts Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. ...

Five technologies auto suppliers can bank on, analyst says
3:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10
The next six years will be boom times for suppliers with the right technology. ...

Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3
2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26
German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat stru ...

ZF-TRW 'playing in a new league'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
ZF's acquisition of TRW will put the German company in an elite group: Megasuppliers able to feed automakers' growing appetite for collision-avoidance technology. ...

Pay attention! It's your turn to drive now
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
In conjunction with the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Toyota unveiled Automated Highway Driving Assist, a technology that allows the central computer to g ...

Industry learns to share road with tech giants
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Now that North America's mobile-phone market has matured, corporate behemoths such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Apple have zeroed in on autos as the next big thing. ...

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