David Sedgwick

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Recent articles
American Axle's push to diversify drives growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. ...


New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how ...


Pressure builds on suppliers to team up
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
If the ZF-TRW alliance is going to create a product portfolio for collision avoidance and driverless vehicles, the r&d budget will make or break it. ...


Valeo boosts its N.A. r&d with hundreds of engineers
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
French supplier Valeo SA is hiring hundreds of engineers in North America and is opening an office in Silicon Valley. ...


Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so. ...


Warning in your car may be about you
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
Automakers are tinkering with a variety of in-car health apps that monitor biometric data such as heart rate, blood sugar, allergies or alertness and relay the informatio ...


Tire makers roll into South Carolina
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units. ...


Takata says moisture may be culprit in airbag recalls
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23
For a global airbag producer, it’s hard to imagine worse news: A few defective airbag inflators from Takata Corp. malfunctioned during accidents, rupturing the airb ...


Takata, echoing NHTSA suspicions, says moisture may be culprit in latest airbag recalls
1:55 pm U.S. ET | June 20
Takata is investigating excessive moisture as a possible cause of defective airbag inflators that have led to 5.9 million recalls globally this year and last. ...


Interior supplier: We'll be nimble, global
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 | UPDATED: 6/19/14 3:18 pm ET - adds correction
As CEO of Motus Integrated Technologies, Shannon White wants to win respect -- and higher margins -- for his company as a global supplier of sun visors, headliners and ov ...


Suppliers need more engineers to keep up with vehicle launches
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16
The shortage of engineers and skilled workers is starting to look like a long-term headache instead of a short-term blip. ...


Japanese suppliers' plan: Grab and grow
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16
Prodded by a stagnant home market and fast-moving rivals, Japanese suppliers are buying up foreign companies to gain quick access to new technology, customers and markets ...


Poll: Raw materials costs to rise
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16
Prices of raw materials, after several years of stability, may be due for moderate increases. ...


Brembo boosts N. America presence with plant expansion
May 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Brembo has announced a $115 million expansion at its U.S. brake component plant in Homer, Michigan, as the supplier predicts North America will become its No. 1 global ma ...


Brembo boosts N.A. business with $115 million plant expansion
8:17 pm U.S. ET | May 21
Brembo, the storied Italian brake supplier to Ferrari, Porsche and Formula One race cars, is developing a major presence in the North American market. ...


Suppliers bet big, try new techniques to ramp up production
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19
As major suppliers place big bets on carbon fiber, perhaps it's time to pay attention to this emerging technology. ...


Suppliers invest in brick and mortar -- finally
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19
Parts makers can no longer simply run an extra shift to keep pace with expanding North American vehicle production; they have to build or expand factories. ...


JCI interiors finds solid ground in China
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19
Johnson Controls Inc. isn't ready to write off the auto industry's much-maligned interiors segment. ...


Stamping bottleneck squeezes boron-steel supply
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19
Faced with increasingly tough federal collision standards, automakers are turning to boron steel -- which is six times stronger than conventional steel -- to reinforce th ...


Smartphone fans may see little value in Audi's 4G feature
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19
The redesigned Audi A3 makes its pitch for young buyers not only with a sticker price starting near $30,000, but with a superfast 4G LTE wireless Internet connection, mak ...


JCI divests control of interiors business to China's Yanfeng with joint venture
9:00 am U.S. ET | May 18 | UPDATED: 5/19/14 2:50 pm ET - adds photo, link
Johnson Controls will spin off its $3 billion interiors unit into a joint venture with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems of Shanghai. JCI may retain control of a few plants ...


Pay glitches plague Chrysler, its suppliers
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12
Chrysler Group says it is working hard to unsnarl a new online invoice system for vendors that caused delays and nonpayments for dozens of suppliers. ...


Toyota's turnaround with suppliers credited to 2 execs
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12
A troubleshooting Japanese executive and an American purchasing boss were the driving force behind a sharp improvement in Toyota's relations with vendors in North America ...


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