Dustin Walsh

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Recent articles
Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit
2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General ...


American Axle hires former Mich. car czar Francis
4:01 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Nigel Francis, former car czar for the state of Michigan, has been appointed as vice president of corporate planning for American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit. ...


Chinese car import deal draws U.S. litigation
2:39 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10 | UPDATED: 11/10/14 3:59 pm ET - adds copy of complaint
Julie Brown, the embattled former CEO of Plastech Engineered Products, is back in court six years after her company was liquidated under bankruptcy. ...


BorgWarner projects more growth from turbochargers, other engine products, China
2:13 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10
BorgWarner expects new business to grow by 10 percent to 12 percent through 2017 thanks to strong growth in Asia. ...


Michigan car czar Nigel Francis to step down, return to industry
2:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7
Michigan's auto czar is resigning from the post to work for an automotive company in the state. ...


Shiloh advances product strategy with U.S. tech center, acquisitions
1:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5
Shiloh Industries is planning to open a new technical center in Michigan as part of the company's efforts to reinvent itself and grow with its automaker customers. ...


Visteon completes major part of sale of interiors business
8:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Visteon said today it completed the largest phase of a deal to transfer its automotive interiors business to Dutch firm Reydel Automotive Holdings BV. ...


Cooper-Standard profits rise on higher sales, M&A moves
12:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31
Cooper-Standard Holdings reported higher earnings in the third quarter from increased North American and Asian sales as well as merger and acquisition activity. ...


Detroit Manufacturing Systems to hire 200 workers to support new F-150
3:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30
Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC plans to hire 200 assembly workers by January 2015 to support production growth of the Ford F-150 truck. ...


Tower International reports higher Q3 profits on improved sales in Americas
10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30
Tower International today reported improved earnings in the third quarter due to improved sales in the Americas. ...


Tesla courted suppliers in bid to stop bill banning direct sales in Mich.
6:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20 | UPDATED: 10/21/14 2:06 pm ET -- adds bill signed
Tesla Motors looked for support from its suppliers in Michigan in the company's unsuccessful bid to get Governor Rick Snyder to veto a bill that bans Tesla from selling i ...


Delphi agrees to acquire on-glass connection products supplier
12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Delphi Automotive said it agreed to acquire Antaya Technologies, a Rhode Island company that supplies wire harnesses and other technologies that connect with automotive g ...


Barra says GM continues pursuit of 'zero defect mentality'
12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told an event here today about being the target of Congress -- and "Saturday Night Live" -- and about befriending billionaire Warren Buffett ...


Harbour gave it to automakers straight
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Automotive industry veteran James Harbour, who died Sept. 6 at age 86, developed unprecedented ways to analyze and improve manufacturing efficiency. ...


Federal-Mogul agrees to buy TRW engine valve unit for $385 million
9:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10
Federal-Mogul said today it agreed to acquire the engine valve business from TRW Automotive Holdings for $385 million in cash. ...


James Harbour, a pioneer in manufacturing efficiency, dies at 86
4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7 | UPDATED: 9/8/14 1:07 pm ET -- new story
Automotive industry veteran James Harbour, who developed unprecedented ways to analyze and improve manufacturing productivity, died Saturday at the age of 86. ...


Cooper Standard hikes stake, gains control of Chinese auto sealing joint venture
12:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4
Cooper Standard Holdings agreed to purchase an additional stake in its Chinese automotive sealing joint venture for $60 million. ...


Icahn-controlled Federal-Mogul to split into two public companies
9:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3
Carl Icahn-controlled auto supplier Federal-Mogul Holdings said today it plans to split its two business units into two publicly-traded companies. ...


Suppliers unveil the future at world car-tech conference
9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30
The upcoming ITS World Congress 2014 in Detroit will highlight the global transportation industry's future of connectivity, safety and automation. The Sept. ...


Hong Kong firm acquires majority stake in supplier Key Safety Systems
12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29
Hong Kong private equity firm FountainVest Partners completed a deal to become the majority shareholder in automotive safety products supplier Key Safety Systems. ...


Transmission parts supplier to invest $42 million in Mich. plant
3:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28
Transform Automotive is expanding in Michigan after landing a new contract to build transmissions parts. ...


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