Dustin Walsh

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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. ...


Supplier Dayco names John Bohenick CEO
11:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20
Automotive belt and pulley supplier Dayco Products today named John Bohenick as its new CEO. Bohenick will replace James Orchard in the position. ...


Lear to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa for $800 million, reports say
5:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19
Lear is finalizing a deal to acquire automotive seat leather supplier Eagle Ottawa, media reports said, citing sources close to the deal. ...


Aisin's North American growth drives more investment, new HQ
10:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19
Aisin opened a new North American headquarters in suburban Detroit in July as part of the foreign subsidiary's ongoing growth stateside. ...


Nvidia continues quest to bring computer power to cars
9:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7
A year after opening an office in Michigan, computer processor maker Nvidia continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile. ...


How suppliers can gain from fuel efficiency push
11:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
In the era of regulation, fuel efficiency is king. Automakers, more than ever, are relying on suppliers to innovate fuel saving technology -- even incrementally. ...


American Axle Q2 earnings rise on stronger non-GM business
3:56 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings today reported improved second-quarter earnings, led by a strong increase in non-General Motors business. ...


Delphi latest in fight over offshore U.S. tax shelters
2:47 pm U.S. ET | July 8
Delphi Automotive plc is in the crosshairs of a battle between the IRS and many large American companies over the use of offshore tax shelters. ...


Delphi now part of 2 federal investigations
1:29 pm U.S. ET | June 27
Parts supplier Delphi Automotive plc is now part of two federal investigations -- one of them tied to the ongoing General Motors recall crisis and the other a potential c ...


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