Brembo Bullish on Brakes

By: Bill Hampton - January 28, 2019 at 4:00 AM

European brake giant Brembo SpA calls North America its largest market today. Dan Sandberg, president and CEO for the region, doesn’t see that changing. 

Automotive Manufacturing and Production Operations

N. American Tooling Outlook

By: Bill Hampton - January 21, 2019 at 1:41 AM

Spending on automotive tooling in North America surged 48% to $10.3 billion in 2017 and had been expected to climb another 14% last year. But sales dropped instead.

Automotive Economics

How Tariffs Are Hurting Suppliers

By: Bill Hampton - January 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Suppliers to the auto industry are paying hundreds of millions of dollars extra because of tariffs of 25% and 10% on steel and aluminum, respectively, says the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Assn.’s Ann Wilson.


Interactive Seating from Leggett & Platt

By: Bill Hampton - January 07, 2019 at 1:10 AM

Leggett & Platt Automotive Group supplies the auto industry with a wide range of power-actuated features that make car seats more comfortable.


Advanced Electronics at Hella

By: Steve Plumb - December 31, 2018 at 1:44 AM

Hella Group may be best-known for its vehicle lighting products, and it continues to innovate in that market with such technologies as matrix beam lighting.


How Tariffs, Interest Rates Will Shape Car Sales

By: Michael Guckes - December 24, 2018 at 12:57 AM

New trade tariffs have cut the value of automotive shipments 9% in the final five months of 2018, says Gardner Intelligence Chief Economist Michael Guckes.


Supplier Balancing Act

By: Bill Hampton - December 17, 2018 at 2:25 AM

As U.S. car sales growth peaks, auto suppliers must manager their resources more closely than ever, notes Julie Fream, president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn.


Carmakers and Industry 4.0

By: Bill Hampton - December 10, 2018 at 12:41 AM

Carmakers are helping to lead the move to Industry 4.0, an era in which “big-data” analysis integrates individual manufacturing hardware into a vastly more efficient production system.

Automotive Propulsion Systems

LMC Automotive's EV Outlook

December 03, 2018 at 1:59 AM

Global sales of all-electric cars will top 1 million units this year for the first time, says Jeff Schuster, president of global vehicle forecasting for LMC Automotive.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Eaton’s New eMobility Business

By: Steve Plumb - November 26, 2018 at 2:45 AM

Earlier this year Eaton Corp. combined products, expertise and manufacturing capabilities from its Electrical and Vehicle groups to create a 1,200-employee business called eMobility.


Roechling’s Next-Gen Grille Shutters

By: Steve Plumb - November 19, 2018 at 1:37 AM

Roechling SE & Co.’s next-generation active grille shutters can cut mass and cost as much as 30% and 20%, respectively, says Ryan Forman, N.A.head of innovation and business development.


FEV’s Expertise in Advanced Mobility Systems

By: Bill Hampton - November 12, 2018 at 12:40 PM

For years FEV Group has expanding its global capabilities in traditional vehicle engineering services to encompass electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies.