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Recalls redux - the week that was

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Johnson Controls on redefining car buyer groups

Concerned that the traditional car model segmentation is an outdated means of describing target groups, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Active grille shutter market

The aim of an active grille shutter (AGS) is to respond to the driving environment in order to reduce drag and improve fuel economy. During...

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Brexit fallout and recovery

As I very much expected, cooler heads started to bubble to the top after last week's shock 'Brexit' vote by over half of the citizenry of th...

Latest Interviews

Convergent Science on combustion modelling trends 5 Jul 2016

Matthew Beecham

As automotive engineers push back the boundaries of combustion, an increasing number of studies are being carried out in the virtual world. The use of in-cylinder computational fluid dynamics (CFD) provides insight on what is happening as the combustion process takes place, shedding new light on everything from thermal efficiency to pollutant formation. Software developer Convergent Science was formed in 1997 by a group of combustion specialists. The company’s Converge CFD code has been developed with combustion simulation in mind. Convergent Science’s director of global marketing, Rob Kaczmarek, gives us his take on what the future holds for combustion modelling.

Engine downsizing has peaked say Federal Mogul 4 Jul 2016

Calum MacRae

In a wide-ranging interview, as part of Federal Mogul Powertrain’s recent Technology Briefing days held in Augsburg, Germany just-auto’s Calum MacRae interviewed the division’s Chief Technology Office, Gian Maria Olivetti. Mr Olivetti has been with Federal Mogul since 2007. Before Federal Mogul he enjoyed stints at Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Iveco. 

Latest News

Some 1,500 still jobless after Ford Genk axe-union 28 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Belgian unions claim 1,500 people still remain unemployed 18 months after Ford closed its plant in Genk with the loss of 5,500 jobs.

SMMT survey highlights UK Brexit concerns 28 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

An SMMT survey of the UK automotive sector has found widespread concern that its future trading relationship with the EU could impose higher costs following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Iran 80% localisation aim unsurprising - source 27 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Reliable sources close to Iranian producer, Saipa, say it is not surprising Tehran is mulling a localisation rate of 80% following several overseas evaluations of the quality of domestic components

Samsung minority stake in BYD confirmed 27 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

China’s BYD has confirmed Samsung Electronics had completed the acquisition of a 1.92% stake in the electric vehicle manufacturer for CNY3bn (US$450m).

Mobileye Q2 net income soars 75% to US$27m 27 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Mobileye has recorded second quarter net income up 75% to US£27m, from US$15.3m in the same period last year.

Plastic Omnium posts H1 revenue up 8% to EUR2.99bn 27 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium has posted half year automotive economic revenue up 8.7% to EUR2.99bn (US$3.3bn) out of a total business figure of EUR3.2bn.

ZF TRW mulls 1-100m parts failure rate 26 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

ZF TRW says failure rates of certain technologies could reach one in a hundred million as industry and consumers look to ensure the safety of ever-rising vehicle content.

Faurecia H1 operating income up 28% to EUR490m 26 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Faurecia has unveiled half year operating income up 28% to EUR490m (US$539m), representing 5.1% of total sales.

Gentex records Q2 net sales up 12% to EU$424m 26 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Gentex has posted Q2 net sales of US$424m, up 12%, largely driven by a 13% quarter to quarter increase in auto-dimming mirror unit shipments as well as overall light vehicle production rises.

Valeo records H1 net income up 23% to EUR422m 26 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Valeo has posted half year net income up 23% to EUR422m (US$463m), with sales up 11% to EUR8.1bn for the first six months.

Heat challenging as technology ramps up - ZF TRW 25 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

ZF TRW says one of its key issues affecting the extra technology now prevalent on new vehicles is heat as ever-greater performance creates its own set of challenges.

ZF TRW still arrows in on affordable safety 25 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

ZF TRW insists the former mantra adopted by its newly-acquired US supplier of 'affordable safety' continues to drive its business strategy.

Takata - GM may recall another 4.3m vehicles 22 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

General Motors reportedly has said US regulators may force it to recall another 4.3m vehicles due to potentially defective Takata air bag inflators, at a cost of US $550m.

Johnson Controls restructure nudges Q3 2016 result 22 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Johnson Controls (JCI) announced third fiscal quarter revenues of US$9.5bn (down from $9.6bn a year ago) and operating profit of $383m, including several non-recurring items. Earnings per share were $0.59.

Mahle opens vehicle engineering centre in UK 22 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Mahle Powertrain has opened the doors to its new Vehicle Engineering Centre (VEC) in Northampton, UK.

Dow and DuPont merger approved by stockholders 22 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

DuPont and the Dow Chemical Company announced that, at their respective special meetings of stockholders held on 20 July 2016, stockholders of both companies have voted to approve all stockholder proposals necessary to complete the merger of equals transaction - a key milestone in the process to merge the two companies and subsequently pursue the intended spins of three highly focused, independent companies. The companies expect the merger transaction to close in the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.

BW supplies Hyundai group hybrids' EGR valve 21 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner has announced it is supplying compact EGR valves for the Hyundai-Kia 1.6-litre GDI Kappa petrol engines used in the recently launched Hyundai Ioniq sedan and Kia Niro crossover SUV vehicle ranges.

Hyundai Mobis opens distribution hub in Belgium 20 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

South Korean automotive parts manufacturer, Hyundai Mobis, announced this week that it had established a new distribution centre in Belgium.

BASF expands automotive coatings R&D in Chin 20 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

BASF is stepping up its regional research and development (R&D) activities for automotive coatings in a new platform at the BASF innovation campus Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China.

Trelleborg has "particularly eventful" Q2 2016 20 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Supplier Trelleborg has described the second quarter of 2016 as "particularly eventful" after finalising the acquisition of CGS, announced at the end of 2015, during the period and consolidating it into its financial statements from June. The integration of CGS takes Trelleborg’s expected annual sales to about SEK30bn (US$3.475bn).

Latest blogs

White nights and networking in St Petersburg 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen.

China Hot Pot 6 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Given the startling complexity of obtaining a journalist visa for China - the code 'J2' is now indelibly stamped on my mind - it was with some surprise how swiftly I managed to sail through airport immigration in China - the Russians scrutinise visas for an interminable time.

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