Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

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Osram, Continental Form Automotive Lighting JV
The Osram Continental JV’s product portfolio will feature semiconductor-based lighting modules such as LED modules for front and rear headlights, laser modules and light control units.
Magna JV Will Produce Liftgates in China
The addition of the liftgate joint venture raises to 50 the number of Magna facilities in China, where the Canada-based supplier has more than 22,700 employees.
Seat Maker Adient Partners With Mobility R&D Center
“Adient’s partnership with the American Center for Mobility furthers our commitment to developing safety and mobility standards for autonomous vehicles,” Adient Chairman and CEO Bruce McDonald says.
Magna South Carolina Plant to Supply BMW With Seats
Magna will create a total of 610 jobs at the 255,000-sq.-ft. facility, which will supply seats for BMW X models built elsewhere in Spartanburg County.
ZF Says New Knee Airbag Module Industry’s Lightest
Besides enhancing occupant safety, the module features a flexible design for various vehicle interior sizes and configurations, including cockpit concepts for future autonomous vehicles, ZF says.
Eckhart to Serve Auto Industry From New Tech Center
The 47,000-sq.-ft. facility will serve as the company’s technology showcase, including engineering and assembly of the next-generation Autocraft autonomous guided vehicles for material handling.
IAC Opens Premium Door-Panel Plant in Czech Republic
The greenfield site is the final phase of IAC’s Prestice 2 location and will enable the automotive supplier to continue supporting its customers from central Eastern Europe.
Shiloh Industries Completes European Acquisitions
The acquisition provides Shiloh with leading aluminum and existing magnesium casting and stamping capabilities and processes representing over €110 million in annualized sales revenue.
Continental, Chinese Firm Form 48V Mild-Hybrid JV
The joint venture with partner CITC’s China Aviation Lithium Battery Co. subsidiary will allow Continental to offer its 48V mild-hybrid system from a single source.
Mahle Quits JV With Fellow Supplier Plastic Omnium
In line with its strategic orientation, Mahle says in the future it will invest more intensively and consistently in new e-mobility technologies.
Supplier Denso Expands Operations in Tennessee
One new production line at the Tennessee plant will manufacture GDI fuel injectors, another will make low-pressure fuel pumps and two will produce high-pressure fuel pumps serving automakers across North America.
Nexteer Automotive Expanding Production to Morocco
The 194,000-sq.-ft. facility, the supplier’s first in Africa, initially will be used for production of single pinion-assist electric power steering systems and will be extended to manufacturing other driveline products in the future.
New Bosch Division Focused on Connected Mobility
Bosch is meeting growing demand for connected mobility via ride sharing, which encompasses online services and apps for carpools as well as for arranging driving services and taxis. The company recently acquired Splitting Fares, a startup serving commuters who want to share a ride to the same workplace or place of study.
Faurecia Announces New Interiors Plant in Missouri
Faurecia will create more than 300 new jobs and invest more than $60 million in the plant, which will manufacture and assemble door panels and instrument panels.
Denso Sensor Teams With Radar to Aid Night Vision
The vision sensor allows automobiles to automatically activate emergency braking when obstacles are identified, the supplier says.
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