Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Articles
Technology Roundup 
Audi A6, RS 5 concepts get 48V boost; MIT consortium to study aluminum’s crashworthiness; ’15 Ford Focus features anti-skid technology.
Supplier Roundup 
Axalta’s biggest plant getting bigger; BorgWarner revs China turbocharging capacity; Federal-Mogul deal lets TRW focus on safety technology.
Supplier Roundup 
EcoDC MAC dip-tank technology’s precise current and voltage supply reduce energy use, improve car-body-coating quality.
Technology Roundup 
Continental arrives in Silicon Valley; Visteon wireless charging pulls plugs on ’15 Cadillacs; DTE solar system puts charge in Ford EVs.
Supplier Roundup 
Continental makes Newport News news; BorgWarner, Faurecia expand emissions-control capabilities; Alcoa sheds inefficient Italian aluminum smelter.
Supplier Roundup 
Axalta expands in Mexico; Bosch looks to Vietnam for latest Asian expansion; Mitsubishi Rayon acquires carbon-fiber plastics supplier Wethje.
Technology Roundup 
Cybersecurity experts warn of connected-car hacking; European researchers take self-parking to next level; Tata rolls out high-strength steel processed by manufacturers’ machinery on hand.
Supplier Roundup 
Emitec comes under Continental umbrella; Bosch adds second R&D operation in Vietnam; Halla Visteon Climate Control expands into South America.
Supplier Roundup 
Size matters in Continental’s DCT control unit for Audi; Cooper Standard targets Asia-Pacific markets from Shanghai base; state helps Michigan supplier build up, clean up.
Technology Roundup 
Bosch doubles down on Vietnam R&D; automakers, utilities look to minimize EV charging’s burden on electrical grid; Detroit Three consortium bankrolls more EV battery research.
Supplier Roundup 
Braking news from TRW, Continental; Bosch charged with powering BMW i3; aluminum-wheel maker closing Arkansas plant, promises assistance for 500 employees.
Supplier Roundup 
JCI, Chinese manufacturer form interior-trim JV; Continental auto-electronics arm picks Philippines site as Asia supply hub; German, Chinese companies forge aluminum-castings agreement.
Ford Says’15 Mustang Worth Its Weight in Go Power 
A twin-scroll turbocharger teamed with twin independent variable camshaft timing and direct fuel injection helps the compact powerplant in the 2.3L engine turn out an unofficial 310 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.
Technology Roundup 
Linde Group helps put more fuel-cell vehicles on Vienna streets; EPA to run engine simulation with ANSYS software; Henkel provides technology package to German aluminum processor.
Supplier Roundup 
BorgWarner ignition coils spark Daimler GDI engines; Faurecia North America opens HQ in suburban Detroit; Cadillac steers ATS business to ZF-Bosch joint venture.
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