Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Articles
Autoneum Opens Seventh Production Facility in China
The Yantai plant represents the start of Autoneum’s significant capacity expansion in China. Series production of carpet systems, inner dashes and wheelhouse outer liners launch soon at a new facility in Changsha. Two other factories are under construction.
Schaeffler Announces $60 Million Ohio Investment
The newly renovated Wooster, OH, campus provides Schaeffler with the capacity to produce hybrid modules, the first of the company’s many electrification solutions and a critical part of its e-mobility strategy.
IAC Opens Tailored Interiors Plant in Poland
The new location will serve as the supplier’s center of excellence for highly crafted cut-and-sewn and hand-wrapped components, starting with premium instrument panels.
Swedish EV Manufacturer Announces Production Launch
The Uniti is a light EV made from sustainable composite materials and boasting features such as a fully electronic steering system and a full-screen head-up display, as well as a unique approach to safety and sustainability.
Lear Breaks Ground for Seating Plant in Indiana
Construction of the 240,000-sq.-ft. plant will start immediately, with production of seats due to begin in April 2019. The factory will employ about 875 workers who will transfer from Lear’s existing facilities in Hammond and Portage, IN.
Magna Innovation Joins Thermoplastic Materials
Torsional welding, developed for automotive applications at Magna’s Czech Republic exteriors plant, features a high-speed twisting motion that creates enough friction-based heat to join a plastic bracket to a thermoplastic fascia.
Hyundai Affiliate Announces Panorama-Sunroof Airbag
VIDEO INCLUDED: The airbag prevents a passenger’s body from being thrown out of the car through the sunroof in a rollover accident, says Hyundai Mobis, the parts-making subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group.
Supplier Chassix Acquires Aluminum Casting Business
Benteler Automotive Farsund’s casting business consists of a highly automated aluminum foundry in Farsund, Norway, designing and producing lightweight aluminum structural castings, Southfield, MI-based Chassix says.
Supplier Unveils New Polymer Bearings for Hybrids
Rheinmetall Automotive’s KS Gleitlager subsidiary introduced two highly wear-resistant materials, KS R53L1 polymer for crankshaft bearings and Polymer KS R55L1 for gasoline-hybrid connecting-rod bearings at the recent Frankfurt auto show.
Smart Headlight Meant to Make Night Driving Safer
When Eviyos is in use, the appropriate pixels are automatically switched off as soon as oncoming traffic is detected to prevent drivers of oncoming vehicles from being blinded, developer Osram Opto Semiconductor says.
Toshiba Develops More Powerful Lithium-Ion Battery 1
Toshiba says the new battery can give a compact electric vehicle a drive range of 198 miles (320 km) after only six minutes of ultra-rapid recharging – three times the distance possible with current lithium-ion batteries.
Report Cites Japan’s Role in U.S. Auto Industry
The report features 2016 data showing association members produced a record high of nearly 4 million vehicles in the U.S., a more than tenfold increase since the mid-1980s. More than one in 10 were exported.
Twelve Major Chinese Automakers Commit to ESC
The automakers, who collectively represent 85% of the Chinese market, make the announcement at the launch of Stop the Crash China, an event in Shanghai promoting a range of vehicle-safety technologies including ESC.
Magna Breaks Ground on Paint Shop in Slovenia
The $100 million plant 45 miles south of Magna's Graz, Austria assembly facility is slated for completion in late 2018, with operations to begin in early 2019. Magna says it has begun recruiting about 400 workers.
Cummins Turbodiesel Aftermarket Engine Available
The R2.8 Turbo Diesel is the first in a series of brand-new crate engines the Columbus, IN-based manufacturer will market directly to the consumer under the Cummins Repower program name.
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