Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Articles
Automakers Count on Freudenberg Parts From Inside Out 
The supplier’s global automotive portfolio includes its NOK Freudenberg Group China sealing-products joint venture, which grew at about twice the overall auto-industry rate in that country in 2013.
Technology Roundup 
EV battery as structural component?; Nissan has different take on new-car smell; Harman basing worldwide R&D in China.
Supplier Roundup 
Durr keeps it clean at Audi Mexico paint shop; Georgia town Voestalpine’s newest stamping ground; Dynaudio, Harman, SABIC expand China presence.
Supplier Roundup 
Consortium to forge closer ties between OEMs, suppliers; LEDs at heart of Hella headlamp system in Audi A8; JLR calls on Bosch to devise smartphone-vehicle interface; juicy offer from Nissan.
Technology Roundup 
London cabbies to help determine how EREV fares; Continental and Freescale, Broadcom unveil new microcontroller modules; Indonesia may require CNG capability in gasoline-powered cars.
Supplier Roundup 
Magna subsidiary raising output of electronic latches; Daimler assigns 9-speed AT work to Romania facility; new leadership at Aisin Seiki’s U.S. technical center.
Innovation Center Showcases What’s Next at Visteon 
The hardware and software bridging blueprint and car are on display at the newly opened Visteon Innovation Center, a showroom for products now in use, nearing production or conceptualized for cars of the future.
Supplier Roundup 
BorgWarner adds thermostats to emissions-control arsenal; Daimler quits JV with maker of battery cells for Smart; Dirac technology will customize Harman Kardon audio system in Volvo V70.
Technology Roundup 
Freescale microcontrollers run park-assist, seat controls and other auto apps; JCI developing fuel-saving battery-cooling technology; Axalta supplying eco-friendly basecoat to Indian automakers.
Supplier Roundup 
Lear not sitting still in China; IBM crafting connectivity software for PSA Peugeot Citroen; automakers reach agreement on social-responsibility guidelines for suppliers.
Supplier Roundup 
Alcoa gets Hungary wheel-plant contruction rolling; Visteon getting out of automotive interiors; PPG growing green coatings operation in Mexico.
Supplier Roundup 
Nexteer aiding Chinese automakers’ transition to electric power steering; Magna Interiors to supply painted carbon-fiber body panels; Ford says purchases from women-owned suppliers grew 50% in 2013.
Technology Roundup 
Honda to offer CNG at Ohio facility; BMW looks to IBM software to head off glitches; Autoneum bringing underbody-protection technology from Europe to U.S.
Supplier Roundup 
TRW concept lets front passenger take the wheel; New fuel-tank plant is TI Automotive’s 15th facility in China; Preh ECUs maximize battery efficiency in BMW’s new EV.
Technology Roundup 
Toshiba chip helps EVs replicate engine noise; AT&T welcomes Qualcomm to Atlanta R&D complex; Elektrobit recorder extends driver-assist test data from desktop to tablet.
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