Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Articles
Supplier Roundup 
Halla Visteon Climate Control takes control of Chinese JV; Malaysia trade mission seeks to build on Mazda investment; JCI opens big battery plant in China.
Supplier Roundup 
Denso nurtures tech startups in Silicon Valley; Axalta paints get Daimler seal of approval; Preh touchpad literally digital.
Supplier Roundup 
Johnson Controls, SAIC subsidiary form auto-interiors JV; new Plastic Omnium factories will supply Volkswagen, General Motors; Mexican aluminum supplier opening first Russian plant.
Technology Roundup 
Continental software keeps tabs on tread wear; Volvo to study on-the-road E-bus charging; Audi, Magneti Marelli technologies light the way.
Supplier Roundup 
Eaton enhances partnership with China’s Great Wall; U.S. plastics maker’s subsidiaries will coordinate with Swiss acquisition; Kiekert locks up Russian business.
Technology Roundup 
Henkel demonstrates optical adhesives for vehicle-display applications; Spanish researchers focus on automotive night vision; United Arab Emirates counting on sunny skies for solar-car competition.
Supplier Roundup 
Lear expands in Morocco; SRG Global doubles capacity at Mexico facility; software maker Dassault clicks with BMW on i3 development.
Supplier Roundup 
TRW playing safe in India; Magna Powertrain bolsters Ramos Arizpe as Mexican production hub; Continental raises clean-diesel profile.
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.
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