Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Articles
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.
Supplier Roundup 
Halla Visteon supplies key drivetrain components to Hyundai fuel-cell vehicle; Axalta refinish products get GM U.K.’s blessing; high-tech plastic toughens up Ford Police Interceptor center console.
Supplier Roundup 
Magna, Chinese partner for front-end-module JV; Chevy sources brake, chassis components from Grede North American foundries; Engineering students have designs on €100,000 top prize in Valeo competition.
Technology Roundup 
Styron touts new rubber’s high performance in low temperatures; Valeo enlists LEDs in collision-avoidance campaign; Tenneco acquires ride-control-enhancement technology.
Supplier Roundup 
Continental acquisition grows global foorprint; private-equity firm takes control of lighting-systems maker; supplier touts in-house expertise in winning Daimler contract.
Supplier Roundup 
Continental transmission research in high gear; Cooper, Chinese partner discussing JV’s future; ContiTech acquires Chinese drive-belt maker.
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