Manufacturing Intelligence

Posted: August 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

Auto suppliers need day-to-day knowledge about how their manufacturing operations are performing. But getting this “enterprise manufacturing intelligence” can be a challenge, notes Fred Thomas, DELMIA Apriso industry director at Dassault Systèmes. Plant-to-plant variations in how data is tracked and...

Mobile Connectivity and Manufacturing

Posted: June 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Mobile connectivity is one of the most significant technology trends facing manufacturers today, according to Infor. Employees are already using their personal electronic devices to work and using them to communicate with co-workers, customers and suppliers. This three-page executive brief...

Infor: 6 Steps to Making Faster Decisions

Posted: June 8, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Automotive suppliers have reason to be optimistic, now that the global auto industry is growing again. But they also need to be aware of which markets will drive growth and be ready to adjust to change faster and more precisely...

Intel: The Intersection of IT and Automotive Engineering

Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Turning the potential of truly intelligent vehicles into reality means a fundamental change in the way carmakers and their suppliers interact, says Sam LaMagna, Director of Advanced Driving Technologies in the Automotive Solutions Div. at Intel Corp. It all begins...

How Does Car-to-Car Connectivity Work?

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Jennifer Healey, a research scientist at Intel Labs, offers an easy-to-understand description of technologies that share the position and velocity of autonomous cars and how machine-to-machine sharing helps avoid hazards. Click HERE to view video and learn more about this...

Tear Up the Auto Agenda

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm

When Intel Corp. first meets with advanced automotive design teams about their intelligent vehicle plans, the carmakers’ representatives often assume the conversation will remain focused on platform speeds and feeds, CPU and GPU clock rates, and data latencies and throughput....

How to Monetize the Connected Car Market

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 4:03 pm

In a world where a growing number of objects are connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s hardly a surprise that the automotive industry is buzzing about the “connected, intelligent vehicle.” Joel Hoffmann, Automotive Strategist with the Automotive Solutions Div. of...

The Intelligent Car (graphic)

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm

This informative graphic from Intel Corp. explains how the “Internet of Things,” coupled with more in-car computing power and intelligence, will make tomorrow’s vehicles safer and more convenient for their operators.

Defining Tomorrow’s Intelligent Vehicles

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

In the time it takes an automaker to design and produce a car, a consumer electronics company has most likely introduced several generations of its technology. How can the two match up and serve the consumer? Two experts from Intel Labs who...

EY: The Case Against Auditor Rotation Rules

Posted: April 14, 2014 at 11:56 am

Several countries are adopting rules that limit the number of years a public accounting firm may audit a company’s financial statements. These so-called audit firm rotation rules are intended to maintain auditor independence and guard against overly close relationships between...

Infor: Managing the Collaborative Process

Posted: April 9, 2014 at 2:44 am

Manufacturers today can solve problems faster and more accurately by collaborating in new ways, says John Flavin, Infor’s executive vice president, Global Manufacturing Solutions. Companies typically rely on a serial process of problem-solving. Alerts flow from one person or group...

Ricardo: A New Holistic Tool to Enable Total Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

Posted: March 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Today’s carmakers are pursuing every avenue to enhance the efficiency of tomorrow’s cars and trucks. That means looking for and assessing new approaches to everything from aerodynamics to rolling resistance and manufacturing to powertrain and lightweight materials. But which options...

EY: The Supply Chain Management Challenge

Posted: December 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

Revived auto sales in North America have boosted profits for carmakers and suppliers. But growing production needs— coupled with complexities introduced by an unprecedented surge in new-model launches—are generating enormous pressure to better manage supply chain capacity, says Jeff Henning, EY’s...

Dykema: Doing Business in South Korea

Posted: June 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

South Korea is a key production base for companies wishing to serve markets throughout southeast Asia. The recent trade pact between Korea and the U.S. is already having a positive impact on the opportunities for business growth in both countries....

Dykema: Trademarks and Counterfeiting

Posted: May 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm

With international trade on the rise, the challenges of protecting a company’s image and trademarks are becoming more complex. Recent court decisions signal a troubling trend that has challenged the ability of brand owners to defend against the misuse of...

Towers Watson: Aligning Company Performance with Executive Pay

Posted: October 23, 2012 at 1:11 am

Publicly traded companies in the U.S. are preparing for their third year of federally mandated “Say on Pay” voting that allows shareholders to cast a non-binding vote “for” or “against” a company’s executive compensation program. The goal of the mandate...

Towers Watson: Managing Health Care Costs

Posted: June 25, 2012 at 12:45 am

U.S. health care costs have increased an average 6.1% per year in recent years. But some companies have been able to hold that growth to only 2.2%. Towers Watson’s latest health employer survey says these “Consistent Performers” do so with...

Towers Watson: Rising Global Labor Costs

Posted: January 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Labor costs among emerging economies are going up. But it’s not just about pay, says Steve Kueffner, director of international consulting services for Towers Watson. He says companies with employees overseas need to consider the entire compensation and employment package...

OESA: Supplier Outlook for 2012-2013

Posted: November 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Auto suppliers are profitable again. Now the challenge is to maintain current efficiencies while expanding to meet growing vehicle production schedules. The Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. says the key is continuous innovation in product and process, “smart” consolidation and continuous...

TRW: Affordable Safety

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Drivers want and deserve safe vehicles. The challenge for safety systems suppliers is to deliver reliable, high-performance technology across the full spectrum of customer and regulatory requirements. Peter Lake, executive vice president of sales and business development at TRW Automotive,...

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