Faster, More Effective Collaboration

Posted: April 14, 2014 at 1:59 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. Infor borrows elements of social media so users can create problem-solving mini networks. These circles link...

Monetizing New Mobility

Posted: April 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

Advanced mobility concepts present opportunity to make transportation more efficient, reduce its expense and truly integrate the automobile into the human ecosystem, says Jean-Francois Tremblay, Advanced Mobility Group Leader at EY. He notes that companies are testing the financial dimensions...

Michigan’s Personal-Mobility Push

Posted: March 24, 2014 at 1:23 am

Cars will remain the prevalent mode of transportation in North America for many years to come. But Michigan needs to talk less about the “automobile” and more about personal mobility, says Nigel Francis, who heads the state’s automotive office. “The...

Innovation at Magna

Posted: March 17, 2014 at 2:27 am

At Magna International Inc., innovation means invention plus commercialization, says Chief Technology Officer Swamy Kotagiri. That means moving good ideas out of the lab and into widespread use. Kotagiri notes that tier one automotive suppliers are playing an expanding role...

Sprint Velocity

Posted: March 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

When will the next wave of wireless in-car features be available? Within the year, according to Sprint Velocity General Manager Ben Vos. “We have all the capabilities we need right now,” Vos says. “It’s ready to go.” One example of...

Welcome to AMP

Posted: February 24, 2014 at 3:42 am

The AutoBeat Group has launched a new information service about everything from self-driving cars to ride-sharing and more. It’s called the Advanced Mobility Project. One of AMP’s features is a Web site offering news, reports, videos and research about the...

Intel’s Automotive Strategy

Posted: February 17, 2014 at 2:04 am

Intel began zeroing in on the auto industry six years ago. Now the huge computer chip maker is focusing on infotainment systems. Chief automotive strategist Joel Hoffmann says the company plans to eventually move into more “mission-critical” in-car control systems.

Doing Business in India

Posted: February 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

A recent EY panel of auto industry executives in India describes the country as a challenging place to do business, yet one with huge potential that makes it important to carmakers and suppliers. Rakesh Batra, EY’s India Automotive Leader, suggests...

The “Cadillac” Healthcare Tax

Posted: February 3, 2014 at 2:39 am

A hefty new tax on healthcare coverage is set to take effect in 2018, notes Dave Osterndorf, chief health actuary at Towers Watson. The so-called “Cadillac” tax will add a 40% surcharge on annual healthcare program costs above $10,200 for...

Towers Watson: Understanding Healthcare Reform

Posted: January 20, 2014 at 1:31 am

Companies and their employees have embarked upon significantly new healthcare plans in 2014 under healthcare reform rules. Cathy Tripp, director of Towers Watson’s Private Exchange, says employees should make sure they truly understand their new plan. One suggestion: Use online...

EY: Investing in Russia

Posted: January 13, 2014 at 2:12 am

The Russian auto market offers strong growth potential for suppliers, in part because of efforts by the central government to simplify entry and bring more transparency to business procedures, says Bill King, CIS Automotive Sector Leader at EY. For newcomers,...

Standards for Connected Cars

Posted: January 5, 2014 at 10:26 pm

The ability to connect cars to each other and the infrastructure is available today. But rules and standards governing how connectivity will work are far from done. SAE International is deeply involved in developing standards for this new technology. But...

Michigan’s 30-Year Auto Plan

Posted: December 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

The State of Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. are developing a 30-year plan to determine how to best support the state’s auto industry. The effort is led by Nigel Francis, an MEDC senior vice president and the state’s...

LMC Automotive: 2014 Outlook

Posted: December 9, 2013 at 1:57 am

Worldwide car sales, which will grow 3% to nearly 83.5 million units this year, are likely to climb about 5% to 87.5 million in 2014, predicts Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at LMC Automotive. Expansion in 2014 will...

Altair: Lightweighting

Posted: December 2, 2013 at 2:33 am

Making vehicles lighter helps improve their fuel economy. But “lightweighting” doesn’t necessarily mean swapping materials, says David Mason, vice president Global Automotive at Altair. The broader objective is to use less material without compromising performance and safety requirements. Mason points...

Delphi: In-Car Connectivity

Posted: November 25, 2013 at 3:53 am

Consumers expect seamless connectivity when they bring their current—and future—personal electronic devices into their vehicles. The big challenge is to deliver that service in a way that mitigates driver distraction and ensures maximum security, says Andy Brown, Delphi Automotive vice...

Worker Training at Ford

Posted: November 18, 2013 at 3:43 am

The 8,000 hourly workers Ford Motor Co. hired over the past year were selected from about 136,000 applicants, says Jim Tetreault, Ford’s vice president of manufacturing in North America. He notes that each one also received six weeks of training...

Vehicle Platooning

Posted: November 11, 2013 at 4:24 am

European tests headed by Ricardo plc show that vehicles driven on the highway in closely packed platoons behind a professionally driven lead vehicle can cut fuel consumption 15%, notes Ricardo Inc. President Thomas Apostolos. He says the technology could be...

Ford: Skilled Trades Training

Posted: November 4, 2013 at 2:16 am

When Ford Motor Co. added several thousand skilled tradesmen over the past year, it had to hire most of them away from other carmakers. The reason, says Jim Tetreault, vice president of manufacturing in North America, is that U.S. apprentice...

Ford’s 24/7 Production

Posted: October 28, 2013 at 2:03 am

Ford Motor Co. has added 600,000 units of capacity in North America and hired 10,000 new employees in the region—all without opening any new assembly plants. Jim Tetreault, vice president of manufacturing in North America, says most Ford plants are...

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