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Q&A: Chicago Fed auto policy adviser discusses EV transition, incentives competition
The global transition to electric vehicles and low-carbon transportation is well underway and creating a high-stakes competition among countries, and even states, to capture the associated manufacturing jobs.
Auto suppliers tackle disruptions with new ways of working, innovation
The topic of the day at this year’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars was predictable.
Market downturn could spur M&A activity among global auto suppliers
The recent and sudden downturn in the automotive industry is likely to lead to a flurry of bankruptcies and sell-offs by distressed suppliers, not unlike what the industry witnessed on the heels of the Great Recession.
Automakers look to reshore work in the face of COVID-19; suppliers scramble to vie for it
Many domestic manufacturers, including automakers, had started reevaluating their supply chains even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but the international health crisis has only accelerated those conversations.
Suppliers resume manufacturing in preparation for automakers
Automotive suppliers in West Michigan will begin warming up the industry’s supply chain next week.
West Michigan auto suppliers brace for continued upheaval
Regardless of when the historic UAW strike against General Motors Co. ultimately ends, the disruptive effect of lost production and earnings will linger, putting further strain on an industry already flagged by slowing sales and tariff disputes with China.
CAR MEETINGS: As demand shrinks, auto suppliers need to ramp up innovation, agility
ACME — After a decade of bullish outlooks, automotive suppliers need to buckle up for a period of upcoming disruptions.
The autonomous promise
Self-driving shuttles may be traveling through downtown Grand Rapids these days, but automakers say broad acceptance for autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles will take more patience.
Michigan manufacturing leaders call for passage of North American trade deal
A chorus of manufacturing leaders and trade organizations from Michigan are urging Congress to pass a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.
‘SIGNIFICANT ASSET’: Amid slowdown in launches, new threats, West Michigan tooling industry braces for change
The challenges confronting Michigan’s tool, die and mold makers are deeply rooted. The state hosts more than twice as many tool and die workers compared to any other state, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the undisputed leader of the industry, Michigan also suffers the greatest consequences of its uncertainty.
Politics over CAFE rollbacks poised to divide auto industry
As the Trump administration prepares to roll back emissions regulations that push cars to be cleaner and more fuel efficient, it may also set the stage for a political battle that could create a rift in the U.S. auto industry. After several months of comment and a possible setback from the 35-day government shutdown last month, the newly finalized fuel economy rules are due from the administration by March 31. However, following the publication of the proposed changes, California and eighteen other states announced that if less-stringent fuel economy rules are enacted, they will sue the government — which may lead to a period of prolonged regulatory uncertainty.
West Michigan auto suppliers adjust to headwinds
ACME — In his role as president of Shape Corp., Mark White often deals with disruptions in navigating the Grand Haven-based Tier 1 automotive supplier through uncertain business conditions.
Top of the Cycle - Suppliers, economists express concern, some optimism about auto industry’s future
ACME — After an extended period of growth, vehicle sales have started to cool at a time when industry-wide uncertainty is hampering manufacturers’ optimism.
Auto suppliers team up to access new tech, ‘diversify risk,’ experts say
ACME — Amid a period of technological upheaval in the automotive industry, West Michigan-based supplier Mann + Hummel USA Inc. is reducing project costs and saving time by partnering, collaborating or aligning with larger OEMs.
A balancing act: Automotive suppliers in West Michigan brace for cyclical changes, emergence of new tech
ACME — A decade into the economic recovery, West Michigan-based automotive suppliers are having to look ahead and prepare for a period of declining new vehicle sales.
With Hackett, Ford hopes for another visionary CEO
When Jim Hackett retired from the corner office at Steelcase Inc. in 2014, he told MiBiz the “narrative is still being written” about what he planned to do in the next phase of his professional life.
Automotive industry braces for ‘talent crisis’ in tooling
The sector that provides the majority of tooling, fixtures and molds required to manufacture automotive components is facing a crisis.
Auto suppliers proceed with caution amid threats to NAFTA
Following through with campaign promises, the Trump administration has set its sights on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Ripple Effects: West Michigan auto suppliers capitalize on push for advanced technologies
As the automotive industry pursues cutting-edge technological breakthroughs in autonomous driving and vehicle electrification, West Michigan suppliers must ensure they’re not left behind.
Business as usual, for now: West Mich. automotive suppliers adopt wait-and-see approach
After one of the largest political upsets in recent history, West Michigan automotive suppliers have started assessing how a Donald Trump presidency could affect their industry.
Suppliers find opportunity in gradual shift to EVs, autonomous technology
Lower fuel prices may have shifted consumers’ buying habits toward trucks and SUVs, but most automotive suppliers believe electric vehicle technology is here to stay.
Held back by lower incomes, millennials put off new car buying as price tags rise
To move beyond a looming sales plateau, automakers will need to appeal to the generation they’ve long-feared prefers car-sharing services and cycling to owning automobiles.
Cruise Controlled? Auto suppliers debate investments as car sales begin to peak
West Michigan automotive suppliers have a lot on their plates as they prepare their businesses to be competitive in the coming years.
West Michigan auto suppliers, startups rush to develop autonomous technology
Experts in the automotive industry have a simple message for companies figuring out how to navigate a changing vehicle market: Embrace the eventual shift to autonomous cars or you will cease to exist.
Manufacturers push for health care, environmental reforms
Manufacturing industry groups are tracking a number of key policy issues this year that could have a variety of implications on their West Michigan members.