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The movement of people back to urban areas and the onslaught of new transportation options has forced traditional automotive manufacturers to take notice and plan for the future.

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Despite a growing number of plug-in electric vehicles on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, industry analysts say the segment has failed to reach the “aspirational” levels many had hoped.

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Automakers’ desire to quicken the pace of new vehicle launches has sent shock waves through the industry’s supply chain.

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While North American light vehicle sales are in the “late innings”of the recovery — peaking in 2017 at 18.2 million units — Mike Wall at IHS Automotive in Grand Rapids expects production to remain robust through 2020.

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Mergers and acquisitions among global automotive suppliers should maintain the robust pace they reached in 2015 as the industry heads into the new year. That’s according to Ernst and Young’s recent Automotive Capital Confidence report published in November in which executives said they expected the global M&A market to “thrive” into 2016.

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Once heralded as a part of the future of advanced manufacturing and the next generation of automotive suppliers, lithium-ion battery manufacturers have found mixed successes in Michigan, despite an abundance of state and federal assistance.

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After several years of starts and stops, advanced battery manufacturers in West Michigan are ramping up their production in the region. While Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc., which operates a manufacturing facility in Holland for its power solutions division, and Holland-based LG Chem Michigan Inc. plan to capitalize on the growing customer demand for advanced battery technology, the two companies differ in their approach to the market.

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The lithium-ion battery cells for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt could soon be produced in West Michigan. That’s according to industry analysts who cite a recent strategic partnership between LG Electronics Inc. and General Motors (GM) to produce several components for the Bolt as evidence of a new product line at Holland-based LG Chem Michigan Inc.

Published in In the News

GRAND RAPIDS — As the automotive industry continues to grow and becomes more globalized, suppliers will face a steady increase in vehicle production volumes and new product launches.

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BYRON CENTER — An Italian manufacturer of plastic injection molding components expects to capitalize on the growing market for lightweight composite materials as it begins production at its new North American headquarters.

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