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Shifting automaker preferences have left large Tier 1 suppliers like Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE: JCI) rethinking their business portfolios.

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A heightened level of new launch activity in the automotive sector coupled with a supply chain running at near full capacity has led to a wave of new business for one West Michigan firm.

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As most of the automotive industry suffers through capacity constraints as it ramps up production volumes, one market segment that’s had the exact opposite problem is battery electric vehicles.

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After years of a self-imposed no-new-brick-and-mortar policy, ADAC Automotive last month cut the ribbon on the biggest project in its history — a new $18 million expansion at its paint operation in Muskegon.

Published in Focus
Sunday, 18 August 2013 22:00

Cars sell, but who's buying?

Despite automakers’ lackluster results in wooing Millennial buyers with new technology and hip ad campaigns, it turns out the 18 to 31 crowd does want to buy cars. The problem: They’re too broke. So carmakers have shifted their focus to age groups that are more likely to purchase new vehicles soon. They’re looking at you, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.

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There’s no signs of a slowdown for the automotive supply chain:  25 North American auto plants are running at three shifts, and 41 new vehicle launches are coming online in the next year, according to data from IHS Automotive.

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Gentex Corp. has finally decided it’s time to tap into the company’s massive piggybank.

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ZEELAND — Tier-I automotive supplier Gentex Corp. today announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire the HomeLink business from Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) for $700 million.

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The announcement in June that German-owned automotive supplier Benteler Automotive planned to close a Grand Rapids facility next year as part of a global repositioning strategy raised a red flag among some local political and business leaders.

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West Michigan tool and die shops such as Walker Tool & Die seem poised for growth thanks to opportunities with the frenetic automotive product cycle, aggressive industry diversification strategies and a matured view of competing regions. That reversal of fortunes has the industry struggling to keep up, rather than struggling to stay viable.

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