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While the advanced battery industry has experienced a tepid start in West Michigan, one executive thinks the sector is just beginning to explore its market opportunities.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:00

Automotive supplier M&A still active

Many West Michigan automotive suppliers are still considering selling their businesses or acquiring companies even after the flurry of M&A activity in late 2012. The problem: A lot of them are just too busy to work on deals.

Published in Manufacturing

Automotive suppliers across West Michigan have no shortage of opportunities these days. Vehicle production volumes are up, new product launches are on the rise, and automakers increasingly insist that their suppliers have a global footprint.

Published in Manufacturing

Studies show consumers shop for cars and trucks that match their style, their favorite color, and even the best fuel economy. Increasingly, though, experts say vehicle-buying decisions hinge on how well consumers’ smartphones connect to a car or trucks’ infotainment system. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:01

Good for gear heads (and the planet, too)

It turns out that fun-to-drive cars, 500-horsepower engines and respectable fuel economy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:33

Stability returns to auto outlook

After a half-decade on the roller coaster, U.S. automakers are preparing for a slow, steady ride that could yield strong profits for carmakers and their suppliers throughout the rest of the decade.

Published in Manufacturing

Automotive analyst Mike Wall at IHS Automotive thinks the industry will reach an inflection point in 2013 where it will hit steady growth driven by new launches, a recovering housing market and customers returning to the market.

Published in Manufacturing
Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:32

Magna International to expand in Holland

A division of auto supplier Magna International Inc. is channeling a bright outlook for sunroof technology into a $10.1 million expansion in Holland Charter Township.

Published in Manufacturing
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