Analysts say the U.S. auto industry is boosting the number of annual new models it launches by 19% over the next four years. For Eaton Corp., that means more than one new-vehicle program start per week, says Staci Kroon, president of Automotive North America.
She says the challenge isn't just adding production capacity. It's also a matter of coping with increasingly complex technology in new vehicles. Kroon says Eaton's multi-industry activities help the company gather the technical talent it needs.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is just one manufacturing method that drives advanced mobility forward and also has a history of embracing the digital connectivity demanded by this trend.
PennEngineering offers a global supply for a wide range of fasteners for the automotive industry, including China-based facilities that manufacture standard and custom products to world-class standards of quality at lower cost.
Here's an overview of the study of assembly plant productivity that gets the undivided attention of all automakers: "The Harbour Report." Although the Big Three companies are getting better, they still have a way to go. But given the levels of competition, better won't be good enough for some plants, it seems.