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.
Hewlett-Packard Co. has 3D-printed more than 10,000 tiny scale models of Volkswagen AG’s upcoming ID.3 electric car to demonstrate the technology for potential use in high-volume production vehicles.
As technology disruption drastically changes the automotive landscape over the course of the next decade, nearly all automotive-related businesses will face major restructuring.
Apple Inc. has hired Michael Schwekutsch, who left Tesla Inc. last month, as senior director of engineering for the company’s secretive Project Titan autonomous car program.
Intel and similar companies know they have the opportunity to claim a whole new level of relevance in the automotive market, as software and automation claims a greater share of the future automobile.
Considering the many variables affecting the landscape of the automotive supply chain, investor activists see a great deal of opportunity right now.
Liam Butterworth, who quit as CEO of Delphi Technologies plc last week, will take over as CEO of automotive operations for U.K.-based Melrose Industries plc in early November.
The grail of metal additive manufacturing is the ability to keep pace with full automotive production. The quest continues.
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Volkswagen AG says it will begin using 3D-printed parts in production vehicles early next decade.
Richard Parry-Jones, who retired from Ford Motor Co. as chief technical officer in 2008, has been appointed chairman of Welsh Automotive Forum’s board of directors.
London-based turnaround firm Melrose Industries plc has narrowly overcome a rival bid from Dana Inc. to buy British engineering giant GKN plc for £7.9 billion ($11.1 billion).
The two suitors for British engineering company GKN plc have upped their offers ahead of a March 29 deadline.
U.S.-based Dana Inc. is offering to make a secondary listing of its stock in London to cinch its $6.1 billion offer to buy British engineering firm GKN plc’s drivetrain business.
GKN plc has rejected a “final” bid by London turnaround specialist Melrose Industries plc to buy the British engineering firm for £8.1 billion ($11.3 billion).
According to a new study of deals in the auto industry in 2018—as in acquisitions—conducted by PwC, even though the deal volume (903 for the year) was flat compared with 2017, the total deal value—$97.5-billion—was up 101 percent compared to 2017, in large part because nearly all of the acquirers “were focused on product expansion (buyers better positioning themselves for the vehicles of the future) or driving economies of scale.” Of the deals, there were what PwC describes as “mega-deals,” which were valued at $5-billion and over.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group
Melrose Industries Ltd. has increased its hostile bid for British engineering company GKN plc to £8.1 billion ($11.3 billion).
Dana Inc. has agreed to buy GKN plc’s automotive business and form a new company called Dana plc.
British engineering company GKN plc is likely to sign a deal in two weeks to sell its driveline business to Ohio-based Dana Inc., multiple sources tell Reuters.
British driveline specialist GKN plc is in talks to sell its automotive operations to Ohio-based Dana Inc., sources tell the Financial Times.
Roughly a dozen companies have expressed interest in buying GKN plc’s automotive business, sources tell the Financial Times.
“A complete vehicle will probably not be manufactured by a 3D printer any time soon, but the number and size of parts from the 3D printer will increase significantly,” according to Dr. Martin Goede, head of Technology and Planning and Development, Volkswagen.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group
There’s a high likelihood you’ve either driven or taken a ride in a vehicle that was touched by GKN Driveline, a division within the global engineering firm of the same name that makes driveline technologies for 90-plus percent of the world’s car makers.
Although 3D printing is getting lots of buzz in both the technical and consumer arenas, there is another process that’s been around longer (as in about 100 years) that cleverly creates production parts: powder metallurgy (PM). As the name implies, metal powders, placed in a die, are transformed into parts through the application of pressure and heat.
The winners of this year’s PACE Awards (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) for product and process innovations related to production vehicles include 12 companies from five countries.
This is what the GKN Driveline all-wheel-drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles—it is a scalable architecture—looks like: The system is designed so that when a vehicle is in steady-state cruising the clutch system disengages the rear section of the driveline.
GKN plc’s Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (SDS) partner has begun making the supplier’s all-wheel drive disconnect system in China.
Another data point pointing to the interest in China for SUVs—as well as for advanced technology vehicles—is the announcement by GKN Driveline that it is supplying its electric axle drive system, which it calls “eAxle,” for deployment in a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market.