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VW, HP Test 3D Printing on Miniature Cars

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.

The Age of Restructuring

As technology disruption drastically changes the automotive landscape over the course of the next decade, nearly all automotive-related businesses will face major restructuring.

Autonomous Vehicles

Apple Hires Former Tesla Powertrain Chief

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.


What’s Behind the Auto Supplier Mega Mergers?

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.

Activist Investors & Automotive Suppliers

Considering the many variables affecting the landscape of the automotive supply chain, investor activists see a great deal of opportunity right now.


Ex-Delphi CEO Butterworth to Head Melrose Powertrain Unit

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.

VW to Team with HP on 3D-Printed Production Parts

Volkswagen AG says it will begin using 3D-printed parts in production vehicles early next decade.

Former Ford Tech Chief to Head Welsh Auto Consortium

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.


Melrose Prevails Over Dana in Hostile GKN Takeover

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).


Dana, Melrose Sweeten Offers for GKN

The two suitors for British engineering company GKN plc have upped their offers ahead of a March 29 deadline.


Dana Woos GKN Investors with Secondary Stock Listing Option

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 Rejects Melrose’s £8.1 Billion Hostile Takeover Bid

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). 


Melrose Hikes Bid for GKN to $11.3 Billion

Melrose Industries Ltd. has increased its hostile bid for British engineering company GKN plc to £8.1 billion ($11.3 billion).


Dana Agrees to Buy GKN’s Driveline Unit

Dana Inc. has agreed to buy GKN plc’s automotive business and form a new company called Dana plc.


Report: GKN Near Deal to Sell Driveline Unit to Dana

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.


Report: GKN in Talks to Sell Automotive Unit to Dana

British driveline specialist GKN plc is in talks to sell its automotive operations to Ohio-based Dana Inc., sources tell the Financial Times.


New Suitors Emerge for GKN’s Automotive Unit

Roughly a dozen companies have expressed interest in buying GKN plc’s automotive business, sources tell the Financial Times.


GKN Aims to Reorganize After Spurning Takeover

U.K.-based driveline specialist GKN plc has rejected a takeover bid from British turnaround specialist Melrose Industries plc, and announced plans to split its automotive and aerospace units into separate businesses.


Tech Watch: Dec. 2018

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.

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Winning Parts from Powder (Metal)

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.


12 Suppliers Win PACE Awards for Innovations

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.

AWD as Needed from GKN

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 Launches Production of AWD Disconnect System in China

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.

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