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Composites

Yazaki Develops Carbon Fiber-Aluminum Wiring Harnesses

Yazaki Corp. aims to replace traditional copper wiring harnesses with units made from lightweight carbon fiber nanotubes and aluminum.

Toyota Tops Carmakers in 2018 Patents

Toyota received an automotive industry-best 2,500-plus patents in the U.S. last year, according to Harrity & Harrity LLC.

Yazaki’s Bo Andersson Expands Job Role

Yazaki Corp. has expanded the management role of industry veteran Bo Andersson, who it hired to head its European business last July, to include North and Central American operations.

Bo Andersson Chosen to Head Yazaki Europe

Longtime global auto industry executive Bo Andersson has been hired as president of the European unit of wiring harness supplier Yazaki Corp. His new assignment began on July 14.

Auto Industry Accounts for 10% of Top 100 Global Innovators

Three carmakers—Honda, Nissan and Toyota—and seven predominately automotive suppliers were included in this year’s Thomson Reuters' list of the top 100 global innovators.

Aluminum

Sumitomo Electric Strengthens Aluminum Wire Harness

Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. has developed a new aluminum wire harness that is twice as strong as the aluminum system it launched in 2010, according to multiple media reports.

Business

Indiana Sues Automotive Suppliers for Price Fixing

Indiana is suing two dozen suppliers of automotive wiring harnesses for rigging bids to inflate the price of their products, The Detroit News reports.

Business

Yazaki to Pay $100 Million to Settle Civil Price-Fixing Lawsuits

Yazaki Corp. has agreed to pay $100 million to resolve civil claims related to its guilty plea two years ago in a federal probe into price fixing, Crain's Detroit Business reports.

Regulations

China Fines 10 Japanese Parts Suppliers for Price Fixing

China says 10 more Japanese auto parts companies are guilty of price fixing and has fined them a combined 1.2 billion yuan ($200 million).

Labor

EU Fines Yazaki, Furakawa, Leoni for Wiring Harness Cartel

European Union anti-trust regulators have fined three auto suppliers for conspiring to fix the prices and allocation of wiring harnesses they sold in Europe to Honda, Nissan, Renault and Toyota between 2000 and 2009.

Regulations

EU Fines Wiring Harness Makers €141 Million for Rigging Bids

EU anti-trust regulators have fined three auto suppliers for conspiring to fix the prices and allocation of wiring harnesses they sold in Europe to Honda, Nissan, Renault and Toyota between 2000 and 2009.

Labor

EU Fines Wiring Harness Makers $180 Million for Rigging Bids

European Union anti-trust regulators have fined three auto suppliers for conspiring to fix the prices and allocation of wiring harnesses they sold in Europe to Honda, Nissan, Renault and Toyota between 2000 and 2009.

UPDATE: Japan Slaps Wrists of Suppliers That Fixed Prices

Japan's Fair Trade Commission has fined four of the country's parts makers a total of 3.4 billion yen ($41 million) for inflating prices of such components as radiators and windshield wiper systems in 2000-2003.

UPDATE: Japanese Suppliers Fined for Price Fixing

Japan's Fair Trade Commission has fined four of the country's parts makers a total of 3.4 billion yen ($41 million) for inflating prices of such components as radiators and windshield wiper systems in 2000-2003.

Autoliv Pleads Guilty to U.S. Price Fixing

Autoliv Inc. has agreed to pay a $14.5 million fine and plead guilty in U.S. federal court in Detroit to conspiring to fix prices of seatbelts, airbags, and steering wheels between 2006 and 2011, according to the U.S.

Another Guilty Plea on Wiring Harness Price Fixing

Tokyo-based Fujikura Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. federal court to a felony charge of conspiring to fix prices of automotive wiring harnesses from 2006 to 2010.

Fujikura Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

Fujikura Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. federal court to a felony charge of conspiring to fix prices of automotive wiring harnesses in 2006-2010.

Japan’s Electech Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

G.S. Electech has agreed to plead guilty in U.S. federal court to a felony charge of participating in a wide-ranging bid-rigging scheme among auto suppliers.

Takata Office in Detroit Raided in Global Price-Fixing Probe

A Takata Corp. subsidiary in Detroit says the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation searched its offices on Tuesday, apparently as part of an international investigation into price fixing.

Lambda, Lambda, Lambda

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