​Foam Role in Auto Manufacturing Expands
June 18, 2019
Foam doesn’t weigh much -- and that’s why automakers may put far more of it in their vehicles in the next few years.   Suppliers of polyurethane and expanded polypropylene foams forecast that... READ MORE
U.S. Consumers Boost Spending Despite Trade Tensions
June 18, 2019
American shoppers ramped up their spending in May, providing critical fuel for the U.S. economy’s continued expansion despite trade tensions and slowing global growth.   Retail sales, a... READ MORE
Wilbur Ross Tempers Expectations of U.S.-China Trade Deal at G-20
June 17, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: MEMA has vocally opposed a wide range of tariffs that impact the motor vehicle parts industry. For more information about MEMA’s trade positions, contact Catherine... READ MORE
A New Era Brings New Challenges to Automaker-Supplier Relations
June 17, 2019
DETROIT -- Electronics are creating new tensions in automaker-supplier relations.   The key problem, according to a new survey: Automakers are pressing their usual desire to whittle new-... READ MORE
​Israel Becomes Latest Hotbed for Auto Tech
June 17, 2019
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Around the time General Motors was killing brands, slashing jobs and closing plants as it spiraled toward bankruptcy, its top executives placed a bet on a little-known corner of... READ MORE
2019 AASA Technology Conference: Gain Insights into the Future of IoT and Everything Digital – And How It Will Impact the Aftermarket
June 17, 2019
Alan Chakra, managing director, Deloitte Digital, Deloitte Consulting LLP, will explore future technology and automotive trends that may alter how vehicles are serviced in his keynote presentation, “... READ MORE
​Ford Looks to Airlines for AV Strategy
June 17, 2019
WASHINGTON -- In a self-driving future, Ford Motor Co. may operate more like an airline than a traditional automaker.   As the company develops fledgling businesses in Miami and Washington... READ MORE
​Charging Stations Play Catch-Up with Automakers’ Electric Ambitions
June 17, 2019
More electric vehicles are expected to be sold in the United States over the next few years, but the infrastructure to charge those cars is just starting to take shape.   Most major automakers... READ MORE
Targeted TV Advertising Is Taking Off
June 17, 2019
Early this year, Cars.com made a move that gives a glimpse of where the ad business may be heading.   Cars.com used to do the lion’s share of its marketing through TV ads aimed at any and all... READ MORE
NAM Weekly Economic Report: Manufacturing Production Stabilized in May
June 17, 2019
The Weekly Toplines   After four months of disappointing data, there were signs of stabilization in the latest manufacturing production report. Output in the sector increased 0.2... READ MORE
Tariffs Loom Over Car Makers, Despite Mexico Deal
June 14, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: MEMA strongly opposed the proposed tariffs on Mexico and applauded the President’s decision to suspend action. MEMA continues to closely monitor this and a full... READ MORE
New 232 Steel and Aluminum Exclusions Portal is Live
June 14, 2019
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will no longer accept 232 exclusion requests on Regulations.gov. Commerce has moved the process over to a new Section 232 Exclusion Portal on their webpage... READ MORE
China’s May Industrial Output Growth Cools To 17-Year Low as Trade War Escalates
June 14, 2019
BEIJING -- China’s economy flashed more warning signs in May as the United States ramped up trade pressure, with industrial output growth unexpectedly slowing to a more than 17-year low and... READ MORE
​Florida Law Lets Autonomous Vehicles Drive Without Humans
June 14, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida -- once they’re finally ready for prime time -- under a bill signed on June 13 by Gov. Ron... READ MORE
​Awake at the Wheel: Automakers Tap VR to Banish Boredom in Autonomous Cars
June 14, 2019
SHANGHAI -- Audi, Nissan and other car makers are banking on talking cartoon characters and other virtual reality experiences to keep drivers and other occupants of future autonomous vehicles... READ MORE
$17,000 Hatchback from Vietnam Rolls Out to Take on Ford, Toyota
June 14, 2019
Vietnam is getting into the car business with its own brand.   Real-estate conglomerate Vingroup JSC’s auto unit VinFast marked the rollout of its first vehicles from its assembly line today,... READ MORE
Dayco Announces John Kinnick as President Global Belt Operations
June 14, 2019
Dayco has announced the appointment of John Kinnick as president global belt operations. Kinnick will be responsible for overseeing operational performance, strategic planning and development of the... READ MORE
NAM Global Manufacturing Economic Update: Global Economic Outlook Continued to Soften in May
June 14, 2019
The Monthly Toplines   Much like other forecasts, the World Bank reduced its outlook for global growth in 2019 from 2.9 percent in its January report to 2.6 percent in its latest... READ MORE
Trump Leaves China Tariff Deadline Open, Calls Relationship ‘Testy’
June 13, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: MEMA has vocally opposed a wide range of tariffs that impact the motor vehicle parts industry. For more information about MEMA’s trade positions, contact Catherine... READ MORE