MEMA’s Ann Wilson to Address Great Lakes Economic Forum May 7-8 in Cleveland
April 10, 2019
MEMA members are invited to join the Council of the Great Lakes Region at its fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8 in Cleveland, Ohio, with an opening reception on... READ MORE
Car Companies Curb AI Efforts
April 10, 2019
Automotive companies are discontinuing or forgoing artificial-intelligence initiatives as they grapple with the complexity of the technology and uncertainty of the business case for it.  ... READ MORE
High-Tech Vehicles: Can the Automotive Aftermarket Repair Them?
April 10, 2019
It’s been said that new vehicles have more lines of computer coding than a jumbo jet. As advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) become standard features on a growing number of mainstream models,... READ MORE
Indicators: Trucking Employment Dips for the First Time in a Year, Spot Rates Flat
April 10, 2019
Trucking employment sagged in March: Employment in the for-hire trucking industry dipped in March, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly Employment Situation Report. March’s 1,200-job... READ MORE
Delays at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Hits Autos, Trucks Still Lining Up
April 9, 2019
CIUDAD JUAREZ/MEXICO CITY -- Long delays at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing for goods destined for American plants and consumers are hitting the U.S. auto industry, and the gridlock reduced by half... READ MORE
U.S. Moves to Impose Tariffs on $11 Billion of EU Goods
April 9, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: The EU is a critical trading partner for the U.S. and, particularly, for vehicle parts manufacturers. Last December, MEMA commented and testified about its support... READ MORE
13 Suppliers Take Home PACE Awards for Tech Innovations
April 9, 2019
DETROIT -- New technologies that made vehicles smarter, more flexible and easier to build earned 13 suppliers a 2019 Automotive News PACE Award the evening of April 8.   Three automakers... READ MORE
Despite Sales Figures, Plant Investments Still Strong
April 9, 2019
On one hand, U.S. auto sales are falling and anxieties are rising.   On the other hand, the industry is feeling a fresh wind of bullishness.   Automakers have announced a series of... READ MORE
Uber, Ahead of IPO, Sees Some Time Before Self-Driving Cars Dominate the Road
April 9, 2019
NEW YORK -- Uber Technologies Inc expects it will be a long time before one of its biggest investments, self-driving cars, is ready for wide-scale deployment, a senior scientist said on April 8, as... READ MORE
New Pickups Come with Ordinary Interiors at Luxury Car Prices
April 9, 2019
A dusty fracker deep in the North Dakota oil fields scrambles into his shiny new pickup and pushes the electronic ignition. He settles in as the calming fragrance of cedar whispers from the vent.... READ MORE
Two Cooper Standard Executives Recognized with Leadership Awards
April 9, 2019
Cooper Standard has announced that Andrea Ebbitt, vice president, talent strategy & development, was recently named to the group of Notable Women in HR by Crain’s Detroit Business and Susan Kampe... READ MORE
U.S. Factory Orders Fall Modestly, Shipments Increase
April 9, 2019
WASHINGTON -- New orders for U.S.-made goods fell modestly in February and shipments rose after four straight monthly declines, but the manufacturing sector is slowing amid rising inventories.... READ MORE
California Sues U.S. Agencies Over Data on Vehicle Emissions Freeze
April 8, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: In its statement on Feb. 21, MEMA stridently urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to come to a... READ MORE
The Battle for the Last Unconquered Screen -- The One in Your Car
April 8, 2019
The auto industry and Silicon Valley are locked in a battle for control of one of the last unconquered screens: your car dashboard display.   At stake are billions of dollars in revenue from... READ MORE
Suppliers Must Keep Their Innovation Pipelines Full -- No Matter What
April 8, 2019
DETROIT -- Automakers depend heavily on suppliers for the innovations that help sell vehicles.   Faster acceleration, better brakes, quieter interiors, smarter controls, flashier paint,... READ MORE
Sweet Seats and Candy Canes: Inside Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo Turnaround
April 8, 2019
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Lots of workplaces have a hot seat. At the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, there is a “sweet seat.”   In the production line where Jeep Wrangler sport utility vehicles are... READ MORE
Caterpillar Digs for New Services Revenue
April 8, 2019
Caterpillar Inc. wants to steady its boom-and-bust business with more sales of parts and repairs.   To drum up the new revenue, Caterpillar is connecting machinery to the cloud and alerting... READ MORE
2 Great Ways to Celebrate Remanufacturing in April
April 8, 2019
The positive contributions of remanufacturing -- simply defined as “manufacturing with re-use” -- are significant enough to be communicated on a daily basis. That’s because remanufacturing yields... READ MORE
Fastest Car Chargers Wait for Batteries to Catch Up
April 8, 2019
The viability of electric vehicles depends in part on a manufacturing plant in eastern Australia, where gleaming white cabinets the size of large refrigerators are loaded onto shipping crates. They’... READ MORE