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Altair Enlighten Award honors lightweighting efforts


August 20, 2013 3:54 pm ET

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — When Altair Engineering Inc. decided to sponsor an award for automotive lightweighting efforts, it hoped the competition would draw attention from throughout the industry. The inaugural Altair Enlighten Award did just...

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Altair Enlighten Award honors lightweighting efforts


August 20, 2013 3:39 pm ET

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — When Altair Engineering Inc. decided to sponsor an award for automotive lightweighting efforts, it hoped the competition would draw attention from throughout the industry. The inaugural Altair Enlighten Award did just...

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Lighter vehicles roll from research to road


August 9, 2013 12:48 pm ET

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — There was something new about the discussion on lighter-weight cars and trucks at the Center for Automotive Research's Management Briefing Seminars this year.

GM presses suppliers for future recall costs


August 5, 2013 1:09 pm ET

General Motors has adopted a new purchasing contract that would allow it to recover from suppliers the cost of safety recalls — even if a component met GM specifications, says a lawyer for suppliers.

With output up, auto suppliers get help, scrutiny


July 29, 2013 1:21 pm ET

As light-vehicle production in North America approaches a record this summer, automakers are exerting more influence over suppliers to eliminate production bottlenecks.

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Toray buys stake in Plasan Carbon Composites


July 18, 2013 3:28 pm ET

Toray Industries Inc. has taken a minority stake in auto carbon fiber supplier Plasan Carbon Composites Inc. in a move underlining the potential growth for carbon fiber parts.

GM, Honda latest to join forces on fuel cells


July 2, 2013 1:38 pm ET

General Motors and Honda Motor Co. will partner to develop a common system for fuel cell vehicles with the goal of getting them into showrooms by 2020, the companies said today.

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Auto molder Impact Plastics expanding in Tennessee


June 21, 2013 2:20 pm ET

Injection molder Impact Plastics Inc. is launching a $1.3 million expansion in Erwin to meet increased demand for parts in the auto industry.

North American vehicle output soars to 16 million


June 18, 2013 1:13 pm ET

Vehicle production in North America is back near record levels, with output forecast to surpass 16 million units this year for the first time in more than a decade.

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GM, Chrysler work on supplier relations


May 31, 2013 2:37 pm ET

Are General Motors and Chrysler Group playing hardball with suppliers again? The latest automaker-supplier relations study by consulting firm Planning Perspectives Inc. was troubling.

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