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Reduce Weight to Boost Efficiency and Performance

Driven by increasingly ambitious regulations in North America and around the world, the future of the mobility industry is being shaped by a growing need for improved fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Lightweighting – the process of reducing the weight of a vehicle via a variety of engineering efforts – has emerged as a viable strategy to help original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) reach these new standards across nearly all vehicle platforms.

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Categories: Commercial Vehicle, Efficiency, Fuel Economy, Light Vehicle, Lightweighting, Off-Highway, Regulation, Technology, Vertical Integration

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Product Development Trends Evolve Again

Exploring the Benefits of Collaborative OEM/Tier 1 Supplier Partnerships

Henry Ford found monumental success with vertical integration when he developed the assembly line strategy for mass car production in the early 1900s. In the early days of the automotive industry, manufacturers invested heavily in the development of their own manufacturing processes, technologies, equipment, and parts.

This approach made sense when vehicle portfolios were narrow and volumes were high. However, in today’s highly specialized marketplace with wider consumer preferences, lower volumes, and global supply chains, automakers are looking for collaborative partnerships with Tier 1 suppliers that spur the research, development, and delivery of innovative parts and technology.

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Categories: Light Vehicle, Productivity, Thermal Management, Collaboration, Vertical Integration

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