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Threat of cobalt supply crunch could hinder EV growth

A burgeoning risk of a supply crunch in cobalt -- a key battery metal that has more than tripled in price in two years -- poses one of the biggest threats to forecasts for rising electric vehicle adoption.


Mahle sharpens hot-rod focus

The German powertrain supplier Mahle is putting more emphasis on selling its parts in the United States aftermarket with a rebranding strategy and a new name: Mahle Performance.

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Mahle sharpens hot-rod focus

Mahle Aftermarket Inc., the aftermarket arm of the German original powertrain supplier Mahle, is strengthening its place in the racing and performance industry by rebranding its performance parts.

How Alcantara is managing demand from U.S., China

Alcantara, the maker of the upmarket leather alternative material of the same name, plans to double the company's overall production capacity in Italy as demand from the U.S. and Chinese markets continues to drive sales.

EDITORIAL
How not to run purchasing

Automaker-supplier relations have dipped, according to the latest North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index. But why?

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Just in time isn't foolproof

It does not seem that long ago that the world marveled at the Japanese system known as just-in-time manufacturing. As more troubles have occurred in supplier plants, its clear that the process isn't without problems.

UPDATED: 5/20/18 10:57 am ET
Supplier's quest for a better lug nut

Fastener and metal component supplier MacLean-Fogg overhauled its entire concept of invention, implementing new design-thinking processes to spur everyday innovation.

Supplier fire ripples across the industry

A magnesium plant fire is the kind of black swan event that's unavoidable in an era when auto parts often are delivered just hours before they're needed on the assembly line, but prior disasters have taught automakers valuable lessons.


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