Falken Tires will become original equipment on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the tyre maker has announced.
The choice of tires for the new Gladiator truck are Falken’s Wildpeak A/T AT3W, sized LT285/70R17 (116/113Q-rating) as standard fitment, while also available will be the LT285/70R17 (116/113Q) Wildpeak M/T (mud terrain).
The tread design, combined with a silica tread compound, enables the A/T3W to excel in three areas, Falken said: wear, winter and wet performance.
Available as an option to the Gladiator, the Wildpeak M/T features an optimised variable three-pitch tread pattern and precision manufacturing technology, according to Falken.
“It is is quite an honour for Falken to be chosen as an original equipment supplier to a brand new vehicle for FCA,” stated David Colletti, Falken’s Vice President, Original Equipment. “Our OE program with the automaker continues to expand and we’re very excited to place our product on the Jeep Gladiator.”
Falken Tires were also selected as the OE tire to the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon earlier this year.
The new company, Dongfeng Maxion Wheels Co., Ltd., shared the milestone with guests including government officials and company dignitaries, customers, suppliers and associates.
“With our new partner, Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components, this plant will serve future demand from global and Chinese vehicle manufacturers for locally-produced aluminium car wheels,” said Pieter Klinkers, Chief Executive Officer, Maxion Wheels. “Through our partnership with one of China’s largest automotive parts companies, we can quickly bring global aluminium wheel making expertise to the biggest vehicle market in the world.”
Kai Kronenberg, Vice President and Chief Representative Officer for Maxion Wheels in China added, “We estimate start of production to be by the end of 2020, with plans to produce two million die cast, bright-machined wheels a year.”
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“We hold our suppliers to a high bar,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “They went above and beyond to deliver the innovations and quality that will help us earn customers for life.”
Kurk Wilks, President and General Manager OEM at MANN+HUMMEL, accepted the award together with Bill Peers, Director Global Sales for GM. “General Motors is a very important longstanding customer for MANN+HUMMEL. We believe in their direction and remain deeply committed to aligning to their business priorities,” said Wilks. “To be recognized for our 24th Supplier of the Year is an honour and demonstrates the deep commitment each of us at MANN+HUMMEL has towards our longstanding partnership.”
More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2017. The Supplier of the Year award winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.
GM recognised 133 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or introduced innovations to the company.
(pictured from left to right: James Danahy, GM Executive Director, Global Functional Leader Chassis Engineering, Jerry Beemer, GM Director, Global Transmission Hardware Engineering, Kurk Wilks, President Original Equipment, MANN+HUMMEL, William Peers, Global Director Sales, MANN+HUMMEL, David Drouillard, GM Executive Director, Engine, Transmission and Thermal Purchasing)
At the groundbreaking ceremony, President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic said that the project will improve the quality of life of 1500 families in Loznica and will allow the local government to invest more in infrastructure through higher revenue from income tax.
Vice-President of the Adient unit for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Vladimir Teplik emphasised that Adient has around 85,000 employees in 238 production plants and in 34 countries, and is producing 25 million car seats per year.
Teplik added that Serbia was chosen among eight other countries for this investment because it has a "friendly and qualified workforce" and moreover Serbia is a leader in developing infrastructure and in doing business and cooperating with investors.
Adient is a global leader in the production of automotive seating, instrument panels, cockpits, door panels, floor consoles, and overhead systems present in 34 countries around the world.
The awards were presented across three categories – Non-Production Purchasing, Production Purchasing, and Product Engineering.
Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover’s Director of Global Purchasing, said: “This year we have faced unprecedented challenges across our business. Despite this, we have continued to produce more desirable, refined and better quality cars than ever before. We could not achieve this without the suppliers that underpin our business.
“Our annual Supplier Excellence Awards is an opportunity for us to celebrate the suppliers and the people who collectively have worked hard and diligently these past 12 months.”
Jaguar Land Rover’s Supplier Excellence Awards 2019 winners are:
Gold award – BASF, CIE, Alps, Gestamp UK, Batz and Tankenaka
Silver award – Leoni, Premium Sound Solutions, Pilkington, Akwel, iRob
Bronze award – ZF Lemforder UK, Autoliv, Visteon, Kolb.
At the automaker’s annual Supplier Excellence Awards ceremony on May 14, Visteon was among a select group of suppliers honoured for demonstrating technical innovation, on-time delivery and high quality standards, and for consistently meeting production and design challenges.
Since the start of the collaboration in 2001, Visteon has supported JLR engineers and designers in the development of several innovative features for their global vehicle lines, including the industry-first fully reconfigurable digital instrument cluster launched in the 2009 Range Rover and the dual view display in 2015.
Sachin Lawande, President and CEO, Visteon
“Visteon is delighted to be recognized for its contribution to JLR’s expanding range of innovative new models in a longstanding collaborative partnership that has pioneered several technology-firsts. We share a common passion for cockpit technology that can enhance safety and the user experience for all in-car occupants, and look forward to working with JLR on new solutions for the next generation of vehicles.”
Visteon currently supplies a range of instrument clusters and information displays – including infotainment and rear seat entertainment – to the latest Jaguar F-PACE, I-PACE and E-PACE models in addition to the Jaguar XE and XJ range, as well as all Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Velar and Evoque models and the Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport.
GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin and aims to introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024.
Later this year, GM will initiate real-world testing and validation of the Uptis Prototype on a Michigan test fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.
“General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology,” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. “Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.”
GM, according to Michelin, will be a 'technical partner' on the development of the wheels. The tyre supplier will retain the intellectual properties and be able to distribute the wheels to other manufacturers, according to a company spokesman.
Airless technology makes the Uptis Prototype eliminate flats and blowouts. This means Uptis offers significant potential for reducing the use of raw materials and waste, contributing to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion as it:
In an exciting leap forward for the business, the Propulsion Test and Development Centre is a state-of-the-art testing facility for engine development, providing emissions, performance and validation testing with the latest simulation hardware, which effectively replicates environmental conditions such as temperature, pressure and humidity.
The centre has been specifically developed in response to the need for OEMs to meet ever-stringent emissions standards since the introduction of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test in 2017.
Where traditionally customers have relied on on-road testing to develop RDE compliant propulsion systems, the Propulsion Test and Development Centre capabilities will essentially enable RDE testing with “Engine in the Loop” (EiL) to be carried out in a simulated environment across all the RDE boundary conditions without the need for a vehicle.
Designed to complement HORIBA MIRA’s Advanced Emissions Test Centre RDE capability, it will allow OEMs to engineer a vehicle for emissions compliance much earlier in the development cycle, resulting in significant time and cost-savings.
The new testing lab represents a significant investment for HORIBA MIRA, a world leader in advanced automotive engineering, research, development and testing, with the company spending more than £4 million ($5.06 million) on the latest technology. This includes the addition of the unique HORIBA MEDAS system which can accurately replicate real-world altitude conditions for vehicle emissions testing, into both the Propulsion Test and Development Centre and the Advanced Emissions Test Centre.
Declan Allen, Managing Director at HORIBA MIRA, said: “Recognising the rising challenges facing our customers when it comes to engine development and meeting stringent emissions standards, we’ve invested heavily in creating our new state-of-the-art Propulsion Test and Development Centre.
“As one of the very few facilities of its kind around the world, the result is the ultimate engine development lab, where businesses can have all of their performance, testing and validation needs taken care of under one roof – making the process of creating a vehicle for emissions compliance effective and efficient. We look forward to welcoming all our customers, new and existing, to take advantage of this fantastic facility.”
As a secure, confidential and independent test facility, the Propulsion Test and Development Centre includes steady state to high dynamic, low inertia dyno engine testing with emissions measurements, together with experienced engineers and technicians on hand to meet customer specific requirements.
Variously applicable in the vehicle and even smaller than a car key: the Programmable Control Unit (PCU) provides interior lighting dimming in passenger cars and commercial vehicles and even guarantees increased safety on the road as a reverse warning system.
Depending on the requirements, the microcontroller can also be programmed for other applications, vehicle types and, in the future, for example, for the visual perception of autonomously moving cars. Thanks to its relay plug-in housing with 6.3 mm flat connector, the Programmable Control Unit can be used in various vehicle types.
In delivery trucks, for example, it ensures just the right lighting for loading: in the early hours of the morning when it is still dark outside, the first parcels are loaded in the depots. The interior lighting helps drivers load their freight and read address labels when it is delivered. All of this can be traced back to the compact control unit. By dimming the lighting in and out, it also extends the lights’ service life.
A true all-rounder Depending on the application, the PCU can be used for rotating beacon on construction site or emergency vehicles, as controls for hydraulic lifts in commercial vehicles, or as reverse warning systems on forklifts. With the CAN/LIN variant, the compact unit can also be used as a gateway.
“One future application lies in controlling LEDs outside a vehicle, allowing autonomous vehicles to communicate with their environment. Cars could send signals by flashing or changing colours to indicate they are driving autonomously or will stop for pedestrians,” stated Dr Massimo Venturi, Vice President of the Automotive Electronics Business Unit.
Thanks to its versatile equipment options and software programming tailored to the situation, Eberspaecher's microcontroller-based solution can be used in a wide range of applications, offering vehicle manufacturers a flexible and cost-efficient control unit. The PCU also meets interior environmental requirements (IP40) and is validated to LV 124. With its switching systems and control units, Eberspaecher offers automobile manufacturers flexible solutions for reliable vehicle electronics.