Automotive Purchasing Weekly 20 October 2014 - page 23

20 October 2014
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car sets record
October 14, 2014
Having covered more than 300,000 kilometres, a B-Class F-CELL from the current fuel
cell electric vehicle fleet of Mercedes-Benz has achieved a continuous running record
under normal everyday conditions.
As the carmaker continues to trial
hydrogen cars ahead of a market launch
scheduled within the next two years, the
world’s unique and still running test shows
that fuel cell cars are reliable, even under
extreme stress and over several years.
For this achievement, Daimler AG has
been honoured with the ‘f-cell Award 2014’.
According to the jury comprising experts
from economics, science and politics: “The
test is a step in the direction of series-ready
application of the fuel cell drive train.”
Produced under series production
conditions, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class
F-CELL has already been in day-to-day
use with customers in the European and
American markets since 2010. Today,
the total mileage of the Daimler fuel cell
fleet, which now numbers more than 300
vehicles, including numerous research
vehicles, reaches far more than 9 million
Clear objective
Based on the current and pending
results, the Mercedes engineers expect to
identify further potential for optimisation,
which will flow directly into the
development of the next generation of fuel
cell electric vehicles. The company has the
clear objective to develop a common drive
train in cooperation with Ford and Nissan,
and to bring competitive fuel cell electric
vehicles in large numbers on the streets by
Pressing ahead, Daimler says it is working
on market preparation – and is involved in
several initiatives, such as H2 Mobility, for
the build-up of a hydrogen infrastructure.
As Professor Herbert Kohler, Vice President
Group Research and Sustainability, Chief
Environmental Officer of Daimler AG,
explains: “We have clearly demonstrated
that the fuel cell electric drive is ready for
the road. The last hurdles we will overcome
in intensive cross-industry and cross-border
The f-cell award is given for the
fourteenth time by the Ministry of
Environment, Climate, Protection and
and the Stuttgart Region Economic
Development Corporation (WRS). Donated
by the state of Baden-Württemberg, the
Innovation Award honours application-
oriented developments around the fuel cell
topic. Its aims are to honour outstanding
developments in one of themost interesting
fields of technology of the new century and
to stimulate further innovation.
October 14, 2014
ParkOhio has announced the acquisition of Autoform Tool & Manufacturing (ATM) for its
Assembly Components segment in an all-cash transaction valued at $48.2 million.
Headquartered in Angola, Indiana, ATM
is an important supplier of high pressure
fuel rails and high and low pressure fuel
lines used in Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
systems utilised by automotive and truck
ParkOhio is a leading provider of supply
management services and a manufacturer
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the
company operates 41 manufacturing sites
and 55 supply chain logistics facilities.
Commenting on the deal, Edward F.
Crawford, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer, stated: “Autoform Tool is a leader
in gas injection technology, which reduces
CO2 emissions and increases engine
efficiency. We expect ATM’s annual
revenues to exceed $70 million in 2015
and be accretive to earnings.”
Automakers refute
owingmusic royalties
October 14, 2014
Lining up alongside Ford Motor Co and
General Motors, two electronics companies
have joined the automakers in denouncing
claims that they owe royalties to recording
artists and record labels for the use of their
material in in-car entertainment.
Arguing in federal court that certain
audio devices in vehicles do not violate
US copyright law, the automakers, along
with Clarion Corp of America and DENSO
International America Inc., offered their
responses to a complaint filed in July
this year by the Alliance of Artists and
Recording Companies (AARC) organisation
under the Audio Home Recording Act of
1992. The statute requires businesses that
manufacture and sell certain audio recording
electronics to furnish music royalties.
The features at issue in the case, Ford’s
“Jukebox” from Clarion, and GM’s “Hard
Drive Device” from DENSO, allow users to
record songs from CDs.
Perceived economic harms
The AARC is seeking $2,500 for each of
the devices made since 2011. The AARC,
which counts Universal Music Group Inc.,
Sony Music Entertainment Inc., and Warner
Music Group Corp., among its members, was
created to collect and distribute royalties
from the Audio Home Recording Act.
Lawyers for Ford and Clarion have
argued that US District Judge Ketanji
Brown Jackson, presiding over the case in
Washington federal district court, should
dismiss the lawsuit. Baker Botts partners,
Van Beckwith and Paul Reilly, both of whom
are based in Dallas – the lead attorneys for
Ford and Clarion – stated in court papers:
“The perceived economic harms that AHRA
seeks to redress are simply not implicated
by consumers listening to their own CDs in
their cars.”
Separately, legal counsel for GM noted
in their response that the automaker’s
Hard Drive Device is “not a ‘digital audio
recording device,’ as defined by the AHRA:
each Hard Drive Device’s digital recording
function is not ‘designed or marketed for
the primary purpose of… making a digital
audio copied recording for private use.”
DENSO’s lawyers added in their filing that
the recording alliance was “unreasonably
delayed in the enforcement of its rights if
any, despite its full awareness of DENSO’s
actions since at least 2009.”
The complaint from the AARC says it is
engaged in “intensive efforts… going back
at least two years to persuade Defendants
to live up to their statutory obligations.”
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