Tata Motors??? owned Jaguar Land Rover has given a moral boost to the UK economy by announcing that it will hire up to 5000 personnel as it increases its skills in autonomous and electric technology.
JLR said it would hire 1000 electronic and software engineers as well as 4000 additional staff mostly in manufacturing and based in Britain. The company employs more than 40,000 people around the world. The company will build its first electric vehicle, the I-Pace, through Magna Steyr in Austria but is aiming to bring production back into the UK if there is support from government.
Manufacturers are competing in the race to produce greener cars and advance in the lowering of charge times as demand is growing and air quality targets are increased. JLR has said half of all its new models will be available in an electric version by the end of the decade, requiring new skills among its staff. The company builds almost a third of Britain’s 1.7 million cars sold annually.
Day two of the Autopromotec 2017 show saw Automechanika and AICA announce a cooperative alliance between the two companies, presenting the largest shows directed at the aftermarket industries in Europe and around the world.
Italy’s position as a leader in the development of ever changing technologies required for the modern automotive industry has led to a number of global equipment companies establishing themselves in the country. Advanced technology includes systems presented at previous shows aimed at automatically harvesting data from vehicles, which is especially useful for combating fraud and building better information systems.
Connectivity was one of the highlights of the shows with visitors seeking to experience the latest technological offerings in a hands-on demonstration environment.
Automechanika Brand Manager, Michael Johannes, explained that the 16 events that make up the Messe Frankfurt platform for the automotive aftermarket means that Italian companies can benefit from the association and access to new markets that Automechanika can enable. He expressed his excitement about the alliance for strengthening the integration of the Automechanika brand within the Italian market. “These Italian companies are an important part of our clients who exhibit in Frankfurt and by cooperating with AICA we hope to improve support for this important group of our clients,” he said.
Johannesburg and Shanghai are upcoming events that will maintain the cooperation and will benefit companies from joint marketing activities. “The members, the associations, Automechanika shows and the visitors will all benefit from this new alliance and these events can promote access to vibrant markets in Africa and China,” said Johannes.
He continued: “It’s about cooperation and the realisation that European companies and platforms need to work together to present their products to a global market. This is in order to build relationships with prospective and existing customers.” According to Johannes it is these platforms that can assist in ensuring competitiveness for European technologies, companies and countries.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru Australia vehicles, has announced the change in the company name to Subaru Corporation effective from April 1, 2017. FHI President and CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, said: “We have long strived to make excellent products. In recent years, our effort has been expanded from making good products to delivering distinctive value which only Subaru can bring to our customers.
“This change in the company name declares Subaru’s determination to thrive as a brand that delivers value. When customers are satisfied, we see happy faces. We want to encourage even more smiles and create even more Subaru fans. Together with the new company name, let’s all make the Subaru team shine brighter!”
There will also be changes to names of affiliated FHI companies in USA, Beijing and Singapore. To mark the change, renaming ceremonies were held for employees at the company’s Head Office in Ebisu, Tokyo and three other domestic facilities. The all-new Impreza and a large-scale model of the advanced variant of the 412EPI helicopter were displayed at the Head Office ceremony to symbolize Subaru’s commitment to growth as a distinctive global brand in the automotive and aerospace industries.
The corporation will continue to bring customers the distinctive Subaru value of “enjoyment and peace of mind” by focusing on its customer-first principle as part of their management philosophy.
Intel, the largest computer chip manufacturer has decided to buy driverless technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion. Intel said it expected the transaction to close within the next nine months. Mobileye accounts for 70 per cent of the global market for advanced driver-assistance and anti-collision systems.
The two companies are already collaborating with BMW on a project to put a fleet of around 40 self-driving test vehicles on the road in the second half of this year. For a decade, Mobileye has relied on STMicroelectronics to produce chips which the company sells to many of the world’s car manufacturers for its current, third-generation of driver-assistance systems.
However Mobileye also teamed up with Intel for its fifth-generation of chips that aim to be used in fully autonomous vehicles and are scheduled to be delivered around 2021.
General Motors almost sold its money-losing European division in 2009 before deciding not to do so, hoping its fortunes had reversed. In the seven years since Europe has drained an additional $8 billion out of GM???s coffers. After warning recently of more losses in the region in 2017, GM is looking for a way out, confirming talks with PSA Group that it said could lead to a sale of Opel.
GM hasn???t turned a profit in Europe since 1999. Executives previously said they hoped to break even in 2016 and that the division was on track to do just that until the United Kingdom???s surprising vote to leave the European Union in June. GM cut its losses in Europe by two-thirds last year and the car manufacturer is continuing its transformation under CEO Mary Barra into a company dedicated to maximizing profit margins in North America and China.
The talks with PSA follow GM???s pull-out from Russia and Australia because it no longer saw those countries producing adequate returns on its investment. Meanwhile, GM earned a record $12 billion profit in North America last year. GM has controlled Opel since 1929 but the unit has struggled to make a profit for years amid increasing competition from the likes of Hyundai Motor and Volkswagen???s Skoda, which both have lower costs than the German-based manufacturer.