Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Articles
Mall Gets California’s First Fast EV Chargers 
Shopping-center owner Simon teamed with Electrify America, Volkswagen of America’s initiative to develop EV-charging infrastructure, to install eight 150-kW chargers and two 350-kW fast chargers for public use at the mall east of San Francisco.
VW Network Adding First Fast-Charging EV Station 
Electrify America, a Volkswagen Group of America subsidiary developing electric-vehicle charging infrastructure, says the station at the Country Hills Shopping Plaza in Torrance, CA, is the first of 160 planned fast-charging stations in the state.
Harman Opens Software-Development Office in Poland 
Teams of engineers will collaborate on developing Harman’s Summit car-audio platform, Ignite cloud platform, OTA software management and maps services, the company says.
Harman Dedicates New R&D Facility in Israel 
The 46,000-sq.-ft. facility will feature an advanced Smart Car Lab where researchers can study, test and validate in real-life conditions the company’s cybersecurity, over-the-air software-update technologies and automotive cloud solutions.
Parts Makers Careful to Keep Focus on Craftsmanship
Magna may be able to supply Lincoln with 30-way power front seats for the Continental, but the supplier’s engineering expertise is compromised if the seating material isn’t wrinkle-free, says Frank Eupizi, director of engineering-consumer interface products.
Novelis Breaks Ground on Kentucky Aluminum Plant
The facility will include heat treatment and pretreatment lines, which prepare aluminum for use in vehicle parts such as body-in-white, hoods, doors, lift gates and fenders.
Nidec Unveils Advanced Ultra-Fast Charger for EVs 
Nidec says its system allows the safe and efficient charging of a car in less than 15 minutes, guaranteeing 310 miles of travel and minimizing impact on the electricity grid.
Lock-Systems Specialist Kiekert Expands Production
The expansion is part of a $3 million investment in the supplier’s operations in Wixom, MI.
Theme of Chevrolet Equinox’s Inside Story: Value 2
The Equinox has been one of America’s most popular CUVs for several years, and time spent in an ʼ18 model shows Chevy hasn’t been coasting. For roominess, connectivity, safety and driver assistance, the Equinox is a solid value at well under $40,000.
3M Says Glass Bubbles Aid Car-Lightweighting Cause 1
Glass Bubbles S32HS help OEMs achieve up to a 40% weight reduction of composite parts at a density below 1.0 g/cc while still enabling a class-A paintable finish, 3M says.
Starship Draws on Supplier’s Aerodynamics Know-How
As part of the Starship Initiative, a collaborative project led by Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Co., Röchling Automotive has supplied its active grille shutter (AGS) system to a next-generation concept truck called the Starship.
Magna, Innoviz to Supply BMW With Lidar Technology
The solid-state, high-resolution lidar technology enables Level 4 (highly automated) and Level 5 (completely automated) driving by generating a 3D point cloud of the vehicle’s surroundings in real time, even in multi-lidar environments, Magna says.
Magna Opens Body, Chassis Production Plant in Mexico
The 189,000-sq.-ft. (17,580-sq.-m) plant will manufacture structural welded assemblies for global automakers including BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Osram, Continental Form Automotive Lighting JV
The Osram Continental JV’s product portfolio will feature semiconductor-based lighting modules such as LED modules for front and rear headlights, laser modules and light control units.
Magna JV Will Produce Liftgates in China
The addition of the liftgate joint venture raises to 50 the number of Magna facilities in China, where the Canada-based supplier has more than 22,700 employees.
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