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Carmakers lead German industry in R&D spending October 28, 2014 Carmakers lead German industry in R&D spending The R&D budget is one of the most important indicators for the innovation strength of a company or even an entire industry branch. A study from consulting company strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) attests the German industry as a hole a strong position in the global R&D comparison - German large enterprises ... Read more Vector, Baselabs join forces to develop ADAS tools October 08, 2014 Vector, Baselabs join forces to develop ADAS tools German software companies Vector Informatik and Baselabs have entered a formal partnership to jointly creating products enabling other companies to develop advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). To fortify the partnership, Vector invests heavily into Baselabs. Read more Johnson Matthey acquires battery materials assets from A123 October 07, 2014 Johnson Matthey acquires battery materials assets from  A123 A123 Systems LLC, has completed the sale of the company's facilities for the production of certain battery materials to Johnson Matthey, a world-class manufacturer of specialty chemicals. Read more Macronix rolls out European expansion plan October 01, 2014 Macronix rolls out European expansion plan Non-volatile memories are in growing demand for all kinds of embedded systems, from wearables to vehicles. And vehicles is the fastest-growing market for Taiwanese chipmaker Macronix, which specialises in non-volatile memories. The company, in past successful in as supplier to the Japanese automotive ... Read more BMW joins forces with Baidu for automated driving September 30, 2014 BMW joins forces with Baidu for automated driving Having driven thousands of kilometres in self-driving mode on European motorways, carmaker BMW is embarking a joint research project aiming at introducing automated driving in the world's largest market for passenger cars, China. Read more Research platform refines EV battery production processes September 29, 2014 Research platform refines EV battery production processes The research centre ZSW has put into operation a new lab capable of perfecting lithium-ion traction batteries and associated production technology. The purpose of the lab, located in Ulm (Germany), is creating the blueprint for batteries and battery manufacturing equipment at an industrial scale for ... Read more Freescale opens Discovery Lab in Toulouse to foster innovation September 17, 2014 Freescale opens Discovery Lab in Toulouse to foster innovation Shortly after the company celebrated the first year of existence of its Austin-based Freescale Discovery Lab, an incubator where inventors of the next big thing pursue high risk, high reward ideas, Freescale has opened a European equivalent. Read more ZF swallows TRW Automotive to form world's second largest supplier September 15, 2014 ZF swallows TRW Automotive to form world's second largest supplier In a megadeal that has been in the offing for several months, automotive parts company ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired US-based TRW Automotive. The move creates the world's second largest automotive suppliers after Robert Bosch GmbH. Read more Parkmobile signs mobile payment agreement with the BMW Group September 15, 2014 Parkmobile signs mobile payment agreement with the BMW Group Parkmobile, a provider of mobile payment solutions to municipalities and parking providers has announced a substantial investment by the BMW Group in Parkmobile. Read more ZF withdraws from joint venture with Bosch September 15, 2014 ZF withdraws from joint venture with Bosch Automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH has announced to acquire 100% of ZF Lenksysteme (ZFLS), a company focusing on steering systems for cars and commercial vehicles. The company hitherto is a 50:50 joint venture of Bosch and automotive mechatronics provider ZF Friedrichshafen. With the move, ZF Friedrichshafen ... Read more
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