COVID-19 Delta Variant Ravages Automotive Supply Chains and Beyond

By Logan Wamsley

Although the automotive industry has both introduced exciting new technologies and made several bold plans to fully embrace a new, net-zero carbon emissions model, 2021 has proven to be an incredibly difficult year. These difficulties have only been amplified by the emergence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, which has called into question the ability of…

New EIU Report Shows Scale of COVID-19 Impact on Supply Chains

By Logan Wamsley

In a new survey from Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) with sponsorship from Citi, clarity has been given regarding which industries were hardest hit by the various supply chain disruptions in 2021 — most of which were directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNBC reports. While some of the results were expected, the sheer scale of…

Preparing the Automotive Supply Chain for Electric Vehicles

By Logan Wamsley

An Exciting, Challenging Electric Vehicle Future In just a few short years, the prediction that many automotive industry analysts have had for decades finally appears to be on the cusp of reality — that electric vehicles will eventually overtake production of the internal combustion engine. Although the complete elimination of gasoline-powered vehicles may still be…

How Manufacturers Can Survive the Latest Chip Shortage

By Logan Wamsley

The root cause for the unprecedented chip shortage facing the automotive industry as well as other industries such as healthcare and consumer electronics is three-fold: • The first cause has been the extreme market volatility in the automotive industry the past year, which has seen an extreme economic slowdown followed by a rapid recovery of…

Automaker Supply Chains Are Strained. We Know the Solution

By Logan Wamsley

It is easy to view supply chain disruption in strict terms of dollars and cents, of profits made and losses accumulated, but consequences go far beyond that. Adjusting priorities and production delays is one thing, but human consequences are quite another. Such consequences can be easily seen today in automaker supply chains, which have recently…

Bill of Material Length in Automotive Is Going to Get a Lot Longer

By Logan Wamsley

The demand for electronic components and semiconductors in the automotive market has, and will continue to be, one of the primary drivers of the electronics manufacturing industry. The average combustion engine common in today’s vehicles, for example, contains 2,000-3,000 capacitors. This has proved to significantly impact component lead times and allocation designations throughout multiple industries…