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Olea Sensor Networks will present its latest life signs and signs detection technology at CES 2019 and conduct a live demonstration.
Olea will introduce OleaVision Gen2 technology to its life Presence Detection function, which can detect the existence of human and animal life signs within 10 meters. Even if the target is dormant or motionless, it can also achieve accurate detection. The application scope of this technology exploration can be applied to various industries. For example, the rear seat reminder systems of passenger cars can use this technology to detect rear passengers. In addition, the technology can also be used to monitor public places, retail stores or colleges and industrial areas to ensure the safety of vehicles and the surrounding environment.
This year, the powerful OleaSense™ platform can be used for vital signs monitoring. Another low-cost version of the new product OleaSense-LX™ is introduced, which is compatible with all Linux platforms, including Raspberry Pi., which is driven by the latest version of OleaSense™ smart software and software analysis. In addition, the OSN Quadcorder™ Technical Section is used for remote health monitoring applications. All versions of OleaSense™ can collect accurate vital signs, which are comparable to clinical results, and provide biometric authentication.
The wall street journal posted this article, good read...
Latest U.S. Tariffs Could Make Auto Parts Pricier
The U.S. imports about $10 billion a year in auto parts from Chinese manufacturers, leaving few alternative suppliers after new tariffs take effect
SHANGHAI—The Trump administration’s latest tariffs will hammer Chinese auto-parts makers, likely raising prices for their U.S. customers, who have few options to buy key parts elsewhere, manufacturers and industry experts say.
The new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese-made goods, announced Monday and set to take effect next week, are expected to hit a range of auto-related imports—from crankshafts and spark plugs to windshield-wiper blades—and reverberate through the supply chain, potentially impacting the prices of new and used cars alike.
The automotive industry has become so globalized, and Chinese suppliers so dominant at certain points in the supply chain, that there are few immediate and affordable alternatives to China for some materials and parts, industry experts say.
More than 1,000 Chinese companies export auto parts to the U.S., shipping axles, fog lamps, brake rotors and more to U.S. auto companies and parts stores. The U.S. imports about $10 billion in parts from China annually, second only to Mexico’s $23 billion, according to a recent Boston Consulting Group study. The latest round of tariffs will impose a 10% duty effective Sept. 24 and then increase it to 25% by the end of the year.
Those tariffs could increase prices for car owners looking to replace worn-out components—some of which, such as brake rotors, are built mostly in China. A 25% tariff would likely increase the average cost of replacing a set of four brake rotors from $280 currently to nearly $400, which could dissuade some car owners from making needed repairs, according to the Auto Care Association, a lobbying group for independent parts manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
For Chinese companies already anxious about tariffs, this week’s announcement could add to worries that U.S. customers might take their business elsewhere.
Orders halved at Jiangsu Pomlead Co., a Chinese manufacturer of aluminum wheels based in the eastern city of Lianyungang, after the Trump administration first proposed the tariffs in July, said international trade manager Song Chengcheng.
Mr. Song said he was looking into shipping products via South Korea to skirt the tariffs. Even so, Pomlead has assured its 300-worker staff that there won’t be layoffs. U.S. buyers have no choice but to stick with the company, Mr. Song said, because few other global suppliers can produce parts of the quality American auto makers require.
There is already a 2.5% U.S. tariff on imported Chinese auto parts. Adding even a 5% tariff on top would seriously harm businesses that already existing on wafer-thin margins, said Andy Zhou, foreign trade manager at Zhejiang Huagong Automobile Parts Co., before the latest round of tariffs were announced.
But Mr. Zhou said his business, which makes pumps for oil and coolant systems, operates on relatively long-term contracts, as is common in the auto supply chain, meaning his customers need to give 12 months’ notice to negotiate price changes. While Huagong is insulated from the impact of tariffs until mid-2019, Mr. Zhou said his U.S. customers will see costs rise immediately.
Oil Shocks Changed the Auto Industry; Tariffs Could Change It Again
To understand why auto tariffs are such a contentious issue today, it helps to go back to the 1970s—with U.S. car makers dominating the country’s auto market, Japan’s export growth on the horizon, and impending conflict in the Middle East. Photo: AP
The levies will hit not only Chinese manufacturers but also companies with manufacturing operations in the U.S. that depend on those parts makers or that build parts in China themselves.
Columbus, Ind.–based engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. builds engines exclusively in China to meet local demand and because it is the only place where some specialized parts can be sourced. More than 10,000 of its Chinese-built engines are exported to the U.S. each year, out of some 250,000 engines produced at the plant annually, the company says. Cummins estimates that, altogether, the tariffs the Trump administration has imposed so far will cost the company $100 million in direct and indirect expenses this year.
“We understand there are issues we need to address with China to create a level playing field, but we don’t think unilateral tariffs or a trade war are the right way,” said Jon Mills, a Cummins spokesman. China accounted for more than a quarter of the company’s $20.4 billion in sales last year.
Trade Tensions Spike Between the U.S. and China....
Following another round of tariffs between China and the U.S., the business community is pushing back. The WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib explains. Photo: AP
U.S. parts suppliers are especially vulnerable to tariffs because they typically buy components from China to supply U.S. auto makers, which won’t easily accept price increases, said Catherine Karol, an attorney who represents suppliers for Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long.
“Auto suppliers are caught in the middle. They’re whipsawed by this,” Ms. Karol said.
Lobbyists for auto-parts manufacturers in the U.S. have opposed the broad-brush tariffs, urging the Trump administration to take a much more targeted approach by using anti-dumping duties instead.
“This overall blanket approach is going to cost consumers” in the form of higher prices, said Ann Wilson, senior vice president at the Washington-based Motor Equipment & Manufacturers Association. Steel and aluminum tariffs are already squeezing suppliers, and the latest levies on Chinese-made goods will only exacerbate profit pressures in the industry, she said.
—Lin Zhu contributed to this article.
Write to Trefor Moss at [email protected] and Chester Dawson at [email protected]
Corrections & Amplifications
Cummins estimates tariffs implemented by the Trump administration will cost the company $100 million in direct and indirect expenses this calendar year. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said it would cost the company $200 million. (Sept. 19, 2018)
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Luber-finer®, a leading brand in heavy duty filtration since 1936, is pleased to introduce a new mobile app that makes identifying the right filtration technology for light commercial and heavy-duty applications - and locating where to obtain it - both easy and convenient. The new app, which can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android™ powered smart phones and tablets, puts all of the information users need to find a Luber-finer filter right at their fingertips.
"For people who work in the heavy-duty industry, searching for filters via a desktop PC isn't always convenient," said Layne Gobrogge, Director of Heavy Duty Marketing.
"The new app provides drivers, technicians, fleet maintenance managers and parts distributors the tools they need to quickly look up filter parts and search for Luber-finer distributors who carry them."
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The leadership of National Pronto Association and Automotive Distribution Network announced today the merger of the two organizations. As of Jan. 1, 2021, the newly formed organization will be known as the Pronto Automotive Distribution Network.
Headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, Pronto Automotive Distribution Network will be led by Robert Roos as president and David Prater as executive vice president. The combined organization will represent more than 250 members in North America with an estimated revenue of approximately $5 billion annually. Members will continue to market under the Pronto, Parts Plus and Auto Pride names.
In addition, Pronto Automotive Distribution Network, together with Federated Auto Parts, will comprise the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group).
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. & RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As NASCAR Weekly Series sanctioned events begin to return at select tracks across North America, NASCAR and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced a multiyear official partnership, designating Advance as the series entitlement sponsor. As part of the agreement, Advance also becomes the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR.”
"It's great to have Advance join us in welcoming the return of NASCAR-sanctioned grassroots racing," said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. "Advance’s commitment to our Weekly Series will develop some of the brightest NASCAR talent across North America. Advance has a long history in racing, and we’re thrilled to see its expanded presence from the grassroots all the way through our national series.”
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) has acquired the DieHard brand from Transform Holdco LLC (“Transformco”), for $200 million utilizing cash on hand.
“We are excited to acquire global ownership of an iconic American brand. DieHard will help differentiate Advance, drive increased DIY customer traffic and build a unique value proposition for our Professional customers and Independent Carquest partners. DieHard has the highest brand awareness and regard of any automotive battery brand in North America and will enable Advance to build a leadership position within the critical battery category,” said Tom Greco, president and CEO, Advance Auto Parts. “DieHard stands for durability and reliability and we will strengthen and leverage the brand in other battery categories, such as marine and recreational vehicles. We also see opportunities to extend DieHard in other automotive categories. We remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and excellent service. The addition of DieHard to our industry leading assortment of national brands, OE parts and owned brands will enable us to differentiate Advance and drive significant long-term shareholder value.”
AmazonBasics High Mileage Motor Oil - Synthetic Blend
AmazonBasics high-mileage synthetic-blend motor oil offers an enhanced level of protection for engines over 75,000 miles. Its synthetic blend combines conventional oil with synthetic for cost efficiency with some of the benefits of a full synthetic. An important part of routine maintenance, the motor oil works well for anything from topping off levels to complete oil changes. Whether it’s a beloved older vehicle or one with an uncertain maintenance history, help protect its engine with AmazonBasics high-mileage, synthetic-blend motor oil.
When selecting parts for a car repair, it pays to know the differences between original and aftermarket parts. Whenever possible, get estimates for both.
Choosing between original and aftermarket car parts — and even used parts of either type — is all about squaring your priorities with your budget.
You’ll have different options depending on the part and the shop. And the best choice will depend on whether you’re trying to keep repairs cheap, restore your car’s appearance after a wreck or soup up your ride.
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts match those that came with your car, and are of the same quality as its original parts. They’re also the most expensive.