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January 16, 2014
07:29 EDTF, MT, TX, AKS, XSeverstal VP calls Ford move 'wake-up call' to steelmakers, FT says
After Ford (F) unveiled its significantly lighter aluminum F150 pick-up, a vice-president at the North American arm of Russian steelmaker Severstal, Dennis Johnson, told the Financial Times that the move could be “the beginning of the end” of automotive steel production or provide a “wake-up call” to the industry. Reference Link
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May 28, 2015
05:01 EDTFFord opens portfolio of electrified vehicle patented technologies to competitors
Ford is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents – a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles. In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies. This is more than 20% of the patents the company filed – totaling more than 2,000 applications.
May 27, 2015
09:50 EDTFFord recalls 423K vehicles over power steering issue, AP reports
Ford is recalling nearly 423,000 vehicles in North America due to a problem in power-assisted steering, reports the Associated Press. The recall covers Ford Flex and Taurus vehicles, Lincoln MKS and MKT, and Ford Fusion models. Ford says an intermittent electrical connection can cause the power steering to stop. That sends the steering into manual mode, making the vehicles harder to control. Reference Link
May 26, 2015
11:30 EDTFFord expands operations in North Africa
As part of its global growth plan, Ford Motor Company is expanding its operations in North Africa with a new regional sales office in Casablanca and a purchasing office in Tangier. “Morocco is a great place to do business,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, Director, Ford Middle East & North Africa. “Morocco has a very skilled and motivated workforce, a growing automotive supplier ecosystem, access to ports, free and fair trade agreements and a very pro-business mindset. Ford is delighted to partner with Morocco to expand our operations in North Africa.” Ford is bringing seven new vehicles to North Africa this year and will more than double the amount of parts it purchases from North African-based suppliers. The growing automotive supplier network in North Africa, primarily in Morocco, will supply parts to Ford’s assembly plant in Valencia, Spain, among other operations. Ford has completed a 2.3B euro investment in its Valencia plant – the largest automotive investment in Spanish history – allowing it to increase its volume and the number of nameplates it produces.
07:17 EDTFConsumer Electronics Association to hold a conference
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May 20, 2015
12:35 EDTAKSAK Steel to pay $1.35M and implement air pollution controls at Michigan facility
The U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced that, under a settlement agreement with the U.S. and the state of Michigan, AK Steel will pay a civil penalty of $1.35M for past violations of the Clean Air Act at its Dearborn, Michigan facility, implement a variety of procedures to reduce future violations and install dynamic air filtration systems at the Salina Elementary and Salina Intermediate Schools across Ferney Street from the plant. The consent decree will require AK Steel to develop an environmental management system for the facility with third-party auditing every six months, annually inspect and continuously monitor the performance of the pollution control equipment at the facility’s basic oxygen furnace and implement a fugitive dust control policy to prevent large particulate emissions into the adjacent neighborhoods. Upon full implementation of the consent decree requirements, particulate matter emissions, including metal hazardous air pollutants, should be reduced by approximately 100 tons per year. The settlement was lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval. Reference Link
06:06 EDTFFord's Turkish unit forced to cancel shift on supply chain issues, Reuters says
Ford's Turkish arm cancelled an extra work shift yesterday as labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector hit the supply chain, Reuters reports. Ford Otosan commented, "As it was not possible to supply parts from intermediate product makers in Bursa, the preplanned extra working shift has been cancelled." Reference Link
06:00 EDTFTakata to widen airbag recall to nearly 34M, enters Consent Order
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May 19, 2015
13:20 EDTFTakata expected to recall 33.8M vehicles, Detroit News reports
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07:36 EDTFAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
May 18, 2015
12:33 EDTFMarathon Patent unit enters into settlement agreement with Jaguar Land Rover
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09:54 EDTFNHTSA looks to accelerate V2V rollout by automakers, Motor Authority says
Automakers have been notified that initial proposals for the implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle technology will be outlined by before January 1, 2016, which would be a full year ahead of schedule, according to Motor Authority. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Mobileye (MBLY) makes chips utilized in advanced driver assistance systems. Reference Link
08:40 EDTTXTernium restated carrying value of Usiminas investment
Ternium has revised its value in use calculation for its investment in Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais S.A. -- Usiminas and will restate its financial statements to reduce the carrying amount of the Usiminas investment to $561.8M as of September 30, 2014. As a result of this restatement, the financial statements at December 31, 2014 and March 15, 2015 will also be restated to reflect the lower carrying value of the Usiminas investment. Ternium's cash flows are not affected. These actions follow the conclusion of previously disclosed discussions with the staff of the SEC regarding Staff comments relating to the carrying value of the company's investment in Usiminas under IFRS as of September 30, 2014 and subsequent periods. The Staff had requested information regarding Ternium's value in use calculations and the differences between the value in use carrying amounts and certain fair value indicators, including in particular the purchase price of approximately $4.80 per share which the company paid in October 2014 for the acquisition of 51.4M additional Usiminas ordinary shares from Caixa de Previdência dos Funcionários do Banco do Brazil -- PREVI. In connection with these discussions, the company revised the assumptions used to calculate the carrying value of the Usiminas investment at September 30, 2014 in light of the Staff's comment that the PREVI transaction price provided objective evidence of the value of the Usiminas investment. The restated carrying value as of September 30, 2014 has been revised to reflect a per share value equal to the PREVI transaction price.
06:26 EDTFStudy shows Toyota and Honda leads in best supplier relations, Reuters says
A new study revealed that Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) led automakers with U.S. plants in supplier relations, reports Reuters. According to the study led by Planning Perspectives President John Henke, Toyota led Honda while Ford (F) was a distant third and Nissan (NSANY) came in fourth. General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) were last on the list. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
07:53 EDTMTArclorMittal upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded ArcelorMittal to Buy and established a $13.75 price target. The firm believes a margin recovery is unfolding in European steel driven by steel export declines out of China and potential trade protectionism in Europe.
May 14, 2015
11:10 EDTMTArcelorMittal calls active on sharp rally
ArcelorMittal June and September 12 calls are active on total call volume of 13K contracts (1K puts). June call option implied volatility is at 37, September is at 35; compared to its 90-day average of 36. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:53 EDTMTArcelorMittal gaps up bullishly, levels to watch
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10:27 EDTFDTE Energy partners with Domino's Farms and Ford to build solar arrays
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08:54 EDTFFord says 'poised for breakthrough' year in 2015
Comment made during Ford's annual shareholder meeting.

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