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Are complete modules in auto suppliers' future?

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The booming North American auto industry is generating a lot of activity for both automakers and suppliers, but an official for one company said the rapid regrowth of the industry from the depths of recession opens the potential for suppliers to make more complete modules.
 
Auto suppliers have sought the opportunity to make complete systems – such as front-end modules, entire cockpits and roof systems – for years in North America, but the automakers have been hesitant to hand over major parts of the car. 
 
In 2013, however, Magna International Inc. began producing complete tailgates for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.'s Rogue crossover, made in Smyrna, Tenn.
 
The all olefin liftgate, with a polypropylene inner and thermoplastic polyolefin outer panel produced together with lighting, electronics and an integrated spoiler, took the top prize at this year's Society of Plastics Engineers' Automotive Innovations competition for the year.
 
Magna had been in talks with Nissan about making a tailgate for more than 10 years, said Tom Pilette vice president of product and process development for Magna, an Aurora, Ontario-based company. It finally won the business by offering not only a weight savings over the steel system, but because moving the module to Magna could help free up steel stamping capacity within Nissan.
 

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