Major auto chip supplier Renesas says it expects to resume production in a month following a fire at its factory

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Montana Governor Gets Written Warning After Killing a Wolf

Gov. Greg Gianforte of Montana violated a state hunting requirement last month when he trapped and killed a wolf near Yellowstone National Park without first taking a mandated trapper education course, state officials said Tuesday. Gianforte, who has a license to hunt wolves, received a written warning for the violation, according to Greg Lemon, a spokesperson for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “We’ve treated this as we would anybody” in a similar situation, he said. “It’s important to us the integrity of our process, no matter who we’re dealing with, is maintained.” Gianforte trapped and shot an adult black wolf on Feb. 15 near Yellowstone National Park, Boise State Public Radio reported Tuesday. Morgan Warthin, spokesperson for Yellowstone National Park, said the wolf, No. 1155, was born in the park, was estimated to be 6 or 7

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Biden Team Pressing Taiwan, Allies on Auto Chip Shortfall

(Bloomberg) — President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser, Brian Deese, has sought the Taiwanese government’s help resolving a global semiconductor shortage that’s idling U.S. car manufacturing plants, according to a letter reviewed by Bloomberg News.

In the letter, Deese thanked Taiwan’s minister of economic affairs, Wang Mei-hua, for her personal engagement on the microchips shortage and relayed concerns from U.S. automotive companies.

Deese’s letter shows that top White House officials have become involved in trying to resolve the shortage, which has presented an early challenge to Biden’s administration. Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, as well as National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan are both personally engaged in the effort to address bottlenecks in auto companies’ supply chains, a White House spokesperson said.

The spokesperson asked not to be identified by name because the talks have been private. Wang told reporters Thursday that she hasn’t received a letter from

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How Canada can capitalize on U.S. auto sector’s abrupt pivot to electric vehicles

WASHINGTON — The storied North American automotive industry, the ultimate showcase of Canada’s high-tensile trade ties with the United States, is about to navigate a dramatic hairpin turn.

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But as the Big Three veer into the all-electric, autonomous era, some Canadians want to seize the moment and take the wheel.

“There’s a long shadow between the promise and the execution, but all the pieces are there,” says Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association. 

“We went from a marriage on the rocks to one that both partners are committed to. It could be the best second chapter ever.” 

Volpe is referring specifically to GM, which announced late last month an ambitious plan to convert its entire portfolio of vehicles to an all-electric platform by 2035. 

But that decision is just part of a cascading transformation across the industry, with existential ramifications for

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Union Budget 2021-22| New Vehicle Scrappage Policy: Indian Auto Industry reactions

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The Indian automotive industry has welcomed the new proposal of the old vehicle scrapping provision to be included in the Union Budget 2021-22. The new vehicle scrappage policy is said to help boost demand for new vehicles after removing old unfit vehicles currently plying on Indian roads. Additionally, it is expected to help reduce air pollution caused by older vehicles. This is a compilation of how automotive component manufacturers, union bodies and other involved parties have reacted to the new announcements made by India’s finance minister – Nirmala Sitharaman.

Kenichi Ayukawa, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)

In a visionary budget, the government has adopted an expansionary stance with a thrust on infrastructure building with measures for efficiency improvement and increasing competitiveness. Good macroeconomic growth will translate to good auto sector demand. Specifically, the vehicle scrappage scheme has a good intent and the

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