Nexteer is a global leader in advanced steering and driveline systems, as well as advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving technology. The company is viewed as an industry leader for sustainable product solutions. Nexteer partners with global automotive OEMs to help them in the transition from traditional internal combustion engines to electric transmission, while launching new, fuel eﬃcient, low emission vehicles. The automotive industry is amid a transition towards megatrends that include electrification, software, mobility, connectivity, advanced driver assistance, and autonomous driving. Nexteer’s product oﬀering is at the forefront for this change through its electronic power steering product line. This includes its Steer by Wire technology that enables collision avoidance technology in addition to its Quiet Wheel Steering that allows the steering wheel to remain still during automated driving.
The focus on sustainability begins with products, processes, packaging, and services designed for continuous environmental improvement and end-of-life considerations. Nexteer works to identify opportunities to conserve energy and water resources, reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and recycle and reuse materials. In 2015, Nexteer established the Sustainability Work Group, a cross-functional, multinational team of experts that were granted the responsibility and authority to develop and implement policies, practices and procedures that directly impact the company’s direction and performance in sustainability. This work group established five key focus areas within Sustainability: Business Ethics; Health, Safety and Environment; Supply Chain; Community; and Value Creation.
Nexteer’s focus on sustainability extends to its external stakeholders. The company requires all new suppliers to adhere to the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Supplier Principles that include eliminating discrimination, oﬀering fair renumeration, respecting health and safety and increasing investment in research to bring products up to a higher environmental standard. Nexteer also works to improve the communities in which it operates through three distinct approaches: scholarships to students pursuing college degrees in STEM or business fields, grants to local organizations and charitable partnerships to meet immediate community needs. In Queretaro, Mexico, Nexteer has partnered with Banco de Tapitas, a local non-profit organization, that provides much needed medical treatment to children with cancer. The company’s three operating plants in the region have set up recycling bins for bottle caps which provides additional income for Banco de Tapitas to provide its services.
The focus on sustainability has also been beneficial as automotive industry trends are shifting to greater safety, technology, and fuel eﬃciency. Nexteer works to provide value to its customers through constant innovation and partnership with its global automotive OEMs to help them meet the current demands for electric vehicles, increased driver assistance technologies and the push for more autonomous driving. These eﬀorts have been rewarded as Nexteer has retained 100% of incumbent customer bookings for two consecutive years and was awarded a record number of new customer programs in 2019. Through its focus on sustainability, Nexteer is making driving safer, more fuel eﬃcient and more fun both today and for an automated future.
By Marcus Moore
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