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Peterson Manufacturing Company Profile
Tuesday, 12 January 2016

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Peterson Manufacturing Corporation is a 2nd-generation family-owned private company. Their primary work churns out a constellation of thoughtfully-designed, high-performing products centred around vehicle conspicuity—lamps, reflectors, and a broad array of supporting and accessory items—for commercial vehicles, trailers, and motorcycles.  These are mainly supplied to OEMs including an impressive list of big names such as Harley-Davidson, Husqvarna, and Timpte Trailer. Through skillfully shepherded vertical integration and an insourcing-centred philosophy, Peterson themselves make most of their products, their products' subcomponents, and their subcomponents' tooling—the vast majority of it in the United States. The nine companies under the Peterson corporate umbrella, including a high-precision tooling company and an expert custom injection moulding outfit, not only support Peterson's manufacturing activities, but also actively and successfully solicit outside business with the likes of GM, Volkswagen Group, and a wide variety of companies outside the automotive world.

The company started out in 1945, making a small range of inexpensive mobility accessories: tire pumps and add-on lights. Peterson was purchased in 1956 by the father of the present owner, and in the long run the company have been on an expansive upward trajectory ever since.

Most operations take place at the company's homebase in in the U.S. state of Missouri, in Grandville near Kansas City. The company is almost completely vertically integrated, with nearly all subcomponents, tooling, and processes done in-house. An un-unionised but highly empowered and unusually loyal and tenacious workforce numbers over 850 employees

Peterson's main product range includes universal-fit headlamps, signal lights, reversing lamps, combination lights, work lights, emergency and safety lights, and high-end wiring harnesses. The company's range includes ECE- and ADR-approved versions of lamps built to US-standard sizes, facilitating the export of trailers and commercial vehicles from the American regulatory island out to the greater ECE world. Very intricate custom-fit products are supplied for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and other such applications. Universal products are updated and upgraded on a regular basis.

The company's President, Don Armacost Jr., is a veritable "car guy" whose collection of over 80 stunning vintage and special-interest automobiles, spanning over a century's production,  are housed in an on-campus museum and seen to in an on-site fully-equipped restoration shop. He has surrounded himself with capable people who, in their drive to succeed, propel Peterson in the direction of consistent excellence.

 
India Car Industry and Lighting Market PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 June 2015

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The Indian vehicle market, seventh-largest in the world, has been open to the world's auto- and component-makers for only about two decades' time. Prior to the early-mid 1990s, it was closed; local automakers bought components from local suppliers, and all parties to the closed market were essentially unknown outside of India.
Now, the situation has changed. The world's major automakers have operations and/or joint ventures in India, as do many of the globally-known vehicle lighting suppliers.
Number of total car sales in India in 2014 was 3.07 million cars and estimated 2015 is 3.37 million (13% increse vs 2014).
Car market of India will grow up to 6 million in 2020.

The main car makers are presented :
Maruti, Hyundai, Mahindra and Mahindra, Tata, Honda, Toyota, Ford General Motors, Renault, Volkswagen
Then follows the introduction of the main lighting set makers:
Lumax Industries, Minda, Varroc Automotive, India Japan Lighting Private,
Hella India Electronics, Autolite India (Autopal), Neolite ZKW, Fiem Industries, Rinder India,
Magneti Marelli Motherson Auto System, VALEO Lighting Systems (India).

The Indian auto market—presently dominated by 2-wheelers—is one of the world's last major markets with enormous potential for sales growth. India is accordingly becoming more important both as a selling ground and as a manufacturing center.
This report describes the factors and facts peculiar to the Indian vehicle and vehicle lighting
market, and outlines the major automakers and lighting-related suppliers and their evolution over time. There is discussion of the various segments showing substantial room for growth in the near future, and there are interviews with VIPs in the Indian lighting industry. An odd particular of the Indian traffic environment—drivers using their high beams full time, sometimes after putting opaque paint over half the lens—is presented and analysed.

 

 
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