American Axle & Manufacturing
As auto manufacturers continue to reach for better gas mileage and more power, American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) is innovating and leap-frogging its competitors through new technology that supports those initiatives. “The pace of change and innovation in our industry is moving very quickly right now,” President Mike Simonte says. “We’re likely to see more change in the next 10 to 20 years than we did in the last 80 to 100 years.”
To keep pace with that constant innovation, AAM works in close cooperation with OEMs to design driveline and drivetrain systems specifically tailored to individual vehicles. The company typically refreshes its products on a five-year cycle and is already engineering components that won’t launch until 2020. But even as it looks ahead, AAM continues to support its existing lineup through frequent incremental improvements.