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Matthew Beecham


Matthew BeechamBiography

Matthew is a freelancer with more than 18 years' experience of researching, writing and analysing market and technical trends in the global automotive components industry. Since 2000, he has served as an associate editor for just-auto.com, monitoring market and technical developments of a range of automotive component sectors from clutches to coatings, seating to shocks and wheels to wipers.

As a director of Auto Research Analysts Ltd, his custom research assignments have included working for AT Kearney, Belron, Bridgehead International, McKinsey, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Motorsport Industry Association, Motor Industry Research Association and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has also written for magazines including Car Graphic (Japan), JAMA (Japan) and Automotive Engineer (UK). He was awarded a PhD in automotive technology transfer from Cranfield University.

Columns by Matthew Beecham


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Beecham's Tech-Talk

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.

Articles by Matthew Beecham


Dave King The art of painting carbon fibre – Q&A with Project 12

24 May 2017

As the application of carbon fibre in car manufacture increases, demand for custom and novel finishes has also soared. UK-based Project 12 develops and supplies finishes and coatings for carbon fibre and composites. just-auto/QUBE spoke to managing director Dave King to learn what automakers are seeking and the direction carbon fibre finishes are taking.


Ready, steady, connect:  BMW Connected informs users of recommended departure times via iPhone or Apple Watch to ensure they arrive at their next scheduled destination on time. The system calculates recommended departure times based on current vehicle location and real-time traffic data. Making good connections in the self-driving car

22 May 2017

We live in an increasingly connected society and the way things are heading, we will not be escaping ‘always-on’ personal connectivity when we get into our cars. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), this one considers some recent advances in the fast-changing world of car connectivity.


Ray KuczeraGKN on prospects for torque vectoring

22 May 2017

Torque vectoring is an often heard term, rarely seen computer-controlled system used on cars to deliver just the right amount of power to each wheel in order to improve road grip, stability, handling and performance. GKN Driveline’s solution, known as Twinster, is available on a number of cars, including mainstream executive models like the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. As advanced torque vectoring systems are likely to appear on an even wider range of vehicles, just-auto/QUBE spoke to Ray Kuczera, Senior Vice President of Engineering, GKN Driveline.


Driverless cars come with a premium: How much are we talking?Self-driving cars - are we nearly there yet?

15 May 2017

Predictions as to when we can buy a driverless car vary depending on who we talk to. Even if the more optimistic predictions come true, initial volumes will be small. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one considers what we can expect, by when and how much extra it might cost.


Graeme BaretteThermal challenges for commercial vehicle exhaust systems – Q&A with Zircotec

15 May 2017

Commercial vehicle exhaust systems are facing multiple challenges. Ever tighter engine emission requirements demand ever more efficient DPF and catalyst performance and this, in turn, requires ever more effective heat management. These systems have necessarily increased in size putting more pressure on overall packaging, with hot exhaust system components encroaching on systems that could potentially be damaged by heat. There is also a desire to keep heat in the exhaust to maintain turbocharger efficiency and response. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews, we spoke to heat management specialist Zircotec’s Group Sales Director, Graeme Barette, about some novel approaches that could address both issues.


Look, no hands: How will you spend your free time behind the wheel? If a self-driving car could give you back an hour each day, how would you use it?

9 May 2017

While time spent sitting in traffic can feel tedious, it could fly by in a robo-car as you focus on other things, productive or otherwise. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a sideways look at the autonomous car.


Dr Oliver TaylorCastrol Nexcel reinvents the oil change – Q&A

9 May 2017

As pressures to improve air quality intensify, it is becoming harder for automakers to find new, affordable ways to improve fuel economy through established measures such as engine downsizing. Not yet high on the industry agenda but of growing importance, sustainability in fast-growing new markets must also be addressed. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's series of interviews, we spoke to Dr Oliver Taylor about a new approach to engine lubrication that could address both issues. Dr Taylor is chief engineer with Nexcel, an innovation business within BP’s Castrol subsidiary.


Ford's on-demand GoDrive.The car sharing economy

5 May 2017

Barely six months have passed since our last review of car sharing yet there have been a plethora of developments since then. This week alone saw GM expand its Maven car sharing platform to accelerate the ‘gig’ (freelance) economy. Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of research snapshots, this one takes another look at this blossoming market. Car sharing schemes allow us to rent cars for a short period on an ad hoc basis.


The Vauxhall Insignia’s cockpit has clean lines and tactile, sculpted surfaces. Opel chief interior designer on the Insignia, and spacious, functional car interiors

27 April 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport to take a closer look and got the inside story from Stefan Arndt, Adam Opel AG's chief interior designer.


Volkswagen TiguanVolkswagen head of compact cars on Tiguan Allspace, autonomous cars and individualisation

19 April 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed a Volkswagen Tiguan to take a closer look and got the inside story from Dr Jochen Böhle, head of product development for Volkswagen’s compact car line-up.




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