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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.

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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

Marcin KnapczykLightweight monotube dampers – Q&A with BWI Group

19 June 2017

As OEMs pursue lighter vehicles to help comply with CO2 emissions legislation, ever more pressure is being placed on Tier 1 suppliers to provide lighter components. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Marcin Knapczyk, engineering manager at global braking and chassis systems specialist, BWI Group, about how far lightweighting has come and where it is set to go.

A glimpse into the future: JLR customers immerse themselves in virtual reality.Automakers mix virtual reality with the real world

19 June 2017

Forget glossy brochures and the pantomime of buying a new car. Game software and wearable technology is changing the way we shop. Consumers in shopping centres or sitting at home can now visualise their next yet-to-be-launched car in any configuration using a Virtual Reality (VR) headset. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a look at how, from engineering and styling to marketing and retail, VR continues to surprise and delight.

Vauxhall Mokka X:  Dashboard inspired by the new AstraInterior design and technology - Vauxhall Mokka X

12 June 2017

It is only when you get to drive a certain car model for a few days that you begin to notice them everywhere. The Vauxhall Mokka is no exception, with more than 120,000 buyers here in the UK alone, its single biggest market in Europe. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at the facelifted and renamed Mokka X.

Thomas EbenfeldDriving passion - the psychology of driving a car

12 June 2017

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Thomas Ebenfeld, psychologist and managing partner of Concept M, about what makes car consumers tick. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany with offices worldwide, Concept M consists of a group of psychological market researchers with a focus on the automotive industry.

Nexteer EPSRESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Steering tomorrow’s car

6 June 2017

From a niche product for small cars to a technology of choice for all, electric power steering (EPS) remains ever popular as OEMs develop yet more fuel-efficient cars and push to reduce CO2 emissions. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one reviews some market and technical trends in the steering system sector.

The BMW i3 uses carbon fibre reinforced plastic in its construction.Carbon fibre in car production – weighing up the benefits

1 June 2017

Until recently, the use of carbon fibre in vehicle manufacture has been confined to high-end, low-volume vehicles - a fashionable choice for the automotive elite. Yet times are changing. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this is the second of two parts reviewing lightweighting developments using magnesium and carbon fibre.

Lightweight construction: The roof of the Porsche 911R is made of magnesium.Magnesium in car production - a weighting game

30 May 2017

While magnesium may not be as popular for lightweighting as steel alternatives like composites, its application is gradually spreading from luxury marques to mass-produced models.  Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this is the first of two parts reviewing lightweighting developments using magnesium and carbon fibre.

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.

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