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Simon Warburton


Simon WarburtonBiography

Simon has had many years as a business reporter, starting on a local newspaper in the West Midlands and subsequently working in the aviation and drinks industry sectors.

His experience in the aviation field was latterly with Reed Business Information division Air Transport Intelligence, while he was also Paris correspondent for Flight International.

Simon joined just-auto from RBI at the beginning of 2010 and talks on a daily basis to many of the major industry players, particularly on the supplier side and has developed close links with generic component manufacturer bodies. 

These include the European supplier organisation, CLEPA, which, representing five million supply industry workers, is one of the Continent's most significant employers, while its US equivalent, OESA, is of equal importance. 

A fluent French speaker, Simon regularly talks to global actors such as Renault, whose alleged industrial espionage scandal in 2011, rocked both its home country and the company. France is home to myriad suppliers - and industrial disputes - with Simon closely following both as Europe enters a period of major economic turbulence.

Component producers in Thailand were devasted by floods in 2011 and Simon regularly talked to both government representatives and suppliers in a bid to gauge the impact. The ongoing epic saga at Saab has left suppliers owed hundreds of millions of Euros and is a business tale Simon has been following on a daily basis.

Born in Southampton, Simon is stuck with the football team of the same name, having gone through thick and thin, mainly thin, during many years of support.

Columns by Simon Warburton


Slice Of Warburton

Slice Of Warburton

just-auto business editor Simon Warburton offers up a wide range of views in his distinctive style, informed by daily contact with the global auto industry

Articles by Simon Warburton


British union, Unite has asked for swift talks with PSAUK union requests ugent PSA CEO talks

17 February 2017

British union leaders are requesting urgent talks with the CEO of PSA Groupe as speculation grows any new Franco-German alliance could be at the expense of future UK commitments.


Valeo sales rise 14% to EUR16.5bn in 2016

17 February 2017

Valeo has unveiled 2016 net income up 27% to EUR925m (EUR985m) with sales up 14% to EUR16.5bn.


Valmet Uusikaupunki plant begins Mercedes-Benz GLC production

17 February 2017

Valmet Automotive has started series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland.


Cooper Standard reports US$139m income in 2016

17 February 2017

Cooper-Standard has posted 2016 net income of US$139m and fourth quarter net income of US$31.1m.


PSA mulling Opel buyPSA talking to GM for potential Opel purchase

14 February 2017

PSA Groupe is confirming it is in talks with General Motors for the potential purchase of Opel.


All stolen JLR engines have now been retrievedUK Police arrest four after all stolen JLR engines recovered

14 February 2017

British Police say all engines stolen from Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) Solihull plant in the UK Midlands region have been recovered, with four men bailed to appear pending further enquiries.


Could PSA be about to add Opel to its stable?PSA urges caution as it mulls Opel purchase

14 February 2017

PSA Groupe is warning there is "no certainty" at this stage its potential acquisition of General Motors subsidiary, Opel, will go ahead.


PSA believes itself to be near the front of the queue jostling for lucrative business in IranPSA "very keen" for Iran regional export post-sanctions

14 February 2017

PSA Groupe says it is "very, very keen" to use its burgeoning relationships with Iranian automakers as a springboard for exports to the Middle East.


As UK and EU go separate ways, will a new Customs deal ensure smooth cross-border trading?UK Customs echoes "frictionless" post-Brexit wish

14 February 2017

Britain's Customs authorities have reiterated UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's wish to ensure post-Brexit trading between the European Union (EU) and London is as "frictionless" as possible.


PSA and a host of overseas manufacturers see huge potential in IranPSA eyes 60% Iran localisation as JVs ramp up

14 February 2017

PSA Groupe says it is aiming for a localisation rate of up to 60% in Iran with its SAIPA joint-venture as the pace of automotive development ramps higher following the ending of most international economic sanctions.




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