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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


ZF/Hella team on sensor technology for imaging and radar systems

21 June 2017

ZF and Hella are to partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar.


Live Earth/Inrix join to enhance situational awareness

21 June 2017

Live Earth says it will work with Inrix to bring real-time visualisation to the transportation industry.


Slovak PM storms into VW strike by backing higher wages

20 June 2017

Slovakia's Prime Minister has waded into the start of today's (20 June) strike by Volkswagen workers at its Bratislava plant by publicly backing the mass walkout.


IAC opens India engineering centre, breaks supplier park ground

20 June 2017

IAC has opened an engineering centre in Pune, India as well as holding the groundbreaking ceremony for a manufacturing site within General Motors' new supplier park in Arlington, Texas.


Navya to establish its first US assembly plant in Michigan

20 June 2017

Navya will establish its first assembly plant outside Europe in South East Michigan and plans to hire a team of 15 people at the facility by the end of 2017.


Bridgestone ploughs finance into ClearMotion

20 June 2017

Bridgestone Americas has ploughed an unspecified amount of finance into ClearMotion, a venture-backed technology company developing road sensing software and hardware.


Our company is always coming up with higher bids but on the side of the trade union demands are absurdly expandingVW Slovakia union talks collapse as strike looms

19 June 2017

Volkswagen Slovakia is facing massive industrial action tomorrow (20 June) as thousands of workers walk out at 06:00 in support of a 16% wage claim, a hike derided as 'absurd' by management.


No "legal proceedings" decision yet - Takata

19 June 2017

Takata says no decision concerning "legal proceedings" has currently been made as the embattled Japanese supplier struggles to find ways to stave off potential bankruptcy.


PPG opens new paint and coatings facility in Lipetsk, Russia

19 June 2017

PPG has opened a EUR45m (US$49m) paint and coatings manufacturing facility in the Lipetsk region of Russia, creating around 200 positions and producing 25m litres (6.6m gallons) of coatings at full capacity.


“We are working with Yandex to improve infotainment on board – this will come even with Lada carsAvtoVAZ "not isolated" from worldwide megatrends - CEO

16 June 2017

AvtoVAZ insists its Lada brand will not remain isolated from global megatrends including on-board entertainment, but the giant automaker nonetheless concedes Russia presents distinct challenges when it comes to implementing some technologies emerging in smaller regions.




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