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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


Time is rapidly running out to save French supplier as President Macron's freshly-minted government faces first industrial challengeUnion prepared to blow up booby-trapped factory as talks stumble

19 May 2017

A union is threatening to blow up the GM&S stamping plant in central France as the clock ticks towards its liquidation next week (23 May) in the face of dwindling orders.


Threats of stamper GM&S' imminent liquidation are casting a long shadow already over President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling administrationPSA not abandoning GM&S as liquidation deadline looms

18 May 2017

PSA says it has other suppliers lined up should stamping supplier, GM&S enter liquidation next week after a fraught stand-off which has seen footage of disgruntled staff destroying plant machinery and attaching gas cylinders to a factory tower.


Lectra delivers airbag cutting machines to ZF

17 May 2017

Lectra has delivered two FocusQuantum FT6K machines for multi-ply airbag fabric for ZF TRW Occupant Safety Systems.


Schaeffler Bavaria explosion not auto-related

17 May 2017

Schaeffler says the explosion at its Bavaria rolling components plant which saw four people seriously injured on Monday (15 May), was not automotive-related.


BMW teams with Delphi as autonomous partner

17 May 2017

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are to work with Delphi as a development partner and system integrator for their autonomous driving platform.


GM&S is the first - and early - industrial test for President Emmanuel Macron's new governmentRenault pledges GM&S work as stand-off overshadows Macron first week

16 May 2017

Renault says it will guarantee work for beleaguered stamping supplier, GM&S, but cautions it has alternatives should the company enter liquidation in a dispute which is casting a shadow over newly-elected French President, Emmanuel Macron's first week.


GM collaborates with suppliers to improve global rubber supply

16 May 2017

General Motors says it is commited to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tyres to drive the industry towards net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labour rights.


Schaeffler Bavaria site 90% working after explosion

15 May 2017

Schaeffler says 90% of its production lines are operating again following this morning's (15 May) explosion at its bearings factory in Eltmann, Bavaria, which saw four staff seriously injured according to Police.


A rise in Lada sales will have been well received in AvtoVAZ headquarters in Togliatti (above)AEB cautiously welcomes 7% rise in April sales

15 May 2017

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) is cautiously welcoming figures showing new passenger cars and LCV sales rose 6.9% last month, but which were still slightly less than the increase in March.


ZYNP to produce commercial vehicle steel pistons for Kolbenschmidt in China

15 May 2017

Rheinmetall Automotive's KS Kolbenschmidt division has signed a licence agreement with supplier, ZYNP to produce and market commercial vehicle steel pistons for the Chinese market.




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