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By: Matthew Beecham

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



RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of road wheels 22 Jul 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some trends in the road wheels market.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of electronic braking systems 15 Jul 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some advances in the electronic braking system arena.


Q&A: Tata Steel on how the optimal use of advanced steels can trim vehicle weight and cost 15 Jul 2015

Reducing total cost of ownership and ensuring that new lightweight steels are strong enough to protect vehicle occupants in a crash are key challenges for materials and car designers alike. To find out more, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Wooffindin, Tata Steel’s product marketing manager for automotive.


Q&A: Nexteer’s Chief Product Engineer on why all OEMs will switch to EPS 14 Jul 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham visited Nexteer Automotive’s steering plant in Tychy, Poland and spoke to Paul Poirel, Chief Product Engineer, Europe about trends in the electric power steering (EPS) market.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of tyre trends 8 Jul 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some technical trends in the tyres sector and rolls out a few facts to memorize and amaze your friends.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of front-end modules 1 Jul 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some lightweight solutions fitted to front-end modules by Faurecia, BASF, Plastic Omnium and SABIC Innovative Plastics.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of shock absorbers 22 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel shocks and asks: what does the autonomous car mean for suspension manufacturers?


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of start-stop engines 17 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews the blossoming market for start-stop applications and some implications for batteries and lubricants.


Q&A: Intelligent Energy on how FCEVs could reach the masses 16 Jun 2015

The hydrogen fuel cell sector has caught the automotive limelight recently, notably Toyota's announcement of making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available on a royalty free basis. Does this mean affordable fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) could be on our driveways anytime soon? Matthew Beecham talked to James Batchelor of independent fuel cell specialist Intelligent Energy about the obstacles still to be overcome.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of the electrically powered steering market 15 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham looks at how the application of electric power steering (EPS) is shaping up in developed and emerging markets as well as some novel steering and reversing innovations.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of automotive glazing 11 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some value-added glazing products, including acoustic windscreens, infrared reflective windscreens, laminated side glass, polycarbonate and ever thinner glazings. But are these features really just solutions looking for problems?


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of vehicle door innovations 8 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel door component innovations, including the use of tropical plant material by Ford and a game changing latch from Magna.


Q&A: DSM on the opportunities for under-the-hood plastic applications 8 Jun 2015

DSM Engineering Plastics is a global supplier of high-performance engineering thermoplastic solutions. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked to Bert Havenith, Strategy and Intelligence Manager at DSM Engineering Plastics about the market and technical forces driving the switch from metal to plastic under-the-hood applications.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of windscreen wipers 4 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's new series of ‘research snapshots' - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel and obscure wiper blade innovations including one technology that could eliminate the wiper altogether.


Q&A: ZF’s suspension research director on next generation technologies and the autonomous car 4 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham talked to Alexander Groß, Director Chassis Technology, Head of R&D Business Unit Suspension Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG about future suspension technologies and the ways in which its newly-merged operation with TRW can support autonomous driving.


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