By: Matthew Beecham
Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.
10 December 2013
A car's solar control glazing system is one which selectively absorbs, reflects and transmits solar energy to help keep the occupants comfortable, protect the interior and lesson the requirement for air conditioning, thereby reducing fuel consumption. Matthew Beecham reports on some trends occurring in the automotive infrared reflective (IRR) glazing market.
18 November 2013
Although your car may be equipped with the latest advanced driver assistance systems thereby reducing the chances of an impact, this technology can increase costs of repair if something goes wrong. Conversely such technology can also reduce your insurance costs. UK-based Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre (Thatcham) have explored this topic and demonstrate how good design and inclusion of the right technologies can make a car more appealing to the consumer looking for good value in the long term. To find out more, Matthew Beecham talked with Matthew Avery, Thatcham’s head of research.
13 November 2013
PFC Brakes develops and manufactures braking systems for motorsport, high-performance road, commercial vehicle and motorcycles. Matthew Beecham spoke to Peter Babbage, managing director at PFC Brakes Europe to discover how upcoming materials legislation is affecting the design of brake components for the commercial vehicle sector and how it is responding to ensure OEM and aftermarket customers can comply with the forthcoming legislation outlawing certain materials and how the technology could lead to lower running costs.
12 November 2013
BASF’s Performance Materials division focuses on industries such as automotive, construction, electrics and electronics. Here, Matthew Beecham talked with Bernhard Rosenau, Segment Management Automotive, Engineering Plastics Europe, BASF SE about some of the division's most recent PA and PU automotive applications.
5 November 2013
Electric vehicle technologies continue to advance, and more manufacturers are announcing the imminent arrival of new all-electric models. As the clamour for an all-EV future increases, Matthew Beecham catches up with Dr Colin Herron, managing director at Zero Carbon Futures, to find out if the infrastructure is in place to promote the widespread use of EVs, and if the consumer is ready to step away from the petrol pump.
1 November 2013
Dow Automotive Systems is a provider of polyurethanes, elastomers, films, fluids, adhesives, emissions solutions and acoustic-management materials to the global transportation industry. That includes supply to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers for automotive applications in interior, exterior, under-the-hood, body-in-white structural, acoustic and thermal management, and powertrain. Here, Matthew Beecham talked with Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive Systems.
29 October 2013
Supply chain optimisation is becoming accepted as a vital tool for improving vehicle manufacturers’ production efficiency and, ultimately, profitability. Matthew Beecham catches up with Brad Brennan, managing director of emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical, who explains the critical role played by supply chain contingency.
25 October 2013
Not so long ago, engine oil was pretty much a standard product, to which most of us seldom gave much thought. But nowadays, with alternative powertrains, it is being brought increasingly to the consumer's attention. Matthew Beecham caught up with Nevil Hall of Millers Oils to understand more about the important issues.
23 October 2013
Prodrive's Brand& helps develop some of the potential in a vehicle manufacturer’s brand and distribution by creating carefully-positioned non-automotive ranges (mainly clothing and lifestyle accessories) and the retailing support that make them successful. To find out more, Matthew Beecham talked with Carl Ball, managing director of Brand& about its expertise and how social media is changing the ways in which dealers and OEMs should engage with their customers and potential customers, making cross-channel communications more cost-effective as long as it is cunningly implemented.
21 October 2013
Faurecia's exhaust systems business is responsible for the management and development of complete exhaust systems and components covering both the hot end of the exhaust system such as particulate and exhaust fume treatments as well as the cold end. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked with Stéphane Martinot, Director of Marketing of Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies.
7 October 2013
Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global players in the occupant restraints market, Matthew Beecham talked with Claus Rudolf, Vice President of Global Engineering at Takata Corp. Headquartered Tokyo, Japan, Takata's products are primarily sold in Japan, the Americas, Europe and Asia.
2 October 2013
Delphi's Thermal Systems business is responsible for the group’s HVAC activities. Based in the US this division designs and produces HVAC modules and systems as well as components and engine cooling for passenger cars, other automotive and industrial applications. While at this year’s IAA show, Matthew Beecham talked with Dr Thomas Heckenberger, Vice President Engineering, Delphi Thermal Systems about technology trends in the HVAC sector.
23 September 2013
How will tomorrow's car drive and what role will you play? Those in favour of autonomous driving are quick to point out the benefits, such as fewer accidents, reduced traffic congestion, improved fuel efficiency and, of course, relieving you the task of driving, parking and navigating the vehicle (something we all might especially appreciate as we live for longer). But not everyone likes the idea of driverless cars running around on our roads. A sudden malfunction could leave you powerless. For its part, Bosch used this year's IAA to display an avalanche of innovations to support autonomous driving. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked with Michael Fausten, Head of Bosch project team Autonomated Driving.
19 September 2013
Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with leading players in the global shock absorber market, Matthew Beecham talked briefly with Sandro Paparelli, Vice President & General Manager, Europe Ride Control and Tim Jackson, Executive Vice President, Technology, Strategy and Business Development.
19 September 2013
Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with leading players in the global exhaust system market, Matthew Beecham talked with Tim Jackson, Executive Vice President, Technology, Strategy and Business Development and Wolfgang Reuter, Vice President, Sales & Engineering, Emission Control Europe.
19 September 2013
Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with industry leaders, Matthew Beecham met with John Plant, TRW's chairman and CEO while at this year's IAA and asked for his views on the state of the automotive industry, TRW's most recent financial results and the autonomous car.
19 September 2013
One of the themes running through this year’s IAA was autonomous driving. While some OEMs believe such cars will appear on a road near you by 2020, others are not so convinced. Meanwhile, Continental is doing its part to help us get there. The supplier used the show to highlight a number of innovations, including its latest advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). To find out more, Matthew Beecham talked with Friedrich Angerbauer, Executive Vice President, ADAS.
17 September 2013
For some time, Corning Inc's so-called Gorilla glass has been featured on smartphones thanks to its damage resistance qualities. But now the scratch-resistant Gorilla glass looks set to enter the automotive arena. In addition to its toughened performance, Gorilla glass is lighter than conventional auto glazing - thereby improving fuel economy - and helps reduce road noise from entering the cabin. To find out more, Matthew Beecham talked with Phill Bell, Product Line Manager, Emerging Innovations Group, Corning Inc.
19 August 2013
Continuing our review of the ways in which technologies come to market, Mathew Beecham talked with Mark Gostick, chief executive, Camcon Automotive. Camcon is an independent innovation business with a portfolio of applications for the Binary Actuator Technology invented by one of its founders. In the automotive industry, the system's fast motion control helps vehicle makers improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
19 August 2013
We have been looking at the ways in which novel automotive technologies come to market. This is the first of two interviews with automotive engineering businesses setting out their perspectives on how Tier One suppliers evaluate which technologies to back. Here, Matthew Beecham asked John Fuller, technology director, Torotrak for his thoughts on this area and what smaller technology businesses must do in order to tick all the boxes for those suppliers.