Slice Of Warburton
By: Simon 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
22 November 2013
As ringing endorsements go, it didn't exactly smack of complete reassurance.
15 November 2013
Richard Tucker is responsible for the technology development for Shell's commercial and industrial lubricants and fuels. Prior to 2006, when he was appointed to the role, Richard held a number of marketing roles for Shell in the automotive and auto components industry. He talked to Simon Warburton at Shell's recent Energy and Technology Forum near Paris.
11 November 2013
Selda Gunsel is currently vice president of Global Commercial Technology within Shell's Projects & Technology organisation. She is responsible for leading a global group of scientists and engineers, delivering a range of technology programmes including innovation, R&D and technical services to Shell Lubricants and B2B businesses including Marine, Aviation, Commercial Fuels and Specialties. Selda Gunsel spoke to Simon Warburton at Shell's recent Energy and Technology Forum near Paris.
25 October 2013
Of all this week's events, the most jaw-dropping, if true, was surely the apparent peace moves between France's fiery Industry Minister, Arnaud Montebourg and Maurice "The Grizz" Taylor, CEO of tyre manufacturer, Titan International.
23 September 2013
Mike Hawes became SMMT chief executive on 2 September, 2013 and has more than 20 years experience in policy and public affairs, the majority of which have been spent in the motor industry. Simon Warburton spoke to him at the SMMT's recent Open Forum day bringing together suppliers, Automotive Council members and the UK government.
20 September 2013
As the UK passenger car vehicle market continues its resurgence, the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) held its Open Forum at Worcester Warriors rugby club in the British Midlands. Simon Warburton took the pulse of the upbeat mood.
13 September 2013
No sooner had the South African automotive industry thought it was out of the woods with the ending of one hugely damaging and costly strike - than another one begins.
6 September 2013
It's fair to say Russia is hardly out of the news at the moment and there may be a sizeable number who say the country - and its ebullient President Vladimir Putin - quite like it that way.
30 August 2013
Mercedes-Benz dealers in France must be walking with a slight skip in their step into work this morning (30 August) following the news registrations have finally started of the previously banned A, B, CLA and SL models, using the now infamous r134a refrigerant.
29 August 2013
South Africa's huge auto strike that has seen 31,000 workers down tools and production pole-axed for the last nine days is hardly the first time vast industrial unrest has swept the country.
12 August 2013
Jeremy Deering joined Torotrak in 2006, becoming CEO in August last year following his time as finance and commercial director and playing a key role in the company's licensing agreements, as well as diversification strategy. He spoke to Simon Warburton at the company's recent annual general meeting.
9 August 2013
Smoke from the battlefield currently engulfing France and Germany concerning the interminable refrigerant row shows no sign of dissipating as both sides continue to lock horns.
19 July 2013
What on earth is going on between France and Germany?
16 July 2013
William King is a senior advisor, head of automotive sector in the CIS, Ernst & Young Moscow. He re-joined the firm in February, 2013. King joined Ernst & Whinney in 1985 and became a partner in Ernst & Young in 1991. He moved to the Detroit office in 1994 to lead a global transformation programme for a Detroit based OEM.
21 June 2013
Australian politics is renowned for being, well, on the robust side and I say that as a native of the UK, where our 'Mother of Parliaments' has its own rumbustious tradition of Punch & Judy contests in an environment specifically designed to be confrontational.
14 June 2013
Shrugging off French air traffic controllers' strike action, this week saw many of the industry's top executives gather for Automotive News Europe's Congress in Paris. Here is a brief snapshot of what they said.
7 June 2013
GAZ Group parent Russian Machines, claims CNG is the cheapest of commonly used motor fuels, with costs per 100km almost 60% lower than for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It also says CNG is more than twice as cheap as a diesel-powered car and 2.5 times lower price than a gasoline vehicle. Russian Machines CNG project executive director, Peter Zolotarev, spoke to Simon Warburton from the company's Yaroslavl plant about the possibility of using the gas in the country and some of the infrastructure challenges associated with it.
31 May 2013
Hot on the heels of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's (NUMSA) claim for a 22% pay increase and the union finds itself in the spotlight for the second time in a week with the visit of Hollywood actor, Danny Glover, to Johannesburg.
24 May 2013
Here we go again. In 2010, South Africa was convulsed by a wave of industrial unrest as pay bargaining talks lumbered into action and three years later, hey presto, the same actors seem to be going through the same painful process once more.
17 May 2013
What are Opel's 3,000 odd workers at its Bochum plant in the heavily-industrialised region of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) thinking today?