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
America's Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) is a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). Founded in August 2008, the SMDI was previously known as AISI's Market Development programme.
I don't know why I should be surprised, but the comments from France's Confederation Generale du Travail (CGT) union this week, were, well, breathtaking.
It hasn't taken long for new AvtoVAZ CEO, Bo Andersson to stamp his mark on the Russian automaker.
After months of shadow boxing, PSA Peugeot-Citroen finally confirmed today (19 February) what the market had widely anticipated, namely a massive three-way cash injection that will see EUR3bn (US$4.1bn) pumped into the automaker.
Jake Hirsch has worked in the automotive supply industry for 30 years, including as president and CEO of Teksid Aluminium, CEO of Textron Fastening Systems; managing director of TRW Occupant Restraints and COO at Magna Europe where he was also a member of the Board of Directors. He talked to Simon Warburton in Detroit about some of the challenges and opportunities in the business.
Well, who saw that one coming? Not me certainly - I thought the UAW would sweep all before it in its aim to secure representation for the 1,500 or staff at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.
In what could be a landmark vote for the Southern States of America, Volkswagen's staff at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee are going to the polls to determine if they wish to be represented by the UAW.
So they've all broken ranks now. Holden, Ford and now Toyota, have all announced they intend to quit manufacturing in Australia, with the Japanese automaker the latest to announce its departure from the 'lucky country' and pack its bags, at least from a manufacturing standpoint.
France's association of businesses (MEDEF) appears to have stirred up one huge hornet's nest this week with its visit to Iran that included elements believed to be from PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Renault.
Mercedes-Benz is rapidly moving its own agenda surrounding the interminable will they/won't they refrigerant debate.
Peter Lake is TRW executive vice president sales and business development and has been with TRW's automotive business since the 1999 acquisition of Lucas Varity, where he was serving as vice president of marketing for Lucas Varity Automotive. He talked to Simon Warburton on the sidelines of this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
It never rains but it pours for France's beleaguered President, beset with complex issues at home and abroad that see some labelling the country in the same terms as the UK in the late 1970s.
In what seemed like a valedictory address last week, outgoing UAW president, Bob King, gave a tub-thumping speech at the Automotive News World Congress that set out loud and clear the tone of his beliefs.
This year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit kicked off yesterday (13 January) against a blizzard of optimistic data emanating from the US and bulging order books that are also considerably benefiting suppliers.
Tehran recently hosted the Iran Auto Industry International Conference, featuring 170 delegates from 20 countries, an event of significant importance as the chances of relations warming with the West look ever greater.
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