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
Much like supporting a football team, just when you think it's all going swimmingly and your club's in for a period of stability - and hopefully success - bang - the rug is pulled from underneath.
Is the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) interested in promoting its members' conditions and working with employers in a country where union rights for all are still a relatively fledging concept, or is it more concerned with establishing some sort of Marxist State?
Is ZF Friedrichshafen's mooted takeover of TRW Automotive a ploy to smooth the peaks and troughs of any future recession?
Michelin's quite fond of using the phrase "track to street" - it's a nifty way to neatly encapsulate what the tyre manufacturer is trying to do with its move into, well, if not quite Formula 1, then its electric cousin, Formula E.
In the - presumably now smoke-free - corridors of the European Commission (EC) last week - Britain's Prime Minister - with his Hungarian counterpart - raged against the leviathan machine of Brussels - and lost.
Britain's Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) Meet the Buyer event in London's rejuvenated docklands area this week was an apt choice of venue given the topics up for discussion.
It's all starting to sound eerily reminiscent of two and a half years ago up in the stretches of northern Europe.
Only a few years ago, the vast, sprawling factory that is home to AvtoVAZ in Togliatti, apparently accounted for a staggering one in seven of the population in this central western city in Russia.
This year's St Petersburg International Economic Forum provided a boost for Russia's beleaguered image, but The Kremlin didn't have it all its own way. Here is a snapshot of some of last week's more memorable quotes.
What to make of last week's St Petersburg International Economic Forum? (SPIEF).
Russia continues to maintain its defiance in the face of reports some Western CEOs are bypassing this year's St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
Gian Maria Olivetti joned Federal-Mogul in 2007 as VP, pistons, rings and liners. He was previously at Fiat Group, where he was executive director, worldwide engines and transmissions, responsible for Iveco. He talked to Simon Warburton at Federal-Mogul's recent Media Technology Day at the company's Wiesbaden plant near Frankfurt about key elements of the business including legislation, the future of ICE engines, CO2 emissions and materials.
I was with Magna International this week at its 'Bumper to Bumper' Innovations Day in Munich, where the global supplier was showcasing some of its technology including powertrain, exteriors, interiors and active safety among other elements.
It's not hard to see why Nissan was so keen to replace Ford as UEFA's automotive partner in its four-year Champions League sponsorship deal, despite what appear to be eye-wateringly expensive costs.
Pierre-Edouard Sorel joined Michelin in 2005. He started as a sales representative in France in trade marketing. At the end of 2007, he headed the market intelligence department of Michelin's Earthmover tyres product line and has been marketing manager for winter tyres in Europe since 2011. Sorel talked to Simon Warburton about legislation, labelling and the dealer benefits of winter tyre usage.
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