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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of shock absorbers

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some nove...


Matthew Beecham | 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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Dawn returns again...

Dave Leggett | 15 May 2015

We heard this week that Toyota and Mazda are interested in working together in the future. Toyota is obviously the bigger player, but Mazda has some interesting plus points, not least its Skyactiv powertrain technology that improves ICE efficiency.

ANALYSIS: UK supplier industry perks up

Dave Leggett | 19 Mar 2015

There are signs of a revival in the UK automotive supplier industry, but a sense of perspective is needed, says Dave Leggett.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: New Hondas and the ship's up

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jan 2015

Just back from what was my first ever Honda launch event to bring you news of the 2015 CR-V update for Europe, majoring, of course on a new diesel engine and ZF's new(ish) nine-speed automatic.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with ZF’s suspension research director

Matthew Beecham | 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.

Nexteer president and COO Laurent Bresson

Calum MacRae | 19 Jan 2015

Nexteer, the former GM Saginaw steering division, has flourished under the ownership of China-based Pacific Century Motors its owner since 2011. Calum MacRae caught up with Nexteer’s president and COO Laurent Bresson at the recent NAIAS.

Latest News

Rane TRW opens airbag manufacturing plant

Simon Warburton | 25 Aug 2015

Rane TRW Steering Systems Occupant Safety Division - a 50:50 joint venture between Rane group and ZF TRW - has opened an airbag manufacturing plant located near its seatbelt factory in Singaperumal Koil, Chennai.

VW nominates 44 suppliers for collaboration

Simon Warburton | 10 Aug 2015

Volkswagen Group has nominated the first 44 suppliers who will be collaborating on a new common strategic level under the joint FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks) initiative.

JCI confirms auto exit as supplier eddies swirl

Simon Warburton | 24 Jul 2015

Johnson Controls has confirmed speculation circulating last month it was to divest its automotive business by announcing plans to spin off the division in around 12 months.

BorgWarner supplies ZF wet friction technology

Simon Warburton | 17 Jul 2015

BorgWarner says it is supplying its wet friction technology for ZF's new 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions.

Societal change to drive future car buying: ZF TRW

Simon Warburton | 13 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says fundamental changes in the way society looks at vehicle ownership as well as far higher levels of automated driving will shape car purchases in the next decade or so.

ZF TRW rides long-term CO2 reduction trend

Simon Warburton | 10 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says it remains convinced CO2 emissions reduction is on an irreversible downward path as regulators flex ever stronger muscles when it comes to pollution.

ZF TRW secures S-Cam4 family contract

Simon Warburton | 8 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says it has secured initial contracts for its next generation camera system - the S-Cam4 family - with an unnamed major European manufacturer.

ZF TRW unveils third generation video camera

Simon Warburton | 7 Jul 2015

ZF TRW has unveiled its third generation video camera, the S-Cam 3, with production starting for the first time across four major global vehicle platforms.

Automated advances "pebble in the pond": ZF TRW

Simon Warburton | 6 Jul 2015

Mega-supplier ZF TRW says automated driving capability will rapidly expand in functionality as systems become ever-more refined.

ZF and TRW continue local and global supply roles

Simon Warburton | 6 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says it expects the newly-merged giants to continue their previous roles of working in support of domestic and worldwide supply chains as the nascent company beds down to become the globe's third largest component manufacturer.

ZF TRW 'continues direction' of affordable safety

Simon Warburton | 3 Jul 2015

Newly-formed ZF TRW says it will retain the 'affordable safety' value adopted by the US supplier as huge company settles in to its position as the world's third largest component producer.

TRW acquisition by ZF more than 1+1=2: Peter Lake

Simon Warburton | 3 Jul 2015

ZF TRW says it is looking to leverage the power of its combined operations and insists there is relatively little duplication in the new company following the acquisition by the German supplier of the American component producer.

New ZF TRW supplier stresses core values

Simon Warburton | 3 Jul 2015

Newly-formed ZF TRW says it will develop a common culture in time as the new mega supplier looks to capitalise on the overall worldwide recovery in the automotive sector.

ZF acquisition to boost ADAS expertise

Dave Leggett | 30 Jun 2015

ZF Friedrichshafen says a new acquisition will boost its expertise in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

ZF opens extended R&D centre in Pilsen

Graeme Roberts | 25 Jun 2015

ZF Friedrichshafen has opened its extended R&D Centre in Plzen.

ZF TRW produces 60 millionth electric park brake

Graeme Roberts | 25 Jun 2015

ZF TRW has produced its 60 millionth EPB (electric park brake) motor on calliper unit. The technology was first developed in Koblenz, Germany and the company also now produces it in North America and China.

GAZ 'war room' focuses on supplier efficiency

Simon Warburton | 19 Jun 2015

GAZ Group says it is constantly evaluating its supplier base as a depreciating rouble provides genuine opportunity to capitalise on what otherwise is a bleak Russian economic position.

JCI automotive future 'looking unlikely': source

Simon Warburton | 11 Jun 2015

Reliable sources close to Johnson Controls say it "looks likely there is no future" for the automotive sector within its portfolio.

Delphi appoints former TRW CFO to board

Simon Warburton | 8 Jun 2015

Delphi has appointed ZF TRW chief financial officer, Joseph Cantie to its board of directors.

M&A appetite of auto companies reaches 6-yr high

Dave Leggett | 4 Jun 2015

Growing confidence in the global economy and a relentless push for innovation will further support mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the automotive sector in the next 12 months, according to EY's Automotive Global Capital Confidence Barometer.

Automated cars slash human error: Bosch Mobility

Simon Warburton | 22 May 2015

Bosch says adopting automated driving systems could help avoid most accidents as such technology increasingly occupies the thoughts of consumers and legislators.

ZF completes TRW buy to create EUR30bn supplier

Simon Warburton | 15 May 2015

ZF has completed its acquisition of TRW with the American supplier incorporated into its new German owner as a new division to be known as Active & Passive Safety Technology.

Latest blogs

TRW and ZF

Dave Leggett | 15 Sep 2014

We're digesting the news that TRW will be (subject to the usual approvals) acquired by ZF. Looks like ZF has paid top dollar.

Swish Cobo kicks off Detroit show

Simon Warburton | 14 Jan 2014

My first Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) Outlook Conference yesterday (12 January) afternoon in the renovated Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and a pretty impressive 150 delegates made the sessions lively and entertaining.

Company research

ZF Friedrichshafen AG - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

ZF Friedrichshafen AG - Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) is an automotive company. The company manufactures and markets automotive parts for the automotive industry. Its products include transmission components, steering systems,...

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Global Off-Highway Hybrid Commercial Vehicle Components Market 2014-2018

Global Off-Highway Hybrid Commercial Vehicle Components Mark

The use of hybrid technology was prominent in passenger cars earlier; however, advances in technology have ensured its widespread adoption in vehicles other than passenger cars. Also, rise in fuel pri...

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Advanced Suspension System Trends

Advanced Suspension System Trends

Advanced suspension systems are relatively new electronically-controlled systems that enhance vehicle stability, road handling and ride quality. These systems use a lightweight material; as well as fa...

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