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What does 'Brexit' mean for the auto sector?

In the end it was a narrow result, but the UK’s voters have voted to leave the European Union. What are the implications for the automotive...

Active suspension systems - briefing

An electronic (‘intelligent’ or ‘active’) suspension system can control the vertical movement of a vehicle’s wheels relative to its chassis...

Monroe riding high on the suspension market

A clear trend in the shock absorber sector is integrating more and more electronics. Electronic dampers adjust instantly to ensure ride comf...

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Our Man's in Russia this time

Barely had our business/components/supply chain editor Simon Warburton, liberally fuelled by glutinous rice balls he helped make, touched ba...

Latest Interviews

Bang & Olufsen on developing smart audio - Q&A 20 Jun 2016

Matthew Beecham

Bang & Olufsen branded audio products are available in a range of Audi, Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes-Benz car models. Greg Sikora, manager acoustic systems engineering, Bang & Olufsen automotive audio at Harman lifestyle division explains what such OEMs expect, how it is staying premium in an increasingly commodity market and whether the rise of electric and hybrid cars will impact our listening habits. The automotive business of Bang & Olufsen was acquired by Harman in May 2015.


Hella Gutmann Solutions on camera calibration -Q&A 15 Jun 2016

Matthew Beecham

While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, there are a number of models offering some form of advanced assistance to the driver. These include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems that require a camera to be fitted, typically behind the windscreen. Upon replacing the windscreen, the camera typically needs to be recalibrated. To learn more, we spoke to Hella Gutmann Solutions GmbH’s managing director Björn Rietschel about the company’s camera calibration tool and the prospects for self-calibrating systems.

Latest News

VDA warns against post- Brexit customs barriers 27 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Germany's automotive manufacturing and supplier body, VDA, is cautioning against any European Union (EU) imposition of customs barriers following the UK's decision to exit the Brussels association.


More private investment needed-Iranian Ambassador 23 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Iran's Ambassador to Russia is calling for more private businesses to become involved in his country as the post-sanctions landscape starts to open up real possibilities for overseas companies.


Mercedes E-Class gets Hella's multibeam LED lights 23 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Hella has announced it is supplying claimed world first three-layered multibeam-LED headlamps for Daimler's redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The lamps were developed jointly by automaker and supplier.


Dürr opens US$46m Michigan campus 23 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Dürr has opened a US$46m campus site in Southfield, Michigan, combining activities which the mechanical and plant engineering firm previously carried out at three different locations in the Detroit area.


Hanon inaugurates new Korea wind tunnel 23 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Hanon Systems, has inaugurated its latest climatic wind tunnel, expanding the company's capabilities to include real-world simulation testing of air conditioning, heating and engine cooling performance.


Iran lauds new business climate as PSA deal inked 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Iran's Industry Minister has delivered a tub-thumping series of reasons why Western operations should consider reviving old ties or starting new ones in the post-sanctions era.


Fiat-Chrysler ditches some Takata airbag inflators 22 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

FCA US LLC will cease NAFTA market production of vehicles equipped with non desiccated ammonium nitrate Takata air bag inflators by next week while global production is expected to end by mid September, the automaker said this week.


Pierburg secures EUR375m China OEM order 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Pierburg, a subsidiary of supplier, KSPG (a member of the Rheinmetall Group), has been awarded what it says are "major orders" worth EUR375m (US$423m) by an unnamed Chinese automotive group.


Mitsubishi Philippines breaks stamping site ground 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation's (MMPC) Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy Programme, also known as CARS, has broken ground to inject more than Php2bn (US$43m) to construct a stamping shop facility in the country.


PSA Groupe and Iran Khodro agree final JV details 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe and Iran Khodro have inked the final joint venture agreement to produce vehicles in Iran, with Tehran's Industry Minister recently confirming to just-auto the deal mandated a minimum level of local content, with this eventually doubling.


Tehran and Moscow work on free trade zone 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Russia says it is working with Iran to establish a free trade zone as historical ties between the two countries start to revive following the ending of economic sanctions imposed by the West.


PPG agrees European fibre glass sale to NEG 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

PPG has inked a deal for the sale of its European fibre glass operations to Nippon Electric Glass Co. Ltd. (NEG)


Eberspaecher ramps up Brazil bus AC activity 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Eberspaecher Suetrack says it will intensify its activities in Brazil to meet the growing market for bus air conditioning in South America.


UQM teams for full electric drivetrain system 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

 UQM Technologies says it has started a development and production programme with Eaton’s Vehicle Group and Pi Innovo, both located in Michigan for a 2-speed EV transmission.


Russia localisation on the rise - Deputy Minister 20 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Russia's Industry Ministry says domestic automotive component manufacture is increasing despite the continuing struggles of the sector in the country, which has seen huge sales falls.


China suppliers swiftly matching West - Delphi 20 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Delphi says Chinese suppliers are rapidly catching up and in some cases, surpassing their traditional competitors in the West.


China needs "national champions" - analyst 20 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Automotive analysts estimate China needs "national champions" to speed consolidation of what is currently an extremely fragmented vehicle industry.


Linamar talks with Apple and Google 20 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Canada-based auto components maker Linamar has said it has held discussions with Apple and Google (Alphabet) about potentially supplying parts to them if they decide to make cars.


VW Tiguan Conti-supplied radar detects pedestrians 20 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

A Continental-supplied long range radar (advanced radar sensor, ARS 410) detects pedestrians at a distance of up to 170 metres. It is fitted as standard in the new VW Tiguan.


China media to highlight new technology - Delphi 20 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Delphi says the media in China can play a crucial role in raising awareness of new technology issues such as automated driving and software hacking, with the latter issue especially proving contentious.

Latest blogs

White nights and networking in St Petersburg 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen.


China Hot Pot 6 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Given the startling complexity of obtaining a journalist visa for China - the code 'J2' is now indelibly stamped on my mind - it was with some surprise how swiftly I managed to sail through airport immigration in China - the Russians scrutinise visas for an interminable time.

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