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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Another year races by

As someone said to me this week: "The older you get, the faster the years go by." He's not wrong. Where DID 2014 go? The year may be winding...

Review of 2014 (1)

It's still 2014, but not for much longer. In the global automotive business, plenty happened in 2014. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett offers...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Takata the new Firestone?

Back from two weeks' 'staycation', the words that stood out as I returned to the news desk last Monday were 'Takata' and 'Honda'. And, as th...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Automotive safety...

One thing that has always got everyone in the automotive business talking is safety. It's an interesting one. Cars have become much safer in...

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Jonathan Lee Recruitment 10 Dec 2014

Matthew Beecham

As we recover from the recession, Mark Bignell, Automotive Managing Consultant, Jonathan Lee Recruitment explains to Matthew Beecham how a 'perfect storm' led to shortages of automotive engineering skills and what companies can do to improve their situation.

Q&A with Magna Closures 28 Nov 2014

Matthew Beecham

Magna Closures designs, engineers and manufactures a range of vehicle closure modules, systems and components for the automotive industry. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to David O'Connell, Vice President – Global Engineering and R&D, Magna Mirrors & Magna Closures about the company’s SmartLatch, PureView sliding window and how it strikes a balance between providing a door which improves side-crash safety yet reduces overall vehicle weight.

Latest News

Johnson Controls to supply Range Rover batteries 19 Dec 14

Simon Warburton

Johnson Controls says it will supply its lithium-ion batteries for the hybrid Range Rover.

Aleris inks aluminum deal with Sankyo Tateyama 19 Dec 14

Simon Warburton

Aleris says it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its aluminium extrusions business to Sankyo Tateyama, a Japanese building products and extrusions manufacturer.

ZF appoints Franz Kleiner and Peter Lake to board 19 Dec 14

Simon Warburton

ZF Friedrichshafen has appointed Franz Kleiner and Peter Lake, members of ZF's Board of Management.

Federal-Mogul develops battery shield 19 Dec 14

Simon Warburton

Federal-Mogul Powertrain says it has developed a new product, Protexx-Shield 3007, which protects batteries from high engine compartment temperatures that would otherwise shorten battery life.

SKF starts hub bearing unit delivery to Mazda 19 Dec 14

Simon Warburton

SKF says it has made the first deliveries of its low-friction hub bearing units to Mazda, which will equip the recently launched Mazda2, manufactured at the automaker's new plant in Mexico, as well as other models to be launched during 2015.

BASF to supply Chery Brazil coatings 19 Dec 14

Simon Warburton

BASF's Coatings division says it is the sole supplier of automotive coatings for the new plant of the Chinese automaker, Chery in Jacarei, Brazil, which started operations in August, 2014.

Latest blogs

GM recall: the engineer speaks 14 Nov 14

Graeme Roberts

Finally, a US newspaper has managed to talk to the engineer at the centre of the GM ignition switch recall crisis.

Delphi visit 14 Oct 14

Dave Leggett

I've been visiting powertrain people at Delphi today, hearing about some of the fascinating stuff going on there to yield engine efficiency savings.

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