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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Big fish eaten by bigger fish

The big news this week was the long-expected announcement ZF would swallow TRW whole, re-establishing the respected chassis systems and safe...

COMMENT: The UK's Scotland and EU parallels

The people of Scotland have had their say on independence and decided to stay in the UK. It was a close vote, but in the end the margin was...

ANALYSIS: ZF puts in place a growth strategy

After reaching agreement to purchase TRW, 2015 is shaping up to be the most momentous year in ZF's long history. Colin Whitbread considers t...

COMMENT: From the Russian shop floor

Last week Simon Warburton visited the Moscow Motor Show with Renault Russia and had the opportunity to talk with senior executives, as well...

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Mentor Graphics 18 Sep 2014

Matthew Beecham

Mentor Graphics is a major supplier of software tools that help engineers design electronic systems and components. Headquartered in Oregon, US, Mentor generates annual revenues of some US$1bn. Its tools are involved in the design of almost every electronic gadget you can think of. To find out about its automotive business, Matthew Beecham spoke to Martin O’Brien, General Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division Mentor Graphics.


Q&A with Evolution Time Critical 2 Sep 2014

Matthew Beecham

The automotive industry is now using logistics in a more proactive way to provide the flexibility which is required due to diversifying model ranges. There is also the question of quality, of course. Components that have been acceptable in previous years are being failed by more stringent testing. Matthew Beecham spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical.

Latest News

Toyoda Gosei pleads guilty on parts price fixing 30 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

Toyoda Gosei has agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a US$26m fine according to the US Justice Department.


Magneti Marelli opens new US exhaust systems plant 30 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

Magneti Marelli has announced that its exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Mich., near Clarkston, has celebrated its official opening.


Linamar to buy CFC forging business 30 Sep 14

Simon Warburton

Linamar says it is to purchase Carolina Forge Company's (CFC), business of high volume, hot forged product, in Wilson, North Carolina, as well as 66% of the shares of Seissenschmidt, also specialising in hot forgings


Rochling starts Kunshan plastics production 30 Sep 14

Simon Warburton

Plastics manufacturer, Röchling, says it has started production at its new plant in Kunshan, China, with an investment of around EUR10m (US$12.7m).


Honeywell hails EC Germany move on MAC enforcement 29 Sep 14

Simon Warburton

Honeywell says it welcomes the European Commission's (EC) move to give Germany two months to comply with the Mobile Air Conditioning Directive.


EC gives Germany two months to comply with MAC 29 Sep 14

Simon Warburton

Germany has been given two months to comply with a European Union (EU) Directive on Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) applications for use in vehicle refrigerant systems.

Latest blogs

TRW and ZF 15 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

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


The 'vette that snitches on the valet 9 Sep 14

Graeme Roberts

In a pleasing variation of authority using cameras to spy on car drivers, General Motors has come up with a car camera that can be a nosey parker on the valet parker entrusted with the keys to your pride and joy.

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