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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

Magna plans two new Indian factories 23 Sep 14

Graeme Roberts

Magna International said it was setting up two new plants in the Sanand region of the state of Gujarat, India, as a result of winning new business awards for vehicles built on global platforms.

Tata AutoComp and Magna plan CV seat joint venture 23 Sep 14

Graeme Roberts

Tata AutoComp Systems and Magna International have signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement to provide seating systems to India's commercial vehicle industry.

Bosch flexes in consumer products sector 23 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

Bosch plans to buy full control of its home-appliance joint venture from partner Siemens for EUR3bn in a move being seen as a strategic play as big automotive suppliers vie to exploit competitive strengths in the wake of ZF's deal to acquire TRW.

TRW cites shift from components to functionality 19 Sep 14

Simon Warburton

TRW says it is in a strong position to provide rapidly increasing functionality associated with modern vehicles as driver assist systems (DAS) come increasingly to the fore.

Car safety with Silicon Valley 'bit of Wild West' 19 Sep 14

Simon Warburton

TRW's public policy expert says rapid advances in vehicle safety allied with Silicon Valley technology are a bit of the "Wild West" as perceptions of transportation alter at startling pace.

ThyssenKrupp develops lighter components 19 Sep 14

Dave Leggett

ThyssenKrupp says its research project 'InCar plus' has developed new components that offer weight savings of up to 50% and cost reductions of up to 20% on conventional parts.

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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