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UK triggers Brexit countdown - COMMENT

29 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

The UK prime minister, Theresa May, has invoked the EU constitution's 'Article 50' which formally begins the two-year process by which the UK exits the EU. Although trade arrangements are not formally included in the UK's exit terms, they are sure to be the subject of intense discussions.

The week - new and future products galore

24 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Our look at future Volvos was the most popular read on just-auto this week, a pleasing result, because I know how much work it takes to put one of those together. Hat tip, then, to our resident 'new and future products' editor/analyst (he'll answer to either) Glenn Brooks, also researcher/editor for our production life, factory source and platform basis research database PLDB. If you're not familiar with PLDB (or our OEM/supplier research database QUBE), follow the link for a preview; if you'd like to see more, click this link to get in touch.

Review of automotive glazing trends

23 March 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one takes a closer look at some trends in the application of water-repellent coatings, polycarbonate and solar control glazing.

BREXIT - UK-EU trade uncertainties cloud outlook

21 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

The outlook for the UK's automotive sector after Brexit - the now omnipresent term for the UK's exit from the EU - remains somewhat uncertain.

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Rinspeed’s Oasis car interior – Q&A with Stahl

29 March 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Chemical company Stahl created the funky living room or ‘third living space of the future’ for the Rinspeed Oasis self-driving concept car, showcased earlier this month in Geneva. The Oasis is an evolution of the Swiss firm's Stos shown earlier last year. To learn more about the futuristic two-seater interior, we spoke to Stefan Buri, Global Director Marketing Automotive, Stahl.

Magna Steyr President on Telemotive, FCREEV - Q&A

26 March 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Magna Steyr is a global, brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner to automakers, offering solutions for a range of services with development and assembly strategies. The company used the Geneva show earlier this month to exhibit a self-charging electric fuel cell vehicle and, more recently, is reported to have submitted a plan to build a new car plant in Slovenia capable of building up to 200,000 cars a year. To learn more about these developments and its acquisition of Telemotive, we spoke to Günther Apfalter, president of Magna Steyr.

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Kautex Textron opens new China fuel tank factory

29 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kautex Textron has held an opening ceremony for its newest factory in China, in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone (WEDZ) in Hubei Province.

Denso to expand Iwate plant in Japan

29 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation announced it will build an additional plant, at an existing facility in Iwate Prefecture, to expand production to include instrument clusters and, it said, "enhance the competitiveness of the group's production system in Japan".

Resins mix produces lightweight auto parts

29 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Supplier SABIC has shown off light weight PP and plastic-metal hybrid products produced using its resins at this year’s VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering Congress in Mannheim, Germany.

Magneti Marelli Motherson opens new plant in India

29 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magneti Marelli Motherson (MMM) has opened its new plant at Bawal in Haryana.

PCMA Rus uses domestic expertise for components

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

PCMA Rus says it is looking to existing suppliers in Russia to ensure competitiveness as manufacturers seek to take advantage of the ruble depreciation.

Tata Steel picks up Volvo quality award

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel has secured Volvo Cars' Quality Excellence (VQE) award at the a ceremony to mark the 60- year anniversary of cooperation between the companies.

just-auto Plus only ZF supplies transmission system for Foton Auman

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The TraXon automatic commercial vehicle transmission system from ZF has broken into a major international market: It is going into volume production in Chinese manufacturer Foton's new Auman...

Wabco builds new Innovation Centre in Hanover

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Wabco has laid the foundation stone for its new Engineering Innovation Centre in Hanover, Germany.

just-auto Plus only Nissan North America recalls Murano vehicles

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NHTSA campaign number: 17V184000 Manufacturer Nissan North America Components Steering Potential number of units affected 56,766 Summary Nissan North America...

Motherson Sumi Systems acquires PKC Group

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Motherson Sumi Systems (MSSL) has acquired Finland-based global automotive supplier, PKC Group for around EUR571m (US$619.6m), in a move which will help the Vivek Chaand Sehgal-led group to expand its footprint in American and European commercial vehicle market segments.

just-auto Plus only Maserati North America recalls Levante vehicles

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NHTSA campaign number: 17V161000 Manufacturer Maserati North America Components Engine and Engine cooling, Electrical system Potential number of units affected...

just-auto Plus only Kia Motors America recalls 2017 Niro vehicles

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NHTSA campaign number: 17V159000 Manufacturer Kia Motors America Components Steering Potential number of units affected 135 Summary Kia Motors America (Kia) is...

just-auto Plus only Hanon Systems expands its product line

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Global automotive supplier Hanon Systems is applying its expertise in thermal and energy management to support vehicle manufacturers supplying hybrid, electric, fuel cell and autonomous vehicles to...

Eaton launches high current power inductors

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Eaton has launched its automotive grade HCM1A product line of high current power inductors designed to meet electronic system power and thermal handling requirements of transportation manufacturers.

just-auto Plus only Ford US recalls 2017 Mustang vehicles

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NHTSA campaign number: 17V168000 Manufacturer Ford Motor Company Components Latches/Locks/Linkages Potential number of units affected 5,470 Summary Ford Motor...

just-auto Plus only Covestro develops films for car interiors

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Covestro has developed a wide range of films for car interiors. The focus is on displays and operating panels that are protected by scratch-resistant, glare-free films. Using them enables new...

VW R&D lab works on future materials

27 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group's Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg is working on lightweight construction materials and production processes.

PPG to increase coatings prices in Europe

27 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following an earlier announcement for the same reason in the Asian region, PPG said it would increase prices and surcharges in Europe "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs". The price changes will impact a select group of automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and industrial coatings products, effective 1 May or as contracts permit.

just-auto Plus only Toyota/NTT join over ICT R&D for connected cars

27 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyota Motor Corporation ("Toyota") and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation ("NTT") have agreed to collaborate on developing, verifying, and standardising technology in...

just-auto Plus only BorgWarner launches new VCT technology

27 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

BorgWarner, a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles, launched its new compact cam torque actuated (CTA) variable cam timing (VCT)...

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