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Eastern Europe labour worries surface this week

21 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

I doubt things are at the Panic Button stage but, as automakers and suppliers continue to pile into 'low cost' eastern Europe - this announcement of expanded output from Toyota just today is just one example - a question of labour availability and/or retention is beginning to surface.

Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.

The Week That Was - August replenishes batteries

5 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

August's dog days are well and truly on us up here in the Northern hemisphere and in the soporific heat of a British summer – well OK – it's warmish – industry tends to take a well-earned break and recharge the batteries ready for an autumn which will rapidly see the Paris Motor Show loom large.

ASEAN vehicle sales jump 11% in Q2

29 July 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets rose by 10.6% to 781,162 units in the second quarter of 2016, from 706,532 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.com.

Latest interviews

Magna EVP on Chinese auto market, Getrag - Q&A

8 March 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Magna International has been steadily growing in Asia since the mid-1990s and today has almost 17,700 employees at 48 manufacturing locations and 26 product development, engineering and sales offices. To find out more about the supplier’s presence and market strengths in Asia, Matthew Beecham met with Frank O’Brien, Executive VP for Magna’s business in Asia while on a visit to Magna’s North American headquarters in Detroit.

INTERVIEW: Faurecia deputy GM China Jingcheng Li

24 November 2014 | Simon Warburton

China's astonishing growth rates of recent years is starting to ebb, but still represents a powerful performance that is the envy of most of the developed world. Simon Warburton talked to global component producer, Faurecia deputy general manager China Division, Jingcheng Li, about opportunities which challenges such as emissions control and lightweighting, present.

Latest news

Foton targets growth with assembly in Thailand

26 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

China commercial vehicle manufacturer BeiqiFoton Motor has set up a wholly-owned distributor in Thailand to drive the brand’s expansion strategy in the country.

Nexteer opens steering system plant in Chongqing

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Nexteer Automotive has opened a new steering operation in Jiangjin District of Chongqing, China.

Why did Tata Sons board sack Cyrus Mistry?

25 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The sudden dismissal of Cyrus Mistry as chairman of the board of Tata Sons has led to much speculation about why he was ousted. Reports in the Indian media mostly centre on the belief that the group's board had become unhappy with Mistry's initiative of downsizing the conglomerate by aggressively disposing of unprofitable businesses.

Guangzhou motor show - Honda UR-V world debut

25 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

There will be multiple world premieres at AutoGuangzhou 2016, the 14th Guangzhou international motor show. Honda, now China's leading Japanese manufacturer, will be revealing two new large SUVs at the show - one each for its JV partners Guangzhou Auto and Dongfeng Motor.

Mahindra launches e2oPlus electric CitySmart car

25 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra Electric, part of the Mahindra Group and a pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles in India, has announced the national launch of its new electric CitySmart car, the 'e2oPlus' (a successor to the REVA G-Whiz electric car, but the 'plus' denotes 4-doors and a bigger body). The car is priced at INR546,000 (US$8,169) (for the P4 variant ex-showroom Delhi, post state subsidy and FAME incentive).

BWI to start Czech damper production in 2017

24 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Beijing West Industries (BWI) is to open a damper plant in the Czech Republic location of Cheb next year to meet increasing European demand.

Toyota to make hybrid transaxles in Poland

21 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe said it would start production of a hybrid transaxle in 2018 at its Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) plant in Walbrzych, and add two petrol engines, a 1.5-litre in 2017 and a two-litre in 2019, at Toyota Motor Industries, Poland (TMIP) in Jelcz-Laskowice.

Škoda starts Kodiaq production at Kvasiny plant

21 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Series production of Škoda's new Kodiaq SUV model has started at the Czech automaker's plant in Kvasiny. 

Varroc lauds Czech supplier skills as it expands

20 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Varroc Lighting is stressing the technical supplier competence of the Czech Republic as a base for its business operations in Eastern Europe, as well as its cooperation with the Prague government and financial incentive institutions.

Low-cost Hungary labour shortages worry automakers

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Reports of a growing labour shortage in eastern Europe have been reinforced by similar claims from Audi and Daimler of a worker shortfall in Hungary.

Volvo India takes medium truck design reins

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo AB's Indian R&D team is taking the lead developing medium duty trucks for global markets scheduled to go into production in 2017.

Western demand helps Czech car output grow

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Czech Republic car factory output almost reached 1m, a local lobby group said.

Honda India eyes new models but none unique

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Honda plans new products for India, including SUVs and larger sedans, but has ruled out developing models unique for the market.

CEE suppliers in same labour boat - Varroc

19 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

A leading lighting manufacturer is cautioning the chronic labour shortage in Eastern Europe will be around for a few years to come as suppliers in the region struggle to attract enough employees to staff the booming automotive sector.

Czech supplier uses robots amid CEE staff paucity

19 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

A Czech-Korean plastics supplier says it has been compelled to use more robots in its factories as the contracting pool of employees in Eastern Europe starts to become a serious difficulty.

Honda to build seventh assembly plant in China

19 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Japan’s Honda Motor confirmed it is finalising plans to build a new passenger vehicle assembly plant in China in partnership with its existing local partner Dongfeng Motor Group, according to reports in Japan citing company executives.

Bosal seeks new CEE suppliers for tough criteria

18 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Bosal says despite undoubted labour challenges in Eastern Europe, it regards the region as crucial to its future development and has outlined some of its supplier selection strategy.

Schaeffler starts Thai clutch parts production

18 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Germany’s Schaeffler Group has officially started commercial production at its newly-built automotive components plant in Chonburi, east of Thailand’s capital city Bangkok.

Geely to launch new mid-tier car brand this month

18 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings, which owns Volvo Cars, plans to launch a new global car brand later this week for a new range of products currently being developed jointly between Geely and Volvo, according to reports in China quoting group CEO Gui Shengyue.

Grammer Serbia takes plant 'pulse' as 4.0 use ups

17 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Grammer Serbia says it is "logical" there is some resistance to new ways of organising supplier factories, but maintains the plethora of technology available to manufacturers is already becoming more prevalent in plants.

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