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Nissan and Mitsubishi synergies begin in SE Asia

8 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor expects its global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors will yield some early synergies in South-east Asia, a region in which it has struggled to keep pace with Japanese rivals Toyota and Honda.


Tomorrow's winners prepare for change today

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

How much disruption will the auto industry experience over the next ten years or so? It's a question that many are asking as attempts to sketch out the future of mobility - or, more accurately, urban mobility - gather pace.


THE WEEK - PSA, GM Europe, Geneva

10 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Yes, of course, Geneva this week, with lots of shiny new metal to get the consumer media all a-Twitter (other social media platforms are available), but the big story, looking all but inevitable a week ago, was the first-thing-Monday announcement PSA would acquire GM Europe's Opel/Vauxhall operations. Or, as some pundits put it, GM (with some large pension liability support) will pay PSA to take it away.


Planning for life without zero-tariff trading

5 December 2016 | Guest

Whether they like it or not, it seems likely that manufacturers across the UK are heading for a future without zero-tariff trading. Although for many cost increases are inevitable, action can be taken to mitigate this while also bolstering supply chain relationships, writes Richard Gane.


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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.


Evolution Time Critical on a ‘hard Brexit’

9 March 2017 | Matthew Beecham

UK-based emergency logistics specialist, Evolution Time Critical (ETC) was recently acquired by the Metro Supply Chain Group. To find how its business has shaped up since and how it views the implications for a hard (‘clean’) Brexit, we spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of ETC.

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VW Slovakia strike ends as union accepts offer

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Slovakia's six-day walkout by thousands of staff has ended with workers returning to work after an improved offer by the automaker.


ZF to push Vision Zero and identity in Frankfurt

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF says it will use the upcoming IAA in Frankfurt to push its integration with TRW as well as the Vision Zero concept of no accidents and emissions elimination.


Yokohama appoints new supply chain director

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Yokohama says announced Rick Alonzo has joined the company as senior director of supply chain and logistics reporting to COO, Jeff Barna.


Saint-Gobain to build flat glass plant in Mexico

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Saint-Gobain is to start a new flat glass (float) production line in Saltillo, Mexico, scheduled to come on stream at the beginning of 2020, manufacturing glass for the automotive and construction sectors.


ZF teams with start-ups for agile market reaction

26 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF says its collaboration with many start-up companies will allow it to bring products more quickly to market as well as identify hitherto untapped areas of technology.


KSS to buy Takata in principle for US$1.59bn

26 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Key Safety Systems and Takata have reached an agreement in principle to sponsor a restructuring plan for the purchase of substantially all of Takata’s global assets and operations by the American supplier for an aggregate purchase price of US$1.59bn.


ZF/Hella team on sensor technology

21 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF and Hella are to partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar.


Live Earth/Inrix team on visualisation

21 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Live Earth says it will work with Inrix to bring real-time visualisation to the transportation industry.


Slovak PM storms into VW strike backing wage hike

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Slovakia's Prime Minister has waded into the start of today's (20 June) strike by Volkswagen workers at its Bratislava plant by publicly backing the mass walkout.


IAC opens India engineering centre

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

IAC has opened an engineering centre in Pune, India as well as holding the groundbreaking ceremony for a manufacturing site within General Motors' new supplier park in Arlington, Texas.


Navya to establish its first US assembly plant

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Navya will establish its first assembly plant outside Europe in South East Michigan and plans to hire a team of 15 people at the facility by the end of 2017.


Bridgestone ploughs finance into ClearMotion

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bridgestone Americas has ploughed an unspecified amount of finance into ClearMotion, a venture-backed technology company developing road sensing software and hardware.


No "legal proceedings" decision yet - Takata

19 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Takata says no decision concerning "legal proceedings" has currently been made as the embattled Japanese supplier struggles to find ways to stave off potential bankruptcy.


PPG opens new paint/coatings facility in Lipetsk

19 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

PPG has opened a EUR45m (US$49m) paint and coatings manufacturing facility in the Lipetsk region of Russia, creating around 200 positions and producing 25m litres (6.6m gallons) of coatings at full capacity.


GM opens new supplier park at Arlington facility

19 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

General Motors has unveiled plans to open a new supplier park to support future vehicle production at its Arlington Assembly, with a start-date at some point next year.


AvtoVAZ "not isolated" from megatrends - CEO

16 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ insists its Lada brand will not remain isolated from global megatrends including on-board entertainment, but the giant automaker nonetheless concedes Russia presents distinct challenges when it comes to implementing some technologies emerging in smaller regions.


Valeo launches AI research centre in Paris

16 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has launched what it maintains is the first global research centre in artificial intelligence and deep learning dedicated to automotive applications.


Lectra unveils Versalis LeatherSuite V6 machine

16 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lectra has unveiled its new Versalis LeatherSuite V6 machine for automated leather cutting, which it maintains can enable automotive suppliers to increase productivity from 8% to 15%.


Czechs push labour quality rather than pure price

15 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Czech Republic officials insist they will make it clear labour in the country will be difficult to source if overseas investors believe they can hire staff purely on economic grounds.


GAZ and VW Rus ink manufacturing extension to 2025

15 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group Rus and GAZ have signed an extension of their manufacturing agreement for Volkswagen and Škoda cars in Russia to 2025.



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