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Moscow voices - from the Russian Forum shop floor

Is there light at the end of a long, dark tunnel for Russia? After more than a year of catastrophically plummeting light vehicle sales, last...

Is Moscow about to turn down subsidy taps?

It was a politician's remark delivered mid-speech at last week's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) in Moscow, which struck me as indicative of...

BMW's factory modifications for ageing workforce

One of the many things I enjoy about covering BMW's annual financial results press conference (reports here, here, here and here) is the 'sh...

Comment - Moscow spring to herald Russia upturn?

This week sees the annual Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) in Moscow and just-auto is in the capital to report on what has undoubtedly been on...

Latest Interviews

Evolution Time Critical - Q&A 18 Mar 2016

Matthew Beecham

UK-based emergency logistics specialist, Evolution Time Critical recently introduced a bespoke transport management system, recruited staff and generated a 19 percent increase in revenues. Matthew Beecham spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of ETC to find out more.


Bosch and their take on the Internet of Things 14 Mar 2016

Kit Fordson

The Bosch Connected World event in Berlin is an industry invitation-only gathering. It’s fast-becoming a sought-after Internet of Things (IoT) prediction machine and this year’s proved no different with the announcement of Bosch’s IoT private cloud solution. Kit Fordson spoke with Dr Rainer Kallenbach, the Chairman of the Executive Board of Bosch Software Innovations, to get more insight.

Latest News

GM injects US$789m into US engine programme 29 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

General Motors is to plough US$788.7m into a new engine programme, as well as projects to modernise vehicle operations at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 jobs and retaining 16 posts.


Denso reveals year-end revenue up 5% to US$40.2bn 29 Apr 16

Roger Stansfield

Denso has posted year-end consolidated revenue up 5% to US$40.2bn, while consolidated operating profit fell 4.7% to US$2.8bn.


Goodyear Q1 net income down 18% to US$184m 29 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Goodyear has unveiled first quarter net income down 18% to US$184m and sales down US$0.4bn to US$3.7bn, largely due to unfavourable foreign currency translation of US$141m and the deconsolidation of the company’s subsidiary in Venezuela


Lear Q1 net income up from US$147m to US$248m 29 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Lear has reported first quarter net income soaring from US$147m to US$248m, with sales up US$200m to US$4.7bn.


JLR achieves aluminium recycling milestone 28 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Just days after its former owner, Ford, announced it recycles as much as 20m pounds of stamping scrap each month using a closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, now-Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover said it had reclaimed over 50,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap, the equivalent weight of 200,000 XE body shells, back into the production process during 2015/16.


Peter Lake to head booming ZF Asia-Pacific 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

ZF board member, Peter Lake is to assume responsibility for Asia-Pacific, which has seen sales double in the region from around EUR3bn (US$3.4bn) to EUR6.4bn.


Visteon records Q1 net income of US$19m 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Visteon has posted first-quarter results, reporting net income of US$19m and sales of US$802m, while adjusted EBITDA was US$89m compared with US$78m in the same period last year.


BorgWarnern posts Q1 net sales up 14% to US$2.3bn 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

BorgWarner has recorded Q1 net sales of US$2.3bn, up 14.3%, with operating income of US$264m


Bosch records 2015 revenue of EUR70.6bn 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Bosch has posted 2015 EBIT of EUR4.6bn (US$5.2bn) on revenue of EUR70.6bn, with the full acquisition of two former 50:50 joint ventures, BSH Hausgeräte and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering, pushing sales up by almost EUR22bn or 44%.


EquipAuto to outline 2017 show initiatives 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Organisers of next year's EquipAuto aftermarket show in Paris are to unveil a raft of initiatives to tempt international exhibitors back to the French capital in a bid to regain numbers before the financial crash of 2007.


Resurgent UK opportunity for suppliers - SMMT 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes says the continuing powerful performance of the UK car industry is presenting real opportunities for domestic suppliers.


Diesel "fundamental" for CO2 targets - SMMT 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

UK automotive trade association, SMMT, says diesel remains firmly part of targets to drive down CO2 levels, despite the undoubted negative publicity of late.


Daihatsu takeover brings opportunities for Denso 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation has said a full buy out by Toyota Motor of its mini-vehicle subsidiary Daihatsu Motor was a chance for Japan's largest supplier to expand its product range by making more parts for smaller vehicles.


Japan earthquake halts four GM plants 25 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

General Motors has halted production at four of its North American assembly plants while it assesses the effect on its supply chain from the recent Japanese earthquake.


Magna to acquire electronics provider Telemotive 25 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Magna has inked a purchase agreement to acquire Telemotive, an engineering service provider in the field of automotive electronics and, subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.


Thyssenkrupp to build Germany ladle furnace 25 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp’s steel division has awarded contracts for the construction of a ladle furnace in Duisburg, allowing the manufacturer to expand its product portfolio to include high-alloy grades.


Inteva opens new Czech Republic facility 25 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Inteva Products has opened a new facility in Rychnov, Czech Republic, producing window regulators and latches for the supplier's European customers.


Grammer builds new Germany headquarters 25 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Grammer says it is building its new Group headquarters and research and development centre in Ursensollen in the Amberg-Sulzbach district of Germany.


Pirelli injects US$200m into new Mexico plant 22 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Pirelli is to plough an additional US$200m into a new Mexico factory, in addition to the existing car tyre plant in Silao.


Michelin posts Q1 net sales up 0.9% to EUR5.1bn 22 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Michelin has unveiled first quarter net sales of EUR5.1bn (US$5.8bn), with volumes up 3.7%, increasing 4% for passenger car and light truck tyres, 3% for truck tyres and remaining stable (0%) for speciality businesses.

Latest blogs

How Fisher Body did it back in the day 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell),


Russian resilience will see it through crisis 18 Mar 16

Simon Warburton

I was talking to someone who works for the British Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Automotive Forum's (RAF) Cocktail Reception and we got on to why there were no British suppliers at the event.

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