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VW fires warning shot across supplier bows?

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's major row with two of its suppliers for the past week or so concerned a relatively small dispute with component manufacturers, but was still deemed sufficiently serious to attract the attention of the Economics Ministry in Berlin.

COMMENT - VW must change its buyer behaviour

24 August 2016 | Guest

As VW Group wrestles with the cost and other implications of ‘dieselgate’, attention this week was drawn to a dispute between the company and two of its suppliers. If it is looking at its supplier base for cost savings, it will need to act carefully. Richard Gane considers the strategic implications for OEM-supplier relationships.  

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.

OEM purchasing managers outline supplier wants

16 June 2016 | Dave Leggett

Vehicle manufacturer purchasing managers have described the challenges facing the UK supply chain and frustrations they face in dealing with suppliers.

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Evolution Time Critical - Q&A

18 March 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 March 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

Faurecia inks third Iran joint-venture

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has signed its third Iranian joint-venture agreement, with emissons controls the latest technology unveiled.

Cooper Tire completes 65% GRT purchase

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Cooper Tire has completed its purchase of a 65% interest in China-based Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber (GRT) with terms which were previously announced.

Ballard Power supplies Riga fuel cell buses

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Ballard Power Systems has inked a Long-Term Sales Agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach headquartered in Poland, for the sale and supply of fuel cell modules to support deployment of Solaris fuel cell buses in Europe.

Adient commits to Detroit with new global HQ

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Adient is to plough around  US$50m into establishing its global headquarters in Detroit, generating 500 jobs following its separation from Johnson Controls.

ZF accepts Knorr-Bremse Haldex tender offer

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

ZF Friedrichshafen, through its wholly-owned subsidiary ZF International, has reduced its shareholding in Haldex to 20.11% of the total share capital and intends to accept Knorr-Bremse's tender offer at SEK125 (US$13.50) in cash per share for its entire remaining stake.

Borgward and Faurecia establish China seating JV

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia and Borgward have created a joint-venture in China to develop and build complete seats.

DB Schenker/MAN team on Germany platooning tests

29 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

DB Schenker and MAN are to test networked truck convoys on the A9 Motorway between Munich and Nuremberg next year.

Continental Connect infotainment on PSA models

29 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands are using a new infotainment system by Continental, which offers online services, as well as smartphone integration solutions, known as Connect.

Audi starts scanner-glove use for Ingolstadt CKD

29 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Audi has introduced scanner-gloves at its plant in Ingolstadt, with components dispatched using the ProGlove Mark with its embedded barcode scanner.

RHA urges continued vigilance despite jungle end

28 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is cautiously welcoming the return of some operators to the Port of Calais in northern France following the demolition of the nearby migrant camp, but is warning drivers to continue their vigilance.

Saint-Gobain appoints lead independent director

28 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Saint-Gobain has created the position of lead independent director, which will be filled by Jean-Dominique Senard, independent director since 2012.

Adient hails 51 suppliers at Detroit awards

25 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Adient has recognised 51 of its component manufacturers for their performance during the company's annual Supplier Performance Awards ceremony held in Detroit.

Toyoda Gosei to exhibit at LED Expo New Delhi

25 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Toyoda Gosei is to exhibit at LED Expo New Delhi 2016, the largest LED trade fair in India, to be held on December 2–4 at Pragati Maidan.

Thyssenkrupp posts EUR261m income for FY2015/16

25 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrup has posted net income for 2015/16 fiscal year of EUR261m (US$275m) (prior year EUR268m), while net income attributable to the shareholders came to EUR296m (prior year EUR309m).

Michigan forefront of autonomous - Rick Snyder

24 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Michigan governor, Rick Snyder has attended groundbreaking at the American Centre for Mobility at Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township.

Toyota develops method to observe Li-ion behaviour

24 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a method for observing the behaviour of lithium ions (Li-ions) in an electrolyte when a Li-ion battery charges and discharges.

TomTom teams with Amsterdam on traffic flow

24 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

TomTom and the City of Amsterdam are to collaborate on the development of traffic and travel concepts to improve vehicle flow and parking in the Dutch capital.

NTT and DeNA trial autonomous 5G safety system

24 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

NTT DOCOMO and DeNA have jointly announced today their agreement to trial a 5G mobile-communications system expected to enhance the safety of self-driving vehicles through remote monitoring and passenger assistance.

CTA supports NHTSA’s proposal on autonomous cars

24 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

America's Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is welcoming the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Federal role in providing oversight and guidance to States, in relation to self-driving, with a "smart approach" in avoiding a patchwork of local laws which might impede technology development.

NHTSA releases driver-distraction guidelines

24 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

America's Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released proposed guidelines to help address driver distraction caused by mobile and other electronic devices in vehicles.

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