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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.

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Valeo records Q3 sales up 16% to EUR3.9bn

21 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has unveiled third-quarter sales up 16% to EUR3.9bn (US$4.3bn), while nine-month consolidated sales came in at EUR12.1bn , up 13%.

Brembo inaugurates Mexico aluminium caliper plant

21 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Brembo has inaugurated its new plant in Escobedo, Mexico, augmenting its operations in the country where it started in 1996 with the establishment of a joint-venture in Puebla.

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.

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.

Gebrüder notes rapid rise in supply logistics

18 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Rapidly rising content complexity in vehicles is triggering a surge in logistics demands from suppliers says one transport company, as more components means innovative ways have to be found to move them to assembly lines.

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.

Constellium adds auto aluminium line in France

18 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Constellium has officially opened a new aluminium automotive body sheet finishing line in Neuf-Brisach, France, costing US$198m.

Cimos starts on Industry 4.0 as TCH takeover inked

17 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Cimos Group says it is starting to implement Industry 4.0 philosophy into some of its factories as the mainly vertically-integrated supplier looks to build on its turbocharger component business.

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.

CEE Tier 2s may have to review pricing - Videton

17 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Hungarian Tier 2 supplier, Videoton Holding says it has hugely upped its automotive presence in the last three years as the booming Visegrad countries continue to meet burgeoning demand from OEMs and mass-manufacture suppliers, although warns its pricing structure may have to be reviewed.

Early Adient bird catches Slovakian worm

14 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Adient says its early entry into Slovenia helped it establish a bulwark against the threat of fierce competition for labour in low-cost emerging markets.

Producers to halve as Silicon Valley moves in -FCA

14 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobile Serbia's purchasing chief says he believes the number of global automakers able to incorporate the myriad leaps forward in technology currently flooding the market will halve with Silicon Valley companies jostling for entry into a crowded market.

Ssangyong sign MOU with Tech Mahindra/LG U+

12 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

SsangYong Motor Company has announced that the company has signed a MOU with India’s Tech Mahindra and LG U+, third largest Korean telecommunications provider, to develop technologies that will enable connected cars.

Michelin mounts robust case for 1.6mm tyre tread

7 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Michelin has issued a stirring defence of its insistence a tyre tread depth of 1.6mm is consistent with safety and performance, insisting it sees "no reason" to move to 3mm or 4mm being pushed by some other manufacturers.

Valeo mulls eventual diesel replacement

7 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Valeo says it is well poised to take advantage of the move to electrification as it raises the possibility diesel may have to be replaced at some point.

No relaxing in pace of CO2 reduction- Faurecia CEO

6 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia estimates there will be no let-up in ever-greater regulatory pressure to drive down emissions, which in turn will generate more electric vehicle technology.

Southampton attracts investment for UK car exports

6 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a major investment to support the continued growth of UK vehicle exports through England's south coast port of Southampton.

PSA mulls supply chain ahead of launch programme

5 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it is confident its supply chain will be robust enough to cope with the frenetic pace of new launches it is planning in the immediate future, as it evaluates component capability ahead of the huge drive.

Faurecia thinks laterally as autonomous looms -CEO

5 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia firmly expects "20%-30%" of future vehicles will feature some element of autonomous driving as the supplier gears up to provide a raft of aids to facilitate the move.

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