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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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Renault-Nissan partners Microsoft on connectivity

26 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on "next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide".

PSA looks to 1,000-fold increase in 3D technology

26 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says personalisation of future models will be enhanced by the use of techniques such as 3D printing, whose influence will increase a thousand-fold by 2020 at the automaker.

Gefco records H1 turnover up 3.5% to EUR2.2bn

26 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Industrial and automotive logistics provider, Gefco, has posted first-half turnover up 3.5% to EUR2.2bn (US$2.5bn).

Constellium supplies body sheets to Peugeot 3008

26 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Constellium is to supply aluminium crash management systems and automotive body sheets for the new Peugeot 3008, which will be unveiled at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show.

SAP and Bosch work together on industrial data

21 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

German-based business software giant SAP and Bosch are planning to work closely together on connected vehicles and industrial machines over the internet. It’s part of an initiative in Germany to improve connectivity and standards involving equipment in use and manufacturing infrastructure, with implications in automotive components manufacturing.

PSA labour bodies neutral on cobot evaluation

19 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says its drive to examine new technology such as cobots has left its unions largely neutral.

Constellium/UACJ open auto alloy sheet plant

15 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Constellium and UACJ have officially opened their new manufacturing plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to supply aluminium automotive body sheet to the North American automotive industry through their joint venture, Constellium-UACJ ABS.

Unite pushes Ford for urgent Bridgend engine talks

13 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

British labour body, Unite claims Ford is not holding talks at a senior level as uncertainty continues to bedevil the future of the automaker's engine plant in South Wales.

Calais turns to RHA for migrant crisis solution

12 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Calais' regional president has asked the UK Road Haulage Association (RHA) to put forward a plan to end the deteriorating security situation at the port, as reports emerge of nightly attempts by migrants attempting to break into lorries.

Knorr-Bremse acquires tedrive Steering Systems

12 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Knorr-Bremse has completed its acquisition of tedrive Steering Systems based in Wülfrath, Germany, with the transaction approved by the antitrust authorities.

ZF purchases 40% stake in doubleSlash software

12 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

ZF is to buy 40% of software specialist, doubleSlash to work in the field of vehicle networking.

RHA "disappointed" at GBP2m Calais wall

9 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is "disappointed" at news the UK is to fund the building of a 1km wall at the migrant pinch-point in the Port of Calais.

JCI board approves seating and interiors spin-off

9 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Johnson Controls says its board of directors has approved the previously announced spin-off of its global automotive seating and interiors business. 

Mitsui becomes Gestamp holding company shareholder

9 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Mitsui is to become a shareholder of Gestamp's holding company, after being a partner in the Spanish supplier in North and South America since 2013.

ClipperCreek unveils Share2 EV charging technology

9 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

ClipperCreek’s Share2 maximizes infrastructure investment by turning one charging spot into two.

Ford engine investment cut attracts Wales scrutiny

8 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Ford says its decision to axe GBP81m (US$108m) from an initial GBP181m budget allocated for engine development in South Wales will not impact jobs, although the government in Cardiff will hold the automaker's feet to the fire ensuring its investment conditions are upheld.

Send in military urges RHA as Calais chaos spirals

8 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is urging the French government to send its army to disperse migrants massing at Calais, while branding the UK's decision to build a new wall at the Port, "a waste of money."

Apollo becomes Manchester Utd global tyre partner

8 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Apollo Tyres has become the Global Tyre Partner for Manchester United in a three-year sponsorship deal.

Leoni shows new data cables at IZB suppliers fair

8 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Leoni is to present new Dacar family data cables at the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) in Wolfsburg.

FTA laments Calais "collapse of public order"

7 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed confirmation by the UK Home Office it will fund a 1km wall at the Port of Calais' most intense flashpoint, but cites a "collapse of public order" as migrants fashion weapons to hurl at lorries. as reports emerge of desperate migrants sharpening tree branches to throw as spears at lorries.

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