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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.


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.


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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.


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.

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GM&S workers hold breath as French State steps in

23 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

France's Economy Minister has confirmed he asked Renault and PSA Group to increase their orders to ailing supplier, GM&S in a move which could see the stamping operator evade liquidation.


Toyota explores 'blockchain' for driverless cars

23 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology for use in the development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology.


Union prepared to detonate bombs in supplier talks

19 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

A union is threatening to blow up the GM&S stamping plant in central France as the clock ticks towards its liquidation next week (23 May) in the face of dwindling orders.


Kobe Steel opens new aluminium plant in China

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kobe Steel's JV, Kobelco Automotive Aluminium Rolled Products (China), has opened a new factory in Tianjin, China. The company, established in 2014, produces and sells automotive aluminium panel material.


PSA not abandoning GM&S as liquidation looms

18 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it has other suppliers lined up should stamping supplier, GM&S enter liquidation next week after a fraught stand-off which has seen footage of disgruntled staff destroying plant machinery and attaching gas cylinders to a factory tower.


Lectra delivers airbag cutting machines to ZF

17 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lectra has delivered two FocusQuantum FT6K machines for multi-ply airbag fabric for ZF TRW Occupant Safety Systems.


Schaeffler Bavaria explosion not auto-related

17 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Schaeffler says the explosion at its Bavaria rolling components plant which saw four people seriously injured on Monday (15 May), was not automotive-related.


BMW teams with Delphi as autonomous partner

17 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye are to work with Delphi as a development partner and system integrator for their autonomous driving platform.


Renault pledges GM&S work as stand-off continues

16 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault says it will guarantee work for beleaguered stamping supplier, GM&S, but cautions it has alternatives should the company enter liquidation in a dispute which is casting a shadow over newly-elected French President, Emmanuel Macron's first week.


Poor supplier relations hit Detroit bottom lines

16 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

An annual survey of suppliers that charts their view of relationships with OEMs suggests that Ford, General Motors, FCA US and Nissan collectively would have earned USD2bn more in operating profit last year had their supplier relations improved as much as Toyota’s and Honda’s did during the past year.


GM collaborates with suppliers over rubber supply

16 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

General Motors says it is commited to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tyres to drive the industry towards net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labour rights.


Schaeffler Bavaria site 90% working after blast

15 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Schaeffler says 90% of its production lines are operating again following this morning's (15 May) explosion at its bearings factory in Eltmann, Bavaria, which saw four staff seriously injured according to Police.


Isuzu India develops local vendors for global use

15 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Isuzu is gradually increasing component sourcing from India for its global operations as it develops local vendors in the country.


ZYNP China to produce pistons for Kolbenschmidt

15 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Rheinmetall Automotive's KS Kolbenschmidt division has signed a licence agreement with supplier, ZYNP to produce and market commercial vehicle steel pistons for the Chinese market.


Grammer Q1 revenue up 7.5% to EUR458m

15 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Grammer Group has posted first quarter net profit after tax up 89.2% to EUR14m (US$15.4m), with revenue rising 7.5% to EUR458.0m (US$500m) and an increase of 52% in EBIT to EUR22.5m (2016: EUR14.8m).


Yokohama Q1 profit up 56% to US$50m

12 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Yokohama has recorded first quarter profit attributable to its parent up 56% to US$50.1m on a 32% increase in operating income to JPY9.1bn and a 14.2% rise net sales, to JPY47.7bn.


RAC/Navya to deploy autonomous vehicle technology

12 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

RAC has expanded its partnership with the French-based designer and manufacturer of its Intellibus, Navya, to help facilitate further deployments of autonomous vehicle technology in Australia and overseas.


Leoni Supervisory Board appoints new chairman

12 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Leoni has appointed president and CEO, Klaus Probst as chairman after a vote by shareholders at the company's Annual General Meeting.


Fastned inks Transport for London charging deal

12 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Charging network company, Fastned has signed a framework agreement with Transport for London to realise rapid charging stations in the Greater London Area.


Kongsberg unveils Q1 revenue up 11% to EUR270m

12 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

Kongsberg has posted first quarter revenue of EUR270m (US$294m), an increase of EUR27m or 11% compared to the same period last year.



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