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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.


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.


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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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BMW pushes tariff-free access post-Brexit

23 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

BMW says it is in talks with German and British government bodies, as well as the VDA, with the Munich-based automaker urging London to maintain tariff-free access to the European Union (EU) post Brexit.


New Delphi CTO as Owens retires after 40 years

23 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Delphi has named Glen De Vos as chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president, effective 1 March, succeeding current incumbent, Jeff Owens, who will retire after more than 40 years with Delphi.


VDA warns of "protectionism" as Trump starts

23 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

German automotive body, VDA, says the US would be "shooting itself in the foot," if newly-installed US President, Donald Trump makes good on his comments he could impose a 35% border tax on imported vehicles.


Thyssenkrupp breaks ground for new test centre

23 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp has broken ground for construction of a EUR15m (US$16m) new steering technology test and development centre in Liechtenstein at its steering business headquarters in Eschen, with completion slated for the first half of 2019.


VDA urges UK trade status quo as Article 50 looms

20 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Germany's powerful automotive industry association, VDA, is urging trading conditions with the UK and the European Union (EU) remain as they are as Britain starts to flesh out its wish list for leaving the Brussels body.


New Zealand pumps NZ$3.5m into EVs

20 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

New Zealand has earmarked NZ$3.5m (US$2.5m) to fund 15 projects for its Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, says the country's Energy and Resources Ministry, highlighting the country's major renewable energy potential.


BME warns Brexit "poison" could have domino effect

19 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Germany's  Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), is warning of a 'poisonous' effect of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), with the risk of contagion potentially spreading to other Member States.


Evonik invests and holds minority share in NIS

19 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Evonik has invested in its venture capital arm in Nanotech Industrial Solutions (NIS) headquartered in Avenel (New Jersey) and now holds a minority share in the company.


TomTom acquires Berlin-based Autonomos

18 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

TomTom (TOM2) has acquired Autonomos, a Berlin-based autonomous driving start-up.


Velodyne Lidar opens San Jose Megafactory

18 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Velodyne Lidar has opened what it terms a "Megafactory," which will significantly ramp up production of 3D Lidar sensors to meet high global demand.


UK quits Single Market but leaves auto door ajar

17 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has confirmed the UK will not remain a member of the EU trade bloc's Single Market but will seek access to it through a Free Trade Agreement, which she says could see the automotive sector trading using Single Market "arrangements."


Weaker sterling pushes near-sourcing - GEFCO

17 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics provider, GEFCO, says one of the impacts from the UK's decision to quit the European Union (EU) has been an increase in manufacturers evaluating near-sourcing as a way to mitigate the weakening of sterling against the Euro.


GEFCO pushes envelope as OEM needs evolve

13 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics provider, GEFCO, says one of its key challenges in the frenetically advancing world of new vehicle technologies is how to maintain its position at the head of the queue when it comes to OEMs or suppliers choosing its delivery systems.


Recaro group to supply CV seats for MAN

13 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Adient's Recaro Automotive Seating product group has secured a contract with MAN Truck & Bus AG to increase annual production at the company's facility in Skarbimierz, Poland. 


Toyo Tyre North America expands R&D capabilities

12 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Toyo its expanding research and development capabilities at its North America manufacturing facility, with expansion slated for completion this year.


Hella first-half auto sales up 1.2% to EUR2.4bn

12 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Hella has posted half-year external auto sales up 0.6% to EUR2.41bn (US$2.6bn), compared to the previous year of EUR2.39bn.


GEFCO addresses myriad EV transport challenges

11 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics provider, GEFCO says rapid advances in powertrain technology are driving it to radically alter the way in which it addresses supply chain delivery.


Tenneco clean air solutions to Daimler NRM engines

11 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tenneco is supplying the complete hot-end aftertreatment system for diesel applications, which includes the Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), mixer and the SCR-Coated Diesel Particulate Filter (SDPF) with an SCR substrate in a module with sensors.


NEVS appoints new VP Product Strategy & Planning

11 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

NEVS current senior director Electrical Engineering & Vehicle Motion, Hans-Martin Duringhof, has been appointed vice president of Product Strategy & Planning and member of the automaker's management team.


Dana 2016 sales down 4% at US$5.8bn

11 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Dana has posted preliminary 2016 sales down 4% to US$5.8bn and adjusted EBITDA of US$660m, with the former primarily due to foreign-currency translation reducing sales by around US$170m.



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