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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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ACEA and CLEPA warn of European Brexit damage

27 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ahead of the EU-Brexit summit this weekend, European automobile manufacturers and suppliers have sounded the alarm over the potential damage that Brexit could do to the competitiveness of their industry, which represents 6.5% of EU’s GDP and provides employment to some 12.2 million Europeans across the continent.


Auto leather sourcing still plentiful - Yanfeng

25 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Yanfeng says it does not anticipate any shortage of leather sourcing for the automotive industry as increasing demand prompts a debate as to future sector needs.


Chinese premium demand fuels leather rise -Yanfeng

25 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Interiors specialist Yanfeng, says rising demand for premium cars in China will fuel demand both for its products and the automotive leather segment.


Valmet on recruitment drive

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Valmet Automotive has begun its recruitment drive to meet additional workload requirements prompted by a new manufacturing agreement with Mercedes signed last month.


Bosch looks to EUR1bn savings using Industry 4.0

24 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bosch is aiming for EUR1bn (US$1.1bn) in productivity savings using Industry 4.0 manufacturing methods as the concept continues to gain ground in industrialised countries.


Authenticity drives leather acceptance - Audi

24 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Audi says consumers are now more willing to accept defects in leather for car interiors as the drive for authenticity gains momentum at least in Western countries.


North American auto industry 'needs NAFTA' - bank

18 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

A Canadian investment bank has said in a note that the North American auto industry needs the NAFTA regional free trade agreement, which has enabled the sector to outperform the global industry.


Russia bangs import substitution drum - DLA Piper

13 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Global law firm, DLA Piper says Russia is focused on addressing the needs of the country's automotive industry in a plan designed to boost the sector until 2025 using a combination of incentives and import substitution initiatives.


EC clears Lear buy of Antolin seats business

13 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Officials at the European Commission (EC) have approved the acquisition by Lear of the seats and metal business of Grupo Antolín-Irausa through the EU Merger Regulation.


Kaluga auto now 30% of industrial manufacturing

12 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Kaluga's Economic Development department says the automotive sector now accounts for 30% of the region's industrial manufacturing and 10% of its tax revenues.


Russia targets suppliers for financial incentives

11 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Industrial Development Fund (IDF) says providing access to certain incentives for overseas companies looking to set up in the country, "is not rocket science," as Moscow continues its drive to steer the automotive sector through turbulent times.


AEB mulls eventual 5m market for Russia

10 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) says the country could one day potentially grow to become a 5m market, although myriad economic obstacles will have to be overcome first.


RZD helps GEFCO to lever export opportunities

10 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics specialist, GEFCO says its ownership by Russian Railways giant, RZD has allowed it to access opportunities such as export potential, which Moscow is actively looking to promote.


Schaeffler Industrial Europe appoints president

10 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Marcus Eisenhuth has started as Schaeffler president Industrial Europe, responsible for direct customer and sales in the region, which also includes India as well as the Middle East and Africa.


Mitsui Chemicals opens electrolyte solution plant

10 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Mitsui Chemicals has opened its electrolyte solution production facility at Nagoya Works to accommodate growing domestic demand for lithium-ion battery-use electrolyte solution, with a production capacity of 5,000t per year.


ZF "on home straight" with TRW integration- Sommer

7 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF says it is "on the home straight" in terms of its integration of American supplier, TRW into its ranks following the acquisition nearly two years ago.


Russian safety key to trigger supply process-Bosal

6 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bosal says the key ingredient when it comes to assessing Russian suppliers is the safety aspect of components, from which flow all other considerations when appointing a component manufacturer in the country .


ARNPO stresses overseas potential for Russia parts

5 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

AvtoVAZ Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organisation (ARNPO) says it has to be able to compete internationally as well as be efficient on the Russian domestic front as it looks to consolidate and increase its presence home and abroad.


Grupo Antolin 2016 sales up 50% at EUR5.2bn

5 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Grupo Antolin has unveiled consolidated sales of EUR5.2bn (US$5.6bn) for 2016, a 50% rise compared to the previous year and taking into account the first full year after consolidating Magna Interiors, acquired in August, 2015.


Mercedes-Benz trucks launches CarPlay/MirrorLink

5 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Mercedes-Benz says it is the first truck manufacturer to bring the Apple CarPlay infotainment system into its vehicles.



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