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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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VW - "fundamental interest" in supplier relations

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen insists it has a "fundamental interest in maintaining long-term and stable relations with suppliers," following resumption this week of components to the automaker after a dispute which threatened to disrupt work at six German plants.

VW Group logistics optimises material transport

26 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has opened its new Group Consolidation Centre (KCC) at Malacky near Bratislava, Slovakia, home to a large assembly plant that makes multiple group models.

French Ministry sticks to environmental guns

25 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

France's Environment Ministry is denying reports it had left out any information surrounding emissions testing following speculation circulating this week.

Berlin hails supplier deal reached with Volkswagen

25 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Germany's Federal government has welcomed the agreement reached between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers, which threatened production at six of the automaker's domestic sites.

German supplier body draws lessons from VW dispute

24 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Germany's  Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) says the bitter dispute between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers this week has the potential for "substantial, subsequent effects."

Bosch 'defends interests' as diesel saga rolls on

24 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Bosch says it is "defending its interests" in the long-running diesel saga and has asked US Courts to respect its staff privacy as allegations surrounding the supplier and Volkswagen continue to swirl.

Saxony PM 'discomforted' by VW supplier situation

24 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Lower Saxony Prime Minister, Stephan Weil says he continues to feel a "little discomfort" surrounding the way this week's dispute between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers has been handled.

VW supplier dispute ends after major disruption

23 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Niedersachsen's regional government has confirmed to just-auto the damaging dispute between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers has finally ended, after days of significant disruption to the automaker and its staff..

Skoda logistics adopts SmartGlove

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda is adopting the 'smart' ProGlove industrial glove (also trialled by BMW, as we reported earlier this year) to "facilitate and improve the work of Skoda logistics", according to the VW Group automaker. 

Hannover "very concerned" at VW supplier row

23 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

A German regional government responsible for the area where Volkswagen is headquartered, said it was "very concerned" as the current bitter dispute between the automaker and two of its suppliers entered its second week. It was finally settled after all-night talks in Germany.

Mobileye and Delphi team on automated driving

23 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Mobileye and Delphi say they will partner to jointly develop an SAE Level 4/5 automated driving solution. 

VW outlines supplier dispute impact on plants

22 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group has provided more detail on the impact of halted parts supplies on production at several of its plants. The company is in dispute with some suppliers after it terminated contracts last week.

IACMI teams on composite research project

22 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

America's Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), in partnership with DuPont Performance Materials, Fibrtec and Purdue University, has unveiled a project with a dual focus on decreasing the cost of manufacture and increasing design flexibility for automotive composites.

FEV opens California office

22 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

FEV North America has established an office in Sunnyvale, to take advantage of what it says is a "thriving automotive electronics industry" on the West Coast.

ZF unveils recommended Haldex public cash offer

19 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

ZF Friedrichshafen has unveiled a recommended public cash offer to the shareholders of Haldex Aktiebolag to tender all their shares to the German supplier for SEK100 (US$12) per share.

Allison to adopt US EPA/NHTSA emissions standards

19 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Allison Transmission says it supports new standards issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Administration (NHTSA) regarding fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Chinaust Group acquires two Chinese companies

19 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Chinaust Group, a 50/50 joint venture between GF Piping Systems and Lingyun Industrial, has acquired two Chinese companies: Shuchang Auto Part and Lingyun Jingran Gas Valve.

Bridgestone Canada fetes 50 years and expansion

19 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Bridgestone Canada has feted the 50th anniversary of the opening of its passenger and light truck tyre manufacturing facility in Joliette, Québec, ahead of a planned expansion.

South Africa supplier body appoints new director

18 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

South Africa's National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), says Renai Moothilal will be its new executive director as of next month.

Former Michigan Governor joins ChargePoint board

17 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

ChargePoint says former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm has been appointed to its board, effective immediately.

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