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Nissan and Mitsubishi synergies begin in SE Asia

8 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor expects its global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors will yield some early synergies in South-east Asia, a region in which it has struggled to keep pace with Japanese rivals Toyota and Honda.

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.

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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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.

Latest news

France top political brass dispatched to GM&S

21 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Senior French politicians have plunged directly into one of France's most intractable industrial disputes of recent times, as Renault and PSA stamper, GM&S, fights to secure its survival.

JLR opens Chery JV China engine plant

21 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover has opened a Chinese engine plant as part of its RMB10.9bn (US$1.6bn) joint venture with Chery Automobile to manufacture the Ingenium 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine for future Chery JLR vehicles.

Valeo posts H1 profit up 20% to EUR506m

21 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has recorded sparkling half-year profit up 20% to EUR506m (US$589m), while sales rose 16% to EUR9.5bn.

Plastic Omnium H1 auto revenue up 30% to EUR3.9bn

21 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium has posted first-half automotive revenue of EUR3.9bn, up 30%, including EUR492m from exterior body parts, a business acquired in July last year.

Renault order pledge throws lifeline to GM&S

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault says it has made major commitments to the mooted buyer of parts producer, GM&S as the embattled supplier looks to stave off potential liquidation.

PSA/Renault up GM&S stakes beforeTribunal verdict

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Renault have dramatically upped their financial commitments to threatened stamping supplier, GM&S, offering to guarantee EUR50m (US$58m) of orders each for the next five years in order to avoid the component producer facing liquidation.

Magna has Plan B if Slovenia plans thwarted

19 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Magna says it is "sure" it will secure approval for its new vehicle assembly plant in Slovenia, although the supplier maintains it has an alternative plan should talks collapse.

Navya to open first US production plant in Saline

19 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Navya, in collaboration with Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Ann Arbor Spark have announced its Michigan plant will be located in the city of Saline.

Calsonic Kansei/Quarkslab establish White Motion

19 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Calsonic Kansei and French cyber security company, Quarkslab, have established White Motion to address cyber security in the automobile sector.

JLR chief lauds Tata Technologies relationship

18 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover says its relationship with Tata Technologies is "close" as it leverages the engineering services company's competences in myriad disciplines.

Slovenia Magna decision imminent as 3,000 apply

18 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Slovenia's Ministry of Economy says 3,000 people have already applied for jobs at Magna's potential new plant in the country as the supplier waits on government approval for its site.

Haldex Q2 marrred by Knorr-Bremse uncertainty

18 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Haldex has posted second quarter operating income excluding one-off items down 11% to SEK78m (US$9.4m) from SEK87m, with the Swedish supplier warning of severe difficulties to run the company successfully given the uncertainty surrounding the bid from Knorr-Bremse.

New Tata Tech centre "vote of confidence" in UK

17 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Technologies' decision to open its new GBP20m (US$26m) Warwick European Innovation and Development Centre (EIDC) in Britain's Midlands region, is a firm sign of the company's confidence in UK business post-Brexit, says CEO, Warren Harris.

Automation convergence key - Tata Technologies

17 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Technologies says rapid advances in automation and the alignment of new data collection methods are allowing it to provide services it was not able to only a few years ago.

AAM announces top management changes

17 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

AAM has named Olaf Bongwald as its Driveline Europe operations president, succeeding Michael Bly, who has been appointed the supplier's global sales lead for the Driveline Business Unit.

Human element still vital for Tata Technologies

13 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Technologies says it does not envisage future manufacturing processes representing a threat to employment as working practices radically change with the advent of digitalisation.

NSG to invest in Indonesian battery separator JV

13 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

NSG has reached an agreement with Entek International and Indonesia-based Separindo, to invest in PT Entek Separindo Asia, a joint venture established by the two companies for the manufacturing and sale of polyethylene (PE) separators for lead-acid batteries.

Johnson Electric posts Q1 sales up 10% to US$753m

12 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Johnson Electric has posted Group sales for the quarter ended 30 June of US$753m compared to US$686m in the same quarter in 2016 – an increase of nearly 10%.

Horiba MIRA launches UK Emissions Test Centre

12 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Horiba MIRA has launched its Advanced Emissions Test Centre (AETC) in the UK to ensure global compliance.

Magna waits for new Slovenia plant green light

11 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Slovenia's Ministry of Economy says it is waiting for approval from its Environment counterparts to finally agree the first phase of a Magna plant in the country, which could see nearly 5,000 jobs created.

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