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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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UK MP hails Tata Steel investment ahead of Brexit

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel's decision to plough GBP4m (US$5m) into a new tailor welded blanks line at its Wednesfield plant in the UK's West Midlands region, has been hailed by its local Member of Parliament as "reassuring."


Unite urges UK PM to support Vauxhall jobs

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

British labour body, Unite, is urging the UK government to match any political or financial commitment made by Berlin or Paris to Opel plants as PSA Groupe pushes the possibility of creating "a European champion with French-German roots."


Thyssenkrup sells CSA to Ternium for EUR1.5bn

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp has reached agreement with Ternium on the sale of the CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico (CSA) steel plant in Brazil to Ternium for a purchase price (enterprise value) of EUR1.5bn (US$1.6bn).


Flex to acquire AGM Automotive

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Flex has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AGM Automotive (AGM).


Tata Steel commits to UK as unions agree pensions

20 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel says it will continue to financially support its UK operations as its major unions voted to accept radical pension proposals to safeguard jobs in the critical supply sector.


Tata Steel stress material's role in UK supply

20 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel is stressing the crucial nature of the material to the UK supply chain as it emerges from a rocky period with its unions following resolution of its controversial pensions issue.


Cooper Tyre full-year 2016 net income of US$248m

20 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Cooper Tyre & Rubber Company has recorded full-year 2016 net income of US$248m, compared with US$213m 12 months ago.


UK union requests ugent PSA CEO talks

17 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

British union leaders are requesting urgent talks with the CEO of PSA Groupe as speculation grows any new Franco-German alliance could be at the expense of future UK commitments.


Valeo sales rise 14% to EUR16.5bn in 2016

17 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has unveiled 2016 net income up 27% to EUR925m (EUR985m) with sales up 14% to EUR16.5bn.


Valmet Uusikaupunki plant begins GLC production

17 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valmet Automotive has started series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland.


Cooper Standard reports US$139m income in 2016

17 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Cooper-Standard has posted 2016 net income of US$139m and fourth quarter net income of US$31.1m.


Tata Steel unveils UK tailor welded blanks line

15 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Steel has unveiled its latest line for tailor welded blanks at the company’s Automotive Service Centre in Wednesfield, West Midlands, marking 21 years of the site processing and distributing steel products.


UK Police recover all stolen JLR engines

14 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

British Police say all engines stolen from Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) Solihull plant in the UK Midlands region have been recovered, with four men bailed to appear pending further enquiries.


PSA looks to Iran regional export post-sanctions

14 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says it is "very, very keen" to use its burgeoning relationships with Iranian automakers as a springboard for exports to the Middle East.


UK Customs echoes "frictionless" post-Brexit wish

14 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Customs authorities have reiterated UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's wish to ensure post-Brexit trading between the European Union (EU) and London is as "frictionless" as possible.


PSA eyes 60% Iran localisation as JVs ramp up

14 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says it is aiming for a localisation rate of up to 60% in Iran with its SAIPA joint-venture as the pace of automotive development ramps higher following the ending of most international economic sanctions.


AvtoVAZ 2016 net loss of RUB45bn but revenue up

13 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

AvtoVAZ Group has posted a 2016 net loss of RUB44.8bn (US$772m), including impairment and restructuring costs, but the automaker increased revenue by 4.8% to RUB184.9bn.


FCA now falls under French anti-fraud spotlight

9 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) has become the latest manufacturer to fall under the forensic spotlight of France's anti-fraud office (DGCCRF) concerning emissions testing, but strongly insists its diesel vehicles comply with regulations.


Westport/Volvo Car to expand V90 Bi-Fuel version

8 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Westport says Volvo Car will expand the Bi-Fuel version of its new V90 station wagon in Belgium and Luxembourg now available for order at participating dealers, with deliveries slated for May this year.


US DOE funding PPG to develop new silica fillers

8 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

PPG says the US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide funding to support a US$1.14m project to develop new silica-based performance fillers for non-tread components to improve fuel efficiency and performance of tyres.



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