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NA OEMs' progress on supplier relations stalls

Relations between vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers is a subject area that has always provoked debate. For all the talk of the benef...

Gloves off as UK poised to decide EU future

"Independence Day" is how Boris Johnson – recent Mayor of London – and star turn of the UK's so-called Brexit wing looking for an amicable d...

Moscow voices - from the Russian Forum shop floor

Is there light at the end of a long, dark tunnel for Russia? After more than a year of catastrophically plummeting light vehicle sales, last...

Is Moscow about to turn down subsidy taps?

It was a politician's remark delivered mid-speech at last week's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) in Moscow, which struck me as indicative of...

Latest Interviews

Evolution Time Critical - Q&A 18 Mar 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 Mar 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.

Latest News

Volkswagen nominates 55 FAST suppliers 27 May 16

Simon Warburton

Volkswagen has nominated a total of 55 partners for 61 fields of competence through its 'Volkswagen Future Automotive Supply Tracks' (FAST) initiative.


Faurecia nominated FAST partner for VW Group 26 May 16

Simon Warburton

Faurecia says it has been nominated again as strategic partner within the 'Future Automotive Supply Tracks' initiative (FAST) of the Volkswagen Group.


Infineon and Imec team on sensor chip development 26 May 16

Simon Warburton

Infineon Technologies and Imec are to cooperate on CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor chip development.


Brose manufactures five millionth seat structure 26 May 16

Simon Warburton

Brose says it has manufactured the five millionth front seat structure since the start of production in 2012 for a joint project between Daimler and BMW.


ST and Weifu colloborate in Testing Institute 26 May 16

Simon Warburton

STMicroelectronics and Weifu High-Technology, a Chinese provider of automotive electronic control systems, have unveiled ST’s participation in Weifu’s Researching and Testing Institute of Engineering and Technology.


Drive System and Solvay team on plastic composites 26 May 16

Simon Warburton

Automotive engineering consultancy, Drive System Design (DSD) and Solvay say they aim to make the large-scale use of plastic composites in transmissions a viable solution for future vehicles.


FMC triples lithium hydroxide production 26 May 16

Simon Warburton

FMC is to increase its production capacity of lithium hydroxide by 20,000 metric tons per year, effectively tripling its production.


Bridgestone to divest Venezuela arm to Corimon 26 May 16

Simon Warburton

Bridgestone Americas says it is to divest its business in Venezuela, Bridgestone Firestone Venezolana (BFVZ),to the Corimon Group.


Novelis adds third Oswego aluminium line for Ford 25 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Novelis has commissioned its third aluminium automotive finishing line in Oswego, New York to supply Ford.


Harman and Google team on audio technology 23 May 16

Simon Warburton

Harman says it is to collaborate with Google for its Ara modular mobile device, while both will also work on the latter's Technology and Projects Group (ATAP) on Project Soli, using radar to enable new types of touchless interactions.


Kongsberg secures German seat heat products deal 20 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Kongsberg Automotive’s interior business area has been awarded multiple agreements with a German automaker for the global supply of seat heat products across their range of premium and luxury vehicles.


Kongsberg wins German seat support system contract 20 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Kongsberg Automotive has been awarded supply of seat support systems to a major German car maker’s E-segment line of SUVs with production in North America.


Brembo closes 66% ASIMOCO stake transaction 20 May 16

Simon Warburton

Brembo says closing of the transaction to acquire a 66% stake in the share capital of ASIMCO Meilian Braking Systems (Langfang), has now taken place.


Hitachi electric parking brake on Mazda CX-9 20 May 16

Simon Warburton

Hitachi Automotive Systems says its electric parking brake is being used on Mazda's new three-row midsize CX-9 crossover SUV.


Protean teams with Tianjin for in-wheel motors 20 May 16

Simon Warburton

Protean Electric and the Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area (THT), have announced their plan to start manufacturing in-wheel motors in Tianjin during the second half of 2016 and to construct a factory on a permanent site within THT by the end of next year.


Grupo Kuo creates new Finance division 19 May 16

Simon Warburton

Grupo Kuo says its Finance and Administration Direction led by Marisol Vázquez-Mellado Mollón and the Planning and Control Direction, headed by Jorge Padilla Ezeta, will merge to create the new Finance and Planning Direction, run by Jorge Padilla Ezeta.


Mobileye and China unveil safety research results 19 May 16

Simon Warburton

Mobileye, with the Chinese Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport, has unveiled findings from a 2015 test of their collision avoidance technology.


Nokian Tyres appoints Timo Tervolin as VP 19 May 16

Roger Stansfield

Nokian Tyres has appointed Timo Tervolin as VP president, Strategy and Corporate Development and a member of Nokian Tyres management team.


Magna opens Mexico exteriors facility 19 May 16

Simon Warburton

Magna has opened its Exteriors Queretaro facility in Mexico, at a ceremony attended by State Governor, Francisco Dominguez Servien and other members of regional governments.


Rochling lays German Technical Centre stone 19 May 16

Simon Warburton

Röchling Automotive has laid the foundation stone for its new EUR9m (US$10.2m) Technical Centre in Worms, Germany, employing 230 staff

Latest blogs

How Fisher Body did it back in the day 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell),


Russian resilience will see it through crisis 18 Mar 16

Simon Warburton

I was talking to someone who works for the British Embassy in Moscow at the Russian Automotive Forum's (RAF) Cocktail Reception and we got on to why there were no British suppliers at the event.

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