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OEM purchasing managers outline supplier wants

Vehicle manufacturer purchasing managers have described the challenges facing the UK supply chain and frustrations they face in dealing with...

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...

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

ZF TRW mulls 1-100m parts failure rate 26 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

ZF TRW says failure rates of certain technologies could reach one in a hundred million as industry and consumers look to ensure the safety of ever-rising vehicle content.


Faurecia H1 operating income up 28% to EUR490m 26 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Faurecia has unveiled half year operating income up 28% to EUR490m (US$539m), representing 5.1% of total sales.


Gentex records Q2 net sales up 12% to EU$424m 26 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Gentex has posted Q2 net sales of US$424m, up 12%, largely driven by a 13% quarter to quarter increase in auto-dimming mirror unit shipments as well as overall light vehicle production rises.


Valeo records H1 net income up 23% to EUR422m 26 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Valeo has posted half year net income up 23% to EUR422m (US$463m), with sales up 11% to EUR8.1bn for the first six months.


Heat challenging as technology ramps up - ZF TRW 25 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

ZF TRW says one of its key issues affecting the extra technology now prevalent on new vehicles is heat as ever-greater performance creates its own set of challenges.


ZF TRW still arrows in on affordable safety 25 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

ZF TRW insists the former mantra adopted by its newly-acquired US supplier of 'affordable safety' continues to drive its business strategy.


Autonomous to drive massive fitment surge - ZF 18 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

ZF says it sees a "huge increase" in sensor fitment rates as demand for driver assistance systems starts to ramp up.


Visteon acquires AllGo Embedded Systems 11 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Visteon has completed the acquisition of AllGo Embedded Systems, an India-based supplier of multimedia and smartphone connectivity software solutions to the global automotive industry.


Constellium to open Mexico aluminium facility 11 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Constellium is to open a new manufacturing facility in Mexico to produce aluminium automotive structural components.


OESA cautions on lower revenue after Brexit vote 1 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

America's component manufacturing body says it expects lower revenue for its members following the UK's shock decision to leave the European Union (EU).


ZF respects UK Brexit vote as "sovereign decision" 1 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

ZF says it respects the move by the UK to leave the European Union as a "sovereign decision."


Continental presents 13 suppliers with awards 1 Jul 16

Simon Warburton

Continental has presented its Supplier of the Year Awards to 13 component producers at a ceremony in Dresden, Germany for its three divisions of Chassis & Safety, Powertrain and Interior.


ZF extends Stefan Sommer contract by five years 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

ZF Friedrichshafen has confirmed the extension of CEO, Stefan Sommer's contract for another five years.


SMIC to buy 70% of Lfoundry for EUR49m 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) has inked a deal to acquire 70% of Lfoundry for EUR49m (US$54m).


Knorr-Bremse acquires Bosch transmission business 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Knorr-Bremse is to purchase the on-highway CVS transmission components business from Bosch in Japan, with around 120 employees transferring.


GKN appoints Markus Schermann to eDrive business 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

GKN Driveline has appointed Markus Schermann as senior director of product technology within its eDrive business.


Inteva opens new Mexico interiors plant 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Inteva Products is expanding its global manufacturing capabilities with a new 300,000-square-foot facility in Guanajuato, Silao, Mexico.


Leoni secures EUR500m PSA wiring contract 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Leoni has secured two follow-up orders from PSA Groupe with a total lifetime sales volume of EUR500m (US$555m).


Maxion opens new Brazil aluminium wheel site 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Maxion Wheels has opened a new light vehicle aluminium wheel plant in Limeira, São Paulo, Brazil.


Shocked CLEPA to discuss Brexit in Madrid 27 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

European supplier body, CLEPA, says it is "shocked" by the UK's decision to split with Brussels after last week's (23 June) referendum, which saw Britain vote to leave the 28-State strong organisation.

Latest blogs

White nights and networking in St Petersburg 22 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

So another St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has flashed by in its usual white blur of back-to-back press conferences and some of the highest level networking I've ever seen.


New Normal becomes New Reality in BRIC parlance 15 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Russia or more specifically, St Petersburg, is hosting its 16th International Economic Forum here in its mighty second city and it's a continued show of defiance against a West, which is equally stubborn in its insistence of maintaining a frosty disapproval of The Kremlin's Crimea and possibly Eastern Ukraine involvement

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