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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.


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.  


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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.


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.

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Tata Steel picks up Volvo quality award

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel has secured Volvo Cars' Quality Excellence (VQE) award at the a ceremony to mark the 60- year anniversary of cooperation between the companies.


Wabco builds new Innovation Centre in Hanover

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Wabco has laid the foundation stone for its new Engineering Innovation Centre in Hanover, Germany.


Motherson Sumi Systems acquires PKC Group

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Motherson Sumi Systems (MSSL) has acquired Finland-based global automotive supplier, PKC Group for around EUR571m (US$619.6m), in a move which will help the Vivek Chaand Sehgal-led group to expand its footprint in American and European commercial vehicle market segments.


Eaton launches high current power inductors

28 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Eaton has launched its automotive grade HCM1A product line of high current power inductors designed to meet electronic system power and thermal handling requirements of transportation manufacturers.


PPG to increase coatings prices in Europe

27 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following an earlier announcement for the same reason in the Asian region, PPG said it would increase prices and surcharges in Europe "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs". The price changes will impact a select group of automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and industrial coatings products, effective 1 May or as contracts permit.


Microsoft's connected car patent deal with Toyota

24 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Microsoft this week agreed a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota that includes broad coverage for connected car technologies.


Gestamp IPO cleared by Spanish regulators

24 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Spain's Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) has approved the prospectus for supplier Gestamp's initial public offering of shares.


Huawei signs MoU with MetaSystem on connected cars

24 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mobile device and information and communications technology supplier Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MetaSystem, a UBI (usage-based insurance) specialist. The signing took place at CeBIT 2017 and will see Huawei work with MetaSystem Italy to develop connected car applications and provide a variety of end to end UBI products for the industry.


White still Europe's most popular car colour

23 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

White is still the most popular car colour in Europe, with a share of 29%, followed by black with 19% and grey with 18%, according to a report from BASF's coatings division.


BorgWarner committed to UK as Article 50 looms

22 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

BorgWarner says it remains strongly committed to the UK despite current uncertainty triggered by Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU) in 2019.


GEFCO diversifies offer to combat Russia downturn

22 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics operator, GEFCO says its Russian operations have been able to largely cope with the downturn in the domestic automotive market by diversifying and leveraging expertise from parent company, RZD.


UK autonomous specialist expanding in Australia

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

UK autonomous vehicle designer and manufacturer RDM Group said it would use an A$1m (GBP621,500; USD771,800) South Australian government grant for local trials of its mobility technology.


Russia domestic quality high but a way to go - AEB

21 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) Automotive Manufacturers Committee (AMC) is cites the "extremely high" quality of assembled vehicles for export, but concedes there is a way to go before Western international acceptance becomes widespread.


Wyoming teams with Lear for road-side technology

21 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lear has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) as its partner to supply vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side and On-Board Units.   The supplier has in-house capabilities, augmented by its 2015 acquisition of Arada Systems, for vehicle electrical systems required to connect vehicles to other vehicles and to roadside infrastructure, including hardware, software and cybersecurity.  Lear has deployed road-side equipment in more than 20 locations across eight States and in five countries. Wyoming is one of the US Department of Transportation's pilot sites for connected vehicles, with a focus on trucking and highway driving in adverse weather conditions.  In addition to supplying all related safety applications to the pilot programme, Lear's E-Systems will supply its Locomate Roadstar product with features such as Dedicated Short-Range Communications, high-precision GPS, Wi-Fi, Security and more.  Designed to withstand harsh environments, the Locomate Roadstar is the next generation of the product from Lear's automotive connectivity portfolio.  "Lear is pleased to showcase our expertise with both in-vehicle and roadside infrastructure capabilities as well as our commitment to work closely with States such as Wyoming in order to provide vehicle connectivity solutions," said Lear SVP and E-Systems business segment president, Frank Orsini. "Our E-Systems team is focused on delivering innovations for automotive connectivity platforms, and our industry-leading vehicle connectivity product offering is the result of our global engineering talent bringing leading products to market." Lear was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products, with the company celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.


Valeo acquires German based Gestigon start-up

21 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has acquired all of the outstanding shares of German start-up, Gestigon, specialising in developing 3D image processing software for vehicle cabins.


SRG Global opens new Innovation Centre in Michigan

21 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

SRG Global has completed its Innovation Centre located in Taylor, Michigan, featuring areas for prototyping, testing and scale-up experimentation.


Ricardo develops emissions monitoring service

21 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Ricardo Energy & Environment, working with technology partner OPUS Inspection, has launched a real-world vehicle emissions monitoring service.


Sourcing Russian suppliers key - Ford Sollers

20 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Ford Sollers says domestic suppliers are key to dealing with the challenges faced by all automakers in the Russian market as the country continues to grapple with ruble and oil price pressures, as well as international economic sanctions.


GAZ Group looks close to home for competitive edge

20 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group's component division says it is actively seeking to source more Russian suppliers as the company continues its drive to launch new products and cut costs.


Russian domestic exporters to receive boost

20 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Export Centre (REC) says there will be an increase in the amount of financial support available to automakers using the Decree 905 mechanism for companies looking to conduct business abroad.



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