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Faring well in Moscow 23 Mar 16

While in Moscow last week, I needed to find a cab back from the centre of town, a stone's throw from Moscow's infamous KGB headquarters, the Lubyanka and not much further to The Kremlin, so right slap in the heart of the city...


Russian resilience will see it through crisis 18 Mar 16

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...


Russia moving in right direction? 15 Mar 16

Arriving in Moscow this week for the Russian Automotive Forum via a 100% full Lufthansa flight from Munich - for all its troubles this country is still clearly a big draw - I needed to find who was showing the quarter finals of the English FA Cup football...


Sparkle in the rain 29 Oct 15

To the backdrop of bright autumnal sunshine - not to mention a certain German automaker's woes - this year's recent FKG Suppliers Forum in Gothenburg fused a heady mixture of knowledge exchange and networking...


Fried cabbage's off 15 Jul 15

Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere...


Taxing questions in France 26 Jun 15

It's been an eventful week in French industrial relations - and that's a competitive field - as the country's hard-wired unionism exerts a summer push...


Going underground 19 Jun 15

It became clear to me just why the Russians were so twitchy about letting any old foreigner in to Nizhny Novgorod until around 1992, after talking to GAZ CEO, Vadim Sorokin from his eyrie on the 14th floor of the automaker's HQ in the same city this week...


New Bosch president starts royally 5 Jun 15

New UK Bosch president, Steffen Hoffmann has only been in post a couple of months, but has clearly already moving in some very exalted circles indeed...


Michelin highlights DS cooperation 26 May 15

Michelin has long cooperated with Citroen's DS range with its adjustable suspension system making it possible to conduct precise trials...


"Difficult and beautiful" in Russia 19 Mar 15

Despite fears numbers would be down, this year's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) kicked off in Moscow with a healthy attendance that belied the undoubted economic challenges the country faces...

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