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Matthew Beecham

Matthew BeechamBiography

Matthew is a freelancer with more than 18 years' experience of researching, writing and analysing market and technical trends in the global automotive components industry. Since 2000, he has served as an associate editor for just-auto.com, monitoring market and technical developments of a range of automotive component sectors from clutches to coatings, seating to shocks and wheels to wipers.

As a director of Auto Research Analysts Ltd, his custom research assignments have included working for AT Kearney, Belron, Bridgehead International, McKinsey, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Motorsport Industry Association, Motor Industry Research Association and the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has also written for magazines including Car Graphic (Japan), JAMA (Japan) and Automotive Engineer (UK). He was awarded a PhD in automotive technology transfer from Cranfield University.

Columns by Matthew Beecham


Beecham's Tech-Talk

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.

Articles by Matthew Beecham

Dino NardicchioMagna Seating VP on tomorrow's solutions

15 August 2019

Although lighter car seats remains a focus of research, other developments in seating have been taking place much faster than may be apparent on the surface. Automakers are demanding greater differentiation in their seat designs while motorists look for greater functionality and luxury. Are we nearly there yet? Matthew Beecham caught up with Dino Nardicchio, global VP of advanced technology engineering for Magna Seating, to learn how seats are becoming safer but more supportive, versatile and pleasant to sit in with a multitude of hidden creature comforts. Do we also discuss parenting and toddlers kicking dad drivers in the back? Well yes. Obviously.

The tablet-style multimedia touchscreen takes centre stage on the Volvo S60 dashboard.Interior design and technology – Volvo S60

12 August 2019

Volvo recently launched the third-generation S60, marking its first model offered without a diesel engine. It is also the first Volvo car made in the US, where diesel remains a less popular fuel option. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this sleek mid-size petrol-powered sedan.

Art of driving: A place for everything and everything in its place. Interior design and technology – VW Arteon

30 July 2019

Volkswagen describes the Arteon as a ‘gran turismo with svelte fastback styling’. Launched in 2017, this coupe-cum-hatchback competes with the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this upmarket, roomy model to see how it measures up.

Keith FooteReflections on a market with Magna Mirrors

18 July 2019

Vehicle rearview mirrors have transformed into complex vision systems jammed with electronics and consumer safety features. Magna Mirrors is a global leader in the innovation and production of full mirror systems. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we caught up with Keith Foote, Vice President of Engineering at Magna Mirrors of America about the auto-dimming, feature-packed exterior mirrors and mirrorless cars.

Jean-Luc Bichler (left), Martin Seiner Hydrogen storage fuels innovation - Q&A with Magna Steyr

15 July 2019

Magna Steyr is a global, brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner to automakers, offering solutions for a range of services with development and assembly strategies. Its product expertise includes fuel tanks and systems. To learn more about this part of the business, we spoke to Jean-Luc Bichler, Vice President, Magna Steyr Fuel Systems and Martin Seiner, Director, Sales, Magna Steyr Fuel Systems.

Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH recently produced its 100 millionth electric power steering (EPS) system.Bosch on tomorrow’s steering systems

15 July 2019

Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH develops, produces, and sells steering technology for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Jennifer Endres, Vice President Engineering System and Advance (AS/NE), Automotive Steering division, Robert Bosch GmbH about electric power steering, steer-by-wire and steering systems for Level 4/5 cars.

Kia proceeds with an upmarket interiorInterior design and technology – Kia ProCeed

11 July 2019

Remember the days when Kia was the butt of jokes? How things have changed. From the funky Soul to the hybrid Niro to the flagship Stinger, all have helped lift the Korean carmaker’s position in the global market place. Meet the third and latest member of the Kia Ceed family: ProCeed, an estate car that’s impersonating a coupe. Carrying the name over from the second-generation pro_cee'd three-door coupé, the ProCeed is a product of Kia's European design, product development and R&D teams. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slipped inside to see what distinguishes it aside from the punctuation.

Rudiger HiemenzSteering tomorrow’s car – Q&A with Nexteer

8 July 2019

Nexteer Automotive is a global manufacturer of steering and driveline systems. Earlier this year, it produced its 60-millionth electric power steering (EPS) system. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Rudiger Hiemenz, Executive Director Engineering - EMEA and South America Division, Nexteer about the ways in which the supplier is pushing back the technical boundaries of a range of steering technologies.

Xavier FraipontOn a roll with Goodyear’s VP Product Development

8 July 2019

There are so many factors shaping the global tyre market. Over the last decade alone, the popularity of EVs and SUVs has steadily increased, prompting manufacturers to redesign their tyres. The increasing segmentation of the car market has also resulted in a more complex tyre market. In response, manufacturers have found yet more ways in which to address tyre weight, rolling resistance, noise and fuel efficiency. Future mobility models will reshape the tyre market further. To learn how Goodyear is addressing these market trends, we spoke to Xavier Fraipont, Vice President, Product Development EMEA.

Stephan RebhanContinental Powertrain on e-mobility, AVs and FCEVs

4 July 2019

Since the transformation of Continental’s powertrain business into an independent group earlier this year, the company has been preparing for a partial IPO. Meanwhile, it continues to invest huge sums into automotive powertrain R&D. To learn more about the supplier‘s research focus, we spoke to Stephan Rebhan, Head of Technology & Innovation, Powertrain Division, Continental.

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