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Simon Warburton


Simon WarburtonBiography

Simon has had many years as a business reporter, starting on a local newspaper in the West Midlands and subsequently working in the aviation and drinks industry sectors.

His experience in the aviation field was latterly with Reed Business Information division Air Transport Intelligence, while he was also Paris correspondent for Flight International.

Simon joined just-auto from RBI at the beginning of 2010 and talks on a daily basis to many of the major industry players, particularly on the supplier side and has developed close links with generic component manufacturer bodies. 

These include the European supplier organisation, CLEPA, which, representing five million supply industry workers, is one of the Continent's most significant employers, while its US equivalent, OESA, is of equal importance. 

A fluent French speaker, Simon regularly talks to global actors such as Renault, whose alleged industrial espionage scandal in 2011, rocked both its home country and the company. France is home to myriad suppliers - and industrial disputes - with Simon closely following both as Europe enters a period of major economic turbulence.

Component producers in Thailand were devasted by floods in 2011 and Simon regularly talked to both government representatives and suppliers in a bid to gauge the impact. The ongoing epic saga at Saab has left suppliers owed hundreds of millions of Euros and is a business tale Simon has been following on a daily basis.

Born in Southampton, Simon is stuck with the football team of the same name, having gone through thick and thin, mainly thin, during many years of support.

Columns by Simon Warburton


Slice Of Warburton

Slice Of Warburton

just-auto business editor Simon Warburton offers up a wide range of views in his distinctive style, informed by daily contact with the global auto industry

Articles by Simon Warburton


PSA suppliers annual purchasing volume is EUR39bn PSA/OV purchasing integration to account for 30% synergies

15 December 2017

PSA has unveiled a new unit bring together Peugeot/Citroën/DS (PCD) and Opel/Vauxhall (OV) Purchasing and Supplier Quality Organisations.


“Groupe Renault has been investing and expanding in China for four years now with joint ventures focused on passenger cars commercial vehicles and electric vehiclesRenault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production

15 December 2017

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aiming for 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains.


Paccar appoints new president and chief financial officer

15 December 2017

Paccar has appointed Harrie Schippers as president and chief financial officer, effective 1 January next year.


Renault opens new Alpine A110 production line in Dieppe

15 December 2017

Renault chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, as well as France’s Minister for Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, have inaugurated the new Alpine A110 production line at the automaker's facility in Dieppe, Normandy, the brand’s original home.


AGC develops new CFRTP technology

15 December 2017

AGC Asahi Glass has unveiled a new technology enhancing the performance of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP).


BASF/Toda strengthening US and Japan production

15 December 2017

BASF and Toda Kogyo are strengthening  production capabilities in the US and Japan to work on e-mobility.


Valeo is adding yet more capacity to its Hungarian operation by expanding its Veszprém facilityHungary powers on with 220 new Valeo jobs

14 December 2017

Valeo Auto-Electric Magyarország is expanding its manufacturing and R&D complex in Veszprém, Hungary, with a EUR60m (US$71m) greenfield project creating 220 new jobs.


Varroc Lighting is now extending its global footprint to the expanding auto hub of MoroccoVarroc to start Morocco production facility

14 December 2017

Varroc Lighting Systems is establishing a manufacturing and product development base in Morocco.


Bendix Wingman technology standard for Mack Trucks Anthem

14 December 2017

Bendix’s advanced driver assistance system, Wingman Fusion, will come as standard on all models of the new Anthem from Mack Trucks.


“Due to our knowledge of the Iranian vehicle market and years of operational expertise car manufacturers in Iran will now also benefit from the highest product qualityAutoneum and Ayegh team for Iran component production

13 December 2017

Autoneum has concluded an exclusive licence agreement with automotive supplier, Ayegh Khodro Toos (AKT) for the production and distribution of its multifunctional components for acoustic and thermal management in Iran.




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